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2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

An enhanced reading of the cult classic The Bad Seed is set to scare CCftA audiences on October 16. Before The Bad Seed was a Hollywood hit, it was a Broadway play, and before it was a play, it was a novel. The reading, directed by Jo Brisbane, will also draw comparisons between these three major versions of The Bad Seed, which has been described as “a chilling study of evil…totally mesmeric." Fans of the play will enjoy the camp of its melodrama and dark humor. Brisbane also promises a special prize for the best Rhoda Penmark look-alike costume, and a special Best Penmanship Award.

The Bad Seedis a play “dramatized” by Maxwell Anderson (in 1955), and is based on The Bad Seed, a book written by William March (in 1954). Screenwriter John Lee Mahin wrote the movie adaptation, which was directed by Mervyn LeRoy for Warner Brothers Pictures (in 1956).

Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30pm
in the Art Studio
FREE admission!

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Salon of Shorts - July
Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

Salon of Shorts - July

Ongoing: 3rd Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm
Cotuit Center for the Arts offers an open mic series called Salon of Shorts on the third Wednesday of each month in the Art Studio. Award-winning poets, playwrights, and spoken word performers Christine Rathbun Ernst and Gregory Hischak host the series, which encompasses all types of performances: poetry, storytelling, essay reading, music, performance art, improv, and stand-up.

“Everyone has in them five minutes of good storytelling, song, stand-up—even genius,” said Ernst.

“This is the perfect venue to try something new,” said Ernst, “to try out new material, and to find a new audience.”

Teaming with Ernst is Gregory Hischak, who has been hosting an open mic at O’Shea’s in West Yarmouth until recently.

“I have wanted to do an open mic on the mid-Cape for a long time,” said Ernst, “and, when Greg became available after the O’Shea’s open mic ended, I was eager to involve him in this new project. I am a big fan of his work and we have a complimentary performance style.”

Both Ernst and Hischak will perform at Salon of Shorts, which has already attracted considerable interest from local poets and musicians.

Gregory Hischak’s book, “Parts & Labour,” was published in 2012. It contains poetry, a play, and an interview the author. His poetry has been published in “Bellingham Revue,” “Green Mountain Review,” “Mid-America Poetry Review,” “Third Coast,” and other journals. He has toured and performed with spoken word troupes and has written several plays which had been performed by regional theaters across the country. His play, “Center of Gravity” was the 2010 winner of the Clauder Prize for New England Playwrights and was a 2011 finalist with the Massachusetts Cultural Council for playwriting, in addition to other awards.

Christine Rathbun Ernst’s recent shows include “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch” and “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping,” which she has performed to sold-out audiences across the Cape. She will present her third show in the series at CCftA this summer. She describes her work as “the funny unapologetic, wickedly honest, poignant, hell-bent, pissed-off one breasted, loudmouth story of one woman’s examined life witty quirky unforgettable theatre of self-discovery, good story-telling, and pointed social commentary.” She has performed one-woman shows and at open mics throughout New England and is a two-time Mass Cultural Council Artist Grant finalist.

Each performer is limited to five minutes, including set-up.

Admission to Salon of Shorts is free.

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2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Jul
10
7:30 PM19:30

2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

Agnes Evans is a young woman grieving for her deceased teenaged sister, Tilly. As she leaves her childhood home in Ohio, Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook containing a game scenario created by her sister, whom she realizes she never really knew very well at all. She discovers that Tilly was a renowned D&D player, who was passionate about online fantasy gaming.

In order to unlock more secrets about her mysterious young sibling, Agnes recruits a dungeon master named Chuck to help her understand and grieve for Tilly. She soon stumbles into a journey of self-discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s safe haven. Dramatic and comedic, and as full of ogres, elves and fantasy creatures as any episode of Game of Thrones, Qui Nguyen's "She Kills Monsters" is a surprisingly sweet tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance and an acknowledgement of the geek within us all.

"She Kills Monsters" is presented by Matt Kohler and the New Classics Theater Company.

Wednesday, July 10 on the Mainstage
7:30 pm
FREE!

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Sweet Charity at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Sweet Charity at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist.

Musical numbers include: “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

Directed by Michele Colley, Music Direction by Malcolm Granger.

Sweet Charity
June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
July 11, 12, 13, 14
July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 4:00pm
Tickets $40, $35 for balcony seating
$5 discount for members, $2 discount for seniors

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Salon of Shorts
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Salon of Shorts

Ongoing: 3rd Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm
Cotuit Center for the Arts offers an open mic series called Salon of Shorts on the third Wednesday of each month in the Art Studio. Award-winning poets, playwrights, and spoken word performers Christine Rathbun Ernst and Gregory Hischak host the series, which encompasses all types of performances: poetry, storytelling, essay reading, music, performance art, improv, and stand-up.

“Everyone has in them five minutes of good storytelling, song, stand-up—even genius,” said Ernst.

“This is the perfect venue to try something new,” said Ernst, “to try out new material, and to find a new audience.”

Teaming with Ernst is Gregory Hischak, who has been hosting an open mic at O’Shea’s in West Yarmouth until recently.

“I have wanted to do an open mic on the mid-Cape for a long time,” said Ernst, “and, when Greg became available after the O’Shea’s open mic ended, I was eager to involve him in this new project. I am a big fan of his work and we have a complimentary performance style.”

Both Ernst and Hischak will perform at Salon of Shorts, which has already attracted considerable interest from local poets and musicians.

Gregory Hischak’s book, “Parts & Labour,” was published in 2012. It contains poetry, a play, and an interview the author. His poetry has been published in “Bellingham Revue,” “Green Mountain Review,” “Mid-America Poetry Review,” “Third Coast,” and other journals. He has toured and performed with spoken word troupes and has written several plays which had been performed by regional theaters across the country. His play, “Center of Gravity” was the 2010 winner of the Clauder Prize for New England Playwrights and was a 2011 finalist with the Massachusetts Cultural Council for playwriting, in addition to other awards.

Christine Rathbun Ernst’s recent shows include “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch” and “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping,” which she has performed to sold-out audiences across the Cape. She will present her third show in the series at CCftA this summer. She describes her work as “the funny unapologetic, wickedly honest, poignant, hell-bent, pissed-off one breasted, loudmouth story of one woman’s examined life witty quirky unforgettable theatre of self-discovery, good story-telling, and pointed social commentary.” She has performed one-woman shows and at open mics throughout New England and is a two-time Mass Cultural Council Artist Grant finalist.

Each performer is limited to five minutes, including set-up.

Admission to Salon of Shorts is free.

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Much Ado About Nothing
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Much Ado About Nothing

The giddiness of the game of love, tempered by conspiracy, enflames this witty and enchanting romantic comedy by Shakespeare. However, like every one of Shakespeare’s plays, Much Ado About Nothing flouts convention, defies classification, and resists categorization.

Oh yes, it’s a comedy - notably when Beatrice and Benedick hurl fusillades of clever insults at each other. Benedick is determined to “die a Bachelor”, and Beatrice would rather hear a dog bark than hear a man say that he loves her. They might just be the perfect couple!

The light-hearted story of Much Ado, set against the turmoil of feuding brothers, explores how cunning and mischief can unravel reputations of couples of any gender.

Thus, it’s not all fun and games in Messina - not when there’s a villain, Don John, sowing seeds of rumor and alternative truths for no reason but to make others as discontent as he is; and, not when an innocent woman is defamed by the love of her life and forsaken by her own father just as she is about to be married.

No need to fear, though! The day - and the comedy - will be saved by an unlikely crew of seemingly hapless officers of the law, led by the indomitable Master Constable Dogberry, who does as much damage to the English language as he does to the villains’ plans.

Setting Much Ado About Nothing in 1945, just after the end of World War II, makes sense for lots of reasons. The sparring between Beatrice and Benedick reminds us of the verbal battle of the sexes waged by Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in classic 40s films like Adam’s Rib and Woman of the Year.

Also, because of the war, women assumed a new status marked by independence and self-reliance that - however brief and bittersweet - guaranteed that things would never be the way they were before the war. Those changes are reflected in the various women like the feisty, independent Beatrice, the more traditional but emergent Hero, the spirited Margaret, and the proud Antonia.

With musical performances of songs from the era, Much Ado About Nothing is sure to delight audiences this summer! After all, how can you beat the combination of Shakespeare and “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy”?!

June 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
July 3, 5, 6, 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 4:00pm
Tickets $40, $35 for balcony seating
Discounts: $5 for members, $2 for seniors/veterans

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2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works. On June 12, we present Meteor Shower by Steve Martin.

On the night of a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower, Corky and Norm have invited new acquaintances Gerald and Laura to watch it together at their home. However, Corky and Norm soon discover that Gerald and Laura are not exactly an average couple. Over the course of a crazy, starlit dinner party, the wildly unexpected occurs. The couples begin to parry, flirt and share their feelings. Soon preposterousness reigns -- no surprise in a Steve Martin play – as Gerald and Laura make life terribly uncomfortable for Norm and Corky while the space-time fabric itself is stretched to its breaking point until a bizarre secret is revealed.

Join us on Wednesday, June 12, and you’ll see why NPR’s Kyle Smith wrote, “Imagine Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? rewritten by a French absurdist and you’ll have some inkling of what’s in store for you in Meteor Shower.”

Meteor Shower is presented by Jessica Ellis Wilson and WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company.

Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30pm
in the Art Studio
FREE admission!

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The Odd Couple at the Cotuit Center for the Arts April 11-27
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Odd Couple at the Cotuit Center for the Arts April 11-27

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.

Perhaps one of the most celebrated American comedy plays of all times, The Odd Couple has been reproduced for stage numerous times. If you are in the mood to watch a cheerful show, grab The Odd Couple tickets and you will be good to go.

Written by Neil Simon.
Directed by Holly Erin McCarthy.

April 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 27 at 7:30pm,
plus a 2:00 matinee on April 13

Tickets $35, $30 for balcony seating
Discounts: $5 off for members, $2 off for seniors/veterans

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The Sea Captain's Nutcracker
Nov
24
to Nov 25

The Sea Captain's Nutcracker

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The Cape Cod holiday classic, The Sea Captain's Nutcracker, makes its return to the stage with three performances over Thanksgiving weekend! Directed by Laura Sciortino,  Artistic Director of Falmouth’s Turning Pointe Dance Studio. 

The shows are held at the Tilden Arts Center at the Cape Cod Community College on Saturday, November 24 at 2pm and 6pm and Sunday, November 25 at 2pm.  

This lovely production is an excellent way to kick off your holiday season and is perfect for all ages.  The Sea Captain’s Nutcracker, set to the original Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score, opens in a Chatham Sea Captain’s home in the mid-1800’s.  Local authors Donna Smith & Anne LeClaire’s script transports the audience on an enchanting journey through local history and folklore invoking elements of the natural environs of Cape Cod. The heroic battle scene takes place aboard a sailing ship as it is attacked by mooncussers off the coast of Eastham; a swift and violent storm off Monomoy Point then threatens the voyage.  The salty old Sea Captain, who replaces the traditional Drosselmeyer character, returns home to Chatham bearing exotic gifts from his voyages for Clara.  Audiences will be charmed by the Waltz of the Sea Grass and will be thrilled by the Dance of the Icy Winds.

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The Dixie Swim Club
Sep
13
to Sep 30

The Dixie Swim Club

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Five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. These women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them, including some hilarious and unexpected twists and turns.

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Comedy Superstar Jeff Dunham Headlines the Cape Cod Melody Tent
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Comedy Superstar Jeff Dunham Headlines the Cape Cod Melody Tent

Record-breaking global Comedy Superstar Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters on the road, as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour through spring 2018. Tickets on sale now at jeffdunham.com.

Dunham recently released his latest stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix in September 2017. The special, filmed in Dublin Ireland, features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster. 

Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation. With over a million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world, leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC. His 2015 stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, debuted on NBC Primetime and ranked as the time period’s top non-sports program on the Big 4 in every key measure.

And finally, adding to an amazing list of recent accomplishments, Dunham’s contribution to the world of show business and comedy was recognized when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, commemorating over two decades of superstardom. Said Dunham recently, “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 with a car full of clothes and a couple of dummies, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would be tripping over my own star on the Walk of Fame. It’s truly fantastic and a great honor; I just hope it’s not in front of an adult store. Okay, actually, that would be hilarious.”

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Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka
Aug
9
to Aug 12

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

Cape Cod Kids on Broadway features Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at the Barnstable Comedy Club. The theater group is producing a full-length musical in four short weeks from start to finish with a talented group of teens and youth. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory… or suffer the consequences. Gwen Bainier is the director of Willy Wonka, Lisa Taylor is the musical director and Jessica Ann McDowell (JAM) is the lighting designer.

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Growing Up McDougal… Happy, Hopeful, and Hung-Over!
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Growing Up McDougal… Happy, Hopeful, and Hung-Over!

Nancy Witter’s new show opened in New York City on Thursday September 21st at Don’t Tell Mama to rave reviews! This new show has Nancy regaling her audiences with stories of her unique childhood growing up in a large Irish Cathoholic family. Nancy learned early on, thanks to her happy hopeful and hung-over parents how to find the comedy in catastrophes, and hope in despair.
Growing up in a very large Irish “Cathaholic” family, and struggling as a working single mother for 20 years, gave Nancy Witter all the comedic material she needed to sustain her thoughout her long-standing comedy career. Nancy has won three New York City MAC Awards for “Outstanding Female Comedian” and a MAC Award for her one woman show “Dignity Check… Please”. Nancy was one of five finalists on Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America” in 2005. Soon after, she joined two other finalists and for five years they toured in sold out theaters across the country in the hit comedy show “Mama’s Night Out”. “The New York Times” has described Nancy as having “a razor sharp wit” and Backstage Magazine named her to their list of “Comedy Best Bets”. Nancy performs at comedy venues throughout New York City and the country.

Wednesday, July 25
on the Mainstage
Tickets $32, $27 for balcony seating
$2 discount for senior/veterans, $5 discount for members

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Breaking the Code
Jul
19
to Aug 5

Breaking the Code

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Join us for this exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes: the eccentric genius Alan Turing who played a major role in winning the World War II; he broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German maneuvers. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code the taboo against homosexuality. Turing, who was also the first to conceive of computers, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments which left him physically and mentally debilitated. He died a suicide, forgotten and alone. This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.

In the Black Box Theater
July 19-August 5
Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 4:00pm
Tickets $20, $15 for members

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Fat Ass Cancer Bitch: Resistant Gray
Jul
17
to Jul 18

Fat Ass Cancer Bitch: Resistant Gray

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Christine Rathbun Ernst returns this summer with another all-new nifty collection of story, monologue, and humor. Now in its EIGHTH year, the FACB franchise is as bitchy and irreverent and thought-provoking as ever. Part stand-up, part storytelling — a funny, searing, honest show you won’t forget!

Tuesday & Wednesday
July 17 & 18 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

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