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. Tickets to the online performance are free and can be obtained by going to 

https://www.sandwichartsalliance.org/made-in-heaven-online-event.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, 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.facebook.com/eventidetheatrecompany/

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!


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."


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!

THE END

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,

LOVE STORIES

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
LOVE STORIES,
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!