Press release ~ Summer at the Contemporary Theater Company

Rumors 1 - (From left to right) Charlie Santos, Ashley Macamaux, Sami Avigdor, Maggie Papa, Andrew Katzman

The Contemporary Theater Company
Box Office: 401-218-0282
Email: info@thecontemporarytheater.com
327 Main Street
Wakefield, RI 02879

WAKEFIELD – Summer is on its way, and the Contemporary Theater Company is gearing up for a great season in Downtown Wakefield!

The company always features three mainstage productions in the summer. This year the season features The Fantasticks, a musical, Rumors, a comedy, and Slamming Doors, a full-length improvised farce.

The Fantasticks is a classic musical, led by the team from last fall’s production of Sweeney Todd,” says Communications Director Maggie Cady. “It’s the longest running musical is off-Broadway history, and we’re sure that audiences are going to love our version with a little CTC flair!”

Following a pair of young, star-crossed lovers, The Fantasticks beautifully tells a tale of love in the moonlight, and in the harsh light of day.

Rumors was the first play that the Contemporary Theater Company undertook in 2005, and now the company is returning to it 11 years later.

Rumors is as hilarious as they come,” says Cady, who is directing the production. “We are having a blast with all the physical humor and fun energy!”

Combining the company’s penchant for farce with its booming improv scene, Slamming Doors features some of the company’s best improvisers in a fast-paced comedy made up on-the-spot each night.

Slamming Doors marks our company's latest step towards producing cutting-edge sophisticated improvised theater,” says Artistic Director Chris Simpson.

Behind the theater on the new Charles Errol Exley Performance Patio, the theater is presenting Shakespeare on the Saugatucket, a series of free Shakespeare performances throughout the summer on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7 pm. In July, Comedy of Errors features hilarious mistaken identities that unravel as twins separated at birth are reunited. In August, Antony and Cleopatra follows the tumultuous love of Mark Antony and Cleopatra through war and tragedy.

In addition to the mainstage productions, the theater is also presenting two family shows on Saturday Mornings at 10:30 am, The Emperor’s New Clothes in July and Jenny vs. the Pirates in August.

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

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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, , Website:

The Fantasticks, Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics & Book by Tom Jones
June 10-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30, July 1-2 at 7 pm
The world’s longest-running musical is reimagined at the CTC. A classic twist on Romeo and Juliet that explores the heartbreak and passion of young love, The Fantasticks is a timeless musical, full of beauty and intimacy.
Tickets: Adult - $25, Student - $15, Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can ($18 in advance)

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),

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), Sundays are Senior Day with Seniors - $18

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Andy Hoover
Saturdays July 2-30 at 10:30 am
Enjoy this fun spin on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen about truth, friendship, and independence! Perfect for the whole family!
Tickets: $5, children under 5 pay their age

Shakespeare on the Saugatucket: Comedy of Errors and Antony and Cleopatra
Wednesdays and Sundays at 7 pm in July – August
Our beautiful performance patio hosts a classic of summer theater: outdoor Shakespeare. In July, Comedy of Errors features hilarious mistaken identities that unravel as twins separated at birth are reunited. In August, Antony and Cleopatra follows the tumultuous love of Mark Antony and Cleopatra through war and tragedy. These two brilliant plays are not to be missed in this lovely setting on the performance patio along the Saugatucket River.

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

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