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One Man, Two Guvnors

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Sometimes you just feel like laughing. The Contemporary Theater Company is full of laughter this summer with its production of One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, playing July 14 – August 12. This farce originally opened in London in 2011 and The Daily Telegraph called it “the feelgood hit of the summer!” In One Man, Two Guvnors, Francis, played by CTC ensemble member Rico Lanni, finds himself at the beck and call of two employers, rivals in the local mob scene. Things spin out of control as he tries to keep it all straight without revealing everyone’s secrets. “There’s comedy, audience participation, confusion, comedy, fancy food, and comedy,” says the show’s director Sami Avigdor. The main character, Francis, breaks the fourth wall throughout the show, speaking to the audience directly, adding extra fun to the proceedings. Physical comedy fills the show with laughs as Francis unravels trying to keep up with the demands of his bosses. “There are twists and turns, secrets and reveals,” says Communications Director Maggie Cady, “but above all, there’s just a lot of silly fun!” The cast includes Rico Lanni, Sarah Reed, Tyler Brown, Jeremy Chiang, Terry Simpson, Aly Miller, Isobel McCullough, Bob Mignarri, Devon Andrews, Ezra Jordan, Tina Moore, and Nick Fazio. For more information about One Man, Two Guvnors and the rest of the summer season, check out the theater’s website at contemporarytheatercompany.com or call the Box Office at 401-218-0282. Performances: July 14-15, 21-22, 27-29, August 3-5, 10-12 at 7...

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Family Shows Start July 8

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Giddy Up kicks off our summer family season on Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 am with an improvised Western! Get ready for a hoe down full of good guys, bad guys, and the wild wild west every Saturday morning in July! We Wrote A Play puts the creative minds of our summer camp students to work! Our actors perform a play written entirely by the students of the Writing Camp – theater by kids and for...

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The theater kicks off the summer season June 16 with Accidental Death of an Anarchist, an anti-fascist comedy by Dario Fo. “I am so excited to work with a cast of very talented and creative people to put together a play that is deeply relevant to our times,” says Accidental Death of an Anarchist co-director Ouardane Jouannot, “while featuring some of the best physical comedy I’ve seen in a while.” It follows a police investigation that gets turned on its head when the police are the ones having to answer for themselves. With physical humor and biting political satire, it’s full of laughs to start off the...

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Summer Camps

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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...

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Ocean State Improv Festival

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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...

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Dirt and The Clean House Opening!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

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 behind. In The Clean House, an immigrant working as a maid recalls rosier laughter-filled days with her parents while her employer develops a relationship with her husband’s dying lover. “The Clean House has been great to work on because at it’s heart it’s a really joyful play,” says Tammy Brown, director of The Clean House. “It’s about each character’s search for joy despite their tragic circumstances.” Sundays are Senior Day at the CTC with discounts for seniors at Sunday matinees, supported by the Green Line Apothecary down the street from the theater in...

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