Season to open May 21 with 'The Unexpected Man'

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — The premiere of “Live Girls” by Victoria Stewart, performance artist Anna Deavere Smith’s one-time assistant, and the New England premiere of Billy Aronson’s “The Art Room,” based on a neglected Feydeau farce, have been set for the 19th summer season at Cape Cod’s Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

WHAT producing artistic director Jeff Zinn and co-artistic director Gip Hoppe announced the season will open May 21 with Lisa Richards and Paul Benedict in Yasmina Reza’s “The Unexpected Man,” directed by David Wheeler (through June 7).

That will be followed by “The Art Room” (June 12-July 5) and then “Jewbano,” a standup routine based on a life that began in Cuba and ended up on Cape Cod via the Catskills. Written and performed by Frank Speiser and directed by Larry Arrick, it will play Monday and Tuesday nights June 30-Aug. 26.

‘Race, sex and ethics

Described as “an exploration of race, sex and ethics when the worlds of pornography and reality-based performance art intersect,” Stewart’s “Live Girls” will run July 10-26. The play’s three characters are a performance artist, her personal assistant and a porn star who is the subject of an interview.

David Auburn’s “Proof” (July 31-Aug. 30), Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero” (Sept. 4-27) and Sam Shepard’s “True West” (Oct. 2-19) round out the season.

With Julie Harris as its honorary board chair, the WHAT is Cape Cod’s oldest professional nonprofit theater. This year, 4 p.m. matinees for several shows have been added “due to popular demand.”

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