Tuesday, May 22 @ 7:30pm | Tickets: $25
A new play with music
Written by Alison Weller | Music by Peter Hodgson & Alison Weller
Boundless is a new play with music that explores how small boat fishermen on Cape Cod manage today’s complicated and ever-changing industry. Through the prism of text based on interviews with people in and around the Cape Cod fishing community, Boundless explores universal issues that affect us all.
In 2016, Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, MA, commissioned Alison Weller to write the play; the project was supported in part with a grant from Mass Humanities. Composer Peter Hodgson joined the project in August of 2017. The show premiered in November 2017 and played to sold out houses. The Cape Cod Times called it “urgent, indigenous art.” Boundless has since been invited to two sister ports, for readings at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Museum and now the Gloucester Stage Company.
And to an interview on local public radio:
Peter Hodgson began his compositional career by earning his BM in Music Theory and Composition from NYU Steinhardt, where he studied under Grammy Award winner Herschel Garfein; subsequently he earned his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU Tisch. His full-length musical, Lady Mercy (book and lyrics by Sarah Fiete), was workshopped in an Equity Reading at NYU. Songs from this musical were then featured in other NYU readings, and at the famed NYC space 54 Below. His one-act musical, 4.0 (book and lyrics by Ariel Mitchell), was also workshopped in an Equity Reading at NYU. More recently, Peter and former classmates Kathleen Wrinn and Emily Roller have been developing a musical entitled The Bridge, which tells the story of Emily Roebling, the little-known woman who deserves much of the credit for the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Besides his work in musical theatre, Peter has written for pop & EDM artists, and has collaborated with various music producers.
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Alison Weller is a writer, actor and producer. She has been an Associate Artist with the NYC investigative theatre company The Civilians since 2002, and was an original collaborator on their long-running hit Gone Missing and critically acclaimed This Beautiful City. As an actor, she has worked on and off Broadway, and at many regional theatres. While a company member of ReEntry, she performed for service members in the US Navy, facilitating subsequent conversations with them as part of their official reintegration process. Alison has taught the methodology of investigative theatre at NYU, Illinois State University, Colorado College, Sarah Lawrence, and Kingsborough Community College, and will be teaching at the New School in the fall. She graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in history and literature of England and Ireland, has an MFA in acting from UCSD and is an Associate of the London Film School.
Tom Andrew* is ecstatic to be back at Cape Rep after playing Jackie Elliot in Billy Elliot this summer. National Tours include Titanic (Murdoch) and The Music Man (Olin Britt). Regional credits include Baby (Allan) Coachella Valley Rep; It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (George Bailey) Cygnet Theatre and Sierra Repertory; Guys and Dolls (Sky), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Brian Doyle) Ocean State Theatre Co.; 9 to 5 (Dick) Theatre by the Sea, Into the Woods (Baker), Fiddler on the Roof (Motel) Starlight Music Theatre; Chicago (Billy Flynn) Ion Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy) Mira Costa Theatre, Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From Brian Mackey (Tom), Night Sky (Daniel) Mo’Olelo, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (King/Vocalist) La Jolla Playhouse; and Forever Plaid (Sparky) too many theaters to mention!
Jessica Georges was first cast in Sunday in the Park with George in 2003 here at Cape Rep and since then has considered this theater her family. She was last seen on this stage as Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher. Her favorite roles at Cape Rep include the Cat and Jingle Bell Boy in Tibet Through the Red Box, Kate monster & Lucy in Avenue Q, and all of her roles from pirates to farm animals at the outdoor children’s theater. She’d like to thank Justin, Kai, Cora, and Grandma Jayne for all their love and support!
McNeely Myers* loves the play of theatre. . .the resilience of life. . .the beauty of nature. . . the warmth of this community. . . Seen here in this season’s Billy Elliot and Regular Singing, McNeely also played for Cape Rep in Hairspray and Winter Wheat. Her one-woman show Sunny & the Swami was developed locally. Other Cape credits: Body Awareness, Bug, Driving on the Sidewalk, Indecent Exposure (WHAT), Wit, Anton in Show Business (Counter Productions), A Perfect Ganesh (Provincetown Theatre), and most notably with Provincetown Rep as Maria Callas in Master Class for which Terrence McNally tagged her “Cape Cod’s answer to Meryl Streep.” Prior to her days on the Cape, McNeely was a ten-year member of Whetstone Theatre in southern Vermont.
Stephen L. Russell* has appeared on many area stages over the past thirty years, most frequently at WHAT and the Academy Playhouse, but also at HJT, Payomet, The New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage of Boston, the Stoneham Theatre, the Huntington Theatre Company and with the Tir Na Theatre Company. For the past sixteen summers he has been the Impresario of WHAT for Kids, the family theater wing of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theatre, where many of his fifteen plays for family audiences have been produced. Stephen is known in the gaming community for his voice acting on such titles as Fallout 3 & 4, Dishonored 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, System Shock 2 and the Thief series. He is currently at work on two new titles, Underworld Ascendant and ZED. Website: stephenrussellvoice.com
Paul Schuyler Paul is a Cape Cod actor and filmmaker, having appeared in numerous productions including The Little Mermaid at CCTC, Driving Miss Daisy at Cotuit Black Box, and Peter and the Starcatcher at Cape Rep. He is excited to return to the Rep, and to be a part of such a talented and dedicated cast and crew. Boundless is a story so meaningful and relevant to the place he calls home, and he is honored to lend his voice to the telling. As a film director, he just completed the thriller short RUNNER, with his wife Jade Schuyler. They are currently hard at work up on their follow up film, to be shot on Cape in the near future.
Peter Hodgson – Guitar
Sue Keller – Piano
Alice Malone – Violin
* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.