We are excited to bring you this brand new play by well- known Cape actor Jade Schuyler. It was developed in Cape Rep’s own Theatrelab.
Alex grew up fishing with her father and now she’s back to settle his estate, including the boat. Set on Cape Cod and unfolding on shore and off, this moving story is action- packed, witty, and full of surprises.
Jade Schuyler (Alex, Playwright) Jade is elated to be presenting her fist stage play at cape rep theater. Among her favorite recent roles are Becca in rabbit hole, Jane in regular singing, and Margo in the thriller suspense film runner directed by her husband Paul Schuyler. The Tuna Goddess has been a whirlwind collaboration of so many generous and creative minds. Special thanks to art and Janine for developing such a creative and welcoming environment for new playwrights.
Lewis D. Wheeler* (Pete) Lewis is delighted to return to Cape Rep where he previously set sail in Rough Crossing. Recent credits include Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage), Ideation (New Rep), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Gloucester Stage). Other regional theatres include American Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Nora Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Greater Boston Theatre Co., Bostonian Society, , American Stage (FL), Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Publick Theatre, Shakespeare Now, Wellesley Repertory Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, five seasons at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT), and founding member of Harbor Stage. Film/TV: Manchester by the Sea, Black Mass, The Company Men, Live by Night, Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood, and the upcoming City on a Hill (Showtime). Lewis is a member of Theatre Espresso, performing interactive, historical dramas for students across New England. He also performs in improv-based training programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, helping clinicians practice challenging medical situations. He received his BA from Cornell University and MFA from the American Film Institute.
Paul Schuyler (Norman, Assistant Director) Paul is honored to be a part of another premiere production at Cape Rep, after having been cast last season in Alison Weller’s Boundless. When he is not being mistaken for a fisherman, he spends his time tinkering on screenplays and making the occasional movie.
Julie Allen Hamilton (Deb) is an Associate Artist at Cape Rep Theatre where she has been working as an actor and a director since 1993. Favorite Cape Rep roles include Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Red Head (The Love Talker), Paulina Escobar (Death And The Maiden) June (Fifth Of July), Aoife Muldoon (Outside Mullingar), and as a director: Regular Singing, The Tempest, Macbeth, and How I Became A Pirate. Select regional credits: Smee/Nana, Peter Pan and Wendy (CCTC/HJT), Joy Gresham, Shadowlands (CDG), Liz Morden, Our Country’s Good (APA), Directing: To Kill A Mockingbird, The BFG, Dancing At Lughnasa, The Crucible (CCTC/HJT), The Weir, Much Ado About Nothing, Three Sisters (APA). Special thanks and much love to her family, Jack, Ian, Nell, Josie & Olive.
Noah Pelty (Sully) is thrilled to return for his second production at Cape Rep. He most recently appeared as Tyler in Cape Rep’s hit season opener Merrily We Roll Along. Originally from New York City, he is a senior BFA Acting major at Coastal Carolina University. Regional credits include Two Rooms (Atlantic Stage), and High Steppin Country (PG productions). Collegiate Theatre credits include Bullets over Broadway (Cheech), Really Really (Jimmy), Our Country’s Good (Wisehammer/Capt Phillip), Big Love (Leo), How To Succeed… (Womper/Twimble), and The 1940’s Radio Hour (Lou Cohn). Pelty is a member of the Cape Cod based rock band “Canon Hill.” He thanks his family for all their support!
Ryan Sheehan is a recent graduate from Quinnipiac University with two B.A.’s in Theater and Film. Select acting credits: Quinnipiac University: True West (Lee), Arms and the Man (Bluntschli), The Servant of Two Masters (Silvio), Spring Awakening (Moritz), Really Really (Davis), Stop Kiss (Peter), The Wild Party (Phil), The Imaginary Invalid (Cleante), Rumors (Ken Gorman). Manhattan Theatre Company: The Crowded Hour (Quentin). The Barrow Group: The 2018 New Play Festival (Neil, ‘Watch Your Back’) Abingdon Theatre Company: The 2016 New Play Festival (Smith, ‘Stuck Keys’). New England Theatre Conference: Leo Teller (Joey). Film: Yesterday (Harris)
Anthony Teixeira (Richard) is a local performer, producer, music director and educator who is grateful to be back on the Cape Rep stage! Previous shows here include Merrily We Roll Along, Evita, Funny Girl, The Light in the Piazza, Mack & Mabel, A Year with Frog & Toad, Lyle the Crocodile, and How I Became A Pirate, as well as shows at Cotuit Center for the Arts, Harwich Junior Theatre, and Theater Under the Stairs. Anthony has been a soloist and featured singer for the Cape Symphony, and will perform the role of the Tin Man for their concert presentation of The Wizard of Oz in February 2019.
Maya Anastasio (Young Alex) Maya Grace Anastasio is a 6th grader at Nauset Middle School. She has appeared in the Cap Cod Theatre Company Harwich Junior Theater productions of Anne of Green Gables and A Christmas Carol. This is her first appearance at Cape Rep and she is excited to be a part of the premier of The Tuna Goddess.
Larkin Fox (Young Alex) is a local eleven-year-old from Brewster and is delighted to be returning to Cape Rep Theatre. Last Summer she made her Cape Rep Theatre debut in Billy Elliot The Musical. Larkin began ballet at the age of four at The Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans and was a featured dancer with her ballroom teacher, Adam Spencer, at The Cotuit Center for the Arts Cape Cod Dance Expo in 2016. She has been in a number of dance shows for the Academy. After training for about two years at Studio 878 in Chatham, she now is fluent in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom styles, such as Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, Foxtrot, and Waltz. Larkin has also trained in tap, modern, and jazz. She currently studies dance at The Academy of Performing Arts, Cape Cod Ballet Theatre for Children, and with Adam Spencer at Studio 878. Larkin would like to thank her family for all of their support and encouragement as well as her fantastic teachers, all of which has led her to become part of such a wonderful show.
* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.
Art Devine (Director) is a multi-talented theater artist whose work as a playwright, director, actor and designer has been enjoyed throughout New England and California. He has written three world premiere plays for Cape Rep (9-Ball, Winter Wheat and The Bottom of the Sky) and is currently hard at work on his latest commission, A Cloud of Canvas. His most recent acting credits include Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher, Gal in Rough Crossing, Mr. Burns in Mr. Burns, Rooster in Jerusalem, Dindon in La Cage Aux Folles and Roy in The Light in the Piazza. For Cape Rep, he directed A Streetcar Named Desire, Sunday in the Park with George, Topdog/Underdog, Our Country’s Good, 9-Ball and last season’s world premiere Boundless. Art trained at Trinity Rep Conservatory in RI. As a teacher of Cape Rep’s Theater Lab, where Jade Schuyler studied both Playwriting I&II, Art is honored to be directing her world premiere.
Ellen Rousseau (Scenic Design) is fascinated by the ways in which spacial relationships inform context and story. Some of her recent design credits include You Can’t Take It With You (Provincetown Theater), Painting Churches (WHAT), Chicago (Peregrine Theater), One Day (Off Broadway), Inappropriate: The Musical (Los Angeles), The Weight of Water (Provincetown/NYC), She is thrilled to be working with Cape Rep Theater for the first time.
Susan Nicholson (Lighting Design) has been illuminating productions professionally since 2004. Favorite shows include Boundless and Billy Elliot the Musical at Cape Rep, Chicago at CCSU, and Death for Five Voices at Prospect Theatre Company. Regionally she has designed at the Forestburgh Playhouse, Enchanted Dance, AADA, Harbor Lights Theatre, The Resident Theatre Company and Provincetown Theater. She is also a part of HG Lighting Design and freelances as a corporate and event lighting designer for WorldStage. Honors include Barbizon Region 3 winner, at the National level Runner-Up, Nominated for an Ostrander in Lighting in Memphis. She holds a BA from Purdue University and a MFA from the University of Memphis. Member local 829. susanmnicholsondesign.com
Robin McLaughlin (Costume Design) was resident costume designer at Cape Rep Theatre for many years. After several years in California she is very happy to be back East to work at Cape Rep once again. She continues to be a nationally known designer of hand made journey bags and has added custom wedding accessories to her collection.
Jay Sheehan (Sound Design) Jay has been involved with recording and mixing audio for artists, film, television, and the web, as well as providing live sound and mastering since 1995. He holds a degree from Berklee College of Music in Music Production and Engineering. Recording projects and documentary video projects have taken him all across North America as well as to the bottom of the America’s on Cape Horn. Jay is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, SMPTE, and is a Board member and Technical Consultant for the Woods Hole Film Festival. He splits his time as Director of IT at Cape Cod Community Media Center, Chief Engineer/Manager of Night Owl Recordings, and provides sound and video production services to the New England area with his own company Garrett Audio. He is owns and operates Cape Cod Sound School. www.garrett-audio.com www.capecodsoundschool.com
Connor Whiteley (Properties) is thrilled to make his Cape Red debut as the props designer for How I Became a Pirate and The Tuna Goddess. Connor is a Senior Economics and Theater double major at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT who was been involved with theater as an actor for the past 2 years. His previous roles in Quinnipiac Theater include Beralde (The Imaginary Invalid), Hilly (Clark Gable Slept Here) and the voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors). Connor is excited to take his work off stag and continue his work with theater in the technical aspect.
Kate Gulden (Stage Manager) has previously stage managed nine shows at Cape Rep from 9-Ball (2013) to Boundless (2017), and assistant stage managed four. Other credits include stage manager at Chestnut Street Playhouse (The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!) and Bartlett Theatre (The Glass Menagerie, Crumbs from the Table of Joy) and assistant stage manager at Playhouse on Park (The Chosen, I Hate Hamlet). Kate is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts. She also serves as head of public relations and managing editor for Sunset Liminal Press and their flagship literary magazine, Sunset Liminal.
Jennifer Dupre (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to make her Cape Rep debut as Stage Manager for How I Became a Pirate and Mamma Mia!, and ASM on The Tuna Goddess. Previously, Jennifer has toured with Arts Power National Touring Theater as a stage manager (Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great), staged managed at Encore at the Point (Beauty and the Beast; The Jungle Book; Footloose; James and the Giant Peach and more) and worked with Break-A-Leg Productions (The Madwoman of Chaillot). Jennifer has her BA in Theater Studies from Quinnipiac University (2017) and will be attending California Institute of the Arts in the fall to receive her MFA in stage management (2021).
Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker/Focalpoint Studio
“The Tuna Goddess is a triumph – don’t miss it.” – Deb Boucher Stetson, The Cape Codder
“There are many terrific moments in this play that take the audience from laughter to tears, from clapping to the music to stunned silence.” – Shannon Goheen, Cape Cod Times
“The cast and the production team have succeeded in creating a seamless show that draws you in and keeps you enthralled from the first scene to the payoff finale.” – Amy Tagliaferri, The Cape Cod Chronicle
Behind the Scenes
Harwich Playwright Jade Schuyler Finds Her Voice With ‘The Tuna Goddess’
“In writing the play, Schuyler used her own experiences in the Cape fishing community. When she was younger, “I did tuna fish during the summer, and I was the only girl,” she recalls. “I always loved being around fishermen, and the fishing culture, and once I got on a tuna boat, I loved it so much.” Deb Boucher Stetson, The Cape Cod Chronicle