More screenings of award-winning "Stagestruck: Confessions from Summer Stock" in August

Following previous standing room only screenings of Liz Argo’s award-winning film, “Stagestruck: Confessions from Summer Stock”, screenings are planned for the last two weeks of August. The first screening will be at the Sandwich Glass Museum, located at 129 Main St., in Sandwich, on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.  The next screening will be at the Wellfleet Library on Saturday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m.   Next, a gala wine and cheese screening will be held at the Cape Repertory Theater, located at 3299 Main St. (Rte 6A – just west of Nickerson State Park entrance) in Brewster, on Sunday evening August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

On the following weekend two screenings are planned, the first to be held at the Alchemy Farm Screening Room at 37 Hatchville Rd., Falmouth, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26.  And the finale screening for “Stagestruck: Confessions from Summer Stock” will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon on Sunday, August 28 in Provincetown at the new Provincetown Film Society’s Whaler’s Wharf Cinema at 237 Commercial Street.

Argo’s new film, “Stagestruck” has been surprising and charming Cape audiences with its uncensored look at her typical 1950s family, caught up in a not so typical lifestyle. It was Argo’s parents, Betsy & Gordon Argo, who created and ran America’s first summer stock theatre-in-the-round, the Orleans Arena Theatre, from 1950 to 1976. 

"Stagestruck" won best documentary at the WHAT Film Festival in 2010.

Not just a tale of wild parties and steamy relationships, the film gives an insider’s look at the hard work, incredible personal growth, and deep sacrifice that also went into the old-fashioned enterprise of family-run summer stock theater. As summed up by famous Orleans Arena Theatre alumnus, author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in his interview in the film, “People would work this hard for nothing. And they would, because that’s theater.”

Argo uses fascinating reenactments, historical theater photos, and lively interviews to tell the story behind the glamorous grind of 1950s summer stock theater.  Author Kurt Vonnegut is an engaging addition to the interviewees, providing the famous Vonnegut humor and insight to the telling of the family’s experiences running the Orleans Arena Theatre. The staged historical re-enactments are particularly well executed, with more than 50 Cape Cod actors and actresses employed to act out the scenes in the famous theater that now houses the Academy of Performing Arts. 

“Stagestruck” has been accepted by American Public Television (APT), and Argo is in the last stages of a fundraiser to allow the APT distribution.

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