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Lines in the Sand
The Workshop Theater's Jewel Box Theater
New York, NY
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Lines in the Sand
Lines in the Sand
by Jim Dalglish

directed by Jim Dalglish and Ian Ryan
produced by Cotuit Center for the Arts

August 16 - 20

It gets better. Thats what the high school teachers, coaches, and counselors tell Billy. He knows thats bullshit. So does Tom, the middle-aged man who rescues him from a gang of violent senior boys. Tom seems like the kind of guy Billy needs in his life. But when he gets into Toms car, can Billy trust where this older man is about to take him?

Tony Travostino - MAN
Nick Bucchianeri - BOY

Designers / Producer
Illustration by Jackie Reeves
Original Music by Sam Holmstock
Executive Director: David Kuehn

Official Entry in the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
Winner: Best Actor (Tony Travostino & Nick Bucchianeri)
Nominee: Best New Play (Jim Dalglish), Best Aspect of Production/Art Design (Jackie Reeves)

"2017 Annual Best Actor Award" (Tony Travostino & NIck Bucchianeri) Jack Craib, South Shore Critic

"A string of surprise twists transform the play from an intense, unnerving mystery to an equally intense but ultimately moving drama... the story is engaging, with terrific performances... The play takes place over a period of less than 24 hours, and packs a wallop...  By intermission on this particular night, several members of the audience seemed visibly overwhelmed it is worth seeing for its unforgiving look at complicated people in extraordinary circumstances, and for the food for thought it offers the audience about bullying, self-judgment, trust and mistakes.
- Kay Keough, The Inquirer and Mirror

"Thought-provoking, gripping piece of theatre... Tautly directed by the playwright and Ian Ryan, the 90-minute play moves along at a crisp pace. Just when you think you have it figured out, the plot takes off in another direction before it results in a shocking revelation."
- Johanna Crosby, Barnstable Patriot

"Taut direction by Dalglish and co-director Ian Ryan keeps the energy level in the small theater bristling with the threat of violence... The production offers some genuinely illuminating moments..."
- Cindy Nickerson, Cape Cod Times

"Well written and executed... The acting by both performers is outstanding. Raw, emotional, and believable, Mr. Dalglish has written a script that's both gritty and, in some instances, lyrical."
- Joanne Brina-Gartner, The Enterprise

"'Lines In The Sand' by Jim Dalglish is a real thriller...  It is a production thrill in the quality of the on-stage work at all levels. This very fine production is edgy, atmospheric and gripping. You won't have seen a play quite like this before under the banner of lgbt theatre and you won't wonder why it is such a worthy inclusion in the programme it is so well done.
- International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Review

"The complexity of the characters lives emerges in a way that makes even the off-stage ones seem real, so though the boys unseen mother is at first presented as a woefully neglectful parent, by the end of the play you have an unexpected empathy for her and the choices she has made. It requires very skillful writing to achieve that."
- Sean Denyer, The Out Most.

"A two-hander by nature is extremely dependent on the skills of the actors portraying the two roles, and in this case they're exemplary. Both Bucchianeri (belying his age and relative inexperience) and Travostino (so memorable in the former play, Unsafe) are, to use an adjective too often loosely applied, riveting. In such a tiny black box, each threatens to blow the place apart. As Directed by Dalglish and Ian Ryan, they come close to doing just that... Presented here with Artwork by Jackie Reeves and Original Music by Sam Holmstock, it's another example of Dalglish's mixing of powerful in your face writing and wise restraint, not a mix that an awful lot of playwrights have the wit to threaten as well as to withhold."
- Jack Craib, South Shore Critic


Jim Dalglish (Playwright / Co-director) is the author of more than 25 plays  shorts, one acts and full lengths. These have been produced across the United States as well as in Great Britain and Ireland. Many have won awards and two have been anthologized. His plays Bark Park and Unsafe received their world premieres at Cotuit Center for the Arts. CCftAs production of Unsafe has been nominated as Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). Winners will be announced this April. Jim would like to thank Rob Phelps for being the best theatre widow anyone could ask for and to David Keuhn and the CCftA for providing such a vital and welcoming environment for performing artists. You can discover more about Jim, read about his awards and productions, and download his plays at:

Nick Bucchianeri (BOY) is a junior at Sturgis East High School in Hyannis. He has been an avid participant in theater since the beginning of freshman year, starting out as a stagehand at Cotuit Center for the Arts. The first show he ran spot-light for was Grey Gardens, which showed on the mainstage at Cotuit. Since then, his love for theater has exponentially grown, as he has worked backstage on over a dozen shows. After working at Cotuit for a few months, he decided to try himself on the stage instead of in the background. His first show--save for a third grade solar system show where he played the moon--was Antigone, where he was a member of the Greek Chorus. After this he continued to participate in theater, both at his school and at Cotuit. He has been in seven shows thus far, and is currently working in his school show - in addition to Lines in the Sand - which is taken to the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild festival in February. He is thrilled to again be working with director Jim Dalglish and actor Tony Travostino, on this breathtaking piece. His role in Lines in the Sand, is his first major role in a show and he is excited to finally be able to work with such a complex and intriguing role and show.

Tony Travostino's (MAN) Cape Cod theater credits include Unsafe (Nathaniel); "Bark Park" (Truman); "Life Father Like Son" (Geoffrey); "S-4" (Seaman Harris). New York theater credits include "Cover" (Peter, nominated best actor MITF); "Believers" (Chris); "A Man Walks into a Bar" (John Wilkes Booth); Swimming in the Shallows (Nick); "Macbeth" (Banquo); "Love's Labour's Lost" (King of Navarre); Merry Wives of WIndsor (Ford);The Black Eye (Narrator, and also written by Jim Dalglish). He has appeared on cable television and in a number of short and student films, and he has been featured for seven straight years at Memorial Sloan-Ketterings annual Visible Ink gala -- and at the National Arts Club performing 14th Century Arabic erotic texts.

Ian Ryan (Co-director) is delighted to have been invited back to Cotuit to be part of its ambitious staging of new works.  Ian directed last years hit Sordid Lives, and Gregory Hischaks The Center of Gravity at CCftA, and and has appeared as part of CCftAs Second Wednesday readings series.  His work as a voice-over artist includes industrial films, an automated telephone directory (work for which he is both proud and deeply sorry), and as host of a local radio show on Cape Cod Community Colleges WKKL.  Acting credits include Monty Pythons Spamalot, (Bedevere), Circle Mirror Transformation, (Schultz), Our Countrys Good, (Ralph Clark), All My Sons, (George Deaver), and Playboy of the Western World (Philly Cullen) (CapeRep). Ian originated the roles of Truman in Mr. Dalglishs play of the same name, and Hiram Suslack in Arthur Devines original play Winter Wheat. Ians 10-minute play, 10DEF, will be produced at CapeRep later this year, and he is developing classes for CCtfA in Public Speaking, Voice and Diction for Non-singing Roles, and Small-group Scene Study.

Jackie Reeves (Artist / Graphic Designer) Cape Cod based artist Jackie Reeves uses mixed media to bring together figurative and abstract elements in her art. Her career began in graphic design and illustration but she soon became a mural painter for 15 years. Currently, drawing, painting and collage are her primary media for expression, however, she has contributed to numerous theatrical productions for set design, scenic and costume painting, giant puppet design and performance. Jackie exhibits her work in museums and galleries throughout New England. (

Sam Holmstock (Composer) is one of the co-founders of the world fusion ensemble, ENTRAIN, and has performed with this incredible group of talented musicians for 20+ years. In addition to his work with ENTRAIN, Sam has had the honor of playing music with artists such as Babatunde Olatunji, Bo Diddley, Gil Scott-Heron, Kate and James Taylor, Bob Weir, and even Bill Clinton. Sam Holmstock earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition from Berklee College of Music. His World Percussion Studies brought him under the tutelage of such percussion notables as Robin Lobe, Jerry Gonzales, Roberto Borell, Louis Romero and culminated with Alejandro Guerra at The National School of Music in Havana, Cuba. Currently Sam is a Faculty Member at Cotuit Center for the Arts and is Principle Facilitator at Drum Strategies For Healing. Working with PTSD Vets, Alzheimers, Stroke and Brain Injury Patients, Autistic Adults and Incarcerated Teens


The Workshop Theater's Jewel Box Theater (View)
312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10018
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Cotuit Center for the Arts
On BPT Since: Jun 23, 2017
Cotuit Center for the Arts

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