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.

 

AUDITIONS: Two Rooms

January 31

Director Michele Colley is casting four actors for Two Rooms, a drama by Lee Blessing.  The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut where Arab terrorists are holding an American hostage, and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal. The same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with a reporter and a State Department official.

Sturgis Charter School presents: Medea and Antigone

February 5-7

The students of Sturgis Charter School present a fresh presentation of two classic Greek tragedies: Medea and Antigone.

Improv!

February 8

TOBY BRITCHES is an evening of theater like nothing you’ve ever seen before… and neither have we. Twelve actors bring lots of talents, skills and backgrounds to the stage, but not one of ‘em shows up with a script. And that leads to lots of surprising, spontaneous and sometimes downright off-the-wall fun – and no two shows are ever the same! Featuring (in alphabetical order) Jo Brisbane, Liz Brown, Norbert Brown, Michele Colley, Kelly Depin, Jeanne Lohnes, Kayleigh Mason, Kim Frager Mitchell, Kempton Parker, Jim Pettibone, Elliott Sicard, and Eli Woods. Hosted by Troy Davies.

Four Squared: A Collaborative Theater Project

Monday, February 9 at 7:30pm

With generous support from the Kaplan Foundation, Cotuit Center for the Arts announces a new collaboration designed to workshop four original plays by four local playwrights over the course of one year.  Theater partners include Cotuit Center for the Arts, Harwich Junior Theatre, Provincetown Theater, and Woods Hole Theater Company.

AUDITIONS: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

February 10 & 11

Director Richard Martin is seeking actors for “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey.  There are roles available for 13 males and 4 females.

2nd Wednesday Theater, Moonglow

February 11 at 7:30pm
Moonglow, by Jack Neary

Moonglow is a new comedy-drama written by playwright Jack Neary.  It takes place in 1967, twenty years after enigmatic though likable Ray Healy returned home from World War Two only to find his young wife in love with another man.  Ray is now a music teacher at a Catholic school and has never remarried.  He is romantically pursued by the friendly and direct (when she has to be) Arlene Hodge, a secretary at the school, who strives to get to the bottom of why Ray keeps re-buffing her.

The Beat Goes On: Music of the 60’s

Opens February 12

An original multimedia review of music from history’s most inspired decade featuring songs from the same production team who brought us last year’s smash hit “What the World Needs Now: A Tribute to Burt Bacharach”

Cast: Ruth Condon, James Davis, Michael Ernst, Kristin Fehlau, Martha Paquin, Jordan Renzi, Anthony Teixeira and Alex Valentine.

The Vagina Monologues

February 15

Join us for a staged reading of Eve Ensler's hit play The Vagina Monologues, directed by Aisha Stewart, Anna Botsford and Tara Galvin.

The Dumb Waiter

Opens February 19

Theater Under the Stairs presents Harold Pinter's classic one-act play, The Dumb Waiter.  Directed by Holly Erin McCarthy, featuring Ari Lew and Cleo Zani.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Talk Radio

March 11

A staged reading of Eric Bogosian’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Talk Radio. A story a step ahead of its time, Bogosian’s 1987 play predicted the rise of the shock jock as a nationally reviled and simultaneously adored entertainment icon. Barry Champlain, Cleveland's controversial radio host, is on the air doing what he does best: insulting the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off.

Oleanna

Opens March 19

Oleanna is Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's most controversial drama. Now this landmark play comes to the Black Box Theater with the crackle and force of wildfire.

Oleanna has electrifying dialogue, blazing emotion and an ending that will leave you talking for weeks. In this riveting drama, a college professor and his female student become embroiled in a war of words that takes a dangerous turn. As their serene campus transforms into a battleground for justice, Mamet's explosive masterpiece dares you to take a side . . . if you can.

Love Letters

Sunday, March 29 at 2:00pm

Special benefit performance of A. R. Gurney’s beloved classic play

Veteran actors Pam McArdle and Dr. Waldo Fielding will present two performances of Love Letters, performed in the Art Gallery, as a benefit for Cotuit Center for the Arts.  

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Opens April 14

Cotuit Center for the Arts is proud to present this classic play by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey.  Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her psychiatric ward with an iron fist and a penchant for electro-shock therapy. Into her ordered domain enters the boisterous Randle P. McMurphy, intent on disruption and showing the other patients a good time.  A titanic battle of wills emerges. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest explores the boundaries between conformity and individuality, sanity and madness with a devastating effect.

Pure, raw theater at its very best.

Two Rooms

Opens April 16

Provocative and compelling, this arresting work deals with a subject much in the minds of contemporary society—the taking of innocent hostages by political terrorists. The play illuminates both the numbing agony of the one detained and also the helpless fury of those who are left behind—loved ones impatient for something to be done, and officials who feel they must be guided by logic rather than emotion.

What the World Needs Now

Opens June 11

What the World Needs Now, a musical tribute to Burt Bacharach featuring Ruth Condon, Anthony Teixeira, Tom Tracy, Sarah Swain, Cerise Bynoe, and Emily Wade Adams.

Some of the most beloved songs in the popular canon, in stunning performances and arrangements. 

Gypsy

Opens July 7

Let us entertain you with this timeless musical theater classic!  

Gypsy is a musical extravaganza featuring some of the best-loved music in the entire American musical theater songbook.  Join Rose, June, and Louise in their trip across the United States during the Twenties, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born.  Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You’ll Never Get Away from Me, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get A Gimmick, and Together Wherever We Go.  Get your tickets early -- this one is sure to sell out.

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. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Opens November 17

Join Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang as they prepare for the upcoming holidays. Watch as they await the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, enjoy a special Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast, and search for the perfect tree for Snoopy at Christmas.  Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Sally, and the rest of the gang are waiting to lighten your hearts during this holiday season.

This holiday musical treat is a faithful adaptation of the classic animated television special.  It will bring back memories for you, and create new ones for the kids.