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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Cotuit Center for the Arts -- Making the arts accesssible, thrilling, and nurturing for all.

 

Art

Opens July 16

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting -- all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships. At the breaking point, the friendship is finally tested and the aftermath of affirms the power of those bonds. 

The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Turns 49

Opens July 31

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, and "The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Outside the Box and Occasionally al Fresco" in 2014.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

August 3
One night only!

A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare
Directed by Neil McGarry

“The course of true love never did run smooth”

Snow White and Rose Red

Opens August 10

"Snow White and Rose Red," a new fairy tale from Theater Under the Stairs, incorporates themes and characters from some well-known Grimms tales, as well as a few of their lesser-known stories. Audiences of all ages will thoroughly enjoy this funny, fast-paced play.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Driving Miss Daisy

August 12

The hugely popular play by Alfred Uhry.  Racial tensions are delicately explored when a warm friendship evolves between an elderly Jewish woman and her black chauffeur. Winner of a 1988 Pulitzer Prize, and Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Presented by PJ McKey.

A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking

Opens August 13

This two-character comedy takes place in suburban Westchester County, New York kitchen of Maude Mix, who is having a tough day: her husband is off on a weekend spree with his secretary and she can't get rid of the pesky neighbor who has just moved up from Texas. Hannah Mae Bindler badgers Maude into friendship and the two eventually join forces against their errant and erring husbands.

PlayPen

September 5

When a bunch of actors, directors, and playwrights walk into an empty theatre, there's going to be a play. Usually, there have been years, or at least months, of work leading up to that day: playwrights agonizing, directors dramatizing, designers conceptualizing, producers maneuvering, marketers tempting, actors chop-honing.  On September 4, about three dozen theatre artists will meet as a group for the first time, do all that, and present six new short plays to a jam-packed house the following evening. We call it the PlayPen, and it's no place for the weak.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Trumbo: Red White, and Blacklisted

September 9

In recognition of Banned Books Week, Cotuit Center for the Arts is proud to present:

Trumbo: Red, White & Blacklisted
A Play by Christopher Trumbo

When legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, he was thrown in prison and blacklisted as one of the “Hollywood Ten”. Based on his brilliant and razor-sharp letters to friends, former friends, and family, this play reveals how the author of Spartacus, Roman Holiday, and Exodus took on Congress, Hollywood, and the Red Scare—and won.

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

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.  

2nd Wednesday Theater:  The Belle of Amherst

October 14

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.

Butterball

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

November 11

The 2nd Wednesday Theater staged reading series, a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

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.

2nd Wednesday Theater: A Christmas Carol 2015

December 9

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.