Date    7/26/16                                    For Immediate Release                                 Calendar Attached  

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.

“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.”

Unlike most shows where the actors learn their lines and blocking, the cast will go into each show with no idea what the story will be about.

“A three-act, full length, improvised farce, complete with costumes and sets specifically designed to change from night to night?” says cast member Christine Cauchon. “I’m terrified and exhilarated at every single rehearsal.”

At the beginning of the show, the audience will help choose the city where the play takes place and the location of the first act.

“We’ll experience it brand new, every night along with the audience,” says 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. In the last year, the Contemporary Theater Company hosted improv teachers from Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Colombia, Italy, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and France.

“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 is the most ambitious project the improvising wing of the Contemporary Theater Company has ever taken on. It promises to be a show to remember.

Tickets for performances and more information about the company are available online at www.contemporarytheatercompany.com or by calling 401-218-0282.

Calendar Listings

Micetro Improv

Every Friday at 9:30 pm
Our troupe of improvisers make up scenes and songs on-the-spot. It’s fun, it’s real, and every performance is truly unique! The players vie for your vote to be the Micetro Champion and win the coveted Bucci Helmet!

Tickets: $8, Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com, Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

 

Wild Card Improv

Every Saturday at 9:30 pm
Celebrate all of the wonderful things that improv offers with a rotating set of shows – house troupes Bait & Switch and WilburWilburNealbur, Gorilla Improv (sister format to Micetro), and More or Less, where you get the improv you deserve! Every week is something different, and you’ll never get tired of these exciting shows!

Tickets: $5, Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com, Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

 

Rumors by Neil Simon

July 8-9, 15-16, 21-23, 28-30, Aug 4-6, 11-13 at 7 pm

A dinner party has gone wrong – and rumors are flying. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic physical hilarity! This outrageous farce is Neil Simon at his best!

Tickets: Adult – $25, Student – $15, Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can ($18 in advance), Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com, Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

 

Slamming Doors: An Improvised Farce

Aug 19-20, 25-27, Sept 1-3 at 7 pm
For the first time ever, the CTC presents a full-length improvised play! Paying homage to the classic farces full of mistaken identity, miscommunication, and, yes, slamming doors, our actors make up a new play each night! Every night is different with this show!

Tickets: Adult – $25, Student – $15, Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can ($18 in advance), Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com, Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

 

Shakespeare on the Saugatucket: Antony and Cleopatra

Wednesdays and Sundays at 7 pm in August

Our beautiful performance patio hosts a classic of summer theater: outdoor Shakespeare. Antony and Cleopatra follows the tumultuous love of Mark Antony and Cleopatra through war and tragedy. This brilliant play is not to be missed in this lovely setting on the performance patio along the Saugatucket River.

Tickets: Free, Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com, Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company Performance Patio, 321 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

 

Jenny vs. the Pirates by Sami Avigdor, Music by Matthew Requintina

Saturdays Aug 6-27 at 10:30 am
This CTC original and audience-favorite returns! Join Jenny and her jackalope on an adventure to save their animal friends from a band of dancing pirates!

Tickets: $5, children under 5 pay their age, Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com, Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879

 

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Oct 14-15, 21-22, 29, Nov 3- 5, 10-12 at 7 pm, Oct 30, Nov 6 at 2 pm

“Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth is a classic tale of greed, power, and guilt that weighs on the soul. This gripping play, full of some of Shakespeare’s greatest language and characters, collides the supernatural and a world of kings and traitors for a night of beauty and destruction.

Tickets: Adult – $25, Student – $15, Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can ($18 in advance), Sundays are Senior Day with Seniors – $18 Box Office: 401-218-0282, Website: http://contemporarytheatercompany.com, Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com, The Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI 02879