Cotuit Center for the Arts produces 6 or 7 main stage productions and a dozen or so black box productions each year. We also have a monthly staged reading series held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. We welcome suggestions for future productions.
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The Pirates of Penzance
Opens September 29
Join us for this swashbuckling musical comedy to be presented with a twist that audiences have come to expect from Cotuit Center for the Arrrrrrrrts! This production is your chance to get carried away by Pirates! Join the band of boisterous buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. A frothy, fanciful Gilbert & Sullivan musical sure to entertain the whole family.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
Opens October 8
a staged reading of the play by Nora and Delia Ephron
Proving that a great show is always in fashion, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" has become an international hit. With its compulsively entertaining subject matter, this intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron celebrated an accomplished two-and-a-half year run in New York’s Westside Theatre. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. The show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theatergoing experiences domestically and overseas.
AUDITIONS: Sordid Lives
Sordid Lives: A colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The woman's family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral. A ridiculously funny play with roles for 6 women and 6 men.
20th Anniversary Gala Celebration of Cape & Islands Theater
October 13th, 5:30-8:30pm
Join The Friends of the Cape & Islands Theater Coalition in supporting local live theater by attending the 4th annual Season Highlights Celebration!
This year's annual Season Highlights Celebration will be held on October 13, 2015, 5:30-8:30 pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts.
Performances will include songs from Pirates of Penzance, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, Big Fish, Oliver and La Cage Aux Folles. Theaters performing include The Academy Playhouse, Barnstable Comedy Club, Cape Rep Theater Cape Cod Theatre Company (formerly Harwich Junior Theatre), Cotuit Center for the Arts and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.
2nd Wednesday Theater: The Belle of Amherst
In The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson welcomes audiences into her lifelong Amherst homestead in mid-19th century Massachusetts. While Dickinson found solace in solitude through much of her life, acclaimed playwright William Luce weaves her poems, diaries, and letters into a one-woman portrait of one of America’s greatest and most prolific poets, mixing Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family with the poet’s own, often amusing observations. “Full of passion and poetry and heart” (New York Daily News), The Belle of Amherst illuminates a brilliant wordsmith through the words she left behind.
Opens November 5
A new and inappropriate comedy by Bronwen Prosser
Holidays can be slippery... This year Turkey Day gets extra dysfunctional and family a little more than absurd.
Let us give thanks. Come join us for an evening of pure catharsis.
2nd Wednesday Theater: Lines of Fire
In recognition of Veteran's Day, the Cotuit Center for the Arts is proud to present Lines of Fire, a play by Andrew Carroll.
In 1998, as a means of remembering those who have served in the U.S. Military, historian and best-selling author Andrew Carroll launched "The Legacy Project," with a mission to collect and preserve wartime correspondence between American soldiers and their families and friends. Since its inception, Andy has received more than 100,000 previously unpublished letters from every conflict in which American troops have participated. Tom Brokaw has called the collection, now located at Chapman University at the Center for American War Letters, "an American treasure."
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Opens November 17
For the Holidays, Cotuit Center for the Arts presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Everyone agreed that the six Herdman kids were the worst kids in the world. They lied, they stole, they hit little kids, they talked dirty, and even the girls smoked cigars. Sunday School was a safe haven for the other children because the Herdmans never went there. But when the Herdmans show up one Sunday looking for chocolate cake, they hear about the Christmas pageant and decide they want to take part. To the dismay of everyone involved, the Herdmans land the main parts in the play. Although everyone expects a disaster, the Herdmans bring a fresh interpretation to the Christmas story, a story they had never heard before. Mark your calendars for a hilarious and heart-warming Holiday show for the whole family.
A Tuna Christmas
Opens December 3
You won't want to miss this holiday treat! Two actors play all of the crazy citizens of Tuna, Texas, as they prepare for the town's annual Christmas festivities.
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun.
2nd Wednesday Theater: A Christmas Carol 2015
Our December play reading features A Christmas Carol, presented by the Center’s Theater Advisory Committee.
Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.