Season Five Trailer

Watch the teaser for Twenty Summers' event videos from its 2018 season of concerts and conversations. Season Five features concerts with Kevin Morby, Dar Williams, Bedouine, Martha Wainwright, John Gorka, Marissa Nadler, and Overcoats; conversations with fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi with actor Alan Cumming, journalists Jodi Kantor and Andrew Sullivan, authors Michael Cunningham and Daniel Mendelsohn, poets Robert Pinsky and Monica Youn, and playwright J.T. Rogers with journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran; plus a theatrical reading of the play POLLOCK.

Isaac Mizrahi and Alan Cumming in Conversation (full)

We were delighted to host award-winning performer and author Alan Cumming interviewing the outrageously versatile Isaac Mizrahi, fashion legend turned actor-director-TV host on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Provincetown's Hawthorne Barn. Their conversation featured tales from the upbringing and prolific careers of both men, each a unique persona in his field, focusing on Mizrahi's second-act success in the entertainment industry.

Martha Wainwright in Concert - Full Concert

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, performer and songwriter Martha Wainwright shared her distinctive voice and arsenal of powerful songs in the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown, Mass. as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. The solo performance featured her on an acoustic guitar, performing new and old material, including fan favorites "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole" and "Proserpina," and telling intimate stories along the way.

Dar Williams Select Songs: "Iowa," "The Christians And The Pagans," "When I Was A Boy"

Singer-songwriter, performing artist, and author, Dar Williams, joined us for a solo concert in the Hawthorne Barn on May 26, 2018, where she shared her music from her extensive collection of folk tunes, along with stories from her many journeys and experiences. Below you can watch select songs, "Iowa," "The Christians And The Pagans," and "When I Was A Boy."

J.T. Rogers and Rajiv Chandrasekaran in Conversation (full)

Tony Award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers (Oslo) and seasoned foreign correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran (National Book Award finalist for Imperial Life in the Emerald City) sat together on June 9, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn to discuss the intersection of politics, war, journalism, and art.

J.T. Rogers and Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Select Topics

Tony Award–winning playwright J.T. Rogers (Oslo) and seasoned foreign correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran (National Book Award finalist for Imperial Life in the Emerald City) sat together on June 9, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn to discuss the intersection of politics, war, journalism, and art. In these select topics, they talk about how they evoke characters and places in their writing, balancing facts and creativity, and how they keep their optimism when working on challenging topics.

Bedouine Select Songs: "Solitary Daughter," "One Of These Days," "Louise"

Syrian-born, Los Angeles-based songstress Azniv Korkejian, known onstage as Bedouine, performed in the Hawthorne Barn on June 15, 2018, sharing her modernized take on sixties folk and an arsenal of beautiful songs, including the songs 'Solitary Daughter,' ‘One Of These Days,’ and ‘Louise’ from her debut album.

Robert Pinsky and Monica Youn: Select Topics

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky joined poet Monica Youn to share recent work and exchange ideas, along with moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, local poet and naturalist on June 9, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn. In the videos below they discuss the poets' use of etymology, myths and retelling stories in their own works.

Robert Pinsky and Monica Youn: Poetry Readings

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky joined poet Monica Youn to share recent work and exchange ideas, along with moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, local poet and naturalist on June 9, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn. In the videos below Monica Youn and Robert Pinsky each read from their collections of poetry. Monica Youn reads ‘Portrait of a Hanged Woman,’ ‘Redacre,’ and ‘Goldacre.’ Robert Pinsky reads ‘Creole’ and ‘Shirt.’

Robert Pinsky and Monica Youn: Poetry and Conversation (Full)

Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky joined acclaimed poet Monica Youn to share recent work and exchange ideas, alongside moderator Elizabeth Bradfield, local poet and naturalist on June 9, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn.

Pollock: A Staged Reading featuring Jim Fletcher and Birgit Huppuch

We were pleased to present a theatrical reading of Pollock on June 16, 2018, featuring the original actors, Jim Fletcher and Birgit Huppuch, in Provincetown’s Hawthorne Barn as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. French playwright Fabrice Melquiot's drama, translated into English by Kenneth Casler and Miriam Heard, and directed by Paul Desvaux, illuminates the profound connection between the brilliant madness of Jackson Pollock and his marriage to artist Lee Krasner, exploring the charged space between his genius and her spirit, his inhibitions and her frustrations. It was our honor to shine a spotlight on these two important artists, both of whom spent time in the Hawthorne Barn.

This performance was made possible through the support of The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the U.S.

Marissa Nadler Select Songs: "All The Colors Of The Dark," "Drive," "Dead City Emily"

Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler performed on June 1, 2018 in Provincetown’s Hawthorne Barn as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. She performed music from her latest album “For My Crimes,” as well as the single tracks below.

John Gorka Select Songs: "Nazarene Guitar," "Love Is Our Cross To Bear," "When Doves Cry (Prince)"

Iconic singer-songwriter John Gorka raised the rafters on May 18, 2018 in the Hawthorne Barn with his spirited acoustic guitar playing, insightful lyrics, and wry, witty storytelling. Veteran of countless world tours and collaborations with the likes of Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ani DiFranco, Gorka released his fifteenth album, True in Time, in January 2018. We were proud to be a stop on his album release tour, where he performed a solo set of songs including the featured tracks below: “Nazarene Guitar,” “Love Is Our Cross To Bear,” and a cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”

Overcoats Select Songs: "Cherry Wine," "Mother," "Nighttime Hunger"

On Sunday, June 10, 2018 Overcoats joined us for an intimate concert. The New York-based female electronic-pop duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell, performed in the historic Hofmann Studio in Provincetown, the former West End home and studio of artist Hans Hofmann, as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. Watch single tracks of "Cherry Wine" (Hozier cover), "Mother," and "Nighttime Hunger."


Michael Cunningham and Daniel Mendelsohn: Select Topics

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham and the internationally best-selling essayist, critic, and translator Daniel Mendelsohn discussed how writers turn consciously to literature itself as a way of broadening their own horizons on Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Provincetown’s Hawthorne Barn as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. In the select topic videos below, the two writers each talk about writing Michael’s novel The Hours and Daniel’s memoir An Odyssey, along with a discussion on translation and what it’s like writing books about books.