Cape Rep Theatre has commissioned a new play about the Cape Cod fishing community from writers and long-time company members Alison Weller and Damian Baldet. The aim of the The Cape Cod Fishing Project is to humanize and highlight the complexities of life as a modern fisherman on Cape Cod. Engaging the greater Cape community is vital to this creative process, so several stages of the play’s development will be open to the public.
Weller and Baldet bring years of experience as Associate Artists of New York’s Obie Award-winning investigative theatre company, The Civilians, to the project. Janine Perry, Cape Rep’s Artistic Director, avid historian, and champion of new work shepherds the project with her knowledge of local history. Weller, Baldet and a group of actors are now in the project’s research phase, meeting and interviewing fishermen and their families, local politicians and scientists, and Feds and suppliers. The writers will develop the play in the winter and spring of 2017 and the final theatrical event will complete Cape Rep’s 2017 season.
In June The Cape Cod Fishing Project received a $5000 grant from the Mass Humanities Foundation, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant focuses on the endeavor’s oral history aspect. As part of the grant, Weller is working with Rebekah Ambrose-Dalton of the Nickerson Archives at Cape Cod Community College to ensure the deposit of at least 20 full-length interviews.
Monday, November 14th at 6:30pm the public is invited to join us at a First Look Forum at the Indoor Theater; the evening will include a short program of material related to the project, followed by a panel discussion with participants. Special guests will include Cape Cod’s only fisher folk rock band, The Seafarer Kids, Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries at the Center for Coastal Studies, and acclaimed novelist Daphne Kalotay. The First Look Forum will be the first of many opportunities for interview participants, community leaders and Cape Rep audience members to respond to material and discuss the pressing issues it reveals. Seats for the First Look Forum can be reserved by calling the Cape Rep Box Office at 508-896-1888. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Cape Cod Fishing Project is supported by Mass Humanities, whose grants inspire considered thought, conversation, and action through the humanities. We’re happy to participate in their mission to improve civic life in Massachusetts. See more about what Mass Humanities does here: http://www.masshumanities.org/