Bourne, Sandwich and Wareham, Massachusetts News


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2/1/2022 General

Cotuit Center for the Arts has another rockin’ season planned for 2022!

Cotuit Center for the Arts is proud to announce another season jam-packed with programming, Gallery
exhibits, classes, fundraisers, and more. After reopening in 2021 following the 2020 lockdown, the Center
came back strong and laid some exciting groundwork for 2022. We finally realized our longstanding dream of a
mobile classroom with the acquisition of the Marjorie-Lynne Art Bus, which will serve as the foundation for a
new initiative to bring the arts to underserved communities on Cape Cod. We introduced our new Outdoor
Stage, which will host concerts, kid’s programming, and more beginning in June. We established a dedicated
“stream team” and are now able to offer high-quality livestreams of much of our programming, improving
accessibility and reach for all our patrons. And that’s just the beginning! No matter if you are looking for theater,
music, art, education, conversation, or collaboration, there is something for everyone at the Center.
Cotuit Center for the Arts will produce 7 Mainstage theatrical productions in 2022, including Ariel Dorfman's
psychological thriller Death and the Maiden; the triumphant return of The Who’s TOMMY after its forced
cancellation in 2020; Silver Threads, a musical revue tribute to Linda Ronstadt conceived by Sonia Schonning
and Marcia Wytrwal; Victor/Victoria; Piano Men 2, the sequel to the smash hit CCftA-original musical revue
which sold out in 2021; Jekyll and Hyde; and The Sound of Music.
The Vivian and Morton Sigel Black Box Theater will feature 6 exciting productions, including Shirley Valentine;
St. Francis, an original play by Miranda Jonté; Wait Until Dark; Moonlight and Magnolias; Cry it Out; and Stupid
Fucking Bird. The Center’s Outdoor Stage will feature the family classic You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown for
three weeks during June and July; award-winning dramatic comedy Circle Mirror Transformation will take over
the Art Studio towards the end of summer.
The Center’s education and outreach programs continue to grow exponentially in 2022, with over 400 classes
and workshops offered throughout the year for students of all ages and abilities. Classes will include ceramics
in the John and Marjorie McGraw Family Ceramics Studio, fine arts, performance, dance and movement,
music, photography, humanities, and more, as well as a brand-new roster of expanded youth and family
programming. The class catalog for the first several months of the year is already published on our website.
Concerts and special events include the return of our annual fundraiser, Entertainment Tonight! The Center is
also proud to continue hosting the Black Lives Matter series with Robin and Jim Miller, a monthly conversation
that aims to address the specific challenges of racial diversity and inclusion on the Cape. In May, Twisted
Broadway will bring a new perspective to Broadway classics. Along with some exciting new acts like
Pretendica ft. Little Star, patrons can look forward to perennial favorites including Bruce Marshall, The
Provincetown Jazz Festival, The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Marilyn Maye, Brazen Belles Burlesque,
Suede, George Gritzbach, Tom Rush, The 21st Annual Art & Souls Masquerade Ball, Kentucky Derby Gala,
Bob Dylan Birthday Bash, and so much more.
Gallery exhibitions will feature local and regional artists, including the extremely popular annual Winter Art
exhibit; a showcase from Printmakers of Cape Cod; Orfeo Fabbri & Lisa Bryson; the artists of CapeCodCAN;
local favorite Jackie Reeves; Brian Rutenberg & Mike Wright; several Open Juried Exhibits; and the Center’s
sixth Piece by Piece, our biannual collaborative community large-scale art exhibition.
Highlights of the season include (and are subject to change):
Death and the Maiden
by Ariel Dorfman
January 27 – February 13
Set in the early 1990’s, a man has recently been appointed a Minister of Justice, and his committee is charged
with investigating human rights atrocities committed by the previous regime. His wife was a victim of those
atrocities 15 years earlier. An unexpected visitor, a doctor, may or may not be one of her tormentors. This
thought-provoking play explores themes of remembering, believing, forgiving, justice, and revenge.
The Who’s TOMMY
by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
March 17 – April 3
Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and
the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb, and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities
has inspired, amazed, and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning
musical features an exhilarating score that is timeless in its appeal. You won’t want to miss this theatrical rock
& roll event!
Silver Threads
Conceived by Sonia Schonning and Marcia Wytrwal, based on the music of Linda Ronstadt
June 1 – 19
A musical revue tribute to Linda Ronstadt celebrating the long — and surprisingly diverse — career of one of
the all-time greats of rock music. Cape-based female vocalists Marcia Wytrwal, Sonia Schonning, and Sara
Sneed take turns as lead singer, backed by a four-piece band led by longtime musical director Robert Wilder.
by Blake Edwards, Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
July 21 – August 14
In jazz-age Paris, singer Victoria Grant struggles to make ends meet. With some help from her flamboyant
friend Toddy, Victoria ultimately achieves stardom by masquerading as a man, “Count Victor Grazinski,” who
performs as a female impersonator. When macho businessman King Marchan develops feelings for “Victor”
and Victoria reciprocates, comic hijinks ensue. Musical numbers include “Le Jazz Hot,” “You and Me,” “Paris
By Night,” and “Crazy World.”
Piano Men 2: A Musical Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
Conceived by Michael Dunford based on the music of Billy Joel and Elton John
August 18 – September 4
A sequel to the sold-out smash 2021 Cotuit Center for the Arts original musical revue, Piano Men 2 promises
even more music from two of Rock and Roll’s most talented and iconic musicians, Billy Joel and Elton John.
Featuring favorites from Piano Men 1 and added songs from these two all-star artists who have sold over 100
million albums. Produced by Michael Dunford with the return of the All-Star Band, including singers John
Connelly, Anthony Teixeira, and Gabrielle Rosson.
Jekyll and Hyde
Book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Music by Frank Wildhorn
October 6 – October 23
Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson, this is an evocative tale of two men—one, a doctor,
passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman—and two women—one, beautiful and trusting; the
other, beautiful and trusting only herself—both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark
secret. A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve
some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make
himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with
the man that the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.
The Sound of Music
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, Music by Richard Rogers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
November 22 – December 18
This inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who
serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the
household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make
a moral decision. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s
most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite
Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts
of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars.
Shirley Valentine
February 24 – March 13
Written by Willy Russell, presented by Kristin and Jay Stewart
Shirley Valentine fries chips and eggs, talks to her walls, and keeps house for her indifferent husband and
grown children. She is suddenly given the chance for an adventure in Greece in this laugh-out-loud comedy of
self discovery and rebirth. Will Shirley go to Greece...?
St. Francis
June 2 – June 18
Written by Miranda Jonté, presented by Jason Mellin and Miranda Jonté
When Tessa learns her no-kill dog shelter faces eviction, she does everything in her power to find housing for
her dogs. Between this, her high school sweetheart returning to town, and her penchant for fistfights with
animal abusers, the pressure is mounting. Her last hope is to ask her estranged father for money to save the
dogs, and ultimately, herself.
Wait Until Dark
July 14 – July 31
Written by Frederick Knott, directed by Erin Trainor
Susy Hendrix is caught in the machinations of three conmen who descend on her apartment one night. She
must find a way to turn her greatest weakness into her decisive advantage.
Moonlight and Magnolias
September 22 – October 9
Written by Ron Hutchison, directed by Steve Ross
Tempers flare and peanuts fly in this comedy about three men locked in an office desperately trying to rewrite
the script of Gone with the Wind before the film succumbs to disaster.
Cry it Out
October 27 – November 13
Written by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Mary Arnault
New mothers Jessie and Lina strike up a surprising friendship, interrupted by a newcomer from the mansions
on the hill.
Stupid Fucking Bird
December 1 – December 18
Written by Aaron Posner, directed by Jason Mellin
Con has the answers: to life, to being with the love of his life, to the purpose of theater. If only anybody would
listen to him in this “homage” to Chekov.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
June 22 – July 9, on the Outdoor Stage
Music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters by Charles M. Schulz
With charm, wit, and heart, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown
and his friends in the Peanuts gang.
Circle Mirror Transformation
August 18 – September 4, in the Art Studio
Written by Annie Baker, directed by Celia Krefter
Five people taking part in a community center acting class learn how honesty and vulnerability are key—for an
actor, and for a human being.
Concerts, galas, masquerades, and more! We’ve got an incredible lineup of music and special events planned
for 2022.
February 19 • Bruce Marshall Band
February 22 & 23 • Amazing Animal Ambassadors
February 23 & 24 • Winter Magic with Rich Archer
April 9 • Brendan Princi presents: Some Sunny Songs from the Salty Side
April 14 & 15 • Matt Nakoa
April 22 • Classic Jazz Visions
April 23 • Pretendica ft. Little Star
May 6 • Bob Dylan Birthday Bash
May 7 • Kentucky Derby Gala
May 11 • Twisted Broadway
May 20 • Olli Soikkeli
June 25, July 2, 9, & 16 • Scamps Comedy
June 28 • Tiger Lily
July 12 • Entertainment Tonight!
July 14 • Session Americana
July 25 • Melissa Errico
July 27 • George Gritzbach Band
July 31 • An Elegant Evening with Centertonix
August 2 & 9 • Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival
August 8 • Provincetown Jazz Festival
August 10 • Dawna Hammers: Back to the Garden
August 24 • Giants of Jazz
September 5 • Marilyn Maye in Concert
September 7–10 • Brazen Belles Burlesque
October 9–12 • Woods Hole Film Festival “Best of the Fest”
October 29 • 21st Annual Art & Souls Masquerade Ball
December 5, 6, & 7 • Tom Rush
…and even more, including incredible musicians like Zoë Lewis and Suede in concert (dates to be
announced). Check our website at for the most up-to-date information on all our concerts
and special events!
Wine and Music Wednesday (3rd Wednesdays, May–September & December)
Enjoy wine, live music, great art and scintillating conversation.
Black Lives Matter series with Robin and Jim Miller (monthly, beginning February 18; future dates TBA)
Join artists, poets, and educators Robin and Jim Miller each month to explore a new topic. The Millers created
the series with the goal of engaging the local community in conversations and cultural experiences surrounding
the specific challenges of racial diversity and inclusion on the Cape.
Drumming Through Trauma (Tuesdays & Thursdays, weekly)
Painting & Coffee with Mellissa (online, Wednesdays, weekly)
Family Night: Artmaking in the Schoolhouse, Ages 5+ (Fridays, weekly)
Adult Ballet: Barre à Terre (Saturdays, weekly)
Pilates Body Sculpt Sundays (Sundays, weekly)
Novel Art: A Book Discussion Group (online, monthly)
Queer Clay Night at the McGraw (monthly)
Check our website at for the full class roster. Updated frequently with new