“Theater on Cape Cod”with Jeff Zinn
Thursdays 7-9pm October 24-November 21 at Wellfleet Public Library
We know there is a vibrant tradition of “Theater on Cape Cod,” and has been for generations. But what exactly do we mean when we say that? When we look at, say, the early Provincetown Playhouse dominated by Eugene O’Neill, or The Cape Playhouse in the heyday of the Straw-Hat Circuit, or the several incarnations of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, or the community theaters that sprout and thrive like mushrooms, we see that “Theater on Cape Cod” can mean many things. In this class/seminar we will answer the question by reading – or watching – a selection of plays chosen from the aforementioned theaters’ catalogs. We want to know what theater means to you, why you go, and what you look for in the experience. Bring your opinions!
Jeff Zinn is best known as the longtime artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) on Cape Cod. Under his leadership WHAT grew to become a nationally recognized professional theater presenting provocative new American plays for a diverse and appreciative regional audience.As an actor he made his Equity debut as “Danny” in the original off-Broadway production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity In Chicago starring F. Murray Abraham, and appeared on Broadway in The Suicide starring Derek Jacobi. As a director he developed new plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The White Barn Theatre, The West Bank Cafe, Theater for the New City, as a member of the Circle Repertory Company Lab, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Boston Playwrights Theatre. He currently holds the post of Visiting Academic Professional of Drama/Theatre at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor of Theater Studies at Clark University.He lives in Orleans with his wife, Crystal, and their children, Georgia and Noah.
Open University of Wellfleet
The Open University of Wellfleet is a forum for learning. Conceived by retired Brown University professor Rhoda Flaxman, the Open University began in April 2013. Courses are envisioned as directed discussions, otherwise known as collaborative learning. Readings will be assigned, and instructors will offer mini-lectures to spur focused interchanges and facilitate learning. The Fall 2014 classes will be held once a week for two hours from October 20 through November 20 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet Library, or W.H.A.T. Registration is available via web or phone (508) 349-1800. Courses will run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of seventeen participants. Tuition is $50.00 per course.