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Ocean State Improv Festival

Posted on May 11 by

Get a taste for the different styles that improv has to offer at the Ocean State Improv Festival! With performers coming in from across the country (and some international guests as well!), you’ll be treated to something very special. Whether you prefer improvised Shakespeare, comic books, or some fast-paced competition, there’s a lot to love at this festival! Check out more information about all the shows and the...


Summer Camps

Posted on May 2 by

Parents, check out our slate of summer camps! Students can dive into Improv or Shakespeare, write a play, or create their own character to perform! With 5 weeks of camps, there’s something for everyone! Registration is open now. Check out more information on our website and email Maggie Cady at cady@thecontemporarytheater.com with any...


Dirt and The Clean House Opening!

Posted on Apr 11 by

Spring cleaning is right around the corner, and the Contemporary Theater Company offers up two plays to get you in the cleaning mood – Dirt by Bryony Lavery and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. The company is producing the plays in repertory on alternating weekends from April 21 through May 20. The Clean House was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 and was produced in the Contemporary Theater Company’s Springboard Season in 2014. Dirt will be receiving its New England premiere at the CTC. “The exciting challenge of performing Dirt and The Clean House together is creating a set that can open up possibilities for each,” says lighting designer Maggie Cady. “The set will include actual dirt, which brings up a lot of images of nature – our embrace of it and our fights against it. Both plays tackle serious issues of life and death with humor Dirt follows a young woman through the day that she didn’t know would be her last as she tells the story of her demise and what it means for those left...


Every Brilliant Thing

Posted on Dec 19 by

“1. Ice cream. 2. Water fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV.” That’s how the titular list in Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan, playing at the Contemporary Theater Company in January 2017 begins. The one-person show, starring Contemporary Theater Company Associate Artistic Director Ashley Macamaux, follows a woman from childhood to adulthood as she creates a list of all the brilliant things in the world that make life worth living. Along the way, the play deals with topics from depression and suicide to music and love. “Duncan Macmillian has created a playground of life events for the actor to play as closely to their own lives as they want,” says Macamaux. “I am so honored to work on a show featuring so many of the relatable and important ups and downs we all go through.” The show tackles interesting and important topics, while staying funny and sweet throughout. “One of the really exciting parts of the show,” says director Maggie Cady, “is how interactive it is with the audience.” Macamaux will spend the preshow...



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