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.

 

Lines in the Sand

Opens March 9
There will be a talk-back with the actors and playwright after the Thursday March 23 performance.  Please join us!

“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?

"...it's so engrossing you can't help but wonder what makes the characters tick and what's going to happen next..." - wickedlocal.com

Nunsense!

Opens March 23

Join us for the Cotuit production of this classic musical comedy!

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. 

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Opens April 13

This self-aware love-letter to musical theatre follows two struggling writers rushing to meet a deadline. Struggling writers Jeff and Hunter hear of a new musical theatre festival. The submission deadline is only three weeks away, but they have nothing to lose, so they agree to write until they have a finished project. While trying to think of what to write about Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. The pair name their show [title of show] taken from the festival’s application form. This musical explores creative expression as these writers and their friends learn more and more about themselves as people. Bowen and Bell’s love-letter to musical theatre is one sure to delight any lover of musicals.

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.

Moms on Broadway

April 21 & 22, May 14

Back by popular demand, “Moms on Broadway” is the perfect way to celebrate the joys and frustrations of motherhood through song and dance.  The repertoire is chosen so the Moms can be funny, bawdy, sarcastic, sexy, crazy, 'out there', etc. The audience can expect more dancing and choreography and definitely more comedy and fun!  You’ll have a really great time and will come away feeling uplifted, happy and like you’ve been royally entertained!

Love Letters

April 22

Special benefit performance of A. R. Gurney’s beloved classic play

Veteran actors Pam McArdle and Dr. Waldo Fielding will present a performance of Love Letters in our main performance space as a benefit for Cotuit Center for the Arts.  

An Iliad

Opens May 4
In the Black Box Theater

By Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare

AN ILIAD is a modern-day retelling of Homer's classic.

Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. Kevin Quill plays the lone figure onstage, fated to tell this story throughout history.

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.

In a rare theatrical event, the Cape Symphony will pair one of the most dramatic symphonies ever written, Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich, with an extraordinary play for actors and orchestra by Andre Previn and Tom Stoppard, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor.” Both works are a response to political oppression and celebrate freedom of thought. For the first time ever, the Cape Symphony is partnering with the Cotuit Center for the Arts to present this powerful music and play in one moving tribute to the enduring nature of the human spirit.

2nd Wednesday Theater: The Crucible

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

In May, we will present The Crucible, by Arthur Miller.  The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others. Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.

Visiting Mr. Green

Opens June 1

Visiting Mr Green by Jeff Baron is a warm, witty, and  touching play about two very different men from two very different eras.  Octogenerian Mr. Green and early thirty something Ross Gardner, through circumstances that the play will reveal, are forced to spend time with each other on a regular basis. It is Mr Baron’s wonderfully crafted script makes their journey together a joy to behold.

Sunday in the Park with George

Opens July 6

This stunning masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine centers on enigmatic painter George Seurat and his search for love, inspiration, and “the art of making art.” One of the most acclaimed musicals ever, this Pulitzer Prize winner features a glorious score. Sunday in the Park with George promises to be the theatrical event of the summer.