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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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Summer Camps

Posted by on May 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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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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Every Brilliant Thing

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in News | 0 comments

“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 talking with audience members and handing out pieces of paper with entries from the list of brilliant things that they will shout out when called on during the show. Audience members play everything from her school counselor to her dad, making the audience an integral part of the show. “I can’t wait for people to join me in this show,” says Macamaux, “because you won’t just be watching the life of this character, you’ll be part of it too.” The Contemporary Theater Company kicks off its 2017 Season with Every Brilliant Thing. Performance dates: Jan 12, 13, 20 at 7 pm, Jan 22 at 2...

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An Evening with Donner and Blitzen

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in News | 0 comments

  The Contemporary Theater Company is bringing all the Christmas cheer this season with An Evening with Donner and Blitzen. Artistic Director Christopher Simpson and Amelia Giles star in this show full of carols, original songs, and a heartwarming story! The show runs from December 2 to 23, get tickets here. Alongside Tyler Brown as the deadpan piano accompanist, Simpson and Giles play Donner and Blitzen, a variety duo who come together for a Christmas show every year. We follow them through years of Christmases as their lives and the times change. The new work is written by the Contemporary Theater Company’s playwright-in-residence Andy Hoover, with original music by Brandon Michael Lowden. “There’s something constant about the Christmas holiday that’s both extremely charming and — to me, anyway — very soothing,” says Hoover. This is Hoover’s third Christmas show for the company, and sixth play produced at the CTC. Lowden has also written a Christmas show for the CTC, and both write annually for the company’s 24-Hour Play Festival. “For many folks, including characters in this play, Christmas is about homecoming,” says Lowden. “I am always gladdened to be welcomed back into the open arms of the CTC community, my artistic home away from home.” The small cast means the show has an intimate feeling, bringing the audience into the lives of the characters. Simpson and Giles have worked together on dozens of shows, and are both members of the Contemporary Theater Company’s caroling group each holiday season. “Amelia Giles is one of the most experienced (and beloved) actors in our community, with more CTC stage appearances than anyone,” says Simpson. “I’m delighted to be freely playing with her and the immensely skilled Tyler Brown in these rehearsals, bringing joy and excitement to the season.” In addition to An Evening with Donner and Blitzen, the Contemporary Theater Company will perform a family show on Saturdays in December before Christmas with improv, fun activities, and songs, all with a holiday theme. An Evening with Donner and Blitzen performance dates: Dec 2-3, 9-10, 15-17, 18 (2 pm), 23 at 7...

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