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.

 

2nd Wednesday Theater:  An Evening of New Shorts: You’re Standing in My Light

June 10

An evening of short plays by Gregory Hischak.

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

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Opens June 11

Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play's terrifying dénouement.  Written by Martin McDonagh, directed by Carol McManus.

What the World Needs Now

Opens June 11

NEW: Dinner + Show with Villagio at the Regatta package available

Last year’s sold out smash hit “What the World Needs Now: A Musical Tribute to Burt Bacharach” is back for only five shows, featuring Emily Wade Adams, Cerise Bynoe, Ruth Condon, Sarah Swain, Anthony Teixeira & Tom Tracy.  Some of the most beloved songs in the popular canon, in stunning performances and arrangements. The original cast is together again for five hot summer performances.  Don’t miss out this time.  Buy your tickets today!

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.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Oklahoma!

July 8

O----------------klahoma! Join David and Christine in our first-ever 2nd Wednesday Theater Singalong, featuring the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, OKLAHOMA. Pack up a picnic supper or a pie, dress up as Ado Annie or Curly or Aunt Eller or Jud Fry, and come hear the script of the Broadway show and sing along with our talented cast. All the lyrics will be projected onto the big screen, and the bar will be open -- gonna be a swell night -- bet you cain't say no! 

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. 

A Winter’s Tale

July 27
One night only!

A Winter's Tale, by William Shakespeare
Directed by Monica Giordano

“For I do feel it gone, but know not how it went”

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”

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 5, 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.

Nocturne

Opens September 10

"Fifteen years ago I killed my sister."

So begins Adam Rapp's highly acclaimed play Nocturne, in which a 32-year-old former piano prodigy recounts the tragic events that tore his family apart.

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.

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.

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.