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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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.

Stop Kiss

Opens October 9
In the Black Box Theater

A play by Diana Son.  "A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably," says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. 

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.

Four Squared: A Collaborative Theater Project

November 3 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.

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: 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.