Theater

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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Present your SNAP card or Full-time Student ID at the box office during the hour before curtain and get HALF-PRICE admission! 
Cotuit Center for the Arts -- Making the arts accesssible, thrilling, and nurturing for all.

Turn your evening of theater into an awe-inspiring experience with a Dinner + Show Package.  Cotuit Center for the Arts is pleased to partner with Villagio at the Regatta in Cotuit to offer a delicious pairing of dinner and entertainment that you won't soon forget.  

Dinner + Show package is available for our main stage theater productions.  Click here for details.

 

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Opens September 20 

This infamous play examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. Set in three acts with two 10-minute intermissions, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won a Tony Award and a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, both for Best Play. The dialogue in the first act has been hailed by some critics as some of the greatest in all of American theatre.

Read the Cape Cod Times review

Frost/Nixon

Opens September 22

Frost/Nixon is a historical drama based on the real-life interviews between British media personality, David Frost and disgraced former American President, Richard M. Nixon. Written by first-time playwright Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon mixes the real words of the two figures with fictionalized dialogue among the men and their respective teams. Within the structure of the play, the interviews are presented as a kind of boxing match — a crucial turning point in both of their careers in which only one of them can emerge victorious.

AUDITIONS: Butter Ball

September 24 & 29

Come audition for Bronwen Prosser's inane holiday comedy!

Casting -- A Woman Of a Certain Age for the Matriarch, a husband and a wife really flexible in age, a 20 or 30 something male, and a young female vixen in her 20's.

The play was a huge hit last year selling out before we opened and with rave reviews from the Cape Cod Times. This year it's only going to get better...

Venus in Fur

Opens October 13

Playwright Thomas Novachek is at a loss. There are simply no actresses talented enough to play his leading lady. Then in walks Vanda, a mysterious siren with the uncanny ability to inhabit his character. All bets are off when the audition quickly escalates into a seductive power play. With loads of cheek and a hint of the erotic, Venus in Fur keeps you on the edge of your seat as you question "who is really in charge here?"

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

October 11

WatermelonAlligator is bringing this life-saving seminar to southern New England, running as needed to ensure survival. Dr. Dale Seslick, founder of the UK School of Survival, has assembled a crack team of zombie survivalists who will entertain as well as inform their audience, ensuring the survival of the human race as we approach the zombie apocalypse!

2nd Wednesday Theater: Brilliant Traces

October 12

A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.  October's reading is Brilliant Traces, by Cindy Lou Johnson. First presented by New York's prestigious Circle Repertory Company, this richly imaginative absurdist allegory used fantastic and often outlandish situations and characterizations to probe into the nature of modern relationships, both sexual and otherwise. Presented by Aisha Stewart.

Cape Cod Theater Coalition Season Highlights Theater Celebration

October 18

This year's annual Season Highlights Theater Celebration will be held on October 18, 5:30-8:00 pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts.  Fun, food, drink, great entertainment and conversation will punctuate the celebration in support of our wonderful theater community.  The casual evening includes performances from your favorite theaters, a catered reception with sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, complimentary wine, soft drinks and a cash bar, and a drawing for fabulous prizes including theater tickets, wine, restaurant gift certificates and more!  

Cape Cod Can! presents “Starship Bandstand”

October 21-23

In this tribute to classic bandstand tv shows, the troupe of talented performers of CapeCodCan! take you on a fantastic journey through a collection of some of pop music's greatest hits. 

Presented by the Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN! – www.capecodcan.org), bringing together organizations from all over the Cape to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to actively participate in the arts. 

Only Wounded: Larry Marsland Sings Peter Allen

Opens November 3

Back by popular demand!

Larry Marsland interprets the songs of Peter Allen and mixes in recollections of Stonewall, Reno Sweeney’s, Judy Garland and the explosive, crazy world of Manhattan in the 70s and 80s.  An intimate theatrical concert experience in our Black Box Theater you won't want to miss.

2nd Wednesday Theater: A Few Good Men

November 9

A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

In November we will read A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin, presented by Martha Paquin. This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. 

Scrooge

Opens November 22

November 22 – December 18

Join us for this charming stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse. It is closely-adapted from the 1970 musical film Scrooge starring Albert Finney, which earned Bricusse an Oscar® nomination for his score.  A holiday hit for the whole family.  

Butter Ball

Opens December 1

This original and “highly inappropriate” Thanksgiving comedy takes the dysfunctional family holiday to a whole new level of absurdity. Holidays can be slippery...and this year, Turkey Day gets extra dysfunctional and family a little more than absurd. Experience an evening of pure catharsis with this incredibly fun show about the neuroses of family members and their holiday expectations. 

2nd Wednesday Theater: A Christmas Carol

December 14

A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.  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.