Theater

Cotuit Center for the Arts produces 6 or 7 main stage productions and a dozen or so black box productions each year. We welcome suggestions for future productions.

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The Center of Gravity

Opens April 10

The Center of Gravity, the 2011 play by local playwright and poet Gregory Hischak, is a historical fantasy that reimagines the lives of the two Wright brothers and their quest to build a heavier-than-air flying machine.

Noises Off!

Opens April 3
PLEASE NOTE: Performances of Noises Off are held at Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College.
Online ticket sales are no longer available, but plenty of tickets are on sale at the door.  Just come on down – we promise we won’t turn you away!

The production, to be directed by Michele Colley, is the first collaboration of its kind between the CCCC and CCftA.  The project will bring together community actors, students, artists, educators and local theatre professionals, and promises to be a special experience for both the audience and the participants.  Read more about this exciting collaboration here.

This popular 1982 play by Michael Frayn is a farcical “play within a play” requiring much physical comedy and dexterity of its cast. It is about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy titled, "Nothing On" - a single-set farce in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away, and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue.

"This "Noises Off" is a winning start to the Cotuit-college collaboration, using the strengths of both companies for a show that multiple generations would find hugely entertaining."
- Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times

Read the Cape Cod Times review here

If Nothing Changes

Opens April 10
In the Black Box Theater

an original play by Richard Martin

If Nothing Changes examines the lives of seven people struggling with addiction and its damaging effects. Characters range in diversity from a self-described Chardonnay Queen to an alcoholic attorney to a heroin addict reeling from the effects of childhood abuse. Revealing that an addict’s most formidable obstacle isn’t simply a substance, the play is witness to the effects of self-administered illusion and the freedom of recovery.

Becky’s New Car

Opens May 8
In the Black Box Theater

Becky's life isn't exactly unhappy - but from her desk at a car dealership, she can't help but wonder what else is out there.  And then she finds out.  When a wealthy suitor presumes she is a widow - and she doesn't correct him - she finds herself leading a double life until it quickly (and hilariously) accelerates out of her control. This clever and witty new comedy shows us an unexpected and inventive way to escape the midlife doldrums.

Four Squared: A Collaborative Theater Project

Begins May 5

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.

Each work will be presented in staged readings four times, once each season over the course of a year, in four venues from the upper Cape to the lower Cape, reaching four different audiences.  The partners each invited a local playwright and asked that they pen a new full length play for up to six actors. Readings will take place in the four theaters simultaneously, the first with each playwright in the “home” of their presenter, then rotating between the four venues.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Steel Magnolias

Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30pm

May's 2nd Wednesday program features Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, presented by Martha Paquin.

A first play which met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York's WPA Theatre. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

Waiting for Oscar: Cape Cod CAN

May 16-18

Waiting For Oscar - A Hollywood musical revue! The promise of Oscar Night in Mayfield turns the small town upside down as performers prepare for the big event.

The Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN!) is an entirely Cape Cod–based project sponsored by VSA Massachusetts dedicated to inclusive arts, music and theater for people with disabilities on Cape Cod.

Our mission is to provide a sustaining program of access and inclusion in the arts for the Cape’s growing population of people with disabilities. It has been proven that such an approach has tremendous benefits to the participants and the community.

The Woods Hole Plays

Opens June 5
In the Black Box Theater

Two new one acts by Danny Mitarotondo and Bronwen Prosser
Directed by Kathryn Walsh

A site specific exploration of playwriting; a local and a New Yorker team up to create two one acts using one cast, one location, the same theme, and two surprisingly different, quirky plays.
There will be a reading on April 9th of these plays before they go back into revision for this production in the Black Box.

Moby Dick! the musical

Opens June 5

Moby Dick! the Musical, with book by Robert Longden, and music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye is a mixture of high camp, music hall-style smut, and wild anachronism overflowing with double entendres.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Greater Tuna

June 11 at 7:30pm

Greater Tuna is the third smallest town in Texas; a place where books like Huckleberry Finn and Romeo and Juliet are too smutty for the library shelves and the Lion's Club is too liberal. A humorous look at small town life.  Written by  by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. Presented by Tara Galvin.

The Last Five Years

June 29-July 21

A musical by Jason Robert Brown exploring a five-year relationship between a rising novelist and a struggling actress.

The Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Meridian Summer

Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30pm

Meridian Summer, Written by Candace Perry.  Presented by John Reed.

Civil rights are challenged, argued, and obstructed in Meridian, Mississippi in the summer of 1964.

The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Outside the Box and Occasionally al Fresco

Opens July 10

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’ Black Box Theater in 2011, “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping,” there in 2012, and "The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Outside the Box" in 2013.

Ernst continues her autobiographical reflections, blending storytelling, spoken word, poetry, and commentary on daily life we can all relate to. The stories are about politics, aging, changing family dynamics, the examined life, and the “humor that you have to locate in your day-to-day—otherwise it would be unbearable,” said Ernst. “I write because all I know to do is to share the story. And the best part is that I hear the stories back. People say ‘I can so relate! I so hear what you are talking about. I feel the same way.’”

PlayPen: a 24-Hour Theater Experiment

Saturday, July 19 2014 at 8:00pm

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 July 18, 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. 

Bark Park

Opens August 7
In the Black Box Theater

A new play, written and directed by Jim Dalglish. Premiering in the Black Box!

Grey Gardens

Opens August 7

Grey Gardens, the 2007 Tony Award-Winning  musical with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie,  is based on the 1975 documentary of the same title about the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (“Big Edie”) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (“little Edie”).

The Kind of True Story of Mona Coyote

A swashbuckling, video gaming, car dueling, merry making, sidekick having, monster fighting, apple eating, potion drinking, life saving, level upping, magically original epic adventure from the imaginations that brought you Lulu's Lemonade Stand and Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Motorola Miracle

Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30pm

Join us every month for this play-reading series of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

August features Motorola Miracle, written and presented by Jo Brisbane.

Are Rose and Tom Johnson the last American innocents?  Their simple world, set in 1954, is shaped by the fantasy world of magazine advertising.  It is a very cozy world, until the surprise arrival of a brand new television, which brings fear and hysteria into their lives.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Curbed

Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30pm

Join us every month for this play-reading series of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

September features Curbed, written and presented by Jim Hurley.

A couplet of calamitous canine capers when pets become problems for overwhelmed owners!

Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Opens September 11
In the Black Box Theater

Set in the thick of 1956 McCarthyism, the play opens at the local community center where five women preside over their members gathered for their annual quiche breakfast in honor of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. Innuendos, suppressed sexual feelings, shocking revelations and political humor abound as the women compete for best quiche, and cope with an unexpected agenda item: the dropping of an atom bomb on their fair city.

33 Variations

Opens September 25

33 Variations, the 2009 Tony Award-Winning play by Moisés Kaufman, simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the journey of a musicologist as she struggles with ALS disease and her relationship with her daughter.

2nd Wednesday Theater:The Last Romance

Wednesday, October 8 at 7:30pm

A monthly play-reading series of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works. October features The Last Romance, written by Joe DiPietro and presented by Carol McManus

A crush can make anyone feel young again—even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love.

The House of Yes

Opens November 1
In the Black Box Theater

Marty, a college student in New York, decides to pay his family a visit in their ancient and imposing house in D.C. As soon as he gets home things begin to go wrong. It soon becomes clear that Marty and his sister, the unbalanced Jackie-O are just a little too affectionate towards each other, and everything untoward that could happen, does, in this unusual comedy.

2nd Wednesday Theater: The Two-Character Play

Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30pm

A classic play by Tennessee Williams.

Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power as two actors on tour—brother and sister—find themselves deserted by the trope in a decrepit "state theatre in an unknown state." Faced (perhaps) by an audience expecting a performance, they enact "The Two-Character Play"—an illusions within an illusion, and "out cry" from isolation, panic and fear. "I think it is my most beautiful play since Streetcar," Tennessee Williams said, "and I've never stopped working on it."

Annie

Opens November 20

The timeless story.  The classic characters. The unforgettable songs. The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.  Join Annie on her spirited journey from a next-to-nothing start at an orphanage run by the wickedly funny Miss Hannigan to finding her ideal family with big-hearted billionaire Daddy Warbucks.

A Tuna Christmas

Opens December 4
In the Black Box Theater

A Tuna Christmas is a broad comedy set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. The plot centers on the town's annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp.  Two actors play all 20 zany characters.

Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears & Ed Howard; Directed by Tara Galvin

2nd Wednesday Theater: A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30pm

Join us every month for this play-reading series of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.   December 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.