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Summer plans for Cape Cod Theatre Project

Playwright Laura Jacqmin

A political play with familiar figures, the latest play from a returning writer, a script written through very contemporary communication, and a story set at a 1980s Time Square porn store are the four plays chosen for development in July through Cape Cod Theater Project.

The New York City-based company will again take over Falmouth Academy for four weeks of Thursday-through-Saturday readings with New York directors and actors. The writers will be on site during their weeks working on their scripts, and often changing them nightly based on audience feedback in spirited nightly talkback sessions.

The first play of the season, July 2-4, is Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” which will receive its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago next spring. Hnath will be working with director Chay Yew and New York actors to ready the script, recently performed at Victory Gardens and described as a “fast-paced, no-holds-barred glimpse into a political storm.”

The description: “Imagine that in an alternate universe, very much like our own, is another world where a woman named Hillary is trying to become president of a country called the United States of America. In a hotel room in New Hampshire in 2008, Hillary is poised to lose her last Primary Election. When her husband Bill arrives in the middle of the night to offer support, he turns the campaign upside down.”

Award-winning Hnath’s “The Christians” was produced at the Actors Theatre of Louisville for the 2014 Humana Festival and will premiere in New York this year at Playwrights Horizons in 2015.

Laura Jacqmin returns to CCTP July 9-11 with “Residence,” about Maggie, a new mom and medical supply saleswoman, moves into an extended-stay hotel in Arizona. She brings a troubled history and tenuous grasp on the future with her and befriends two hotel employees also on shaky paths.

Jacqmin’s “And When We Awoke There Was Light and Light” was developed through CCTP in 2011. She is an award-winning playwright based in Chicago who also writes for television, including “Grace and Frankie” for Netflix and “Lucky 7” on ABC.

An unusual way of writing a play is at the center of Kevin Armento’s “a way to reach me,” running July 16-18. The play depicts the relationships between four people — connection, betrayal and love — through transcripts of emails, text messages, gchat conversations and voicemail transcriptions. The Brooklyn-based writer’s past plays include “Companion Piece,” “killers,” and “Good Men Wanted,” which premiered at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in 2014 and was the fastest show to sell out in the festival’s history.

Closing the season July 23-25 is “Love Shack in ’87,” by actor-turned-playwright Ryan King, directed by Stella Powell-Jones. The play is set in 1987 Times Square, where a porn store worker tries to find connections with customers and co-workers as Disney starts to push out smut in the area. King’s past plays include “Later Hour,” “The Lanes,” and “Always On” and is a member of the 2014-2015 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group.

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