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A Talented Woman at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Mar
21
to Apr 7

A Talented Woman at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

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Cotuit Center for the Arts will present the world premiere of “A Talented Woman,” a sophisticated comedy by Lynda Sturner and Jim Dalglish. An award-winning play that has received staged readings in festivals at The Actors Studio of New York and the McCarter Theatre, this main-stage production opens Thursday, March 21 and runs until Sunday, April 7. (Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00.)

“A Talented Woman” follows the tumultuous lives of three generations of women living in Manhattan during the Great Recession —a recently widowed grandmother on the verge of financial ruin, her workaholic daughter struggling to balance her professional and family lives, and her 14-year-old hellion of a granddaughter. Ricocheting between hilarity, insight, pathos, and pain, this sophisticated comedy explores the issues women face at three important stages of their lives.

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Rose the Kennedy Story
Apr
4
to Apr 20

Rose the Kennedy Story

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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.

Written by Laurence Leamer, featuring Linda Monchik as Rose Kennedy.

In the Black Box Theater
April 4-20

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

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The Odd Couple at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Apr
11
to Apr 27

The Odd Couple at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

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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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Salon of Shorts
Mar
20
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.

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2ND Wednesday Theater at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Mar
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. March 13 we present TestingTesting, by Alan Haehnel, presented by Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN), an organization providing opportunities for inclusion and active participation in the arts for people with unique talents and all abilities on Cape Cod.

Each act of this full-length play explores different aspects of school testing: High Stakes, a comedy about a student surrounded by inexplicable chaos during a major exam; Honor Bright, a drama dealing with the complexities of cheating; and Wendy's Tale, a comedy about a brilliant student who doesn't test well, and lets her imagination run wild instead.

Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30pm
on the Main Stage
FREE admission!

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Auditions for CALENDAR GIRLS at the Barnstable Comedy Club
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Auditions for CALENDAR GIRLS at the Barnstable Comedy Club

Co-directors Carol McManus and Ann M. Ring will hold open auditions for CALENDAR GIRLS, an uplifting comedy by Tim Firth on March 11, 12 and 13 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. at the Barnstable Comedy Club, 3171 Main Street, Rte. 6A in Barnstable Village. A variety of roles are available for 9 women ages 18-75 and 4 men ages 18-65. All but 3 female roles must be comfortable with tasteful partial nudity. Actors will be asked to read selections from the script. Perusal scripts are available at both the Sturgis and Hyannis Library. 

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1940's Radio Hour at the Barnstable Comedy Club
Mar
7
to Mar 24

1940's Radio Hour at the Barnstable Comedy Club

PRODUCTION DATES:  March 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM
                          March 10, 17 & 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM

 Play with Music by Walton Jones Directed by Corinne Cameron  ~  Music Director - Lisa Zinck Taylor
Full of 1940's music, dancing and old-time sound effects the play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in December 1942.
 NOTE:  Open Captioning will be featured at our March 10th performance at 2:30 PM

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Seminar a play by Theresa Rebeck
Mar
7
to Mar 24

Seminar a play by Theresa Rebeck

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In the Black Box Theater
March 7-24

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

In Seminar, a provocative play from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting comedy.

The play dives headfirst into the craft and the business of writing. Writers do not exist in a vacuum; they need editors to help them craft their vision and – hopefully – help them bring that vision to life for an audience of readers. Can that editor be trusted, or is even an editor a potential adversary in the ever diminishing world of fiction publishing? Are your fellow students supportive collaborators, or vindictive competitors? Can a writer only draw from personal experience, or can they reinvent themselves and the world around them?

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Salon of Shorts at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

Salon of Shorts at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

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.

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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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Cougar the Musical
Jun
7
to Jun 24

Cougar the Musical

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“Hilarious, soulful and heartwarming,” Cougar the Musical by Donna Moore unleashes three divine but disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot, young men. They let their inner cougar roar and purr, finding self-love and empowerment in the process. The sexy, ferocious cast of three fabulous-over-forty women and one multi-talented boy toy sing and dance their way through a satiating range of original songs, from grinding blues, to doo-wop, to pop to “Julio,” a romantic ballad, sung to a vibrator.

Hilarious, soulful and heartwarming, Cougar the Musical is a madcap ride from Cougar Bar to nail salon to boudoir and back as the women learn to say “yes” to getting older, “yes” to trust and friendship and to proving that love is ageless.

JUNE 7-24, 2018
THURS-SAT 7:30PM • SUN 4:00PM
TICKETS $20 • $15 FOR MEMBERS

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