Pandemic Productions is an anthology of three short plays which were produced for online viewing.
Candace is Eventide’s Playwright-in-residence for our playwrights’ lab, Playwrights, ETC, and she used the time to revisit some of her works and adapt them for online presentation.
“Grist For The Mill” features Falmouth actors Mary Chris Kenney and Ken Chisholm, a married couple who were able to rehearse and act together, while Sallie Tighe recorded from Truro for the Zoom production of “Grist for the Mill.” The play, which was Candace’s entry in Playwrights, ETC Winter Showcase earlier this year, takes a comedic look at the complexities of marriage, therapy and the spy business.
Production of “A Super Reunion” was made possible using Covid safety protocols for another married couple, Diane Brunt and Brad Morse of Wellfleet, to be able to work together on the stage at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT). Masked and safely distanced, director Bob Costa, WHAT’s Artistic Director Chris Ostrom, and the playwright gathered at the theater with the actors to film this version of the play in February. Both a lighthearted and serious look at the challenges of marriage and being a superhero, the play was originally produced by the Heartland Theater in Normal, Illinois.
In the middle of the Covid pandemic, many Americans have also been grappling with the pandemic of racism. The Nauset Fellowship in Eastham asked Candace if she had a play she could produce on Zoom and share with the fellowship which deals with racial reckoning. “Isn’t It Romantic,” with Sallie Tighe, Cynthia Harrington, and Racine Oxtoby looks at what might be wrong with a plantation wedding. The actors filmed from the safety of their homes and brought a timely message via the magic of the internet. All three plays will be shown via online streaming of Eventide Theatre Company’s Virtual Playhouse on Saturday July 10th at 4pm. Registration is required.
Cynthia Harrington (“Isn’t It Romantic”) studied improvisational comedy at the Groundlings and was a founding member of the Attic Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles. She has performed on many of the Cape’s stages. Favorite roles are Kate in Dancing At Lughnasa, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Mother in Nevermore and Wren in Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche. She has appeared in all of Candace’s collections of short plays.
Sallie Tighe (“Grist for the Mill” and “Isn’t It Romantic”) is a poet, an activist, and an actress. She has performed on many stages on Cape Cod; from Woods Hole to Provincetown, and in between. Her love for the stage and the written word can be seen by her many diverse characters played.
Racine Oxtoby (“Isn’t It Romantic”) has appeared in several of Candace’s plays as well as the 24 Hour Plays in Provincetown and the Academy Playhouse’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Racine was the recent recipient of the Fine Art Work Center’s Provincetown Theater Playwriting Scholarship.
Mary Chris Kenney (“Grist for the Mill”) from E. Falmouth, is an over 30 year veteran of Cape Theatre. Favorite plays include Struggles, and Other Love Stories (Candace’s 2016 one acts), PTC How I Learned To Drive, Eventide Arts Laramie Project, CCFTA,‘Night,Mother, BCC Shirley Valentine, WTC Durang,Durang, and Theatre on the Bay Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean.
Ken Chisholm (“Grist for the Mill”) first performed with The Northshore Players in Danvers. On Cape, he was in A Delicate Balance and Durang, Durangat Woods Hole Theatre Company. At Falmouth Theatre Guild he was in Don’t Dress for Dinner.
Brad Morse and Diane Brunt, both relatively new to acting, are a couple on and off stage. “A Super Reunion” is their second performance together as husband and wife. Both were in “Boundless,” a documentary play with music about fishing on Cape Cod. Bitten by the bug, they hope to keep performing individually and as a couple far into the future!
Bob Costa (Director, “A Super Reunion”) has acted in several productions at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (W.H.A.T.) and others from Provincetown to Brewster. He directed productions of Candace Perry’s short plays at Wellfleet Preservation Hall in 2016 and 2017 and at W.H.A.T. in 2018.