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New shows spotlight TV, film, Broadway stars plus Cape Cod kids

by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times

Who gets to tell the story of race, history and power in America? That’s the question asked in Eleanor Burgess’ “The Niceties,” and Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse has brought the play and the issues back for a virtual run through early April.

Amy Brenneman and Tsilala Brock will reprise their roles at 7 tonight in the two-hander, starring as they did when the show debuted online for the playhouse in October. A recording of the play will then be available for streaming Tuesday through April 4.

The story in this 2016 play: “A black student and her white professor – both brilliant – debate whether the legacy of slavery defines our past, and our present.”

Five-time Emmy Award nominee Brenneman is a Vineyard regular who has performed at several staged readings at the Vineyard Haven playhouse and for shows at The Yard dance organization in Chilmark. She divides her time between acting and producing (theater, film and TV) and political activism. Brenneman is most widely known for TV roles in “Judging Amy,” “Private Practice,” “The Leftovers” and “Tell Me Your Secrets.”

Brock is a New York-based actress, singer and dancer who most recently served as assistant dance captain and swing in the national tour of “The Book of Mormon.” Several years ago, she appeared in playhouse Shakespeare productions at the Tisbury Amphitheater. Brock currently produces and co-hosts a podcast called “UNCK! Getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations.”

Directing the two is Joann Green Breuer, a longtime playhouse artistic associate.

Tickets for “The Niceties”: $15 at mvplayhouse.org. Net proceeds will benefit the playhouse, MV Diversity Coalition, and the Union of Minority Neighborhoods.

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