LaBute's Autobahn Roars Into Cape Cod Theatre Project July 7-9

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The Cape Cod Theatre Project's 2005 summer season will commence July 7-9 with Neil LaBute's collection of one-acts, Autobahn. Bill Pullman, seen on Broadway in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, will lead the cast.
Neil LaBute
Neil LaBute Photo by Ivan Kyncl

Also in the ensemble are Johanna Day (Proof), Paul Sparks (Orange Flower Water), Julie White (Fiction) and Justin Hagan.

Erica Gould will direct the staged readings. Autobahn premiered as a one-night-only benefit for MCC Theatre March 8, 2004. The starry cast included Susan Sarandon, Brian Dennehy, Kevin Bacon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Rudd, Amanda Peet and Kyra Sedgwick.

Autobahn features seven brief vignettes set within the front seat of a car. The titles comprise "Autobahn" include "Funny," "Bench Seat," "All Apologies," "Merge," "Long Division," "Road Trip" and "Autobahn."

Playwright LaBute, recently represented Off-Broadway with Fat Pig and This Is How It Goes, is known for his gritty dramas, which include The Mercy Seat, The Shape of Things and bash: latter-day plays. His film works include "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors" and "Nurse Betty."

This will mark LaBute's first visit to The Cape Cod Theatre Project, the 11-year-old summer theatre festival, which briefly rehearses and offers polished readings of new works each July. The company is stationed in Falmouth in the southwest corner of Cape Cod, and performs out of The Falmouth Academy, a private school. Though the company never stages full productions and makes no bones about its plays being in a state of development, the season has become quite popular with the local populace. As previously reported, Dierdre O'Connell, Anne O'Sullivan, Tom Bloom and Mara Stephens will star in Dearest Eugenia Haggis by Ann Marie Healy, which will be directed by Pam MacKinnon July 14-16. The play is described as "a heartbreaking and extremely funny tale of three misfits scrambling for the scraps of love in the frozen outskirts of Minnesota."

Port Authority Throw Down by Mike Batistick, and directed by Gia Forakis, will star Johanna Day (Proof), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Cherry Orchard), Alladdin Ullah and Debargo Sanyal. Running July 21-23, the work is a "highly topical and riotous new play [that] examines Muslim-American relations, religion and those on the losing end of the Patriot Act."

Finally, running July 28-30, Thanksgiving/Christmas by Joe Hortua will feature John Cunningham (Counsellor-at-Law), Kevin Geer (Twelve Angry Men) Mia Barron, Mark Margolis, Rob Sedgwick (Bliss) , Jason Olazabal and Jesse Perez. Christopher Ashley directs.

CCTP was founded by artistic director Andrew Polk and Jim Bracchiatta. CCTP workshops which went on to full productions include Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins (at the Roundabout Theatre Company), Ben Bettenbender's Vick's Boy (at Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Theatre Company), Joe Hortua's Between Us (Manhattan Theatre Club), David Schulner's The Infinite Ache (at Long Wharf Theatre), BFE by Julia Cho (Long Wharf Theatre; Playwrights Horizons), Paul Grellong's Manuscript (now Off-Broadway) and John Cariani's Almost, Maine, due Off-Broadway next season.

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