Lyon College’s Harlequin Theatre will present Provincetown: An Evening of One Acts November 9-12 in the Holloway Theatre. The Thursday-Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and non-Lyon students.
This production will celebrate the legacy of the legendary Provincetown Playhouse, one of the most significant and influential little theatres in American history.
Provincetown was founded in 1915 as a showcase for experimental drama ill-suited to the commercial demands of Broadway. Many of the then-unknown artists associated with Provincetown would go on to successful theatrical careers, including Eugene O’Neill, Robert Edmond Jones, and Susan Glaspell.
Four one-act plays will be presented.
King Arthur’s Socks, by Floyd Dell, satirizes the conflict between traditional marriage and the free love movement that was pervasive among the intelligentsia during the 1910s. The two characters will be portrayed by Caleb Ray and Lindsi Edgar.
Enemies, by Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood, also wrestles with the challenges of marriage, focusing on the trials of a couple long-married but restless. The players include Bethany Stubbs, Karissa Harper, Olivia Lynch, and Basil Gist.
Cocaine, by Pendleton King, reflects the gritty realism that was in vogue during the period. The plot centers on a couple, portrayed by Sam Choate and Kendra Bell, who try to find a way out of a life wracked by poverty and drug addiction.
Suppressed Desires, by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook, is a comedy satirizing Freudian psychology. A woman obsessed with armchair psychoanalysis drives her husband and sister to distraction. The cast includes Marissa Ayers, Trevor Patrick, and Navy Griffin.
Dr. Fonzie Geary will direct, and Trey Smith will serve as Stage Manager.
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