Photo Flash: ANNA CHRISTIE Returns to the Wharf House at the Provincetown Marina
ANNA CHRISTIE, Eugene O'Neill's celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning drama and hit of the 2016 season, is returning to the Wharf House at the Provincetown Marina, opening July 13.
The Provincetown Dramatic Arts production was selected as one of the Best Plays of 2016 and leading actress Sarah MacDonnell was named by the Cape Cod Times as one of the best female performances of the season. The play runs Thursday-Sunday through July 30.
Set in a waterfront bar, and a barge in Provincetown and Boston harbor, the unique location of the Provincetown harbor is a visual backdrop for this drama of family passion and deeply held secrets. The cast includes Jody O'Neil as Chris Christopherson, Sarah MacDonnell as Anna Christie, J. Stephen Brantley as Mat Burke, Michael Niedermnan as Johnny the Priest, and Lynda Sturner as Marthy Owen.
"We are delighted that the full cast is returning for the 2017 production, with the addition of J. Stephen Brantley as Mat," said director Margaret Van Sant. "We can truly say we have two 'Oscar' winners and an 'Oscar-nominated' actor, since both Lynda Sturner and J. Stephen Brantley won the top acting awards at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and Sarah was nominated as best actress. The festival awards are a statue of Oscar Wilde!"
Written in Provincetown in 1916, and the winner of the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Van Sant chose to stage the production at the Wharf House of the Provincetown Marina because the play is set the play is set in Provincetown and Boston harbor. "It will be wonderful to look out the doors of the Wharf House and actually see Long Point Light-it is the perfect location."
"ANNA CHRISTIE is a gritty and provocative play that holds you in suspense, as Anna tries to navigate the hold that both her father and her lover have on her. And the sexual politics in the play not only offers a clear look at the life of women in the early 1900's, but also feels very contemporary," Van Sant said.
The Wharf House is located at the end of the Provincetown Marina (at the end of Ryder Street) It's well known for the large photographs of the Portuguese fishing wives looking out to sea on its exterior walls.
Tickets are $28 for students/seniors, $35 for general admission, $45 for VIP, and may be purchased at www.provincetownannachristie.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets are also available the day of the show at: House of LaRue, 244 Commercial Street. Performances take place at The Wharf House, 9 Ryder Street Extension, Provincetown, MA 02657. (At the end of the Provincetown Marina - at the end of Ryder Street)
PROVINCETOWN DRAMATIC ARTS (formerly CTEK Arts) has been a member of the Cape Cod theater community since 2004. It was established to celebrate the rich theatrical heritage of Provincetown and Cape Cod, to contribute to its artistic future by developing new scripts and interdisciplinary performances, and to support the economic vitality of our community through education in the arts. Provincetown Dramatic Arts presents original and classic scripts, with a focus on the stories of female artists and community-based play development. www.ptowndramaticarts.org
Michael Niederman and Jody O'Neill. Photo by Natalie Cataldo.
Michael Niederman as Johnny the Priest - Lynda Sturner as Marthy Owen Photo by Natalie Cataldo
â€‹â€‹Lynda Sturner as Marthy Owen - Jody O'Neill - Chris Christopherson - Michael Niederman as Johnny the Priest - Photo by Natalie Cataldo