Monday, June 27, 2022

Sarah Schulman Talks New Play “The Lady Hamlet” (AUDIO)


In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with award-winning author Sarah Schulman about the world premiere of her new play “The Lady Hamlet” at The Provincetown Theater in Provincetown, MA. that runs for 16 performances now through July 21st. It took 17 years for Schulman’s daring and romantic farce to come to fruition and we can’t wait to see it. “The Lady Hamlet” is a rollickingly smart, gender-defying comedy with big heart, deep curiosity and with serious laughs. The play is about two women born to play Hamlet set in 1920s New York City as they engage in a war of wits that leaves their colleagues and lovers caught in the crossfire. This hilariously smart and farcical costume comedy with one foot in screwball and the other in a fencing match creates a duel of divas in a fierce battle to see who will be the first and best female Hamlet on Broadway and win the off-stage hand of the fair Ophelia. Directed by David Drake, Artistic Director at The Provincetown Theater the cast of 6 includes Jennifer Van Dyck (Bway: Two Shakespearean Actors, Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa), Kate Levy (Bway: Bernhardt/Hamlet). John Shuman (Bway: La Cage Aux Folles, TV: “Boardwalk Empire”), Anne Stott (Film: “Don't Look Up,” “The Mothership,” “Crookedfinger”) Laura Scribner (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Brandon Cordeiro (Bway: The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me). “The Lady Hamlet” was developed in part through the Provincetown Theater's new play development program The Stephen Mindich Literary Project. We talked to Sarah about the inspiration for her fabulous new play and her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, playwright, nonfiction writer, journalist and AIDS historian. Her 20th book, LET THE RECORD SHOW: A Political History of ACT UP, New York 1987-1993 has been called a "Masterpiece" by The New York Times and won the Lambda nonfiction Prize, the Publish Triangle Nonfiction Prize and was a finalist for the PEN John Kenneth Galbraith Award in Nonfiction. The Provincetown Theater has been presenting impeccably crafted American plays and providing a lively sanctuary for Cape Cod and the LGBTQ+ community for over 50 years including during the race riots of the 1960s, the AIDS epidemic and so many other social and political challenges. COVID-19 safety protocols for the performance include mandatory facemasks for all patrons except while actively consuming food or drink and proof of vaccination. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Veteran Filmmakers Talk at Ptown Film Festival (AUDIO)

In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with filmmakers, honorees and activists at the 24th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) press luncheon that took place at Lands End Inn Provincetown, Massachusetts. First we spoke with actress Dale Dickey who was being honored with PIFF’s 2022 Excellence in Acting Award. Dale is a superbly talented veteran of film, television and the theater with over 60 film credits. Dale talked about her leading role in the feature film “A Love Song” that premiered at Sundance and won the John Schlesinger Narrative Award at PIFF. “A Love Song” is about two childhood sweethearts Faye (Dale Dickey) and Lito (Wes Studi) now both widowed who share a night by a lake in the mountains. Reuniting after 40 years the pair share childhood memories make small talk and shelter together from loneliness. Dale a fierce LGBTQ ally also addressed our LGBTQ issues and her own survival in the entertainment industry. Then we chatted with director Jean Carlomusto a filmmaker, activist and interactive media artist whose film “Esther Newton Made Me Gay” made its North American Premiere at the festival and won the Warner Bros. Discovery Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature at PIFF. She was joined by the subject of her film anthropologist and author Esther Newton who throughout her career has questioned and challenged the status quo on gender, sexuality and anthropological methods. Her work has inspired generations of scholars to pursue research in what would eventually become the field of LGBTQ and Gender Studies. Esther talked about her work and what she hopes the film will accomplish and then gave us her spin on our LGBTQ issues. We concluded our montage with Jay Critchley a visual, conceptual and performance artist whose work and environmental activism has traversed the globe. Jay was honored in 2017 for his commitment to PIFF and to Provincetown. Jay’s 2022 PIFF short film selection “Cheeky: Not For Tea Dance” edited by Vanessa Vartabedian can be viewed virtually at PIFF now through June 26th.  

The Provincetown Film Society (PFS), which began as the Provincetown International Film Festival in 1999 is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors. Their mission is articulated through three primary activities: the annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF), their year-round theater operation of the Water’s Edge Cinema and the Gabrielle A. Hanna Provincetown Film Institute for film and media artist residencies and conferences. As a substantial contributor to the economic and creative vitality of America’s oldest art colony PFS is dedicated to becoming a sustainable year-round cultural organization that brings film education, genre-specific festivals and cultural partnerships to the outer Cape.   

Friday, June 3, 2022

Anne Hubbell Talks 24th Provincetown Film Festival (AUDIO)


In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Anne Hubbell, Executive Director of the Provincetown International Film Festival that runs in person from June 15th to June 19th in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Celebrating its 24th year the opening night film will be Sophie Hyde’s “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” starring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack. The 2022 “Filmmaker on the Edge” is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name). Guadagnino will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Sunday June 19th. Actress Dale Dickey will receive the festival’s Excellence in Acting Award and will accept the award on Sunday June 19th in conversation with journalist and novelist Thelma Adams at Provincetown Town Hall. The recipients of this year’s “Next Wave Award” will be presented to Jenny Slate and Bowen Yang on June 16th. Yang will be in attendance supporting his film “Fire Island” which is playing at the festival. This year’s film fest will also welcome past honorees Parker Posey and John Cameron Mitchell’s return to PIFF. Posey will be presenting Christopher Guest’s timeless classic 1996 mockumentary comedy “Waiting For Guffman” which will screen free to the public on MacMillan Pier on June 17th. Cameron Mitchell will be presenting the New 4K Criterion Collection digital restoration of “Shortbus” at Town Hall on June 18th. There will also be lots of fabulous special events and premiers. We talked to Anne about what she hopes to accomplish at PIFF this year and as an ally her spin on our LGBTQ issues. 

Anne Hubbell is a respected film industry veteran with over 20 years of extensive corporate, not-for-profit and production experience. She co-founded Tangerine Entertainment in 2012 the first production company and community builder dedicated to working exclusively with women creators. Anne has served on the boards of New York Women in Film & Television, the New York Production Alliance and Rooftop Films. She is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America. As Executive Director of the Provincetown Film Society she supports their mission to advocate for diverse representation in film, providing year-round programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard via film. PFS works to have a better understanding and appreciation for the human struggle and triumphs by showcasing our similarities and differences in today’s diverse culture. For Info & Tix…