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2015-2016TheJulie Harris Stagethought-provokingprogramming, year round

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atThe Julie Harris StageTheater.Dance.Opera.Music.Movieswhat.orgTHE JULIE HARRIS STAGEPO BOX 7972357 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA 02667WHAT FOR KIDS TENT2357 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA(508) 349-WHAT (9428) what.orgEXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTORJeffry GeorgeMANAGING DIRECTOR & ARTISTICASSOCIATEChristopher OstromWHAT FOR KIDS IMPRESARIOStephen RussellDEVELOPMENT DIRECTORJoanna Marie RocheSTAGE MANAGER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTJamaica JarvisTECHNICAL DIRECTORRichard ArcherWARDROBE SUPERVISORCarol SherrySCENIC ARTISTMike SteersMARKETING DIRECTORSusan BloodBOX OFFICE/FRONT OF HOUSEMANAGERCourtney ReardonCOMPANY MANAGER/ADVERTISING SALESEllen RubensteinBOX OFFICE ASSOCIATEPearl KerberVOLUNTEER LIAISONSDick and Val RandCOMPANY PHOTOGRAPHERSMichael and Suz KarchmerCARETAKERBob JunkerSTAFF ACCOUNTANTRobin Weller-HaenschenCONTROLLERTammy GlivinskiPLAYBILL DESIGNKristen vonHentschelwhat.org2This season we celebrate the 31st anniversary ofWellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Founded in 1985,WHAT is the award-winning non-profit theater onCape Cod that the New York Times says brought“a new vigor for theater on the Cape” and theBoston Globe says “is a jewel in Massachusetts’crown.” Boston Magazine named WHAT theBest Theater in 2004 and the Boston DramaCritics Association has twice awarded WHAT itsprestigious Elliot Norton Award.WHAT’s Inside.2015 Summer SeasonSeminar.16-17Moby-Dick.18-1916Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. 26-27Time Stands Still.30-31Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story.32-33Also inside:Letters of Supprt.4-6Letter from the Board of Trustees. 72618Ticketing Information. 10Letter from the Executive Director. 13The Players Ball. 202015 Summer Music Festival. 21WHAT for Kids.22-23Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Summer Season. 25Hard Travelin’ with Woody.28-29Playmaker Talkbacks. 37Thought Provoking Programming, Year Round. 39Michael & Suz Karchmer.40-41WHAT Bar & Café. 43Season Corporate Sponsors. 4522Yule for Fuel.46-47WHAT Internship Program.48-49Our Generous Donors.50-54WHAT A Difference We Can All Make.56-57Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2014-15.58-59Volunteer at WHAT. 63photo: Michael & Suz KarchmerJulie Harris Stage2357 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA (next to Post Office)3230The Journey So Far. .64-71Directory of Advertisers. 832858WHAT for Kids Tenton the grounds of the Julie Harris Stage508-349-94282015-2016 WELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATER203

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EXECUTIVE ARTISTICDIRECTORJeffry GeorgeMANAGING DIRECTORARTISTIC ASSOCIATEChristopher OstromHONORARY BOARD CHAIRin perpetuityJulie Harris(1925-2013)BOARD CHAIRJohn DubinskyApril, 2015PRESIDENT EMERITUSCarol GreenDear Friends,WHAT forr on the Julie Harris Stage and in theWelcome to the 31st season of live theateone of theiserTheatsActorrHarboTheater! WellfleetKids tent at Wellfleet Harbor Actorsng and quality of performanceammiprogrTheirCod.Capeonpremier cultural institutionsis second to none.at WHAT.you will be enriched by your experienceWhether visitor or local, I know that.soulsourforfoodprovideTheir collective program offerings trulyer successful and enjoyable season.Please accept my best wishes for anothenjoy the show!Sit back andBest Regards,Sarah. K. PeakeState Representative4th Barnstable DistrictBOARD MEMBERSJudith CiceroShawn DeLudeDouglas FreemanGerald GarnickCarol GreenRichard GrossmanMac HaySusan LloydKai MaristedDonna WardKathryn WeillDavid WillardJon WinderRenée ZarinADVISORY COUNCILStephen HuffUrsla HuffJoan MarkFrank RischMargarita RudyakBob SeayBerta WalkerMichael ZarinIf you knew the world would endtomorrow what would you do?“I would go to the theater”62015-2016 WELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATER– Julie HarrisDear WHAT CommunityWe are celebrating the 31st year of WHAT and the 8thyear in our magnificent new building. The theater has evolvedfrom a 90 seat summer venue to a year round 220 seat yearround resource and venue for our community. Last year, morethan 20,000 patrons visited us to see not only our awardwinning professional summer productions and the simulcastsof the Metropolitan Opera, but numerous special productions,some of which were in partnership with other leading LowerCape organizations. Our programming this past year servingthe year round local community increased by 20% over theprior year. This past year we also celebrated the lastinglegacy of Julie Harris and her support for WHAT.Our continuing success is led by a dynamic group ofcaring board members but most importantly by our verytalented Executive Artistic Director Jeffry George. Jeffry andhis talented staff “make it happen.” Their dedication andcommitment to the many challenges involved in leading ayear round arts organization are exemplary.WHAT’s artistic and programming success are madepossible by the financial support of our donors, sponsors,and advertisers. Annually, we have a big nut to raise andwith hard work we continue to cover our operating expenses.These next few years we also want to focus on raising themoney for many necessary capital improvements, to payoff asubstantial portion of the remaining USDA mortgage on ourbuilding, and to build an endowment. We are targeting toraise 3.5 million over the next 3-5 years. We ask all of youto be generous and to help us assure the long term success ofthe theater.WHAT is one of the “Crown Jewels” of the Lower Cape.We not only add to the cultural richness of the communitybut we add substantially to the economic health of thecommunity. We provide substantial employment and localpurchasing. We add to the area’s tourism attraction. Weprovide opportunity for students and interns wanting todevelop future careers in the arts.We thank you for your past support. We ask you for yourfuture support.John Dubinsky, On Behalf Of the Board of Trustees7

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For TicketsRESERVATIONSIN PERSONBY PHONETOLL FREEONLINEBY EMAILBY MAILBOX OFFICENEWBOX OFFICEHOURSWHAT Box Office (Julie Harris Stage)(508) 349-WHAT (9428)(866) 282-WHAT (9428)[email protected], PO Box 797, Wellfleet, MA 02667Tickets may be purchased atWHAT Box Office, Julie Harris Stage2357 Route 6, Wellfleet, MA12 pm to 5 pm Seven Days a weekWINTER: Closed Sunday and Monday12 pm to 5 pm Tuesday through SaturdayBox office will be open through intermission on show days.Welcome!We’re so gladyou’re here!So that all may enjoy the show, ourpatrons helped us create a short list oftheater tips and etiquette. On behalf ofthose around you, please: Arrive on time, preferably at least10 minutes before curtain Silence anything that makes noise Refrain from texting during theperformance Do not photograph or film during 2015the performanceAvoid wearing strong colognesand perfumesWELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATERThe JulieHarris StageOUR 31STSEASONThank you!WHAT Mission StatementThe Mission of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is to present professional quality theater to itsaudiences; to provide an alternative theater experience not found elsewhere in the region; toadvance and preserve the art of the theater for the education and appreciation of the public.102015-2016 WELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATERPLEASE. THANK OUR ADVERTISERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT11

Who we areand who wewant to be“The word theater comes from the Greeks.It means the seeing place. It is the placepeople come to see the truth about life andthe social situation” - Stella AdlerGreetings Friends,In planning our 31st season, Ms. Adler’squote was foremost in our minds. We felt itreflected the idea that not only can one cometo WHAT to be entertained, but also to beengaged and to enter into a dialogue thatextends beyond the stage. We askedourselves, how can we best honor this notionof the seeing place? As with most questions,the answer lies within. At the heart of everyendeavor at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theateris the desire to thoroughly engage ouraudience and start a dialogue within ourcommunity. “Though-provoking programming”is not just a slogan, it is who we are.With that idea it was important to finda way to deepen our relationship to thecommunity. For the third year we mounteda spring show that served the public andNauset Regional Middle School. This year’sselection was AROUND THE WORLD IN80 DAYS. Not only did we have fun onan early Friday morning with 220 studentspresent, but the production was also a criticalsuccess. With community programing in mindwe have extended our season to the firstweek of November, presenting a rich look atClarence Darrow’s landmark case in THRILLME, THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY.In addition, our continued development ofLOST WEEKEND; OR THE DRUG PLAY haslaunched us deep into a Cape wide effort toinspire young and old to talk openly abouta disease that impacts lives on Cape Cod.Our next reading will be held at Town Hall in122015-2016 WELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATERSandwich for the Regional Substance AbuseCouncil.So during this summer we ask the question:What happens when we are challenged ona daily basis with the intersection betweenlife, love and livelihood? The four summerplays we have selected, SEMINAR,MOBY-DICK, LADY DAY and TIME STANDSSTILL ask us to think about how their storiesreflect on our own personal journey. Whodo we want to be? How do we want ourstory to be heard?We are also happy to provide yoursummer with an underscore of diverse musicin our music festival, now three years running.And back by popular demand is RandyNoojin with his portrayal of Woody Guthrie– a musical voice that propelled discussionof labor relations that speaks directly to ourcommunity in Wellfleet.It is you that we partner with in asking thequestion “Who are we and who do we wantto be.” We are grateful to have you, ourgreatest advocates, to take this journey with.What story will you tell when you leave thetheater?Sincerely,Jeffry GeorgeExecutive Artistic DirectorChristopher OstromManaging Director and Artistic Associate13

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SEMINARby Theresa Rebeckstarring Alan CampbellMay 14 June 13Thurs thru Mon8pmYoung writers are like goodbooks, you can’t enjoy themuntil you’ve broken their spines.directed byChristine Toy JohnsonFour aspiring young writers sign up for privatewriting classes with Leonard, an international literaryfigure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodoxinstruction, some thrive and others flounder. Alliancesare made (and broken), sex is used as a weapon,and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not theonly thing that turns vicious as innocence collides withexperience in this biting Broadway comedy.SCULPTURE “THE BASEMENT STACKS”BY WARY MEYERS DECORATIVE ARTSPHOTO BY JOHN MEYERSTheresa Rebeck on SeminarAlan Campbell16Theresa Rebeck2015-2016 WELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATERDo you pull from what your owninsecurities or strengths were from thattime? Do you channel that?TR: I think what I’m channeling from backthen is that feeling of desperation we allhad that we so terribly wanted to be writers,and the mystery of how you achieve thatwas so deep in us. You know, we wereterribly confused, so the idea of getting evenclose to someone who has experience, hasaccess, has knowledge, was a big hunger. Iremember when I was at Brandeis, GeoffreyWolff, he was a great fiction-writing teacher.He was the writer-in-residence, and for thoseof us who wanted to be writers, you were soexcited to be in the same hallway as him. Ithad that kind of hunger in it. I’ve also drawnon a lot of student experiences throughoutthe years.And, when you are that hungry, you sortof give your power over to that person.TR: You give your power over, yes, to alot of people. [Laughs.] You don’t have anypower, and what you have, you just tossaway – willy-nilly.Weren’t you in seminars similar to theclass in Seminar?TR: No, I was not. I mean, yeah let methink. I was in a similar situation in graduateschool I was in seminars like that, andI was in some work situations where thehead-writer had that kind of influence overthe younger writers – that kind of unholyinfluence.Not always healthy.TR: Yeah, not always healthy. Let’s put itthat way.(Excerpts from an interview withTheresa Rebeck, by Kenneth Jones)17

MOBY-DICK(World Premiere)by James Armstrong,adapted from the novel byHerman MelvilleJune 18 July 18Thurs thru Mon8pmConsider the subtleness of thesea; how its most dreadedcreatures glide under water.directed byChristopher OstromJames Armstrong on Moby-DickSome years ago – never mind how longprecisely – I was approached by ChristopherCatt, a director who put on plays at the SnugHarbor Cultural Center on Staten Island.Since the center was originally built as ahome for retired sailors, he got the idea that Ishould adapt Moby-Dick for him. There wasonly one problem I had never read it!I set about reading the book, confidentthat I knew the story. After all, there havebeen countless retellings and adaptationsof the tale, and Ahab, the monomaniacalsea captain sailing the oceans in quest ofrevenge, has become ingrained in our collective psyche. What I discovered, however,was that the book was richer than I had everimagined.In addition to being able to tell an epochstory, Melville was also one of the funniestwriters America ever produced, and much ofthat humor comes through in Moby-Dick. Thebook also contemplates human existence inrelationship to God, nature, and the universe,in the most concrete ways imaginable, afeat only accomplished by King Lear and ahandful of other works. Also, while we thinkof Moby-Dick as an American novel, thecrew of the Pequod is from all over the world,and they sail wherever they like, with only theslightest regard for national borders. It is perhaps the world’s first novel of globalization!As I adapted the book, I wanted to bringto audiences everything I had fallen in lovewith while reading, but within a timespan thatwould be reasonable for a play. Sadly, ChrisCatt, the man who gave me the idea to writethe piece, passed away soon after I hadcompleted my first draft. I am very excited,though, that Christopher Ostrom is bringingthe script to life at Wellfleet Harbor ActorsTheater. I invite you all to climb aboard, aswe set sail on an adventure I hope you willnever forget.182015-2016 WELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATERAn ensemble cast of five aid narrator Ishmael in thisaccount of the ill-fated voyage of the Pequod and itsmaniacal captain Ahab.Harnessing the power of Melville’s words, JamesArmstrong’s adaptation has a keen awareness ofstorytelling and theatricality.19

2015 SUMMERMUSIC FESTIVALKrisanthiPappasA summer tradition!All performances 8pmTUES, JUNE 30Mainly MozartWED, JULY 1Big Band SwingStage Door CanteenStage Door CanteenPLAYERS BALLTUES, JULY 7Krisanthi Pappas andEdwige YinglingWED, JULY 8Vocal jazz withString of PearlsCARIBBEAN MAGIC EDITIONTUES, JULY 14George GritzbachBlues BandTUESDAY, JULY 28TH AT 5:30PMFeaturing the sizzling tropical cuisine ofJenn Mentzer of Mac’s Parties and ProvisionsOnstage entertainment featuringCape Cod African Dance and DrumLive experiential auctionwith guest auctioneer Hunter O’HanianDessert and DancingWED, JULY 15Mainly MozartGeorgeGritzbachLast year’s event sold out, so call the box officenow at 508-349-9428 to reserve your seatsfor the most fun you’ll have all summer!String of Pearls202015-2016 WELLFLEET HARBOR ACTORS THEATER21

CELEBRATING ITS 14TH SEASON!WHAT FOR KIDSTHE FOOL OF THE WORLDAND THE FLYING SHIPDirected and written by Stephen RussellJuly 6 - August 27Mon thru Thurs, 7:30pmThis season of WHAT for Kids is dedicated toFran DeVasto (see page 76)In Old Russia, thingshave been pretty muchthe same for as long asanyone can remember.Most people aredreadfully poor andeven the Tsar can travelno faster than a horsecan gallop. But whatif he had a ship thatcould fly through theair? He decides to givehis daughter’s handin marriage to the firstperson who can bringa Flying Ship to thePalace. Who will be thelucky winner? Who buta Fool and his boatloadof Fantastic Friends,including the Listener,the Eater, the Strider,the Thirsty-One andMr. Cool!22A conversation with StephenRussell about The Fool of theWorld and the Flying Ship.Q: This show was firstproduced under the WHATfor Kids tent in 2008. Whatmade you decide to bring itback this year?A: I’ve always really likedthis one, if I can be so immodest, and it’s one of thoseshows of ours that peopleseem to remember with greatfondness and frequently askif we’re ever going to doagain.Q: You’re often workingwith well-known folk tales,like Rumpelstiltskin or Sleeping Beauty or Puss in Boots.This one seems to be a littleoff the beaten path. Howdid you find the story?A: I first read this storywhen I was in Library Schoolat the State University ofNew York at Geneseo,where I took a class on international children’s literature,taught by an incredibly kindand knowledgeable professor named Margaret Poarch.She in