Shakespeare on the Cape is an ambitious theater company founded by graduates of the Guthrie Theater/University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training Program in Minneapolis. The goals of Shakespeare on the Cape are clearly stated in our recently revised mission statement: To create clear, text-intensive productions with a dedication to emerging artists and to cultivate a strong relationship with the Cape Cod community, while growing to serve a loyal national and international audience. Though 2007 will be only our third season operating, SOTC is efficiently expanding the application of our mission within the community.
With great momentum from this successful beginning, we entered our second season operating with expanded programming and greater support from the community, including grants from charitable organizations such as The Provincetown Tourism Fund and The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. SOTC performed 33 shows of Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It at The Art House, and, with our unique acting troupe giving us great flexibility unavailable to most theater companies, we took the performances on the road throughout Cape Cod to Wellfleet, Woods Hole, Harwich, and Nantucket. This exciting tour culminated in a ten-day repertory run at the new Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where we were honored as the first theater company ever to be presented in the Dowling Studio. Over 1,000 patrons from the Midwest attended our Guthrie performances, expanding SOTC's support base and bringing positive recognition to Cape Cod as a center for the arts. The 2006 season demonstrated that SOTC is a very strong touring company, evidenced by the success of both productions at all of the theaters where we performed.
In 2005, our inaugural season, Shakespeare on the Cape performed in an experimental space at the historic Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, owned by our fiscal sponsor, Lower Cape Communications, Inc. -- WOMR 92.1 FM. The critically acclaimed performances of Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream attracted over 1,000 patrons and allowed SOTC to develop a base of devoted members and patrons.
Initially, the Guthrie run was to be the final project of our 2006 season, but through the great networking Provincetown allows, SOTC was given the opportunity to produce the world premiere of the Tennessee Williams play, The Parade or Approaching the End of a Summer. Performed on October 1, 2006 as part of the First Annual Tennessee Williams Festival, this enchanting one-act play focuses on the four years Williams spent in Provincetown during the 1940s. For SOTC, the Williams production represented our first step away from Shakespeare, and set the stage for a wide range of productions by many great writers.