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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Opens July 7
Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch: Fifty’s a Bitch
Opens July 29
Edgy, unapologetic, funny, wickedly honest, hell-bent, and loudmouth, Christine Rathbun Ernst is a writer, poet, and performer. Her play about her battle with breast cancer, “Reconstruction or How I Learned to Pay Attention,” has been performed throughout New England. She performed “The Further Adventures of a Fat Ass Cancer Bitch” at Cotuit Center for the Arts in 2011, “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping,” there in 2012, "The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Outside the Box" in 2013, "The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Outside the Box and Occasionally al Fresco" in 2014, and "The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Turns 49" in 2015.
Driving Miss Daisy
Opens August 4
Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is determined to maintain her independence. However, when she crashes her car, her son, Boolie arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African-American driver named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.
COTUIT ON THE ROAD: SOUVENIR at The Provincetown Theater & Nantucket’s Dreamland
At The Provincetown Theater:
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
At Nantucket’s Dreamland Theater:
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Sunday, August 21 at 7:00pm
At the turn of the last century, Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York phenomenon where she rose to fame for her annual sold-out recitals at the Ritz Carlton and Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when Mrs. Jenkins tackled the most difficult arias in opera, festooned in fabulous costumes.
The only trouble was: Mrs. Jenkins could not sing. Not a note. Still, Florence, a YouTube sensation far ahead of her time, could not be deterred from her dedication to music and voice lessons with her accomplished and compassionate accompanist, Cosme McMoon.
Souvenir chronicles the sidesplitting journey of Mrs. Jenkins and Mr. McMoon to Carnegie Hall. A musical odd-couple that will have you laughing – till you cry!
Opens August 8
Off with her head! A 21st century girl is magically transported to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland in this play with music. Join us for another wild, original production from Theater Under the Stairs this summer. A family show that parents can enjoy as much as the kids will.
2nd Wednesday Theater: J.B.
A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works. August's reading will be J.B., by Archibald Macleish. Based on the story of Job, this drama in verse tells the story of a twentieth-century American banker and millionaire whom God commands be stripped of his family and wealth, but who refuses to turn his back on God. J.B. won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1959 and the Tony Award for best play. More important, the play sparked a national conversation about the nature of God, the meaning of hope, and the role of the artist in society. Presented by Garry Mitchell.
The Money Shot
Opens September 1
This raunchy, acerbic Hollywood satire presents four characters perched on the showbiz power ladder. Two screen idols past their peak and in desperate need of a hit assemble to discuss a sensitive professional matter with their respective partners. The scene they’ll be shooting together the next day will be climactic in more ways than one, as their psychotic director wants them to have real, honest-to-badness sex on camera. (The term “money shot” comes from pornographic film.) But before they commit their coupling to digital eternity, they want to clear it with their partners. The meeting starts nasty, turns nastier and finally segues into no-holds-barred and often hilarious confrontation.
2nd Wednesday Theater: Great American Musical Singalong! The Sound of Music
A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works. Join us in September for a sing-along rendition of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music.
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.
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.
Venus in Fur 2016
Opens October 6
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?"
2nd Wednesday Theater: Brilliant Traces
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 Can! presents “Starship Bandstand”
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
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.
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.
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
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.