Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Programs - Educational Theatre

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Spring 2016 Season

Love, political skullduggery, and the human side of war: our spring season brings three up-close and personal stories of some of the great themes of life told by three master storytellers. For her annual Valentine’s concert, Regina Ress, accompanied by Larry Roland on bass, wonders: Love, Can We Handle It? In April, Michael D. McCarty’s Happy Panther offers a glimpse into the machinations of COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party in Chicago. For May Day, Megan Wells brings us the Trojan War through Helen’s eyes. Join us at the historic Provincetown Playhouse for this diverse and enthralling season of storytelling.

Regina Ress, with Larry Roland on bass, tells Love, Can We Handle It?
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

How is it that something we all want is, at the same time, something so many of us run from?  We pretend it is all so casual, we play “open/shut them” with our arms and hearts, hide behind masks, or simply hide, period. And yet, and yet…we are all looking for love. And when we find it and plunge into its deep waters, we are healed and made whole. Joined by virtuoso bass player and poet Larry RolandRegina Ress brings some questions and some storied answers about love for her thirteenth annual Valentine’s concert. (Appropriate for adults and older teens.)

Regina Ress, storyteller, actor, author, and educator, has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, from homeless shelters and prisons to Lincoln Center and the White House, including numerous national and international storytelling festivals. She teaches storytelling for NYU’s Educational Theatre and Multilingual/Multicultural Studies Programs and has produced Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse since 2003. ReginaRess.com

Larry Roland, bassist, composer, and poet, performs original and spontaneous improvised music that derives from African American jazz and African Diaspora traditions. He has performed across the US and abroad and merges his poetry with the acoustic bass to form a unique combination of art that blends the European literal, and the "African in America" oral traditionsogijaz.com

Michael D. McCarty tells Happy Panther: 
My Experience in the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

J. Edgar Hoover declared, “the Black Panther Party represents the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” What made the BPP so dangerous? Not the guns – but the Free Breakfast for Children and other survival programs that BPP initiated. Michael D. McCarty was a member of the Illinois Chapter of the BPP and a colleague of Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the Chicago police under the direction of the FBI. Later it was discovered that this was part of COINTELPRO, Hoover’s program of deception, lies, and skullduggery that would destroy many lives. Michael became a target of COINTELPRO after leaving the Party. He has stories to tell. (Appropriate for adults and teens 14 and older.)

Michael D. McCarty is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and International Folk tales, Historical tales, Stories of Science, Spiritual stories as well as stories of “the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life.” He has led numerous workshops for California’s Arts in Corrections program. Michael’s stories testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit. havemouthwillrunit.com

Megan Wells tells Helen's Troy
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Helen of Troy is forever remembered in poetry as the face that launched a thousand ships. What must it have been like to live behind a face like that? After intense research into the history, literature, and mythology of the legendary Trojan War, Megan Wells crafted an epic that illuminates the complex choices of a Spartan woman of power. Resonant to our modern age, politics over territory bend circumstances to incite mighty conflicts. (Appropriate for adults and children 12 and older.)

Megan Wells is an award-winning storyteller, actor, and director with over forty years experience. She tells traditional tales, multi-cultural myths, and historical events, as well as personal and true stories. She has performed coast to coast and is the Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. Appearances include the national Storytelling Festival, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. meganwells.com

All shows are at the historic Provincetown Playhouse at 133 MacDougal Street.

Events are free. Box office opens one hour before the show
Information line  212-998-5867
David Montgomery, Program Director, Program in Educational Theatre
Regina Ress, Producer