American summer stock theater is a piece of American history that we should keep alive forever. As Kurt Vonnegut says in the film Stagestruck, "People would work this hard for nothing, and they would, because that's theater." Stagestruck captures all the hard work and magic from those bygone days of resident summer stock theater. Living together, loving together and creating art together was an experience unlike any other.
Stagestruck: Confessions from Summer Stock tells of America’s first summer stock theatre-in-the-round, the Orleans Arena Theatre located on Cape Cod. Part expose, part homage, the interviews, old stills, and re-enactments tell the tale of a steamy, creative, industrious, and humble theater business venture carried on from 1950 until 1976 by the talented company members, producers Betsy and Gordon Argo, and the Argo children.
As the oldest child of the founder-producers of the Orleans Arena Theatre, the filmmaker, Liz Argo, adds her emotional intimacy to the story. Liz relives and shares her experiences growing up in the sometimes raw and unstable, but always loving and exhilarating world of professional resident summer stock theatre.
Author Kurt Vonnegut is an engaging addition to the interviewees, providing humor and insight to the telling of the family's experiences as devotees to their beloved theater.
Stagestruck won the "Filmmaker Takeover Film Festival" held at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in 2010. The film needs only finishing funds to meet the requirements for distribution through American Public Television. Your donation will help bring "Stagestruck" to the air and into America's homes, where it can remind us of our American entrepreneurial roots and our rich theater heritage.
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