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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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Masquerade Gala

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in News | 0 comments

MASQUERADE GALA Friday, November 4 at 7 pm at the Towers in Narragansett Our annual gala is the party of the year! With food from local restaurants, a cash bar, exciting raffles, and live music, the Masquerade is a joyful celebration. Don a mask and dress up or sport something more casual – have fun! Tickets: $40 (Complimentary for Members) Tickets available...

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Double, double toil and trouble: Shakespeare’s spooky tragedy, Macbeth, is coming to the Contemporary Theater Company just in time for Halloween, running October 14 through November 12. After tackling Comedy of Errors and Antony and Cleopatra this summer in the company’s new patio performance series Shakespeare on the Saugatucket, the Bard takes center stage in the Contemporary Theater Company’s fall mainstage play, Macbeth. “Macbeth is one of the most renowned plays in the English language for a reason,” says the production’s director, Stephen Strenio. “There’s enough blood, guts, and witchcraft for a proper Halloween party, and a gripping exploration of the consequences of betrayal and murder to boot.” Artistic Director Christopher J Simpson returns to the stage as Macbeth himself. The tale follows the descent of the Macbeths as they follow their greed and ambition along a murderous trail laid by the famous witches. “Briskly paced, this action-packed play leaps into the hell-on-earth opened by the Macbeths’ struggle for immediate power, consequences, morality, and Scotland be damned,” says Strenio. In the Contemporary Theater Company’s production, the Witches play several characters, creating the feeling that supernatural forces are pulling the strings throughout the play to lead the Macbeths to their downfall. “The magical elements are particularly important in our production,” says stage manager Maggie Cady. “The Witches are much more than oracles – they are controlling the course of the Macbeths lives.” This dark and fascinating play is the perfect Halloween treat this season. Tickets and more information about the company are available online at www.contemporarytheatercompany.com or by calling...

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Slamming Doors Extended

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The Contemporary Theater Company has announced that its popular show, Slamming Doors, has extended its run with additional performances on September 8 and 9. Slamming Doors features six of the company’s most experienced improvisers making up a completely new play every night. This show marks a new adventure for the company that has two weekly short-form improv shows but has never before performed a full-length improvised play. “I’ve been doing improv for the better part of 15 years,” says cast member Jim Foley. “but until now I’ve never gotten the chance to up the stakes and throw costumes and sets into the mix, so Slamming Doors feels alive in a totally unique way.” Crowds have been loving the hilarious spur of the moment performances. “We have had a lot of repeat audience members who see the show two or three times,” says Communications Director Maggie Cady. “It’s completely different every time, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with more audiences in the extension!” At the beginning of the show, the audience choose the country where the play takes place and the location of the first act. “[We] experience it brand new, every night along with the audience,” says cast member Chrisitne Cauchon. The cast includes Cauchon, Foley, Ashley Macamaux, Charlie Santos, Val Tarantino, and Witt Tarantino, who all have years of experience in both scripted and improvised work at the CTC. “With years of training, travel, guest instruction, and dedicated study, our top improvisers have developed a reputation locally and nationally for creating unique and vibrant stories on the fly,” says Christopher Simpson, who is co-directing the show alongside Ouardane Jouannot. Slamming Doors has performances September 1-3 and 8-9 all at 7 pm. Tickets for performances and more information about the company are available online at www.contemporarytheatercompany.com or by calling...

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