Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wrote a microplay!

Recently the Dramatists Guild sent out a challenge to members to write a microplay, which is 150 words.  Yep, 150, that's it!  Here's the challenge:

The Coronavirus Play Project 

Please write a rapid-response two character microplay, that is no more than 150 words max. (No monologues or solo plays please.) The play should address how you are feeling right now, living in this turbulent moment. Or, if you are looking for a bit of hope, you might want to write a love letter to our artistic community. Or, you might want to imagine what our future is going to look like. Or, you might want to vent. Or, you might want to explore some big questions with which you've been grappling right now. Or, you must just want to write something silly or funny. Whatever you want to write about. There are no rules and there is no specific theme. This opportunity is open to anyone around the world who wants to participate. 

You should write a play that any two humans can pick up, read, and be successful in, regardless of sex, gender, age, race, or culture, or physical ability. If we do a final project, we’re going to have unknown community participants, who’ll be signing up to be actors for this on the fly. We aim to include as many people as we can. There will be no casting process. We hope to avoid offensive representations with inappropriately cast community readers, regardless of the shape of the final project. The more general the casting needs are, the more inclusive we can be of our readers. 

I loved this challenge and wrote a new play, "Valued Passengers."  Some actors and I are trying to figure out how to film the script from our own safe places.  Stay tuned for the final product!  For now,  here's  the script for "Valued Passengers."

By Candace Perry

Characters:  J, business traveler and B, airline representative

J:  But I have a ticket!

B:  With a defunct corporation.  Please move to one side. (to unseen other passengers) Welcome aboard…thanks for flying with us…welcome.

J:  A first class ticket!

B:  (to another passenger) Glad you could make it…Sorry you missed the birth, but six months is a great age…thanks for understanding.

J:  You’re bumping me for a grandmother!  She can FaceTime with the kid!

B:  Don’t you follow the news? First time, in person contact with a beloved is highest priority now. Then life-changing events, volunteer services, medical emergencies and high school play-off games.

J:  I’m a Diamond Platinum Frequent Flyer!

B:  Uh oh. That carbon footprint gives you lowest priority.

J:  Lives depend on this very, very important meeting!

B:  Medical business?

J:  Essential business!

B:  Life enhancing?

J:  Cutting edge.  Fracking.

B:  Not even on the wing!


Saturday, February 15, 2020

24 Hour Plays this weekend!

Join us at the Provincetown Theater for the TENTH ANNUAL production of the 24 Hour Plays.
  • 7 playwrights
  • 7 directors
  • 21 actors
  • 7 brand new short plays!
We gathered at the theater last night, playwrights wrote into the night, scripts were due at 7 am, and we'll spend the day rehearsing.  
This year I'm directing Tamora Israel's delightful "Doggo" 
with Cynthia Harrington, Tia Scalcione and Will Oxtoby.
Join us for the performances:
Saturday, February 15, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 16, 2:00 pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February 12 in Provincetown

Just in time for Valentine's Day,


at the Provincetown Library, Wednesday,
February 12, 6 - 8 pm!

The Writers’ Voice CafĂ© invites you to join us at the Provincetown Library, 356 Commercial Street,
on Wednesday, February 12, 6 – 8 pm for
a collection of some of my favorite short stories I've written about the strangeness of love in its many forms. 

 Actor/director extraordinaire Bob Costa joins me in reading stories from the collection.

Following LOVE STORIES, there will be an open mic for many of the other talented writers on the Outer Cape.

Admission is free.

Monday, October 14, 2019

WORDS ON WATER, Friday, October 18

Actors Cynthia Harrington and Nick Dorr

share the joys and tribulations of life in the dunes!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

LOVE STORIES coming to Prez Hall on October 3!

Join us on Thursday, October 3
Please join us for this one-time only reading of some of Candace’s favorite stories she’s written about love in its many forms. The actors who will lend their talents as readers include Bob Costa, Cynthia Harrington, Dennis Cunningham, John Dennis Anderson, Jon Kemp, Mary Chris Kenney, and Candace. With musical interludes provided by Fred Magee, the evening promises to be one to remember!

Better known locally as a playwright, Wellfleet’s Candace Perry is also a writer of short stories. Her work has been published in The Sun and The Best of The Sun, A Sense of Place, Ms. Magazine, and the Roanoke Review and has been awarded recognition by Story Magazine, Cape Cod Women, and The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

MADE IN HEAVEN at Off Main Gallery!


An Evening of Play Reading and Music: Saturday, AUGUST 31st  6:30 pm 

Bring your beach chairs - food and wine served

A Staged Reading of My Short Play


 with Mary Chris Kenney as Marie Louise Benson

and me as Faye (Mrs. Eugene) McBride 

with music by CUMBERLAND

Jim Rohrer and Lynda Shuster


Monday, July 15, 2019

MADE IN HEAVEN performed in church!

Laura Cappello, well known for her magnificent portrayal of Patsy Cline, 
and playwright Candace Perry team up in Heaven!

Please join us for this staged reading of my short play


Sponsored by the Nauset UU Fellowship
held at the Chapel in the Pines
220 Samoset Rd, Eastham, MA 02642
Sunday, July 21, 10 am

In MADE IN HEAVEN, each person is matched for all time to their one true love.
Only problem is, some folks don’t much like the match, like Faye (Mrs. Eugene) McBride of Montgomery, Alabama. A traditional, white woman, she discovers that God matched her to Henry, her gardener of many years. Her Black gardener. It’s up to God’s “assistant,” Marie Louise Benson to prove to Faye that God’s matches are never mistaken.

The reading of the play will be followed by refreshments and a discussion.