Thursdays, Jan 12 - Mar 30 at 7 pm
Wakefield Idol is a karaoke-style singing competition where 64 local singers compete for a $1500 cash prize! In the final rounds as the competition heats up, the audience votes to see who goes on.
It's our most popular event of the year, so get your tickets early to check out all of the amazing local talent we have!
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Performances Sat, Feb 4 - April 1 at 7 pm
Classic whodunits with a twist: it’s all improvised! Our actors weave webs of secrets, deception, and mystery as we wind our way through a different murder each week.
This time, it's the French Revolution and the nobility are stabbing each other in the back...literally. Every week is different, so you never know what might happen...and neither do we!
Every Saturday at 9:30 pm
Late-night improv is back! Every show is 100% made up on the spot, so it's always new and exciting.
1st Saturday of the Month: Wild Card Night
Different groups and formats each month!
2nd Saturday: Micetro Improv
Our longest-running improv show where our improvisers perform scenes and songs to win your love and the title of Micetro Champion!
3rd Saturday: Improvised Musical
A full musical based on a title you come up with! Songs, dialogue, characters, and plot all created on the spot.
4th Saturday: Pirate!
Directors bring their visions to the stage and you decide whether they earned a doubloon or they have to walk the plank!
February 24 at 7 pm
Hosted by The Blue Cow Group, join us for 6 short plays based on some of Shakespeare's finest works! Riffs include: Hamlet, As You Like It, Midsummers Night Dream, King Lear, and Macbeth!
March 3 at 7 pm
Pun'd-It! A pun competition hosted by Eden Casteel with The Dad Jokes barbershop quartet. Come compete in or listen to some fun, fast-paced word play! Pun'd-It was proposed by Josh Daly.
March 10 at 7 pm
Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene, half remembered, haphazardly assembled, and loosely improvised.
Exquisite Corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, each collaborator adding to the composition in sequence. Multiple authors re-write Romeo and Juliet one scene at a time, entirely from memory. Valiant actors use their improvisation skills to keep the script coherent as the show unfolds before a live audience.
March 17 at 7 pm
They're back! Off Off Broadway's Agnes and Ruby return to the stage for one night only! Join them for a night of their favorite songs, scenes and reminiscing of what it was like to be both on and off stage together as best friends.
(A fully improvised musical cabaret with Sophia Pearson & Christine Green)
March 24 at 7 pm
Join Through the Glass Theatre Ensemble as we celebrate the diverse musical styles, narratives & characters coming from the women composers of the musical theater world. In the history of Broadway composers, women have been underrepresented and we wish to lift them up! Composers such as Jeanine Tesori, Lucy Simon, Mary Rodgers and Sara Bareilles will be highlighted in this zany cabaret-style performance!
March 31 at 7 pm
Join us for two projects this evening!
Augmentative and Alternative Improvisation by Alyssa Zisk: Most improvisers speak, though we don't only speak. Augmentative & Alternative Improvisation plays with and around other ways we can communicate on stage, technology included!
Doing Time on 9 West by Miriam Giles: The story of an adolescent who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune muscle disease and lived with other sick children at Boston Children's Hospital in the late 80s and early 90s. Join Miriam as she is interviewed and stripped down to her truest, most vulnerable self (both emotionally and physically), revealing the wounds of her journey and experiencing healing and acceptance in the process.
Adapted by Jeffrey Ouellette
April 7 and 8 at 7 pm
Adapted and performed by Jeffrey Ouellette, “Tennessee Williams: Singular First Person” is an autobiographical view of the playwright’s personal life and public persona, as told through his published letters and memoirs. Unbridled and uncensored, Williams’ exuberance in triumph and endurance through failure are the hallmarks of his life and his theatre “assuming there is much difference between them.”
*Audience cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 18. Content includes strong language, sexual situations and drug use.
April 14 and 15 at 7 pm
IVORIES, a haunting, yet bitingly funny thriller theatre follows nonbinary playwright Sloane and their botanist husband Gwyn settling the estate of Sloane's ailing grandmother. A sudden spiral of Sloane's obsession with completing their masterpiece in the house forces Gwyn to question the safety of Sloane regurgitating their family trauma into their art. When Gwyn's childhood friend Beckham arrives to help the couple bury the hatchet, they soon discover there may be more to the house, and to Sloane, hidden beneath the foundation. If the basement is the stomach... then what's the basement door? Ivories explores the cycles of generational trauma we inherit, the spectrum of bisexuality and trans identity, and how far we'd go to protect the family we've chosen.
by Susie Chakmakian
Apr 28-29, May 5-6, 7*, 12-13 at 7 pm
(*2 pm matinee)
Armenian culture and history come to life in this joyful and heartfelt one-woman show. Armenian history is complex and often tragic, so the show considers how to both honor that history and celebrate a vibrant, living culture at the same time. Playwright and performer Susie Chakmakian weaves in her own personal family stories as a real-life first-generation Armenian-American to connect with the big picture and try to make sense of it all.
It's a show full of humor, heart, joy, and pride, perfect for Armenians and non-Armenians alike.
June 23-24, 30, July 1, 7-9, 14-15 at 7 pm
When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she discovers that there's more to this art form than playing pretend; it's about finding yourself in your favorite songs and performing with raw joy.
Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us. A comedy full of heart about competition, self-discovery, and the joys of being a nerd.
Wednesdays and Sundays, July 12 - Aug 13 at 7 pm
The bawdy and bombastic Sir Falstaff has been raising hell in the quiet town of Windsor. He hatches a plan to seduce two of Windsor's most wealthy married women, but when they catch wind of his salacious scheme, they turn the tables, joining forces to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget.
July 28-29, Aug 4-5, 11-12, 18-20 at 7 pm
Centuries after he lived, William Shakespeare's plays are performed around the world. But in the years following his death, his legacy was at stake. The Book of Will follows his friends as they have to beg, borrow, and band together to compile the First Folio and preserve the Bard's words for generations to come. It's a true story full of love, loss, and laughter that sheds new light on a man you may think you know on the 400th anniversary of the First Folio.
Sept 8-9, 15-16, 21-23, 28-30 at 7 pm
*Note: The show will be on the outdoor performance patio for Acts 1 & 2 and move inside the theater for Act 3
What remains when civilization has crumbled? Stories. In a post-apocalyptic near-future, survivors gather around the campfire to recall an episode of The Simpsons and hold on to the memory of the way the world was. Mr. Burns is a dark comedy that takes us across a century to discover how a memory becomes a story that becomes a myth and how we rebuild our world together.
Oct 20-21, 27-28, Nov 3-4, 10-11, 12*, 16-18 at 7 pm
(*2 pm Matinee)
There's a fine line between love and hate in one of Shakespeare's wittiest comedies. Beatrice and Benedict trade barbs while true loves Hero and Claudio are torn apart by lies. Will all be right by the wedding?
Dec 1-2, 3*, 7-9, 10*, 14-16, 17*, 22-23 at 7 pm
*2 pm Matinee
And what a wild Christmas binge it is in this audience favorite! All the beloved A Christmas Carol characters are there - Scrooge, the Cratchits, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Oliver Twist, George Bailey, disco dancers... Like every mom, Mrs. Cratchit is tired and overworked this holiday season and she's done trying to hide it. Mrs. Bob Cratchit is a loving send up of Christmas and all the stress that goes with it!
Ticket price varies by show
*Seating is first come, first served. We suggest arriving 15 minutes before showtime. We often have excited audience members waiting for a sold-out show, so if you haven't arrived or contacted us by showtime, your seats may be filled.*
The theater is fully wheelchair accessible. We're eager to make this a great experience for everyone - call if you have any questions about accessibility!
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*No fees apply to tickets purchased by phone at (401) 218-0282 or in person at the theater.
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