WHAT Season Begins in Cape Cod with Hoppe's Cuckooland, May 26

News   WHAT Season Begins in Cape Cod with Hoppe's Cuckooland, May 26
 
The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, which each summer offers visitors to Cape Cod some of the best stage work in the area, will skewer its vacationing audience with its 2004 season opener, Gip Hoppe's Cuckooland, running May 26 to June 26.

WHAT founder and associate artistic director Hoppe (Jackie) gave the company a major regional hit last year with the political satire A New War. The new comedy is drawn from Aristophanes' The Birds. Said artistic director Jeff Zinn, "Never one to hesitate from biting the hand that feeds, Gip mercilessly skewers 'summer people' in Wellfleet." Among the musical numbers are "We Came Here From New Jersey," sung to the tune of the Gerry & the Pacemakers "Ferry Cross the Mersey."

The cast will feature New War veterans Stephen Russell, Caitlin Gibbon and Nathaniel McIntyre, as well as Laura Napoli, seen at WHAT last year in The Art Room; Dan Joy, WHAT's scenic designer; and Wellfleet artist Ellen LeBow, making her WHAT acting debut. Hoppe directs.

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The season concludes Sept. 30-Oct. 24 with the New England premiere of Private Jokes, Public Places, the Oren Safdie drama which took a biting look at the political world of architects, and was a critical hit Off Broadway last fall. In the piece, a female graduate student must defend her thesis on the building of a public swimming pool to an all-male jury. Brendan Hughes directs.

The remainder of the season runs as follows:

  • Peggy Shaw: To My Chagrin, June 30-July 24, in which Obie-winner Shaw "investigates the effects of gender and race as they are communicated from generation to generation in a show about her relationship to her mixed-race grandson."
  • Glitterati, July 5-Aug. 31, a one-man play by John Kuntz "about a literary agent who's throwing a book release party for a universally reviled author."
  • Gizmo Love, July 29-Sept. 4, world premiere written by John Kolvenbach, directed by Sam Weisman, in which "professional screenwriter Manny McCain's latest assignment [is to] edit Gizmo Love, a masterpiece-in-the-making by Ralph, a novice writer."
  • Immoral Imperatives, Sept. 9-Sept. 25, a regional premiere by Chicago playwright Jeffrey Sweet, directed by James Glossman, about "Hank, a retired professor, and his younger wife, Terri, [who] move to the Florida Keys, where they invite an old, free-spirited friend, Dale, to live with them after his boat is hi-jacked." Call the WHAT box office at (508) 349-6835. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.what.org.

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