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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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
Shooting Star, by Steven Dietz
Featuring Marcus & Liz Liuzzi
THE STORY: Snowed in overnight at a middle-America airport, college lovers Elena Carson and Reed McAllister have an unexpected and life-altering reunion. Elena has stayed true to her hippie-ish, counter-culture path, while Reed has gone predictably corporate and conservative. As the night gives way to laughter, banter, remembrance and alcohol, Elena and Reed revisit a past that holds more surprises than they imagined—and a present that neither of them could have predicted. Filled with laughter and ache, SHOOTING STAR is a bittersweet romantic comedy about the middle days of our lives, and how we got there.
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.
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 in our main perfoprmance space as a benefit for Cotuit Center for the Arts.
2nd Wednesday Theater: Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Beyond Reasonable Doubt by Anne Carter Aitken.
Four short plays drawing on Cape Codders who changed the world we live in.
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.
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.
Four Squared: A Collaborative Theater Project
Monday, May 11 at 7:30pm
Face East by Bronwen Prosser
With generous support from the Kaplan Foundation, Cotuit Center for the Arts is participating in 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.
2nd Wednesday Theater: Sordid Lives
Sordid Lives by Del Shores is billed as a "a black comedy about white trash." The story starts when Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room. It leads to chaos erupting in Winter, Texas! Presented by Jo Brisbane.
The House of Yes
Opens May 14
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.
Cape Cod CAN! presents Scary Gary’s Graveyard of Golden Oldies Radio Show
When the night is clear and the moon is full, Scary Gary and his troupe of talented performers will rise to the occasion to bring back those great hits, those blasts from the past -- and even the ghosts of some of the stars that go along with them -- to take you on a fantastic journey through a collection of some of pop music's greatest hits.
Presented by the Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN! – www.capecodcan.org), bringing together organizations from all over the Cape to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to actively participate in the arts.
2nd Wednesday Theater: Fresh Shorts
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
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.
Opens July 7
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!
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!
Opens July 16
How would you feel about your best friend if she suddenly did something so colossally stupid, it made you doubt the very basis of the friendship? It happens in Yasmina Reza's monster international hit, Art. When an art lover buys what is in essence a pure white painting for a horse-choking sum, his best friend goes ballistic. Yet a third friend gets squeezed in the middle. Questions about the meaning of strange modern art and strange modern friendships--and how they're sometimes not all that different--fly thick in the limelight.
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.
2nd Wednesday Theater: Driving Miss Daisy
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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: If All the Sky Were Paper
Andrew Carroll’s new play If All the Sky Were Paper is based on War Letters and Behind the Lines, the bestselling books reflecting his journey around the world to collect letters written during wartime. The included letters cover the full spectrum of emotions and experiences, from the humorous and profound to the dramatic and inspiring. Carroll’s work is ultimately a tribute to the immeasurable sacrifices made by America’s veterans and an unforgettable reminder of war’s impact on both those who fight and their loved ones at home. These are their stories, as only they can tell them.
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.
2nd Wednesday Theater: A Christmas Carol 2015
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.