Cape Cod Theatre Project – The Elephants by Mat Smart

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Date(s) - July 19, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Falmouth Academy
Falmouth

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The Cape Cod Theatre Project, a professional theatre lab, brings together award-winning playwrights and actors, often straight from Broadway, to Cape Cod for staged readings of new American plays.

Playwright Mat Smart presents The Elephants, a searing comedy about race and privilege.

Dr. Q runs an unorthodox three-day racial sensitivity retreat in idyllic Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Six people have been sent there by their employers for doing something at their jobs on the racism spectrum from mildly to completely racist (well, everyone except Kara, a white stay-at-home mom who’s there by choice because she wants to learn how to be a better ally). With provocative and unconventional exercises, Dr Q creates anything but a safe space, forcing these six desperate people to confront the things we don’t talk about.

Mat Smart is a playwright from Naperville, Illinois, whose furniture is currently in storage in New York City and whose mail goes to Los Angeles. The Agitators, his play about the 45-year friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, premiered at Geva in October 2017 and is in the midst of a dozen different productions across the country. Other plays include Kill Local (La Jolla Playhouse), The Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre, recipient of the 2015 Jeff Award for Best New Work in Chicago), and Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival; Steppenwolf). An avid traveler and baseball fan, Mat has been to all of the states, all of the continents, and all of the current MLB stadiums.

Plays fostered with the Cape Cod Theatre Project have achieved great success with over 50 plays produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the world. Experience these dynamic works before they move on to major stages around the country.

Celebrating its 25th season this summer, the Cape Cod Theatre Project will feature four new plays-in-development covering a range of subject matter and genres including a comedy, thriller, reflections of a personal journey, and stories of twentieth-century American optimism. Each presentation is followed by a moderated talkback session to provide valuable feedback to playwright.

Check out the Cape Cod Theatre Project website for additional play readings through July 27, Thursday – Saturday.



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