Fall 2015 Production: Balm in Gilead

November 12–22, 2015

The Cape Cod Community College performing arts program continues its' proud tradition of theater with its upcoming production of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead.

The play is a fascinating piece that tells a loud, collective tale of the loneliness and desperation of the vagrants who frequent Frank's café, an all-night coffee shop in a rundown section of New York City. The audience is quickly swept into Wilson's raw world, filled with the denizens who have fallen off the fringes of society.

Performers from the play: Balsalm of Gilead
Pictured (left-to-right): Gabrielle Roson, Liz Bent, Andressa Machado, Rachel Hatfield, Dustin Martin, Tobias Goyette, Andrew Nesom, Tom Mescall (ground), Glenn Starner-Tate, Jacob Welsh, Tyler Burke, Emily Entwisle, Kimmi Monteiro, Cameron Hall, Madison Oakley, Amie–Leigh McFarlane, Kate Martin

Directed by faculty member PJ McKey, the production features CCCC students, faculty and community members.


November 12, 13, 14 at 8:00pm
November 19, 20, 21 at 8:00pm

"Pay What You Can" matinees at 3:00pm:
November 14, 15
November 21, 22


$15 for General Admission
$10 for CCCC faculty and staff
$5 for students

They may be obtained by calling the Tilden Arts Center Box office at 508.375.4044, or purchased online.

About the Play

Balm in Gilead was one of Wilson's earliest works, inspired by his eavesdropping at New York coffee shops where he went to write, and it helped establish off-off Broadway as a scene with its debut at La MaMa. The title of the show comes from a quote in the Old Testament and is also the name of an old spiritual, which is heard throughout the play.

Unique Themes Bring Special "Talk Back" Events November 15, and November 19

This show deals with many different issues, many of which are extremely critical today, including drug addiction, homelessness, gender identity and related LGBT issues.  The producers felt strongly that the performance would be the perfect starting point for community dialogue.

After meeting with individuals from local groups and agencies that work with addiction issues, and also with CCCC staff, faculty and students with experience in this area, a small group has come together that will engage in dialogue with the audience in a "Talk Back" after the Sunday, November 15, 3:00pm matinee. The group will talk about the play's themes with the audience, and answer any questions they may have.

The same group will come into the Studio Theater on Thursday, November 19 at 3:30pm, along with some of the Balm in Gilead cast. The cast members will be in character, and will present some short scenes. Following the short presentations, they will be open to discussion and questions. The primary audience for this is the CCCC community, but the public is welcome.

Those involved in coordinating and planning these special events are: Betsy Hauck, P.J. McKey, director of the show, and Regina Yaroch, faculty advisor for START, the CCCC club that works with students in recovery.

Balm in Gilead Press

For More Information

Betsy Hauck, Performing Arts Coordinator
Cape Cod Community College