Cape Cod Theatre Project
Falmouth’s Cape Cod Theatre Project celebrates its 21st season this summer. The mission of the project is to develop new plays by bringing one playwright each week in July to the Cape to develop a play. The chosen playwrights arrive on a Sunday and then a cast and crew develop the play for the next several days. By Thursday night, the play is performed for an audience. Shows run Thursday through Sunday, with an opportunity for the cast and crew to discuss the play with the audience, giving the audience the chance to be a part of the development of the production. Many of the plays have gone on “to have wonderful future lives on Broadway, off-Broadway, in the West End, and many other theatrical venues,” says Cape Cod Theatre Project’s artistic director Hal Brooks. For more information, visit capecodtheatreproject.org.
Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse
The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is a cornerstone of the island community. Completely renovated last season, the Patricia Neal Stage hosts a great line-up of productions for the 2015 season, which will be extended this year, from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. This season includes two premieres: Arnie Reisman’s new comedy Not Constantinople and Edward L. Beck’s Sweetened Water. The playhouse also features the Tisbury Amphitheater, where a troupe of actors called the Fabulists put on outdoor performances for children every Saturday morning in July and August. Other productions are also performed on the outdoor stage. This season, catch The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) performed at the amphitheater from July 15-August 15. For more information, visit mvplayhouse.org.
Harwich Junior Theatre
Harwich Junior Theatre is a nationally recognized children’s theater. With origins dating back to the 1950s, HJT has been pairing a love of theater and education for generations. Main stage productions at the HJT this summer include The Music Man from June 26 to July 11 and Aladdin from July 17 to August 1. In addition to the main performances, HJT offers classes, workshops, and touring productions. Workshops are also available for those interested in the technical side of theater, such as visual and audio tech. The theatre offers classes for all ages, from children as young as 4, all the way up to adults. For more information, visit hjtcapecod.org.
Cape Rep Theatre
Cape Rep Theatre is celebrating its 30th anniversary season this summer with a number of performances and events that are sure to delight and entertain audiences of all ages. Founded in 1986, Cape Rep has been working to produce unique and challenging theater, pursuing works that are fresh, entertaining, and bold. Cape Rep has both an indoor theater and outdoor theater space that are utilized during the summer season. Children’s shows are performed on the outdoor stage every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m., starting in early July. On the indoor stage, the theater will be putting on two productions for the summer season, leading with a run of Outside Mullingar, which was nominated for a Tony for Best Play in 2014. The play is a romantic comedy based in the Irish countryside, and runs from June 25-July 25. Closing out the summer season will be Evita, running from August 4-August 29. For more information, visit caperep.org.
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) returns for a full 2015 season. The summer season kicks off June 20th with the world premiere of Moby-Dick. Following Moby-Dick is a run of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, a glimpse into one of Billie Holiday’s last performances before her death, opening July 25. The summer ends with Time Stands Still. Managing Director and Artistic Associate of WHAT, Christopher Ostrom, says that audiences will be impressed with Moby-Dick, saying, “I’m especially looking forward to Moby-Dick. James Armstrong’s adaptation embraces the language of Melville, but blends it with a keen awareness of theatricality and storytelling. Audiences will be surprised at how fresh the story feels in this version.” For more information, visit what.org