Theatre Report

Provincetown Theatre

Theatre in Provincetown builds on the legacy of giants such as Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Susan Glaspell, keeping the spirit of the old Lewis Wharf theatre and the original Provincetown Players alive. The Peregrine Theatre Ensemble, the Harbor Stage Company, and Payomet Performing Arts Center are all seasonal, so you can see them again next summer. But don’t dismiss theatre in the off-season: it’s alive and well on the Outer Cape!

Provincetown Theater

  • The Provincetown Theater, under the artistic direction of David Drake, is now a year-round enterprise.
  • October: Look for The Mosquito Story Slam on a couple of Saturday nights.
  • Also the “Day of the Dead” festival at end of the month.
  • November 29 – December 15: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” – Live on stage, the Frank Capra movie classic is re-set as a radio-show broadcast in the 1940s. A beautiful, soul-enriching holiday story of how one person can change their entire world, family, and community — and also help get an angel their wings. Thurs – Sat @ 7pm, Sun at 2pm
  • January-March: Free New Play Readings every other Tuesday night at 6:30pm, starting on Jan 21.

Cape Rep Theater
Located in Brewster, about half an hour away from Provincetown, Cape Rep is doing a lot of exciting and innovative things. Its Young Company Initiative provides free professional theater training to young local actors eighth grade through high school through an intensive rehearsal and production process. The Veterans’ Company is a free program open to any veteran offering free professional training in all aspects of theater arts and has the potential to open new doors to a life in the arts for vets. And Cape Rep produces great theatre!

From September 18 to October 13 it’s Indecent, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s deeply moving new play with music inspired by true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance–a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and their lives to perform it. Times and dates will vary, please check their website for details.

From November 6 through December 8, you can see Something Rotten. Who needs Shakespeare when you can write the world’s first Broadway musical before there is a Broadway? Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are sick of that show-off bard stealing all the audiences and all the attention, so Nick goes to see a soothsayer who tells him the real future of theater is acting, singing, and dancing all at once! This raucous and outrageous musical comedy was nominated for 9 Tony awards.Times and dates will vary, please check their website for details.

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Please check the theater at WHAT.org for information on additional fall and winter events and productions.

From October 18 to the 27th you can see Wrinkles: The Musical. Book and lyrics are by Wilderness Sarchild and Naomi Turner, and performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays. Two preview performances, October 16 and 17, also begin at 7:30 p.m. Ticket holders for Opening Night on October 18 are invited to a pre-show raw bar with champagne toast, and a post-show reception. In Wrinkles, the Musical a group of older women from diverse backgrounds share their stories, joys, sadness, strengths, weaknesses, and a joint, as they come together to create an original musical review for their retirement community. Throughout the rehearsal process they grow closer and bond over their commonalities, breaking down the cultural taboos surrounding the aging process.

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