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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Present your SNAP card or Full-time Student ID at the box office during the hour before curtain and get HALF-PRICE admission! 
Cotuit Center for the Arts -- Making the arts accesssible, thrilling, and nurturing for all.

Turn your evening of theater into an awe-inspiring experience with a Dinner + Show Package.  Cotuit Center for the Arts is pleased to partner with Villagio at the Regatta in Cotuit to offer a delicious pairing of dinner and entertainment that you won't soon forget.  

Dinner + Show package is available for our main stage theater productions.  Click here for details.

 

Scrooge

November 22 – December 18
SOLD OUT!

Join us for this charming stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse. It is closely-adapted from the 1970 musical film Scrooge starring Albert Finney, which earned Bricusse an Oscar® nomination for his score.  A holiday hit for the whole family.  

Read the Cape Cod Times review

Read the Enterprise review

Read the Barnstable Patriot review

Butter Ball

Opens December 1

This original and “highly inappropriate” Thanksgiving comedy takes the dysfunctional family holiday to a whole new level of absurdity. Holidays can be slippery...and this year, Turkey Day gets extra dysfunctional and family a little more than absurd. Experience an evening of pure catharsis with this incredibly fun show about the neuroses of family members and their holiday expectations. 

Read the Cape Cod Times review

AUDITIONS: Rabbit Hole

December 12 & 13

Cotuit Center for the Arts and director, Steve Ross, are seeking 5 actors (3 women, 2 men – see character descriptions below) for David Lindsay-Abaire's 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, “Rabbit Hole”. The play centers around Becca and Howie Corbett, eight months after they have lost their 4 year old son Danny in a tragic accident and deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, including comedy as well as drama. Auditions will be held on December 12 & 13, 6:30 – 8:30 in the Black Box upstairs rehearsal space. This emotionally powerful and poignant play earned Cynthia Nixon (Becca) a Tony Award for Best Actress and a Tony nomination for Best Play.

2nd Wednesday Theater: Christmas Shorts

December 14

A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.  We will not be presenting our traditional reading of A Christmas Carol, since Scrooge is playing on the main stage. This year, our December play reading features Christmas Shorts, five merry little comedies by Matt Hoverman, presented by Melinda Gallant.

A celebrated Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, playwright Matt Hoverman brings an evening of hilarious short holiday comedies to the stage.  Christmas Shorts offers five original plays that humorously comment on holiday themes: family, the nativity, Xmas cards, and elves. An outstanding Christmas collection!

2nd Wednesday Theater: The Trip to Bountiful

January 11

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

In January, we will read The Trip to Bountiful, by Horton Foote. Presented by Kim Berner.

A Funny Weekend of Free Will!

January 27-29

A Funny Weekend of FreeWill!

Three Shakespeare Readings, Pay What You Will: a Fundraiser for CCftA.

Pay what you Will for this raucous weekend of the Bard's funniest plays. Free popcorn and a cash bar -- just what you need in the bleak midwinter! 

Details and play announcement coming soon!

2nd Wednesday Theater: The Best Medicine

February 8

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

In February, we will present "The Best Medicine: Insights and Anecdotes from 10 years as a Hospital Clown." Jay Stewart provides a "beneath the red nose" look into his experiences as a member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit,  on humor therapy rounds at New England area Children's Hospitals.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
in the Art Studio
FREE admission!

Rabbit Hole

Opens February 9

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Rabbit Hole follows a couple trying to find that light in the midst of a life-altering tragedy.  David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play charts a search for hope in the midst of unthinkable darkness and the ways we continue on in the face of heartbreaking circumstances. 

The ABCs of NYC: Volume 2!

Opens February 16

Take an alphabetical journey down the Great White Way!  This original musical revue features the best of Broadway.  Starring Martha Paquin, Jared Hagan, Meghan Magrath, Hannah Carrita, and Anthony Teixeira. Produced and directed by Holly Erin McCarthy.

Lines in the Sand

Opens March 9

Lines in the Sand
a full-length play by Jim Dalglish

“It gets better.” That’s what the high school teachers, coaches, and counselors tell Billy. He knows that’s bullshit. So does Tom, the middle-aged man who rescues him from a gang of violent senior boys. Tom seems like the kind of guy Billy needs in his life. But when he gets into Tom’s car, can Billy trust where this older man is about to take him?

2nd Weds Theater: A Talented Woman

April 12

2nd Wednedsay Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

In April, we will present A Talented Woman, a comedy of errors by Lynda Sturner & Jim Dalglish.

After her husband dies, Maxie discovers she’s spent most of her adult life living in a house of cards. Now she's destitute in a down economy. Her practical daughter insists that Maxie begin a new life of austerity and sacrifice. Maxie shops at Daffys instead of Bergdorfs.  She takes the bus instead of a car service.  She’s given up the Met, MOMA, BAM, and even Botox. Nothing seems to help. If only someone… anyone… would recognize all the talent Maxie has to offer.

Shostakovich Triumphant: Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

May 6 & 7
At the Barnstable Performing Arts Center
Jung-Ho Pak, Conductor

Cotuit Center for the Arts is thrilled to collaborate with the Cape Symphony in their season finale concerts.

The Cape Symphony is proud to present one of the most exciting and emotional symphonies ever written, Symphony no. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich.  It’s a symphony that was composed as a powerful and courageous response to Soviet oppression.  We’ve paired this famous work with an extraordinary play for actors and orchestra, "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor," by Andre Previn and Tom Stoppard.  It is the story of a political dissident and his cellmate who imagines he is maestro of an invisible orchestra.  This unique program celebrates our freedom of political thought and the enduring human spirit.  We’re pleased to partner for the very first time with the Cape Symphony in this rare theatrical event.