WHAT announces 2012 season

Four plays, one musical on the main stage

WHAT's Box Office and Julie Harris Stage. cctoday photo.

The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) in Wellfleet announced their 2012 summer season on Friday. In 2012, WHAT will produce four plays and one musical, two of which are world premieres and one of which is an American premiere, according to Artistic Director Dan Lombardo.

"We will continue to present professional quality theater to our audiences and provide an alternative theater experience not found elsewhere in the region, and make sure the summer theater season remains at the core of the WHAT mission," said Bruce Bierhans, WHAT CEO and board co-chair.

This year, all shows will be produced on WHAT's Julie Harris Stage on Route 6.

WHAT's 2012 lineup is as follows:

  • References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
    by Jose Rivera, directed by Dan Lombardo, previews May 24, 25, opens May 26, closes June 9
    A (sur)real play about testing the limits of love. References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot tells the story of the erratic life of an army wife who has been estranged from her soldier husband. Their ideals push them apart in this comic drama that puts the two worlds of fantasy vs. reality to the test. WHAT will continue its association with the young, inspiring Boston actors of TC Squared, former students of the Boston Arts Academy. 
  •  The Consequences (musical)
    by Nathan Leigh and Kyle Jarrow, world premiere directed by Kel Haney, previews June 14, 15, opens June 16, closes July 7
    A bittersweet rock and roll love story about roads not taken and dreams not followed. A winking deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre, it explores themes of fate, choice, and the difficulty of knowing one's own heart. Developed at WHAT Lab by WHAT's own Nathan Leigh and Obie Award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow.
  • Saving Kitty
    by Marisa Smith, world premiere, previews, July 12, 13, opens July 14, closes July 28
    Kitty, an up-and-coming TV journalist, brings her hunky evangelical Christian boyfriend home to her Upper Eastside parents with volcanic results. This family comedy plays out against the backdrop of potential war in the Middle East, radical Islamists in Turkey, and Kitty's mom trying to find a burka that flatters her youthful figure.
  • Hysteria: Or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis
    by Terry Johnson, directed by Todd Olsen, co-production with American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, FL (transfers in Sept.), previews August 2, 3, opens August 4, closes August 25
    Jessica, one of Freud's earliest "cases," returns to haunt the psychoanalyst but finds Salvador Dali hiding in the cupboard. A "wild, weird and funny, serious, compassionate and shocking, blasphemous and reverential, intellectual and frivolous, a factual fantasy, a demented farce..." (The New York Times).
  • Oblomov
    by WHAT founder and Wellfleet resident Kevin Rice, American premiere, directed by Daisy Walker, previews August 30, 31, opens September 1, closes September 22
    Freely adapted from Ivan Goncharov's novel, Oblomov springs from the conflict of Oblomov who can hardly see a reason to get out of bed in the morning until a friend introduces him to an ambitious and captivating young singer, Olga. It's an epic struggle that moves back and forth from Oblomov's idyllic dream world to the more earthly haunts --- and delights --- of the ravishing Olga. A very funny take on a classic story.

Subscriptions are available, $125 for all five plays by calling 508 349-WHAT or by visiting www.what.org. WHAT's Box Office and Julie Harris Stage are at 2357 Route 6 in Wellfleet.

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