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 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.
December 12 & 13
Written & Directed by Jim Dalglish
Cotuit Center for the Arts and Boston Public Works
As a mid-winter blizzard blankets Manhattan under three feet of snow, a troubled young man with nowhere to go crashes his widowed stepmother’s 40th birthday party. His arrival triggers a flurry of memories - fond, painful and frightening – and unwittingly exposes his family to the danger that haunts him on the abandoned, snow-covered streets below. This psychological thriller was selected as a semifinalist at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
A Christmas Carol
December 13 - One night only!
The spirit of the season comes to life in this magical one-person performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Barnstable native Neil McGarry brings Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday tale of redemption to the main stage at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. His approach to the classic story has drawn rave reviews from the Independent Reviewers of New England which named it the Best Solo Performance of 2014 and from critic Jules Becker who gave it the “Best of Boston” in 2013.
Fittingly, proceeds from McGarry’s performance will go to benefit Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) whose mission is to ensure that those not unlike Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim have a safe, decent place to live on Cape Cod.
Opens March 31
March 31 – April 10, 2016 at Cotuit Center for the Arts
April 14 – 30, 2016 at the Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts
Co-produced by Boston Public Works Theater Company and Cotuit Center for the Arts
As a mid-winter blizzard blankets Manhattan under three feet of snow, a troubled young man with nowhere to go crashes his widowed stepmother’s 40th birthday party. His arrival triggers a flurry of memories - fond, painful, and frightening – and unwittingly exposes his family to the danger that haunts him on the abandoned, snow-covered streets below. This psychological thriller was selected as a semifinalist at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.