Stories of change, heroes, monsters, family memories


There have been a lot of changes in everyone’s life lately, and a new series at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is starting to embrace that. The theater collective Sailor Beware will embark on WHAT with the first segment of “Monologue Mondays” focusing on the theme of characters facing major changes.

In Mid-Cape, opening this week at Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center is “She Kills Monsters,” a family story set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons (look for our review online this weekend) . And in Brewster, Cape Rep Theater will wrap up its encore series of Joanne Callum’s “Miss Delta Township.” Here are some stories you can watch:

What’s new

Sailor Beware launches a series of monologues at WHAT

Theater collective Sailor Beware has “anchored” at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater for “Monologue Mondays”, free open-mic style evenings of old and new monologues performed by members of the Outer Cape band and guest artists.

The Sailor Beware series will kick off at 7 p.m. on April 11 with the theme of “Sailors on the Brink,” featuring characters on the verge of a big change. Performers include; Jody O’Neil, Steven Rourke, Karen Scalia, John Shuman, Priscilla Manning and Freddy Biddle.

Reservations are not required. A reception will follow the performance. The next dates will be announced.

Sailor Beware is a collective of theater professionals and self-production entity dedicated, according to the members, “to dramatizing bold and comprehensive new American plays and musicals that, by design, throw creative and financial constraints on the wind. and the sea .”

To enter, proof of vaccination is required; wearing a mask is strongly encouraged.

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Cape Cod Community College’s Tilden Arts Center will present “She Kills Monsters,” Qui Nguyen’s comedy-drama set in the fantasy world of “Dungeons and Dragons” (D&D). The story centers on Agnes, played by Cara Gerardi, whose tragedy-shattered middle life sets her on a quest that reveals her estranged sister Tilly (Anna Josselyn) is in fact “a hero beyond her lavish imagination. crazier”.

The show brings the world of D&D to life, and guest director Holly Erin McCarthy called it “funny, moving, relevant…(and) action-packed”. Vana Trudeau, producer and director of the center, says “She Kills Monsters” has another key goal: “Telling a story centered around love and acceptance, and living our truth seems vitally important. .”

For a post, McCarthy noted in a show announcement, “We all fight our own battles every day; It’s inspiring to watch these characters fight and win!”

The show has adult language, references to death and homophobia, depictions of bullying, stylized monsters, and epic fight sequences. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. April 7-9, 15-16, 10-34 p.m. and 2 p.m. April 9, 16, and 23 on the Center Main Stage at the College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable. Tickets: $25, $20 for seniors/military and $10 for students; 508-375-4044 or TildenArtsCenter.Eventbrite.com. COVID-19 Policy: Masks and proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests required.

Review

JoAnne Callum Powers wrote and performed

“Miss Delta Township”

By Sue Mellen (from Fall Outdoor Debut)

Written and performed by: JoAnne Callum Powers, presented by Cape Rep Theater

What is it about : In this one-man show, playwright/performer Callum Powers uses humor and poignant moments to weave the story of an American family – her own. The action begins in 1965, when a pre-teenage girl JoAnne walks into a scene of staged carnage, as her brother Billy fakes his own death, yet again. Powers then traces his family’s journey through tumultuous years to the present day on Cape Cod. Billy, who tragically lost his life to AIDS, is her invisible but ever-present companion throughout the journey.

Highlight of the show: It’s the wry humor that carries the action, from the first staging of Billy’s death, through decades full of change, ending with Powers’ exorcism of his elderly mother in Nickerson State Park. An example: “The nursing home sent my mother to the hairdresser and she came back looking like George Washington.”

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Fun fact: The playwright/performer was actually called Miss Delta Township, Michigan in 1971. She talks a bit about the experience, noting that she and mascot Smokey the Bear were “on a first name basis.”

To note: On the program, a note from the playwright dedicating the show “to the men and women lost by the AIDS epidemic. We have a missing generation, and sharing their stories keeps them alive a little longer.

If you are going to: 7 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. from Sunday to April 10; Cape Rep Theatre, 3299 Main St. (Route 6A), Brewster; $28 (pay what you can April 1; group and student rush rates available); 508-896-1888, www.caperep.org.

Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.

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