Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Facing the Future: Climate Change Theater

 On Earth Day, April 22, the LAVA Center of Greenfield, MA will be showing (online) a reprise of an international collection of 13 plays, all dealing with climate change.  

My play, RISK ASSESMENT, imagines a new world post-Covid when air travel privileges have changed dramatically.  Part comedy, part commentary, the LAVA Center did a terrific job with my play and all the others.  

Join us!  Please click the link:

Facing the Future: Climate Change Theater

Friday, February 12, 2021

When it rains, it pours!

 So excited to have not one, but TWO shows going online this weekend!  

The Winter Showcase, a product of Eventide Arts Playwrights, ETC and 

the Provincetown Theater's Playwrights' Lab 24 Hour Plays!

All of the plays are free, but if you're able to make a donation to the sponsoring theaters, it would be most appreciated.


 My play, "Grist for the Mill," will be shown with two other plays by terrific playwrights on Saturday, February 13 at 4 pm, followed by a live discussion.  Huge thanks to the very talented Sallie Tighe, Mary Chris Kenney and Ken Chisholm for bringing this new work to life.

On Sunday and Monday, six other new plays will be shown, also 4 pm.  As Playwright-in-Residence for Playwrights, ETC, I'll be joining all the playwrights in discussions each day.  Please join us!  

For more information, and to register, go to Winter Showcase 2021

 And, later on February 13 at 7 pm and again February 14 at 2 pm:

 

 

Plays were written in 24 hours, rehearsed over a few hours and then recorded.  

My play, "Kinfolk," was directed by David Drake, Artistic Director of the Provincetown Theater and director extraordinaire, featuring the fabulous Sallie Tighe, Sylvia Peck and David Wallace. 

Streaming on provincetowntheater.org

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Sailor Beware presents:


My COVID Year
Twelve Months a Pandemic

Twelve original monologues on the personal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in America in the year 2020.


Streaming at what.org starting February 5, 2021

JANUARY 2020

Written by Fermin Rojas, Performed by Freddy Biddle
 
FEBRUARY 2020
Written by Sam Platizky, Performed by Joe MacDougall*
 
MARCH 2020
Written by Glyn Dowden, Performed by Cindy Harrington
 
APRIL 2020
Written by Linda Fiorella, Performed by Jody O’Neil*
 
MAY 2020
Written by Nathan Butera, Performed by Mark Meehan
 
JUNE 2020
Written by Seth Reuben Jacobson, Performed by Joey Lachimia
 
JULY 2020
Written by Candace Perry, Performed by Jane Macdonald*
 
AUGUST 2020
Written by Joanne Callum Powers, Performed by Geoffrey Newton
 
SEPTEMBER 2020
Written by Steven Bruce Myerson, Performed by Janet Geist Moore
 
OCTOBER 2020
Written by Sylvia Peck, Performed by Lynda Sturner*
 
NOVEMBER 2020
Written by Dian Hamilton, Performed by John Shuman*
 
DECEMBER 2020
Written by Karen Scalia, Performed by Linda Monchik


* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
 

 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020: The Year of Living Virtually

Huge THANKS to the organizations, theaters, directors and actors 

who joined with me to make some of my plays possible online in 2020!

 

Heartland Theater Company, Normal, Illinois for bringing back some of their favorite ten minute plays from over the years, including my short play, A SUPER REUNION, about a feminist superhero.  Watch online here: A SUPER REUNION

Jane MacDonald as Melania Trump
 

Sailor Beware, a wonderful Cape-based company presented S'ELECTION, a collection of monologues which imagined the day after the 2020 election.  Monologues were presented in partnership with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater on the WHAT stage.  My monologue, "Who Cares," was beautifully delivered by Jane MacDonald playing Melania Trump.  Watch it here: WHO CARES



The Sandwich Arts Alliance had a terrific and challenging idea to present a play, via Zoom, dealing with racism.  The play was followed by a panel discussion that looked at issues of race and white privilege.  The play they presented was my short play, "Made in Heaven," about prejudice and the afterlife.  Directed by Janet Moore with Karen Santos and Linda Monchik.  Watch it here:  MADE IN HEAVEN

Eventide Arts recognized during the year that live theater wouldn't be possible, so they started Virtual Theater!  We kicked off the online productions with two of my short plays, "The Tour" and "Fragrant Phantom."  "The Tour" tells of two sisters, played wonderfully by Jon Kemp and Mary Chris Kenney, who discover that a tour of a plantation isn't what they expected.  In "Fragrant Phantom," Dennis Cunningham and Cynthia Harrington bring Tennessee Williams and Zelda Fitzgeral to life in the afterlife to debate the "gone good days."  Watch both plays here: THE TOUR & FRAGRANT PHANTOM

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Racial Reckoning in the Time of Covid

 

"Made in Heaven" returns as a Zoom production!

The Sandwich Arts Alliance wanted to respond to the current racial reckoning with a play that might help raise questions and awareness around racism and white privilege.  Many thanks to everyone involved for taking on this project, which will include my play, "Made in Heaven," followed by a panel discussion of the issues with members of the community.  While “Made in Heaven” has been performed a number of times before, including in Dublin, this would be a first, performing it in Zoom live during COVID-19. The show was recorded, along with a conversation about race, on October 23.  You can still view it by going to:

https://www.sandwichartsalliance.org/made-in-heaven-online-play.html

 


Monday, October 5, 2020

Theaters closed? Let's Zoom!

In these challenging times of racial reckoning and the coronavirus pandemic, along with the upcoming election, we’re concerned and taking action.  But sometimes we all need a break, so I hope you’ll join me this Saturday, virtually, for an online production of two of my favorite short plays I’ve written, “The Tour” and “Fragrant Phantom,” for Eventide Theatre Company’s Virtual Playhouse launch.

In “The Tour,” Mary Chris Kenney and Jon Kemp play two sisters whose visit to a Southern plantation turns out to be full of surprises and lessons learned.  Reprising their stage roles as Zelda Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams in “Fragrant Phantom,” Cynthia Harrington and Dennis Cunningham take on writing, feminism, the Jazz Age, and after-life.

Virtual Playhouse takes place live, on line, on Saturday, October 10, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, with “The Tour” and “Fragrant Phantom.” A talkback with the creative team will take place following the virtual performances which will be aired on Eventide’s Facebook page, as well as recorded for future viewing.  A Facebook account is not required for viewing, just go to:

 https://www.eventidearts.org/rewatch-etc-virtual-playhouse-featuring-candace-perry/

Thanks to these fabulous actors for learning how to bring the stage to you safely!

 

Mary Chris Kenney in "The Tour"

Jon Kemp in "The Tour"

Dennis Cunningham in "Fragrant Phantom"

Cynthia Harrington in "Fragrant Phantom"

 

International Women's Day Celebration was terrific!