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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 | 2 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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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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