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Agent Spotlight: Lauren Potenza

Taking the stage in a local production of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches at the Provincetown Theatre, Laura Potenza breaks down her three roles, how she started in theatre, and how her passion brought her to real estate.

Congratulations on your role in Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches with Provincetown Theatre! Can you tell us about the play and your role?

Thank you. Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches is a three-act play that is the first of two plays. The second is called Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika is also a three-act play that we will hopefully be presenting next season. It's written by Tony Kushner who has a home here in Provincetown and was presented on Broadway in 1993. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. It's considered by many to be the greatest work of drama of our generation. The play takes place in New York City in 1985 during the height of the AIDS crisis. It follows the story of several New Yorkers and how they were affected by this disease. I play three different characters in the play. I open the show as an elderly Rabbi during a funeral for one of the lead characters. Playing a much older gentleman has been an incredible challenge. I also play the mother of one of the other lead characters, and finally, I play Ethel Rosenberg who's come back to haunt Roy Cohn. One of the amazing things about this play is the use of fictional and real-life characters. The response has been truly overwhelming. David Drake, the artistic director of the Provincetown Theatre, always picks plays that are thoughtful and relevant to our community. Last year I appeared in Casa Valentina which dealt with gender identity hit home with so many of us here in town. We just learned that our run has been extended for three extra performances as we have sold out all remaining shows.

How long have you been acting and when did you get involved in local theatre? 

I've been acting, dancing, and performing since I was a child. For most of my life, it was all I ever wanted to do. Being one of five children it was where I felt most "at home." I spent a good part of my life in New York City pursuing my dream of making it my career. I always said thank goodness for Soap Operas because they kept a lot of actors employed, myself included. I did manage to get other acting work from time to time but I always worked what we call a survival job. I'm also a single parent to my son Jack. I came to the local theatre on the Cape about three years ago after moving here full-time to be with my partner Shawn, a local restaurant owner.

How does your experience in the arts aid you in being a real estate advisor? 

My experience in the arts is what brought me to real estate. I was doing a play called The Humans in 2022. I worked with a wonderful actor named Nathan Butera, who is also an agent with Gibson Sotheby's International Realty. During this time we learned we had very similar backgrounds. After the play closed, Natahn was the person who encouraged me to look into the business. I got my license and Nathan has been my mentor for the last year. We've worked together on several deals and he's been incredibly supportive to me during this first year on the job.

How do you juggle life on the stage and your real estate business? 

I guess it's like juggling anything else in your life. I set goals for my week and my day. I prioritize taking good care of myself, having gratitude, and asking for help. 

What are some of your other favorite local hobbies, activities, or organizations that you participate in?

I'm lucky enough to live in Truro with a big yard. The first thing I did when I moved here was put planters in the yard because I wanted a vegetable garden. Shawn and I love working outside but it seems like every time we turn around there's something else we want to do. We're also major foodies. During the "off-season," we are always cooking and baking. I'm getting more involved in volunteer work, especially with the Provincetown Community Compact which organizes the Swim For Life. I go to the UU meeting house on Sundays and I walk my dog Murphy (a Cavalier King Charles) on the beach every day. 

What do you love most about where you live and work? Favorite spots in the Provincetown area or Cape Cod?

I love the people here. There is such an exciting and creative community of people; getting to know so many of them through my work in real estate and in the theatre is a privilege. 

What are three sources of joy in your week? 

My "me time" in the morning when I start each day. 

Spending precious time off with Shawn and Murphy. 

Enjoying all the beauty the Cape has all year long.


Laura Potenza | 168 Commercial Street Provincetown, MA 02657 | 917.863.2029 |

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