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Daisey’s Trump play starts four-show CCTP series

'Trump' playwright Mike Daisey (Ursa Waz photo)

The playwright who took on Apple is turning his attention to Donald Trump when Mike Daisey kicks off the 2016 season for Cape Cod Theatre Project with his new play called “The Trump Card.”

The company’s month of staged readings of new plays at Falmouth Academy begins July 7-9 with monologuist Daisey’s play. The script, directed by Isaac Butler, “takes on the reigning world heavyweight of self-mythologizing, the short-fingered vulgarian who captured a nation’s heart through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions and occasionally telling the brutal truth: Donald J. Trump,” according to an announcement today.

This will be Daisey’s fifth time working at CCTP since 2004. His work includes “The Last Cargo Cult,” “How Theater Failed America” and the controversial “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” The latter script includes commentary about the Apple corporation’s exploitation of workers in China and caused a theater scandal when NPR’s “This American Life” discovered that he had fabricated parts of that monologue. Daisey later apologized and rewrote the monologue, and “This American Life” retracted the episode, the first time in its history.

The second CCTP show, July 14-16, will be “Burying Augustus,” by Ryan King, who worked with the Falmouth company last year on his “Loveshack in 87.” This play is set in Texas, during earthquakes and an ant infestation, with a young man taking two high-school girls he works with at Sonic on a late-night adventure with secret cargo. Mike Donahue will direct.

The July 21-23 show is Mona Monsour’s “Unseen,” directed by Johanna McKeon, about a conflict photographer who wakes up in the Istanbul apartment of her on-again, off-again girlfriend after being found unconscious at the scene of a massacre she was photographing. Mansour, one of CCTP’s first playwrights in residence, just had her “The Way West” produced at New York’s Labyrinth Theater and Steppenwolf in Chicago. Other credits include “The Hour of Feeling” premiered in the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and “Urge for Going,” (directed by CCTP artistic director Hal Brooks) produced at the Public Theatre’s LAB.

The season’s final play, which Brooks will direct, is Patricia Cotter’s “1980 (Or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson),” finishing out July with another Presidential-election-themed play. This play is set at a campaign office in South Boston, where four workers hope their long-shot candidate John Anderson might have a chance to change the country. Cotter is an Emmy Award-winning alumnus of the Groundling Theater, with numerous credits, including adapting the film “Mulan” to the stage for Disney Theatrical junior version.

The playwrights and directors will also participate in free “Stage Talk” discussions at 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings throughout the month, at Falmouth Library, 300 Main St., unless otherwise noted: July 5, Daisey and Butler; July 12, King and Donahue; July 19, Mansour; and July 26, Cotter, at West Falmouth Library, 565 West Falmouth Highway.

Tickets to the shows are $25 per show; a season subscription is $90. Tickets and information:508-457-4242, or

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