Magazine article American Theatre

Harbor Light Switch

Magazine article American Theatre

Harbor Light Switch

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WELLFLEET, MASS.: There's been a changing of the guard at the idyllic 90-seat Harbor Stage on Cape Cod where, since 1985, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) has made its seasonal home. The building's owner, Robert C. Ferris, had leased it to WHAT for $24,000 per May-to-October season, but in January declined to renew, opting instead to rent to a troupe of former WHAT actors called the Harbor Stage Company, under die leadership of Robert Kropf.

Brenda Withers--who worked since 2008 at WHAT with HSC co-founders Amanda Collins, Jonathan Fielding, Stacy Fischer and Lewis Wheeler--says the move was years in the making. "While we worked there, we got a real sense of the company that started that space with an artist-run ideal. That was the big reason we kept coming back."

In 2007, WHAT built the Julie Harris Stage, a 220-seat second stage 3 few miles inland. Eventually, as Withers and others saw it, the company began to shift its producing focus to running a year-round performing arts center. …

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