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Auditions for DRIVING MISS DAISY
Nov
12
to Nov 13

Auditions for DRIVING MISS DAISY

Open auditions for Alfred Uhry's Pulizter Prize winning play, DRIVING MISS DAISY, will be held on November 12 and 13 at 7:00 PM at the Barnstable Comedy Club, 3171 Main Street, Rte. 6A in Barnstable. Director Ann M. Ring, seeks 1 female age 60-75 , an African-American male, age 50-60 and a 35-45 male. Cast descriptions and more information may be viewed online at www.BarnstableComedyClub.org. Actors will be asked to read from the script. Perusal scripts are available at the Sturgis Library and the Hyannis Public Library. Production Dates: January 9-26, 2020.

This award winning comedy-drama is a warm-hearted, humorous and an affecting study of the unlikely twenty-five year friendship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, uneducated, soft-spoken black man. This much-loved story explores themes of race, prejudice, friendship, and aging in a way that makes it movingly clear that they have both come to realize that they have more in common than they ever believed possible.

URL for more details: https://www.barnstablecomedyclub.org/auditions.html

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2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Nov
13
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 November 13, the Cotuit Center for the Arts presents a staged reading of Susan Lumenello’s new comedy The Sherlock Problem.

Arthur Conan Doyle has a problem: the great detective Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous, most beloved character.

At first, Arthur brims with excitement over Sherlock’s arrival. The young doctor and would-be author hopes his brainchild will bring him recognition and rescue him from a dull, unprofitable medical practice. That’s exactly what Sherlock does.

But as they do in any relationship, things change. The Sherlock stories prove wildly successful, beyond even Arthur’s expectations. So famous does Sherlock become that he outshines his creator, and the demand for more stories grows and grows. Arthur comes to hate Sherlock. And so, with pen in hand, he does something about it.

Author Susan Lumenello says of The Sherlock Problem, “The Sherlock canon has been well tried for a reason – Holmes is a fascinating character. But the fraught and complicated relationship between Arthur Conan Doyle and his signature creation has never been fully explored.”

Directed by Sue Lindholm.

Susan Lumenello’s one-act play Buzz was performed at the Boston Theater Marathon; her one-act The Annoying Minstrels was performed at the Cotuit Center for the Arts; her full-length comedy Easy to Love was given a staged reading at the Provincetown Theatre; and Dreamsville, a full-length, had a staged reading at the Barnstable Comedy Club in August 2019.

The Sherlock Problem
Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm

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Stage Combat 101: Intro to Swordplay
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Stage Combat 101: Intro to Swordplay

Taught by Watermelon Alligator Theatre Company's Garrett Olson and Jessica Ellis-Wilson, this exciting and fun course is a beginner’s introduction to stage combat with an emphasis on swordplay. Safety is our priority, as well as part of the curriculum.

Students will learn basic rapier technique which draws from western fencing and eastern disciplines. This class is a prerequisite to more advanced stage combat classes which will be offered in the future.

Please dress comfortably and be prepared to move! Protective eyewear will be provided and must be worn at all times. Pack a lunch and hydration (there is a fridge in the Art Studio). There will be a brief break midday.

Date:

Sunday, Nov 17

Time:

10am–4pm

Location:

1-day workshop, in the Art Studio

Price:

$140 / $119 members

https://artsonthecape.org/explore/stage-combat-101


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Doctor Dolittle
Nov
19
7:30 PM19:30

Doctor Dolittle

The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in Doctor Dolittle, the big Broadway-sized family musical. All of the characters we've come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in the stage version.

The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. Doctor Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder and, once pronounced innocent, continues with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.

Book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Directed by Jay Stewart.

Opens Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30PM
November 22-December 29
Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 5:00PM, Sundays at 2:00PM
Tickets $37, $32 for balcony seats
Students/Children tickets $15
Discounts: $5 for members, $2 for seniors

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Expressing Yourself: Acting 101 Ages 8-12
Nov
24
12:00 PM12:00

Expressing Yourself: Acting 101 Ages 8-12

What if I told you that you've already discovered the secret weapon to a memorable performance? Drumroll, please. It's.... YOU! You are unique, interesting, funny, and brilliant—all in your own way. In this lively acting workshop, we will explore not only the basics of acting technique, but also how to use your own personality and talents to make any character your own. That means if you feel shy on stage, as a group we will try to help you feel supported and comfortable; if you feel great up there already, we'll endeavor to help you stretch yourself with perhaps a different kind of character than you're used to playing. Throughout the day, we will play goofy theatre games, test out some improv, try on some scenes, and most of all, have a whole bunch of FUN! This class is geared toward the beginning actor, but all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For ages 8–12!

Date:

Sunday, Nov 24

Time:

12:00–4:00 PM

Location:

in the Schoolhouse

Price:

$50 / $42 members

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Constellations at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Constellations at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.

In the Black Box Theater
December 5-22

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm
Tickets $20, $15 for Members

https://artsonthecape.org/explore/constellations

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Album - Live at CCftA
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

A Charlie Brown Christmas Album - Live at CCftA

Nothing takes the edge off the holidays quite like the beloved soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi. Since the “Peanuts” holiday special first aired in 1965, its score has become one of the most recognizable jazz recordings of all time. Revel in the pure, unadulterated meaning of Christmas with a live performance of this beloved classic holiday album, performed by a trio featuring three of the Cape's finest musicians; Malcolm Granger, piano; Rich Hill, bass; and Michael Dunford, percussion.

Malcolm, Rich, and Michael are donating their talent. Admission is free, we ask that everyone bring gift cards from supermarkets only, minimum of $10 — from Stop & Shop, Star Market, Shaw's, Trader Joe's, BJs, and Whole Foods.

Your gift card will benefit Housing Assistance Corporation’s Angel House, serving moms with substance abuse issues and their children.

Can’t attend the concert? Drop your gift cards off at the Box Office!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Album - Live at CCftA
Sunday, December 15, at 7:00 pm

https://artsonthecape.org/explore/a-charlie-brown-christmas-album-live-at-ccfta-1

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Salon of Shorts, December 2019
Dec
18
7:30 PM19:30

Salon of Shorts, December 2019

Cotuit Center for the Arts offers an open mic series called Salon of Shorts in the Art Studio on the third Wednesday of March, June, September, and December. 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.

Weds. December 18 at 7:30pm

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Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

CCftA and director, Steve Ross, invite you to attend auditions for the classic dark comedy, “Arsenic & Old Lace” to be held on Sat Nov 9th, 9:00am – 12:00 pm and Sun Nov 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, both at the Art Studio. The performance dates are Jan 30 – Feb 16th. Auditions will consist of reading from prepared sides. Be prepared to have some fun!

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theatres throughout America.

Available Roles:

Abby Brewster: A darling lady, 50’s – 70’s, who poisons lonely old men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Martha Brewster: A sweet woman, 50’s – 70’s, with Victorian charm who poisons lonely old men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine, 40’s – 60’s

Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy 40’s – 50’s, who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.

Elaine Harper: Mortimer’s fiancée, 20’s – 40’s, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.

Mortimer Brewster: 20’s – 40’s, Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts.

Jonathan Brewster: 30’s – 50’s, Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.

Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic 40’s – 70’s, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.

Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters

Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

Lieutenant Rooney: A tough and dominating police officer

Officers Brophy and Klein: local police officers

Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium

Audition Dates:

Sat Nov 9th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sun Nov 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

in the Art Studio

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Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Auditions for Arsenic and Old Lace

CCftA and director, Steve Ross, invite you to attend auditions for the classic dark comedy, “Arsenic & Old Lace” to be held on Sat Nov 9th, 9:00am – 12:00 pm and Sun Nov 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, both at the Art Studio. The performance dates are Jan 30 – Feb 16th. Auditions will consist of reading from prepared sides. Be prepared to have some fun!

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure -- but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan. (who strangely now resembles Boris Karloff) returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theatres throughout America.

Available Roles:

Abby Brewster: A darling lady, 50’s – 70’s, who poisons lonely old men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

Martha Brewster: A sweet woman, 50’s – 70’s, with Victorian charm who poisons lonely old men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.

The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine, 40’s – 60’s

Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy 40’s – 50’s, who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.

Elaine Harper: Mortimer’s fiancée, 20’s – 40’s, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.

Mortimer Brewster: 20’s – 40’s, Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts.

Jonathan Brewster: 30’s – 50’s, Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff.

Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic 40’s – 70’s, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times.

Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters

Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.

Lieutenant Rooney: A tough and dominating police officer

Officers Brophy and Klein: local police officers

Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium

Audition Dates:

Sat Nov 9th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sun Nov 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

in the Art Studio

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Flowers in the Desert
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Flowers in the Desert

After 14 years of marriage, Britt and Joe called it quits, so Joe is surprised when, three years later, Britt asks him to try again. Cheater Joe still loves his ex and their boys, so he’s willing to go along with date-nights and counseling — until he realizes that Britt has a very specific agenda.

This play was a finalist in the inaugural contest of the American Association of Community Theaters.

Written by Donna Hoke, presented by Jade Schuyler.

In the Black Box Theater
November 7-24

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm
Tickets $20, $15 for Members

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Miracle on 34th Street
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Miracle on 34th Street

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET

The Musical 

Kris Kringle takes on the cynics in this holiday classic to be enjoyed by the entire family!  

Directed by Sonia Schonning

Music Direction by Marcia Wytrwal
Choreography by Hannah Carrita
Stage Manager  Bonnie Corliss

Opening November 7 - November 24, 2019

www.Barnstablecomedyclub.org

508.362.6333

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Deeper Than The Skin-The Musical
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Deeper Than The Skin-The Musical

Deeper Than The Skin is a musical presentation on Race in America by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway. Reggie and Greg have a unique story. Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of history, Richmond, VA. They are on a pilgrimage together – one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, mutual respect, sheer admiration, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. Their stories together form the quintessential American story. The music that flowed from these experiences is powered by unadorned truth, raw and riveting, beautiful and uplifting. Echoing Gandhi, they believe that in telling our truths, we are able to rise up from the past and build bridges to the each other and the future. The presentation will be interactive and there will be time at the end for discussion.

Contact the organizer

First Parish Brewster UU

Karena Stroh

karenastroh@firstparishbrewster.org

5088965577

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A Special Performance of Irena Gut: Only a Girl
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

A Special Performance of Irena Gut: Only a Girl

Sunday, October 13, at 3pm. Moving between narration and poetic form, this 50-minute solo performance by Ms. Janet Rodgers is based on In My Hands, the autobiography of Irena Gut Opdyke who, as a young, Catholic Polish girl, who saved the lives of twelve young Jewish professionals from extermination by the Nazis during WW II. Later, at the end of the war when Poland was taken over by the Soviets, these twelve Jewish men and women saved her. It is a story of love, compassion, courage, and human respect. Janet Rodgers is a world-traveled theatre artist and writer currently living on Cape Cod. She taught theatre at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Dance and Drama and most recently retired as Professor Emerita from 25 years of teaching theatre, voice, and speech at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. During the 1970s and early 1980s, she was a classical actress with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and the Boston Shakespeare Company where she played many leading roles. Tickets are $10. For reservations, click here or call 508-394-7100.

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Creating a Character (or, The Art of Doing Nothing: Ensemble, Extras, and Background Work)
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Creating a Character (or, The Art of Doing Nothing: Ensemble, Extras, and Background Work)

We all know what to do when we’re the lead or a major supporting character, but the background performers help to set the mood. Whether you’re onstage or on set, directors appreciate an actor who can immerse themselves in the world the director has envisioned and create a genuine atmosphere. This class will discuss the art form of doing “nothing” as both stage and screen ensemble with an emphasis on continuity, consistency, and creating a believable world that both the audience and all the actors in the scene can be fully immersed in.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at 
christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.

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Lopsided
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Lopsided

“How long, and how tight, should you hold on to a part of yourself that’s no longer there?” It’s the most wrenching question in this play about a woman facing breast cancer and the aftermath.

Written by EA Kafkalas and presented by Watermelon Alligator Theater Company.

October 10 - 27 in the Black Box Theater
Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm
Tickets $20, $15 for Members

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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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Improv Your Life! with Melinda Gallant
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Improv Your Life! with Melinda Gallant

Have you been thinking “I need to take a workshop"? Have you been thinking "I want to have more laughs with people I just met”? Have you been thinking “I want to have some fun on Saturday Morning”? Well, we have a Saturday workshop for you!

Try Improv Your Life with Melinda Gallant, a fun AND funny three hours, where you will explore the skills to communicate more effectively, think faster on your feet, and maybe (just maybe) laugh yourself silly! We promise good laughs, some real skills, and a rollicking fun time along the way.

A fast-paced workshop that will leave you with a smile on your face, bring out your creative self, and maybe discover your inner goofball! Theater or performance experience NOT required. Workshop size limited to 15, so sign up today to reserve your spot!

Sep 21
Oct 26
Nov 23
try one or take them all!
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
in the Art Studio
$60 per class/$51 members

Questions? Email Melinda.

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Salon of Shorts at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Salon of Shorts at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

Cotuit Center for the Arts offers an open mic series called Salon of Shorts in the Art Studio on the third Wednesday of March, June, September, and December. 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.

Weds., September 18 at 7:30pm

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Celebration of the Ordinary
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Celebration of the Ordinary

 Centerville Historical Museum is hosting a one-woman show written and performed by Jane Hattemer-Stringer, theater artist.
Admission $10/ nonmember $7 /member

Act One “In The Middle of the Middles” is about growing up as the middle child in a large family in the early 60’s. The middle children, especially in a big family (11 children) are ignored by parents. The advantage: they are free to have adventures that no one else in the family knows about. The bond developed between the middle children as a result of these “wild” adventures is strong and enduring to this day. Jane tells her tale, playing multiple characters. Anyone who is or who knows of a middle child, will relate to her story. The audience learns what it was like to be a child in the early 60’s, or reminded of that, if they are old enough. 

Act Two: “Muddie, My Grandmother With the Cracker Crumbs On Her Shoulders” is about Jane’s grandmother, Muddie, and so much more. Muddie looked like an ordinary skinny wrinkled old lady. As she tells Jane about her life. It is clear that that this woman is no “ordinary” grandma. We learn about her husband, a WW1 vet, and how the war changed him. Through the other characters, all played by Jane, we get a picture of her family- its flaws, quirks, and strengths.

URL for more details: http://www.centervillehistoricalmuseum.org

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A Woman's Heart
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

A Woman's Heart

“This play is pure magic!”

Margaret Van Sant, Executive Director, Provincetown Dramatic Arts

Cotuit Center for the Arts presents Judith Partelow’s highly acclaimed play, “A Woman’s Heart,” September 12 to 29 in the Black Box Theater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Story and direction is by Dana McCoy and Judith Partelow.

With Judith Partelow’s original poetry as its foundation, this new production of “A Woman’s Heart” is a captivating tale of friendship, heartache, and triumph.

Three close friends (Partelow, McCoy, and Rod Owens) reconnect at their 50th high school reunion to find that their mutual inspirations from and impacts on each other have not only endured, but have, ultimately, made all the difference in their respective lives.

“A Woman’s Heart” was first presented in 2017 and hailed as “funny, sexy, gutsy, and vulnerable.” In one of many rave reviews of earlier productions, Kelley Brocco-Hagen wrote, “The play was FANTASTIC! Touched my heart profoundly! This needs major exposure!”

This new collaboration by McCoy and Partelow reduces the number of characters from four to three and features a new story approach, shaping Partelow’s poetry into a compelling, music-filled journey through a writer’s life, and starring the collaborators themselves. Replete with life events and cultural references from the 1950s to the present, the play will resonate with all, particularly baby boomers.

The play is now also infused with the music of the boomer era, plus original music written by McCoy, Owens, and Partelow’s daughter Amanda Sevak.

An award-winning writer, as well as Actors’ Equity actor and director, Partelow began writing poetry when she was in third grade. Cape Cod journalist Caitlin Russell observed that Partelow has “a gift for taking heartbreaking subjects and shining a light on the pain, and the beauty and dignity born of struggling with it.”

The Cape Cod Writers Center recognized Partelow’s achievements at its 2019 conference with the Kevin V. Symmons Scholarship for Second Career Writers.

McCoy, an award-winning New York-based playwright, director, actor, singer, songwriter, and dancer, brings a wealth of talent and experience to creating and honing stories and bringing them successfully to the stage. Her theater credits include writer, performer, and producer for “Cube Rat,” which was performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway (2011); and lead cast member and co-producer for “MoM: A Rock Concert Musical,” written by Richard Caliban, winner of Outstanding Musical at New York Fringe 2009, and selected as part of the Fringe Benefits Anniversary Series (2011) and The Almost Annual Festival (April 2013).

As a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, McCoy has topped Billboard charts and toured, directed, taught, and performed her own and other people’s original rock musicals internationally.

Rod Owens is an actor, musician, and artist who has appeared in “The Weight of Silence,” and other plays at Cotuit Center for the Arts.

“A Woman’s Heart” is produced by Janet Murphy Robertson of www.ArtistsAndMusicians.org.

In the Black Box Theater
September 12-29

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm
Tickets $20, $15 for Members

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Auditions for Doctor Dolittle at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Sep
7
2:00 PM14:00

Auditions for Doctor Dolittle at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

Director Jay Stewart will be holding auditions for Doctor Dolittle on August 31 & September 7. We are casting principals, and ensemble roles for men and women of all ages, as well as ensemble kids from 8 years old and up.

Auditions will be held:

Saturday, August 31 from 2:00PM-:6:00PM in the Art Studio

Saturday, September 7 from 2:00PM-:6:00PM in the Schoolhouse

Auditioners should be prepared to sing part of a song (not necessarily from Doctor Dolittle), and will be reading sides from the script that will be provided at the audition.

About the show:

The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in Doctor Dolittle, the big Broadway-sized family musical. All of the characters we've come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in the stage version.

The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. Doctor Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder and, once pronounced innocent, continues with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.

Book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Directed by Jay Stewart, music direction by Chris Morris, choreography by Meg Morris.

Production Dates:

Opens Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30PM

November 22-December 29

Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 5:00PM, Sundays at 2:00PM

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2nd Wednesday Theater: 110 Stories
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Wednesday Theater: 110 Stories

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works. On September 4, WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Sarah Tuft’s moving play,110 Stories

From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there. Based on interviews, this docu-play weaves together stories not shown on the news, from people we can relate to...a mother, a photojournalist, an ironworker, a chiropractor, and a homeless man who saved lives that day. Their unflinching, freaked-out and occasionally funny accounts take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in its aftermath. Remaining apolitical, 110 Stories memorializes September 11th by humanizing history to reveal our innate compassion.

“This is an incredibly powerful collection of stories from people who witnessed one of the most terrifying events in recent memory. We are beyond proud to be able to present it, especially combined with the opportunity to support a charity that’s doing important work for those who work to help keep us safe,” said Jess Wilson, Managing and Artistic Director for WatermelonAlligator. “First responders – a blanket term often used to describe police, fire, and EMS – put their lives on the line every day as part of their jobs. Many of the performers are part of first responder families, or are (or have been) first responders themselves. It’s a deeply personal piece for many of us.”

This moving and memorable evening of theater will be performed at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, for one night only – September 4 at 7:30pm.

110 Stories
Monday, September 4 at 7:30pm

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Auditions for Doctor Dolittle at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Aug
31
2:00 PM14:00

Auditions for Doctor Dolittle at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

Director Jay Stewart will be holding auditions for Doctor Dolittle on August 31 & September 7. We are casting principals, and ensemble roles for men and women of all ages, as well as ensemble kids from 8 years old and up.

Auditions will be held:

Saturday, August 31 from 2:00PM-:6:00PM in the Art Studio

Saturday, September 7 from 2:00PM-:6:00PM in the Schoolhouse

Auditioners should be prepared to sing part of a song (not necessarily from Doctor Dolittle), and will be reading sides from the script that will be provided at the audition.

About the show:

The classic tale of kindness to animals trots, crawls and flies onto the stage in Doctor Dolittle, the big Broadway-sized family musical. All of the characters we've come to love through the stories of Hugh Lofting and the magical movie musical are given new life in the stage version.

The musical tells the classic tale of a wacky but kind Doctor who can talk to animals. The show takes the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. Doctor Dolittle is wrongly accused of murder and, once pronounced innocent, continues with his search for the Great Pink Sea Snail – the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth.

Book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Directed by Jay Stewart, music direction by Chris Morris, choreography by Meg Morris.

Production Dates:

Opens Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30PM

November 22-December 29

Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 5:00PM, Sundays at 2:00PM

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Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision


Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision

  • Aug 22, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Comedian Jimmy Tingle returns to Cotuit with his new one-man show, "20/20 Vision," a funny, thought provoking and hopeful look at contemporary life and politics through his experience as a comedian, commentator and political candidate.

“If Robert De Niro had decided to be a comedian, he might have come out something like Tingle, with his off-center smile, blue-collar physicality and exquisite sense of timing.”

The Boston Globe

Jimmy Tingle is a comedian, commentator and the founder of Humor for Humanity. He was a 2018 candidate for Lt Governor of Massachusetts and received 41.3% of the vote in the Massachusetts primary on September 4th 2018.

He is a graduate of UMASS Dartmouth and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA). He was the graduate school commencement speaker at Harvard graduation for the class of 2010.

He has worked as a humorist and commentator for 60 Minutes II and MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight ShowCNN, Conan O’BrienFresh Air with Terry Gross and in his own HBO half-hour comedy special.

Theatrical credits include writing, performing and producing several one-person shows including Uncommon SenseJimmy Tingle for President- The Funniest campaign in History and Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream.

He has appeared in several documentaries films including Damned in the USAAmerica with the Top DownWhen Stand up Stood OutCall Me Lucky directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream which Jimmy wrote and produced and directed by Vincent Straggas.

Feature film work includes Next Stop Wonderland; Boondock SaintsHead of State starring Chris Rock and Clear History starring Larry David.

Tingle has the rare distinction of winning Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” in the stand-up comedy category and for “best alternative theater” as the producer and artistic director of Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater in Somerville.

He is the founder of a new social enterprise and solo show entitled "Humor for Humanity" which aspires to raise spirits, funds and awareness for nonprofits, charities and social causes.

For more information on Jimmy Tingle or Humor for Humanity please visit www.JimmyTingle.com.

Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision
Thursday, August 22 at 7:30pm
Tickets $35, $30 for balcony seating
Discounts: $5 for members, $2 for seniors/veterans

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Auditions for Chorus for Sweeney Todd at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Aug
20
to Aug 25

Auditions for Chorus for Sweeney Todd at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

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Seeking Chorus Members Cotuit Center for the Arts’ October 2019 production of Sweeney Todd:

This production of Sweeney Todd will feature a 12 person chorus consisting of 3 each soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The chorus will be off stage, heard but not seen. No blocking or movement is required.

The chorus will have 6 dedicated music rehearsal scheduled between September 15 and October 5. In addition the chorus will attend the scheduled dress rehearsals, October 7, 8 & 9. A small honorarium will be paid to help cover expenses.

If interested please contact David Kuehn atdavid@cotuitcenterforthearts.org or call 774-368-0986.

Performance Dates:

October 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27


Directed by Mary Arnault

Produced by David Kuehn

Music Director Malcolm Granger

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Downstage Center with Kevin Quill!
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Downstage Center with Kevin Quill!

Explore the world of musical theater and plays with Kevin Quill in a week-long workshop for ages 7-15. Whether a budding actor, musician, singer, writer, or all of the above, Kevin has developed a program designed to take your potential and shoot it to the moon! The week will be packed with "Glee"-ful team building, improv, scene-to-song, monologue & vocal coaching, audition prep, and writing - all coming together at the end of the week for Friday Showcase. It's a week-long theater party!

Class on Mon is 10am-2pm. Classes Tue-Fri are 10am-4pm. Pack a lunch and a water bottle and come dressed to have a ball!

Date:

Mon-Fri, Aug 19-23

Time:

Mon 10-2, Tue-Fri 10-4

Location:

5 classes, in the Black Box

Price:

$390 / $331 members

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Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur

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“Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur”
(A Lulu’s Lemonade Stand Adventure)

A brand new musical by the creators of “Lulu’s Lemonade Stand,” “Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur” is a thrilling new adventure-comedy for the whole family! 

A mysterious prophecy and a missing friend, an alarming labyrinth with no obvious end. Can Mona and Lulu beat the clock and best the beast? Or will their brave rescue attempt be foiled by carnivorous crabs and confusing clues?

Find out this summer in “Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur,” only at Cotuit Center for the Arts!

The book and lyrics are by McCarthy. Music is by McCarthy, with arrangements by Henry Buck. Sander Goldman created the show poster. Music Direction is by Anthony Teixeira. Choreography is by Hannah Carrita.

In the Black Box Theater
August 9,10,11,16,17,18
Friday and Saturday at 10:00am & 12:30pm
Sunday at 10:00am
Tickets $12, $10 for members

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Rose: A Special Benefit Performance
Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

Rose: A Special Benefit Performance

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit MA

1 (508) 428-0669

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One night only! Back by popular demand, we are proud to present a special performance of Rose, by Laurence Leamer, starring Linda Monchik as Rose Kennedy.

Rose is the Kennedy story as told by the matriarch who lived it all. Set in 1969 at the Kennedys’ Hyannis Port compound the week after Teddy’s fateful accident at Chappaquiddick, Rose struggles with all the tragedies the Kennedys have overcome and finds new understanding of the choices she made as well as those made by her husband and children. Inspired by audio recordings Rose Kennedy made, Rose takes the audience on a fascinating and unexpected journey with someone we think we know.

Special one night only performance! A benefit for Cotuit Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets $50, $45 for seniors, $40 for members, $25 age 18 or under.

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Constellations
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

Constellations

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.

"Kudos to director Jason Mellin for bringing this production to the Black Box and for handling it so masterfully."

Cape Cod Times

In the Black Box Theater
December 5-22

Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm
Tickets $20, $15 for Members

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“Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur”
Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

“Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur”

“Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur”
(A Lulu’s Lemonade Stand Adventure)

A brand new musical by the creators of “Lulu’s Lemonade Stand,” “Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur” is a thrilling new adventure-comedy for the whole family! 

A mysterious prophecy and a missing friend, an alarming labyrinth with no obvious end. Can Mona and Lulu beat the clock and best the beast? Or will their brave rescue attempt be foiled by carnivorous crabs and confusing clues?

Find out this summer in “Lulu + Mona vs. The Minotaur,” only at Cotuit Center for the Arts!

In the Black Box Theater
August 9,10,11,16,17,18
Friday and Saturday at 10:00am & 12:30pm
Sunday at 10:00am
Tickets $12, $10 for members

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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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