PREMIERE! Wrinkles, The Musical
May 11 – June 11
Thursday Evenings at 7:00pm
(No Show Thursday May 25)
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7:30pm
Sunday Matinees at 4:00pm
In 2008, two dear friends celebrated their 60th birthdays. One went on a silent retreat for three weeks and wrote poetry. The other got a personal trainer, cosmetic dentistry, Botox, Juvaderm, and laser treatments. Using one of the poems, Hags and Crones as their inspiration, the two created the Wrinkles Review. The work was further shaped, developed, and directed by Broadway producer and longtime friend, Dani Davis as a “work in progress” performance at WHAT in 2010. Sold out houses and standing ovations encouraged the writers to keep working toward the development of an evening-length, two-act musical. With the intention of empowering older women, the writers based the script on real stories of Cape women ages 60-95 shared in workshops, interviews, and seminars. The Cape Cod Theatre Company presents the premiere of Wrinkles, the Musical, A Celebration of Women and Aging written by Naomi Turner and Wilderness Sarchild; directed by Nina Schuessler; with music by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland, Cape recording artist Sarah Burrill, and composer and musical director Malcolm Granger. (Mature audience.)
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT
THE MASSACHUSETTS BREAST CANCER COALITION
We are proud to announce that part of the proceeds from the Friday, May 19 performance of Wrinkles, The Musical will benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC). This special performance will include a champagne and chocolate reception featuring Christine Rathbun-Ernst performing excerpts from her Fat Ass Cancer Bitch series of dramatic monologues as well as a talk by MBCC director, Cheryl Osimo, who will speak about her organization’s work to prevent breast cancer on Cape Cod. Tickets for this event are $35, $10 of which will go directly to the MBCC.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT WE CAN
Wrinkles, The Musical is dedicated to the empowerment of women of all ages. We celebrate the relevant and related work of the local WE CAN organization, whose support and unique services bring increased opportunity, self-sufficiency, stability, and lasting positive change for Cape Cod women, their families, and ultimately, our entire community. Part of the proceeds from the Friday, June 9 performance of Wrinkles, The Musical will benefit WE CAN. This special performance will include a champagne and chocolate reception and a special talk-back with the Wrinkles director, cast, and playwrights along with WE CAN Executive Director, Andi Genser. Tickets for this event are $35, $10 of which will go directly to WE CAN.
ABOUT THE WRINKLES PLAYWRIGHTS
-Founding Director and President, Studio 878 Trust, a non-profit organization whose mission includes providing funding for young dance and theater students
-Co-founder, Chance to Dance Scholarship for young ballroom dancers
-Co-director, Tides Dance Collective
-President, Chatham Candy Manor
-Founding President, Chatham Orpheum Theater
Naomi has been affiliated with many theater and dance organizations including Cape Rep, Chatham Drama Guild, Monomoy Theatre, Delray Beach Playhouse, and Turtle Lane Playhouse. A long-time supporter of the Cape Cod Theatre Company, Naomi began her association with the theatre working with Nina Schuessler on the development of Wrinkles. Her teaching credits include Wellesley College, the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Boston, the Academy of Performing Arts as well as San Carlos School of Dance, Brazil.
Naomi recently received two proclamations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the first for “Woman of the Year” 2014 award from the Lower Cape Business and Professional Women’s organization, the second as recipient of “Leadership in the Arts Award” from the Arts foundation of Cape Cod for her work in creating the Chatham Orpheum Theater. She also received Congressional Recognition by the US House of Representatives and was honored as Grand Marshall of the Chatham Independence Day Parade in 2015.
With a strong commitment to social justice, Naomi has collaborated on many arts projects addressing social issues and has been recognized in that regard by the Mass Cultural Council in 2010 and by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Her work, which addresses such issues as racism, oppression, human trafficking, physical challenge, and the environment, has been performed in schools, churches, and theaters throughout the Cape.
Naomi has been teaching for nearly 50 years, is a pioneer in combining social justice work with the arts, and has recently, at age 69, become an avid ballroom dance competitor. She lives in Chatham with her husband, David Veach, and their two French bulldogs, Isaac Bad-Boy and Inspector Clouseau.
Wilderness Sarchild is an expressive arts therapist, poet, playwright, and grandmother of six. Her poems have been published in many anthologies/literary journals and she has won awards for her poetry and play writing from Veterans for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Joe Gouveia WOMR National Poetry Competition. Her first book of poetry, Old Women Talking, will be published by Passager Books in late autumn, 2017.
For the past 30 years, Wilderness has been creating ensemble performances concerning women’s issues, as well as other peace and justice issues. Many of her pieces are created collaboratively using a combination of movement, spoken word, and music: “American Quilt I” (the underbelly of living in the USA); “American Quilt II” (racism); “No Time Not to Love: Reflections on 9/11” (peace and recovery); “Mother’s Day,” (the real meaning of that holiday); and “Women Reclaiming, Men Opening” (gender issues). All of those public performances involved folks who often had no performance background.
Wilderness wrote and starred in a one-act play entitled “Slave Day,” connecting issues of sexism, anti-semitism, racism, and modern day slavery. She also performed in “Out of the Darkness,” an ensemble piece about breast cancer.
Wilderness has long been a source for and supporter of the creative arts on the Cape. For many years she offered a free and open weekly movement forum called Pure Pleasure of Movement; co-led, with Naomi Turner, Lifedance Theater workshops for individuals to share their life stories through the expressive arts; and leads experiential, expressive arts therapy groups to create empowered, compassionate, and politically aware citizens.
Wilderness’ mosaics of powerful women have been shown in two art shows and were auctioned off at conferences to benefit survivors of modern day slavery.
In 2002 Wilderness co-founded the Cape Cod Dare, a monthly community gathering for healing.
Her poem, “Hags and Crones” was the inspiration for Wrinkles, the Musical.
Wilderness is 69 years old (in 2017), and lives in Brewster, MA, with her husband Chuck Madansky.
Please call us at 508.432.2002 extension 18 if you would us like to schedule a special event for your group!