New England Premiere of
"Private Jokes, Public Places"
Concludes Wellfleet Season

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater concludes its 20th Anniversary Season with the New England Premiere of Oren Safdie’s "Private Jokes, Public Places." The production will be presented from September 30 - October 24. Brendan Hughes, who helmed the 2003 WHAT production of "The Art Room," will direct.

In "Private Jokes, Public Places," Safdie (the son of noted architect Moshe Safdie) lays the blueprints for a biting satire about sexual tensions and intellectual pretensions in the world of contemporary architecture. A graduate student defends her thesis on the erection of a public swimming pool to an all-male jury in the presence of an audience of fellow students — with the audience standing-in for those students.

Safdie’s examination of professional and academic narrowness prompted The New Yorker to call "Private Jokes, Public Places"  “an X-acto-blade sharp new comedy,” while The New York Times raved that the play is “an hour-and-a-quarter of laughs!”

"Private Jokes, Public Places" stars WHAT regular Stephen Russell (last seen earlier this season in "Cuckooland"); Dafydd Rees (last seen in the 2002 WHAT production of "The Homecoming"); Marc Carver (making his WHAT debut); and Ann Hu in the role she understudied in the original 2003 off-Broadway production of "Private Jokes, Public Places."

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