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8/12/16   Slamming Doors

WAKEFIELD – The Contemporary Theater Company can be counted on for innovative shows, and this summer will not disappoint with their first full-length improvised farce, Slamming Doors, running August 19 through September 3!

Slamming Doors will feature 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 done a full-length improvised play. CLICK FOR FULL RELEASE

8/24/15   Buyer and Cellar

WAKEFIELD – What would you do if you had a fortune and a mansion full of beautiful things? Barbra Streisand built a mall of make-believe shops in her basement to hold her memorabilia. This whimsical reality led playwright Jonathan Tolins to write the charming play Buyer and Cellar, playing at the Contemporary Theater Company September 11 – 20.

5/15/15   New Performance Patio and Expansion

WAKEFIELD – The Contemporary Theater Company has long been surprising audiences and the community with its bold and ambitious moves. The company is thrilled to announce the purchase of riverfront property adjacent to the theater that they have occupied in Downtown Wakefield since 2012.

The purchase and upcoming renovation of the property at 321 Main Street is the keystone of a $390,000 expansion for the company that will include, most notably, a riverfront patio for outdoor performances set to open September 20, 2015, pending a successful capital campaign.



2/12/15   The Time-Traveling Poppys and Children’s Classes

WAKEFIELD – Winter means parents are always looking for something to do with the kids. The Contemporary Theater Company has expanded its programming for children and families to help keep the winter blues away!

The company is offering new classes for children 8-10 years old and 14-18 years old starting, with plans for more.

“These classes will offer students the opportunity to work with professional mentors in a supportive, challenging and cost-effective environment,” says instructor and Associate Artistic Director Ryan Hartigan. “As an award-winning theatre company, we’re really excited to provide the opportunity for youth to learn from professional artists.”

These classes will teach the basics of theater and provide students with a creative environment in which to learn and have fun.

For children of all ages, the company performs The Time-Traveling Poppys every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The show lasts 45 minutes to an hour and features adventures each from the lives of Poppy Anne, Poppy Sue, and their dog Baxter, as well as improvisation and a special “snacktivity” break provided by The Goddard School, a local preschool.

“There is something new performed every week,” says Maggie Cady, one of the writers on the project. “Kids can come any week and enjoy the story, or they can come every week and really get to know and love the characters.”

The time-traveling nature of the show means that there are lots of different story opportunities. One week they might be visiting the Founding Fathers, the next they are on the moon, according to Cady.

Until March 1, every Sunday at 5 p.m. the improv wing of the Contemporary Theater Company performs Tales from the Frumbly Forest, family-friendly, improvised, fantasy stories. You might see anything from pirates to fairies to princesses to ogres. The shows are appropriate for all ages.

A complete schedule of events and more information on classes is available at www.contemporarytheatercompany.com or by calling 401-218-0282.


3/21/13   Summer Auditions

WAKEFIELD – The weather is warming up, and The Contemporary Theater Company is preparing for its summer season! Auditions for three mainstage productions and summer family shows will be held at the company’s theater at 327 Main Street in Wakefield on April 8 and 10 from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.


12/27/12   Springboard Season

WAKEFIELD – The Contemporary Theater Company is proud to announce a series of new projects by local artists in its Springboard Season from January to March 2013. There is something for everyone in this season that promotes The Contemporary Theater Company’s goal of facilitating new, exciting work by local artists and bringing the arts to the community.


12/14/12   The 8th Annual 24-Hour Play Festival

WAKEFIELD – On January 5, The Contemporary Theater Company presents The 8th Annual 24-Hour Play Festival, a collection of short plays written, rehearsed and performed in a single day. This whirlwind event always produces exciting results, and at the end of the performance, the audience votes on its favorites from Best Actor and Actress to Best Plot and Overall Show.

The play festival has been a staple of the company’s schedule since the early days with many veteran actors, writers and directors returning for the fun year after year.

The performance is January 5 at 8 p.m. on at the South Kingstown High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12.

A complete season schedule and more information is available at www.thecontemporarytheater.com or by calling 401-218-0282.


11/1/12   The Gift of the Magi

WAKEFIELD – ‘Tis the season for tradition, and The Contemporary Theater Company is excited to announce the return of its holiday favorite The Gift of the Magi, featuring local favorites Amelia Giles and Jesse Dufault.