Comedy Out of the 'Box

Monthly: Select Thursdays & Special Events

Tiny Hands Productions

Tiny Hands Productions presents the ongoing comedy series “Comedy Out of the 'Box” at The Hatbox. Each month, talented comedians from around the Northeast come to the Capital City to make you think and make you laugh. Hosted by New Hampshire native Chad Blodgett (Portland Maine Comedy Festival, Vermont Snowplow Comedy champion 2018).

Come see them all perform at the Hatbox now, so you can tell your friends you saw them before they were on Netflix.

Ages 18+. BYOB/W. 7:30pm.

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White Rabbit
Red Rabbit

by Nassim Soleimanpour

September 10-26

Produced by the Community Players of Concord.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is an absurdist adventure which sits on the boundary of comedy and drama. The script itself is unknowable. Actors and audiences alike are encouraged not to talk about it at all. To this day, there is virtually nothing online about its content. It's not being coy to say we can't describe the plot; it's a requirement of the license.

The conceit of the play is intriguing. Audience members arrive, take their seats, and a lone actor (no director, no rehearsal) enters the stage, is handed the script, and both audience and actor embark on the discovery together.

The play by Nassim Soleimanpour is a work about the contemporary world and from a generation born amidst the Iran-Iraq war; computer-literate, well-informed young people who have only known the Islamic Republic. Barred from leaving Iran because he refused to do military service, he sent the play abroad hoping it would be performed.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been performed widely and in more than 20 languages! The 2016 Off Broadway run was an astounding 42 weeks, each performance with a different actor: Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Nixon, Darren Criss, and Brian Stokes Mitchell, to name just a few.

This production contains adult language and descriptions of violence.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

“White Rabbit Red Rabbit” is presented by arrangement with Aurora Nova Productions and
Boatrocker Entertainment.

PLEASE NOTE OUR POLICIES REGARDING COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED OF PATRONS.

NEWSFLASH!!! - Due to the special nature of White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Nine Performances, Nine Different Performers), Hatbox Theatre is offering a very special, once-in-a-lifetime deal. Those who wish to experience WRRR more than once may receive 20% OFF the price of subsequent tickets. This is ONLY AVAILABLE AFTER you have purchased *and* attended a performance. To receive 20% OFF, you must contact the Box Office by email at boxoffice@hatboxnh.com, request the discount, and provide your name, as well as, the performance dates you wish to attend. We will send you a reservation for those performances with the discount applied. Already purchased tickets for multiple shows? We have your back as well and will, upon request, refund 20% of the ticket price on your subsequent purchases. NOTE: Due to extremely limited seating (less than 70 seats with mask & social distancing), there is a limit to this offer - it is intended for repeat visitors only; discounts are only available until two days prior to the requested performance (not available at the door); and staff will qualify your request. The discount is not automatically applied.

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Queen City Improv Workshops

September 25 - 1pm & 3pm.

Queen City Improv is Manchester's finest improv troupe, and they present monthly performances at Hatbox Theatre. As part of the Capital Arts Fest, they are offering two one hour workshops where you can learn the basics of improv. Improvisational theater is made up on the spot, which means the games are planned but the scenes and stories are not!

Attendees are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing and be ready to move and interact with others.

Limited space available, and MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

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Workshops at 1pm & 3pm.

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Greater Tuna

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, Ed Howard

October 1-10

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by Hatbox Theatre.

The long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all.

This caricature of small town living, Greater Tuna may at times remind you of life here in New England. With something zany, crazy, funny, touching, and goofy, this show has something for everyone.

Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 and has become one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.

This production marks a reunion as Andrew Pinard and Eric Stanley reprise the roles they portrayed at the Annichiarico Music Theatre in 1991.

CAST

Thurston Wheelis (et al): Andrew Pinard
Arles Struvie (et al): Eric Stanley

Directed by Toby Paul

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO A RADIO INTERVIEW FROM THE 1991 PRODUCTION.

"Greater Tuna" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Discovering Magic

with Andrew Pinard

Monthly: Select Wednesdays

This “mind-numbing, jaw-dropping, eye-opening” experience takes audiences on a guided tour of the impossible and the absurd. Using only the most ordinary of objects, accomplished actor, conjuror, puppeteer, storyteller, and award-winning performer Pinard brings the ordinary to life with the most surprising results.

The only show of its kind in the New England, audiences have traveled from throughout New England and beyond to experience sleight of hand, con games, psychology, history, science, comedy, political spin, and more through the eyes of a “perceptual engineer” on his quest to explore distortion and guile. Audiences can expect a truly unique experience and insight into how remarkable human perception and interpretation can be.

In its 8th Season of monthly performances!

Wednesday @ 7:30pm.

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Queen City Improv

Monthly: Select Thursdays & Special Events

Queen City Improv is Manchester's finest improv troupe, and they're bringing their act to the Capital City! Join QCI as they perform a night of goofs, gaffes, and laughs through a never before seen show-every night! Improvisational theater is made up on the spot, which means the games are planned but the scenes stories are not! What will they come up with next? Join us to find out!

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This is a BYOB/W event. 7:30pm.

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American Son

by Christopher Demos-Brown

October 15-24

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by Hatbox Theatre.

A Florida police station in the middle of the night. Two parents searching for answers. Estranged couple Kendra and Scott must confront their feelings about their disparate histories and backgrounds after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. "American Son" is a gripping tale about who we are as a nation, and how we deal with family relationships, love, loss and identity.

Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission.

This production contains adult language, and descriptions of violence.

“American Son” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Wonders

by Gary Locke

October 29-November 7

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by Phylloxera Productions.

Welcome to the Finger & Wood Recovery and Rehabilitation Clinic, dedicated to serving the physical, spiritual, and mental health of those unfortunate individuals who have lost their super powers. The facility is on high alert. There is a highly reliable threat leveled against the clinic, reducing the staff to a minimum of four highly trained professionals. It is likely that the threat is aimed at one of the residents; Nemi, formerly the human avatar of Nemesis, the God of Vengeance and Retribution; The Agent, who used his invisibility powers to steal for the highest bidder; or the mysterious new client due to arrive at any moment. Tension is high, nerves are on edge, and the food just isn’t as good as usual.

Directed by Gary Locke.

Duration: 100 minutes, 1 intermission.

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9/12

by Walter Freeman

November 12-21

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by New World Theatre.

Directed by Matthew Parent.

On the day after the World Trade Center attacks, a conflicted Boston couple proceed with their
plan to host a birthday party for their two year old daughter, but the fragile veneer of normalcy is
shattered as the enormity of the tragedy awakens the guests to their own helplessness, anger, internal resentments, and shocking beliefs.

This play contains adult language, adult situations and simulated violence.

Duration: 100 minutes, 1 intermission.

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Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Jill Pinard

December 3-12

Produced by Hatbox Theatre.

In this original adaption of the holiday classic, Hatbox Theatre focuses on how the dream-like qualities of the ghost story aspect of Dickens’ work can bring about redemption. Is it “an undigested bit of beef” – a line in the original story – that leads Scrooge to have bad dreams or is he really being visited by ghosts intent on helping him redeem himself. Audience members, too, will wonder if they are dreaming when they are immersed in sound, lights and projections that bring out these eerier aspects of Scrooge’s fateful night.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm. 

Approximate run time is 90 minutes including intermission.

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Scene Changes

by Donald Tongue

January 7-23

Produced by New World Theatre.

"It's a Broadway traveling show, a theatrical purgatory, and the only reason any of us are here is because we failed to land a role in a production without wheels!"

So explains Samantha Wheelwright, ex-Brit, star of stage and film, but whose faltering career has landed her in the role of Mrs. Cratchit in a traveling production of A Christmas Carol. Her co-star playing Bob Cratchit has taken ill and is in hospital in Burlington, VT. When the show arrives in Concord NH the producer is forced to hire a young local actor. Enter Matthew Simmons, whose presence creates an unlikely pairing that immediately erupts into a colossal clash of wills as star-struck youthful enthusiasm slams headlong into mid-life cynical realism -- and the scene changes.

This play contains adult language.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2pm.

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Mary & Me

by Irene Kelleher

January 28-February 13

Produced by Glass Dove Productions.

Ireland 1986. Fifteen-year-old Hannah Brennan lives in a claustrophobic small town. Sure, she has friends, but no one who understands her, no one she can confide in who will listen to her. And she is going to need a lot of understanding. After touring Ireland, appearing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in the Brighton Fringe in 2017 with playwright and actor Irene Kelleher as Hannah, Mary and Me began its United States premier tour in New Hampshire in 2020. Directed by Peter Josephson and starring producer and actor Emily Karel as Hannah, this seventy-five-minute one woman show takes its audience on a journey of laughter, determination, love, and heartbreak.

NOTE: PG-13. Contains mature themes and adult language.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2pm.

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Lifespan of a Fact

by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell

February 18 - March 6

Produced by Lend Me a Theater.

The Lifespan of a Fact is a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth. Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, but when detail discrepancies emerge, the two come head to head. • “when the writer and the fact-checker get into a lively debate on the ethics of factual truth vs. the beauty of literary dishonesty, it’s time to really sit up and listen…Their deadly serious but oh-so-funny ethical dispute is brilliantly argued…” —Variety. • “…. moves with the ticking-clock urgency the situation demands, yet finds appropriate moments to breathe and let us ruminate on the personal, professional and moral issues at stake” —Hollywood Reporter.

This play contains adult language and adult situations.

Duration: 90 minutes, 1 intermission.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2pm.

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Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney

March 11-20

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by Hatbox Theatre.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence began in second grade and continued for fifty or more years! The letters trace not only the arc of their friendship in both good times and bad, but are also a glimpse into twentieth century history and changing times from the 1930s to the 1980s. The play traces a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences.

Love Letters was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990.

A.R. Gurney and Holland Taylor, long-time friends, did the very first performance in 1988 at The New York Public Library. It then went to Off-Broadway and then Broadway, and has become a constant in regional professional theaters. Renowned artists from theater and film have lined up to perform the piece.

It's a thrilling evening for audience members, very funny, sad in places, and enlightening.

CAST

Andrew: Erik Hodges
Melissa: Kathryn Hodges

LOVE LETTERS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Places You Go

by William Ivers

March 25 - April 10

Presented by New World Theatre.

In the spring of her senior year. Maddy Weare, a promising young musician destined for Juilliard, is in the hospital having been in a car accident, escaping with only minor injuries. As she sleeps in her hospital bed, her divorced parents, Rick and Deb Weare, enter and immediately begin playing the blame game while bullying the young intern, Dr. Hughes, as he attempts to care for Maddy the best way he knows how. Tensions escalate after Maddy wakes and reveals several dark truths that cause the family to spiral into turmoil, showing what people are willing to do to protect those they love and what destruction can occur in the process.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Duration: 100 minutes, 1 intermission.

This play contains adult language.

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Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier

Music by A. J. Holmes; Lyrics by Kaley McMahon; Book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Eric Kahn Gale

April 15 - May 1

Presented by Actors Cooperative Theatre.

Hold on to your flying carpet, because this musical parody retells the classic tale of Aladdin, but from the villain's point of view! Yes, just like Wicked! Long ago in a Magic Kingdom, one misinterpreted Royal Vizier will take on the difficult task of saving his city from its bumbling sultan, an invading prince, and the most notorious thief to ever live! With the help of the Kingdom's free-spirited, teenage Princess, the Vizier must find a magical lamp containing a hilarious wish-granting Djinn and defeat the city's most-wanted criminal... Aladdin! This musical adventure celebrates and lovingly pokes fun at everyone's favorite series of hand-drawn, animated films. This show contains adult language and themes. Parental guidance is strongly recommended.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours, 1 intermission.

This play contains adult language, adult situations, strobe/flashing lights, fog/haze, sexual situations

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Musical Mom

Created by Marisa & Kevin Roberge and Wayland Bunnell 

May 6 - 15

Presented by Community Players of Concord, NH.

Musical Mom is a one-woman musical revue performed by Marisa Roberge covering, in song, the time span between when her pregnancy is confirmed through the birth of her son, his childhood and development until he leavesfor college! The songs cover the gamut of becoming and being a mother with songs from both vintage and recent Broadway shows. It's a great Mother's Day weekend show for anyone who is a mother, or has one!  

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours, 1 intermission.

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The Stands

by Jack Neary

May 20 - 22

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by Acting Out Productions

THE STANDS is a new play by Lowell playwright Jack Neary, whose work has been produced nationwide and internationally. His most recent play, TRICK OR TREAT, was presented off-Broadway and starred Emmy Winner Gordon Clapp.

In THE STANDS, five parents and one grandparent of Little Leaguers gather to watch their kids play, once at the beginning of the season, and once at the end. As they reveal themselves to each other, often with many laughs, the audience begins to realize that something sinister is about to occur. What happens in the last ten minutes of the play is devastating.

THE STANDS is funny, gripping, suspenseful--and should prompt some lively conversations after the show.

Duration: Approximately 85 minutes, 1 intermission

This production contains adult language, adult situations and sexual situations.

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Holy and Unruly

by David Beardsley

May 27 - June 12

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by New World Theatre

At the height of her powers as monarch, Elizabeth I suffers from disturbing dreams, bewildering visions, and inexplicable moments of panic. A petition for justice from Grace O’Malley, an aristocratic Irish pirate feared from England to Africa, brings the Queen’s emotional crisis to a head, prompting her to revisit choices she made in the name of power—choices no man is asked to make. Against the advice and wishes of her male advisors, the Queen insists on seeing Grace. When two of Europe’s most charismatic women meet, they wrestle with questions still relevant today: What does it take to rule your world? What are the costs?

Duration: 90 minutes, 1 intermission.

HOLY AND UNRULY is presented by special arrangement with NPX: New Play Exchange.

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The Bald Soprano

by Eugene Ionesco

June 17 - 26

In The Bald Soprano, a classic of modern theatre, a clock chimes seventeen times for seemingly no reason at all, the doorbell rings but there are no visitors, and the bald soprano never changes her hairstyle. A hilarious and unique satire on modern life by Eugene Ionesco, known as the father of Theatre of the Absurd, this is a theatre experience in which non-sequiturs fly, people talk at cross purposes getting nowhere, and the concept of time is turned on its head. This thought-provoking tour-de-force of linguistic acrobatics about modern communication (or the lack thereof) is sure to delight.

Produced by the Community Players of Concord.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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Into the Woods

Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine

July 8 - 17

Presented by RGC Theatre.

As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. With only three days to undo the curse, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.

Duration: Approximately 155 minutes with one intermission. This production includes adult situations, reference to sexual situations, and use of fog/haze.

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The Gulf

by Audrey Cefaly

July 22 - 31

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by Perseverance Productions, LLC.

Relationships can be difficult to maintain. One day you wake up and discover you have drifted apart. Come see our couple navigate the waters of The Gulf. Winner of the 2015 Sam French OOB Drama Festival.

90 minutes, no intermission

THE GULF is presented by special arrangement with NPX: New Play Exchange.

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Bubble Boy

Music & Lyrics by Cinco Paul, Book by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio

August 5 - 14

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by DOT Theater

DOT Theater and The Hatbox Theater are proud to announce a brand new production of Cinco Paul’s musical Bubble Boy.

Based on the film of the same name starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bubble Boy tells the story of Jimmy Livingston, a Palmdale teen with an immune deficiency that has confined him to life sequestered alone in a plastic bubble with his mother. That is until Chloe Molinski moves to town.

Join Jimmy on his first trip outside of his house: a road trip for love to Niagara Falls, where against all odds (not to mention a cult, biker gang, and a dead cow), he hopes to stop Chloe from marrying the wrong guy.

Duration: 90-100 minutes, 1 intermission.

Suitable for ages 16 and up. This production contains adult language.

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The Great Atlantic and Pacific Shakespeare Company

By Alan Lindsay

August 19 - 28

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

Produced by Granite Playwrights

Unfortunately the group’s co-founders and biggest stars, and erstwhile lovers, Biron and Rose, struggle to maintain focus. Biron can’t get past the death of his wife two years earlier – a death he is convinced he caused by having an affair with Rose. He has taken refuge in religion, making regular retreats to a nearby monastery and the dubious ministrations of the enigmatic Brother Rene. Tired of waiting for Biron, Rose has found a retreat of her own on a Caribbean yacht with a smarmy lawyer. Can Rose and Biron work out their differences – or will their bickering mean the end of “The Great A&P”?

Duration: 120 minutes, 1 intermission.

his production contains adult language.

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Ticket prices for most shows are $22 for adults, $19 for seniors/students/adult members, and $16 for senior members. Musicals (and special programming) are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors/students/adult members, and $19 for senior members. Several programs have prices as low as $7. Please check each production for the specific rate.

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