Withers wins Huntington playwriting fellowship

Playwright/actress Brenda Withers, right, performing last summer in Harbor Stage Company's "Persona."

Brenda Withers — writer, actress and co-founder of the artist-run Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet — has been named one of two Playwriting Fellows by the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.

Charles Haugland, Huntington’s New Work director, called Withers and the other fellow, MJ Halberstadt, “natural fits” for the program, praising Withers’ “tremendous gift for creating surprising and emotional arcs for actors.”

The Huntington has fostered local playwrights through fellows program for 14 years, offering a two-year residency during which they receive some pay, participate in writers’ collective meetings, attend Huntington productions and events, and have access to Huntington’s artistic staff and resources, as well as other writing programs connected to the company.

Wither’s plays include “The Kritik,” “Northside Hollow” and “The Ding Dongs” — all produced at Harbor Stage — and “Matt & Ben” (co-written with Mindy Kaling). Where else her work has been developed and presented include Amphibian Stage Productions, PS122, Portland Stage, HERE, and Dreamcatcher Rep. Her accolades include winning the 2015 Portland Stage Clauder Prize for her play “String Around My Finger.”

The two 2017-19 fellows were chosen from more than 50 applicants. Past playwriting fellows include Ryan Landry, who’s best known for working with the Gold Dust Orphan in Boston and Provincetown.

Orphans’ ‘Greece’ to NYC; ’5 to 9′ to Boston

Vanessa Calantropo as Brizzo in "Greece." (Photo by Michael Von Redlich)

Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans are in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of taking their production of satire “Greece,” which played all summer in Provincetown, to a next stop of New York City.

The Kickstarter page has a goal of $30,000 for the planned three-performance Oct. 13-15 run at Theatre 80 St. Mark’s in the East Village. It will be the group’s first time in three years that it has gone that far on the road.

“Greece” is a mash-up of mythology with the musical “Grease,” setting the tale of teenage love in 1950 B.C. with Zeus’ daughter being banished to a high school, with a gang of Pink Sirens instead of Pink Ladies. You get the idea – another campy pop-culture spinoff from the mind of Landry.

Thank-you gifts for donations include T-shirts, tickets and partying with the cast. Landry has also been offering various surprises via Facebook on different day, including a day of writing limericks in exchange for a donation.

This week, Landry is bringing the spoof “5 to 9,” which played all summer at the Art House in Provincetown, to Boston audiences. Show are Thursday through Sunday at The Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts in Machine, 1254 Boylston St. “5 to 9″ is the story of three White House secretaries, played by Landry, Varla Jean Merman and Kiki Samko, with Larry Coen playing Donald Trump and Penny Champagne as Kellyanne Conway.

Information on helping the group get to New York: www.kickstarter.com.

Enter to Win – RiverWalk Resort

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Seven extraordinary nights at RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH. Enjoy a deluxe two-bedroom suite (sleeps 6) with six Loon Lift Tickets. The resort features: unique heated indoor/outdoor pool with skating rink. La Vista Ristorante Italiano on site. Solstice North Day Spa. Fantastic Gym and game room. A true winter experience.

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Drawing will be September 30th at the close of the Orleans ClamBQ. You do not need to be present to win.

Tickets are $20 each, or 6 for $100.

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‘Guiding Light’ stars reunite for Nantucket play

Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman in "Guiding Light" days. (ROBERT VOETS)

A TV soap-opera “super couple” for decades, former “Guiding Light” co-stars Kim Zimmer (“Reva Shayne Lewis”) and Robert Newman (“Josh Lewis”) will reunite on a Nantucket stage as one of theater’s most famous battling couples.

Zimmer, a four-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, and Newman, a two-time Emmy nominee, will play Martha and George in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket show will run Wednesday through Sept. 30 at Bennett Hall, 62 Centre St., with a supporting cast of Olivia Howell and Grant Tambellini. Dan Foster directs.

The play, for mature audiences only, is about a couple whose marriage is crumbling, and their relationship reaches a crisis point one night when guests get caught in the crossfire.

Zimmer and Newman have been playing some classic stage couples of late: They co-starred in July in Michigan as royalty – Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine – in “The Lion in Winter.”

Cameron Beaty Gosselin

Cameron Beaty Gosselin makes his WHAT debut with The Turn of the Screw. Previous credits include Bobby (Coyote on a Fence), Griever (Blue Window), and Katurian (The Pillowman). Shakespearean credits include Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew), Laertes (Hamlet), Banquo (MacBeth), and Don Pedro (Much Ado About Nothing). Cameron is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where […]

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Second City improv troupe to return to playhouse

Cast members of "The Best of Second City" show include, from left, Emily Fightmaster, Jeffrey Murdoch, Laurel Krabacher, Chelsea Norment & Ryan Asher. TIM SCHMIDT PHOTO

Second City, the Chicago-based sketch and improv comedy/theater troupe, will bring a new show early next month to Cape Playhouse in Dennis.

“The Best of Second City” will play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5-6 and 8 p.m. Sept. 7-9 at the theater on Route 6A.

Second City is marking its 55th anniversary, and the new production will be a highlights show from a past that helped launch such comedians as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray. There will also be improvisational sketches each night.

This will be Second City’s third fall at the playhouse, with different shows each year.

Tickets to the “best of” production: $29-$49; CapePlayhouse.com, 508-385-3911.


Fore! APA Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, October 13th
Ocean Edge Resort

Check-In: 11:00 AM
Start: 12:00 PM

Join us for a fun day of golf on the beautiful Nicklaus designed course at Ocean Edge to benefit The Academy of Performing Arts!
Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, snacks & beverages, a complimentary gift bag, and a buffet dinner with awards ceremony.
Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers, the longest drive, and closest to the pin.

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Please return registration forms to The Academy Playhouse by 9/22!