June 20-22

Absinthe and Opium Burlesque: Once Upon A Time

As summer is upon us, it is natural to feel nostalgic, and sentimental, feelings of bittersweet longing for childhood, and the books we read on summer days…these are the fairy tales, nursery rhymes, poems, and so much more, that make up the inspiration for the all new production of “Once Upon a Time”.

The ladies and gentleman of the troupe will bring you an all out tour de force into the stories we may remember most from our childhood, but done with a twist. The night will include as always the art of the strip tease, comedy, dance, singing, and hi jinks galore.

BYOB/W. Ages 18+.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm

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Hatbox Performance Lab

Produced by Hatbox Theatre

Hatbox Theatre's educational series for theatre artists and the public looking to explore the theatrical arts and expand their capabilities. Each month we hold a two-hour (plus!) workshop on different topics including: lighting, sound, projections, costumes, design, acting, improv, directing, publicity and more!

Free to Hatbox and CPC members. $10/adults; $7 seniors/students.

June 22. Stage Management. Presented by Meredith Hanson. SPECIAL TIME: 10am to Noon.

If you do not know what a Stage Manager does, or why it is essential that you have one lined up right away, we encourage you to attend. Remember, Producers get free access to all Performance Labs!

July 13. Scene Study. Presented by Donald Tongue.

Many times our first instinct when approaching a scene is just that - our first instinct. And whether it turns out to be the right or wrong approach, the key is to understand why it does or doesn’t work. In this performance lab, we will take a closer look at how directors, actors, and designers can dissect a script scene by scene and apply analytical tools that will help to inform their choices.

Donald Tongue is a playwright, producer, director, actor, and an award-winning sound designer. He is the founder and managing director of New World Theatre, a production company devoted to fostering, developing, producing, and publishing new theatre works.

2019: 6/22, 7/13, 8/10. Saturday @ 2pm (except June 22).

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NH Writers Project Hatbox Readings

New Hampshire Writers’ Project Readings at the Hatbox Theatre is a semi-regular theatrical and literary event series where actors read entertaining selections from 'works in progress' by three NHWP authors, and the audience offers feedback, critique, and reactions.

This event will not only allow the author to "hear" some of their novel, story, or book, but also receive immediate feedback. The audience will experience new works from NH authors live and contribute directly to an author’s creative process.

This series runs three times this season: 11/4/18, 3/31/19, 6/23/19. Sundays @ 6:30pm

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Queen City Improv

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!

Monthly 2019: 3/21, 4/11, 5/23, 6/27, 7/27 (Sat @ 2pm), 8/22

Thursdays @ 7:30pm (except 7/27/19 on a Saturday at 2pm!)

This is a BYOB event.

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Music Out of the 'Box

Produced by Quantum Media Productions.

Think out of the box.
Listen out of the box.
Music Out of the 'Box.

Friday, 6/28/19: Deep Blue C Orchestra

A studio orchestra is made up of woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings as in a symphony orchestra. It also includes a rhythm section of guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and drum set as in a jazz combo or show orchestra.

“Doc” Vose followed his dream to spread his deep love and respect for the musical contributions of composer Burt Bacharach, lyricist Hal David and many others from John Williams to John Lennon, by assembling his own Deep Blue “C” Studio Orchestra, 17 members including vocals. The DB “C” concerts are elegant and classy.

https://www.deepbluecorchestra.com/

Friday, 8/30/19: Shokazoba

Shokazoba is a nine piece horn driven funk powerhouse! We perform top quality, high energy music designed to move your feet, inspire the mind, and activate our souls. You will find us playing in theaters, underground clubs, on festival stages, at weddings, house parties, and wherever the cosmic tides take us. We aim to inspire greater human awareness through original, conscious, funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. Shokazoba offers our deepest love and gratitude to Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Tony Allen for inventing Afrobeat and for inspiring our existence. Since 2005, many talented musicians have influenced our sound and style and we appreciate them all for their unique contributions. Shokazoba heartily thanks the New Africa House at UMASS Amherst for so graciously providing space for us to continue our work.

http://www.shokazoba.com/

Fridays @ 7:30pm

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Boggis Comedy Presents... Standup Comedy

Join professional comedian Greg Boggis (of The Strange Name Movie) and his guests as they explore life through standup comedy. Greg brings talented comedians from NH, Boston and beyond to play with Concord-area audiences. Join us tonight at the latest installment.

June 29 - Headliner Bill Campbell

BYOB/W. Saturday @ 7:30pm

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July 5-14

Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sacks

Produced by the Community Players of Concord.

A one-act, 90-minute play inspired by the true story of a California woman who bought a painting for a few dollars in a thrift shop and thought it could possibly be a lost Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions,  Bakersfield Mist introduces us to two characters at either end of the social spectrum: Maude Gutman, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park who finds the painting, and Lionel Percy, a New York-based art expert who takes one look at the painting and offers his assessment. His opinion – and Maude’s reaction to it – propels the play into not only becoming familiar with the characters and their past, but on a conversation on art and how it affects all of us on intimately personal levels. In the end, the question of whether or not the painting is a Pollock becomes incidental, as Bakersfield Mist takes us not only on a lively, fast-paced, comedic and touching examination of these two characters, but also on the nature of art itself.

Join the Community Players of Concord NH's in opening their 92nd Season with Bakersfield Mist, directed by Vicky Sandin. Two characters, two social spectrums, one examination of life and art. Lively, fast-paced, comedic and touching.

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

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Discovering Magic with Andrew Pinard

Once upon a time. In the beginning. A long time ago.

Memorable stories start with a great opening line. While the performing arts tend to focus on telling stories in which the audience are mainly observers, the wonderful thing about a performance of magic is that it creates a story in which the audience is an active participant.

After the premiere performance, Rick Broussard, Editor of New Hampshire Magazine, wrote: “Your show is remarkable, Andrew. Anyone who hasn’t seen it owes it to themselves to go.” Others recent attendees said, “Awesome show! The perfect balance of amazement and humor.” and “Excellent show! Engaging, humorous and constantly surprising! A wonderful evening!”

Monthly 2019: 4/10, 5/15, 6/12, 7/10, 8/7

Wednesday @ 7:30pm

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July 18-28

The 28th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Music & Lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman.

Produced by Hatbox Theatre

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents (playe dby adults) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius, a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant favorite.

Warning: Contains Mature Themes and Language,
Adults portraying Middle School Students, and Outrageous Fun.

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

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August 1-11

Constellations by Nick Payne

One relationship. Infinite possibilities. Nick Payne’s Constellations is a two-person romantic comedy that explores the limitless possibilities of love in the multiverse. It maps the unlikely relationship between Marianne, a quantum physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper, where seemingly mundane choices catapult each into wholly different lives. The show breathlessly navigates through their spellbinding and romantic journey, and takes a deep look at love, friendship, destiny, and free-will.

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

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Putting It Together: New Works

Produced by New World Theatre

New World Theatre will present six new works at the Hatbox Theatre this season as part of our ongoing play development program. These productions will either be a staged reading or a workshop script-in-hand performance; with minimal staging, costumes, and props. Please join us and be a part of seeing a new play go from page to stage for the very first time.

2019: 4/7, 6/9, 8/4

Sunday @ 6:30pm (alternating months)

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August 16-25

Next to Normal

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt.

Produced by Cue Zero Theatre Company.

Cue Zero Theatre Company presents the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal. In this rock musical, we get an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

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

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Information

Adult: $17
Student/Senior/Member: $14
Senior Member: $12

Member discounts are applied on the final checkout screen or at the box office.

Reservations

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