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.

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.

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.

Isaac Mizrahi and Alan Cumming: Select Topics

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, actor Alan Cumming interviewed fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi in the Hawthorne Barn in Provincetown, Mass. as part of Twenty Summers' annual month-long arts festival. In each video below they discuss four different topics: Cabaret and Performing, Trump and Celebrities Spiraling, Art vs Commercial Work, and What's Next for each of them.

A Night of Theater: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne

May 17, 2014

Academy Award–winning writer-performer-filmmaker James Lecesne performed his one-man show, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the story of about what happens when a community fails to protect one who dares to express his difference, and how that failure can allow the bully to win. In reviewing the novel, Publishers Weeklywrote: “Lecesne turns out a stunner of a first novel, using a deliberately leisurely pace to develop a view of a small town NJ community – and then shattering it.”

James Lecesne (Producer/Playwright/Author/Activist) has been telling stories for over twenty-five years and using story as the basis for social change. He is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the only national crisis intervention and suicide prevention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth, and he wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award winning short film, Trevor, which inspired founding of the organization. James created several one-person shows including One Man Band, Word of Mouth, (NY Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award) and The Road Home: Stories of Children of War, which was presented at the Asia Society in NYC and at also the International Peace Initiative at the Hague. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he founded The After The Storm Foundation, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to offering assistance to the youth of New Orleans, and he is the executive producer of the documentary film, After the Storm. For Television he adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City (Emmy nomination) and was a writer on the TV show Will & Grace. He is the author of three novels for young adults including The Letter Q, an anthology of letters that Queer writers wrote to their younger selves. He currently teaches Story & Structure to documentary filmmakers at the New York Film Academy.