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2017 Performance Dates Will Be Available Soon

Tisbury Amphitheater, at the Tashmoo Overlook, State Road, Vineyard Haven
Outdoor Stage - Families & Children
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The Fabulists: Theater for Children

A troupe of dedicated Martha's Vineyard Playhouse actors and writers perform witty adaptations and fun new scripts for children on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. Perfect for the entire family! Lots of improvisation and audience participation!

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January 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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Poetry Café

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Steve Ewing
Liz Pozen
Dan Waters
Laura Roosevelt

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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January 3, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse honors Patricia Neal with film series

During the month of January, the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will hold a film series to honor one of its longtime supporters, actress Patricia Neal. “Her birthday is Jan. 20,” playhouse artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo said. “We thought this was a good time to pay homage to a great friend.” The films will be shown at the playhouse’s intimate theater, whose stage is named for the actress.

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January 9, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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The Fountainhead

Monday Night at the Movies

(1949) (114min) Directed by King Vidor, with Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymont Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas and Henry Hull

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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January 11, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles

King John for the Masses, a Populist Affair

The folks at Shakespeare for the Masses often perform King John before important elections. Even though it depicts a monarchy from a long time ago, the play has many parallels to a the drama of modern day elections. The drive for power, the gray area of who should really be crowned, plus the backstabbing (literal and metaphorical of course), theft, mayhem most foul — it’s just another day on the stump for most politicians today.

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January 13 - February 16, 2016

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Jeffrey Canha – Fresh Fish

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January 14 & 15, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Shakespeare for the Masses
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Shakespeare for the Masses: King John

Quick & Painless & Free

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January 16, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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The Face in the Crowd

Monday Night at the Movies

(1957) (125min) Directed by Ella Kazan, with Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick and Percy Waram

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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January 19, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles

Patricia Neal Film Series Honors Big Star With Small Town Humility

By Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

When Patricia Neal attended events at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse she always sat in the front row and made a point of speaking to the cast members after the show. It’s not every day an Oscar and Tony award winning actress chats with cast and crew of a local theatre group, but Patricia Neal was not an ordinary actress. The very opposite of a cloistered celebrity, Ms. Neal was known on the Vineyard for her friendly manner around town, chatting with children on the street, eating at the Edgartown diner, and graciously accepting recognition from fans.

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January 23, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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HUD

Monday Night at the Movies

(1957) (125min) Directed by Martin Ritt, with Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, Melvyn Douglas, Brandon de Wilde, Whit Bissell and John Ashley

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28

Patricia Neal Stage
Wicked Good Musical Revue
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Wicked Good Musical Revue – LOESSER IS MORE!

A delightful musical revue showcasing Broadway tunes and well-loved standards. Performed by a talented group of singers.

Running time approximately one hour.

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January 30, 2016

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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In Harm’s Way

Monday Night at the Movies

(1957) (125min) Directed by Otto Preminger, with John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Kirk Douglas, Brandon de Wilde, Tom Tryon and Paula Prentiss

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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February 4, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Shakespeare for the Masses
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Shakespeare for the Masses: King John

Quick & Painless & Free

Back by popular (vote) demand! One night only! See Chelsea McCarthy as the Trumpian KING JOHN! Not to be missed! Plus it's free (but donations gladly accepted)

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February 6, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Cabin in the Sky

Monday Night at the Movies

(1943) (98min) Directed by Vincente Minnelli with Ethel Waters, Eddie Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram and Kenneth Spencer

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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February 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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Poetry February

Poetry Café – February

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN
FAN OGILVIE
(Arnie is on vacation)

Joined by Poets
Chris Legge
Judith Neeld
Rose Styron
Emma Young

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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February 10, 2017

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Fish Tales
Jeffrey Canha

Fish Tales

Local fishermen share harrowing and humorous fishing tales!

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February 13, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Stormy Weather

Monday Night at the Movies

(1943) (78min) Directed by Andrew Stone with Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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February 17 - March 23, 2016

Playhouse Art Space
Art Space
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Barbara Bodin – Nor’Eastern Paintings

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February 20, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Singin’ in the Rain

Monday Night at the Movies

(1952) (103min) Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell and Cyd Charisse

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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February 27, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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West Side Story

Monday Night at the Movies

(1961) (151min) Directed by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins with Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn and Simon Oakland

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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March 6, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Let’s Make Love

Monday Night at the Movies

(1960) (119min) Directed by George Cukor with Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall and Frankie Vaughan

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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March 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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Poetry Café – March

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Nan Byrne
Holly St. John Bergon
Barbara Peckham
Peter Ledermann

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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MV Playhouse hosts the Peter H. Luce Play Readers

Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP

For 15 years the Peter H. Luce Play Readers have been meeting every Wednesday at the Vineyard Haven Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon to read plays of every era and of every genre, from Shakespeare to Shaw, Neil Simon to Ibsen and Albee. And then on rare occasions the group goes public and invites a crowd to come hear them read.

No advance reservations. General Seating. Donations Gratefully Accepted.

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March 13, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Harold and Maude

Monday Night at the Movies

(1971) (91min) Directed by Hal Asby with Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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March 15, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles

A musical escape through ‘Reconciliation: Songs of Peace and Protest’

by Gwyn McAllister, MV Times

Looking for a late winter pick-me-up? Or a positive way to relieve some current-events-related anxiety? Visit the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse on Friday, March 17, for an evening of uplifting music in a program called “Reconciliation: Songs of Peace and Protest,” to be performed by a trio of students and alumni from the Berklee College of Music.

The culturally diverse group will draw on their various backgrounds for the song selections. The trio was brought together by Jason Sibi Okumu who, last year, came to the Vineyard to perform at the playhouse as part of Berklee’s African Club. This time around he has invited two fellow Berklee-ites along. Mr. Okumu is from Kenya. He will be joined by Israeli-born Sagit Zilberman, who will sing and play a variety of instruments, and harpist and vocalist Allegra Cramer from the U.S.

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March 17, 2017

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Berklee African Singers 2017

Reconciliation: Songs of Peace & Protest

A concert of uplifting music and song from various countries, performed by a trio of former Berklee College of Music students and graduates. Jason Sibi-Okumu is a singer-songwriter from Kenya. Sagit Zilberman majored in saxophone performance and jazz; she is Israeli and her work is infused with the sounds and spirit of her home country. Allegra Cramer is an Australian-bred singer-songwriter,who studied harp performance. All have toured internationally.

General admission tickets available at the door only, cash or check, $15

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March 20, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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The African Queen

Monday Night at the Movies

(1971) (91min) Directed by John Huston with Humphery Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Robert Morley

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25

Patricia Neal Stage
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Wicked Good Musical Revue – ROAD TRIP

A delightful musical revue showcasing Broadway tunes and well-loved standards. Performed by a talented group of singers led by musical director, Molly Conole and accompanist, Peter Boak. With David Behnke, Jenny Friedman, Shelagh Hackett, Jane Loutzenhiser, Paul Munafo and Kenny Romero. Guest musicians - accompanist, Wes Nagy, and Brian Weiland, guitar and percussion.

Running time approximately two hours with intermission.

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March 24 - April 20

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Tom Mullins – Thinking Out Loud

Artist's Reception - Saturday, March 25 from 5 pm until 6:30 pm

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March 27, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Movies
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Double Indemnity

Monday Night at the Movies

(1944) (106min) Directed by Billy Wilder with Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather and Tom Powers

Movies start at 7:00pm
$5 at the door, cash only

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March 29, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles

Romeo and Juliet, Juliet, Juliet, Juliet

By Gwyn McCallister, MV Times

Which four art thou Juliet? That’s the question audiences will be confronted by in the upcoming production of “Romeo and Juliet” by the popular Shakespeare for the Masses group. It’s every actress’ dream to play Juliet, according to S for the M co-founder and writer Chelsea McCarthy. To accommodate that ambition, Ms. McCarthy and her co-writer Nicole Galland have opted to cast four of the five actors participating in the upcoming production in the coveted role. As a matter of fact, those four will interchange in all of the roles, except for Romeo. “It’s basically going to be like Boggle, where you shake them up and see where they land,” says Ms. McCarthy, who promises that the role changes will be done in such a way that the audience can easily follow the action.

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April 1 & 2, 2017

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Shakespeare for the Masses – Romeo & Juliet

Quick & Painless & Free

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April 1 and 2, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Press Reviews & Feature Articles
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Shakespeare for the Masses Presents Romeo and Juliet

Quick & Painless & and Free.

Martha's Vineyard Gazette

For its final show of the season, Shakespeare for the Masses is presenting fan favorite Romeo and Juliet, but with a twist. In the theatrical world, everyone wants the coveted role of Juliet, but of course only one person per show gets this gem. Until now that is. Shakespeare for the Masses is known for putting new spins on the mighty English bard, including slicing and dicing his plays down to a manageable hour.

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April 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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Poetry Café – April

Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Brooks Robards
Lee McCormack
Valerie Sonnenthal
Maureen D. Hall

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

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April 11, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles
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Tom Mullins’ Art Knows No Bounds

Solo show at the Playhouse Art Space features acrylics and collage.

By Gwyn McAllister, Martha's Vineyard Times
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April 21 - May 18

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James J. Langlois – Mostly Black and White

Artist's Reception - Saturday, April 22 from 5 pm until 6:30 pm

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April 24, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles
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James Langlois in (Mostly) Black and White

Louisa Hufstader, Martha's Vineyard Gazette
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April 25, 2017

People Blog

To Kill a Mockingbird – 1998

Gerry Yukevich

My first major immersion into the MV Playhouse occurred in 1998, when M.J. asked me to audition for Atticus in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” I was flattered and thrilled. Since moving from Boston with my wife and daughter three years earlier, I had seen nothing but top-quality M.V. Playhouse productions. I had never tackled a role like Atticus, but I was game to try it and be directed by the expert - M.J.

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April 25, 2017

Press Reviews & Feature Articles

Cultural Council Announces 2017 Grants

Martha's Vineyard Gazette
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Now Playing
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Been There, Still There

Second City Main Stage alums Bruce Jarchow (Parks and Recreation / Boss / Seinfeld / Ghost) and Nancy McCabe-Kelly (web series Teachers as seen on the Onion Channel / Welcome! To Prison / TBS Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs) are bringing their highly praised show BEEN THERE, STILL THERE to the Playhouse for ONE NIGHT ONLY.

The show follows a baby boomer couple on a road trip to Wisconsin for a destination wedding. Along the way they ponder empty nest angst, becoming victims of both urban gentrification and illogical technology, and anything else that comes to mind, with the local radio and nostalgia of Wisconsin as their backdrop. Though this is a scripted show, each performance is slightly different as they expound, riff and allow themselves to go off script as the spirit (and audience) moves them.

Tickets $20 Adults, $15 Juniors (under 30)

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May 19 - June 8, 2017

Playhouse Art Space
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Anne Cook – Color in Motion: Pastels & Oils

Artist's Reception - Saturday, May 20 from 5 pm until 6:30 pm

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June 30 - July 29, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Patricia Neal Stage

Dusty and the Big Bad World

A Comedy by Cusi Cram
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

Based on a 2005 scandal in the world of children’s television known as “Bustergate”, DUSTY AND THE BIG BAD WORLD is a darkly funny, no-holds-barred yet even-handed look at PBS, government censorship, gay marriage, and what it takes to ultimately step up and fight for what you believe in.

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July 12 - August 12, 2017

Tisbury Amphitheater
Professional Main Stage

Julius Caesar

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Brooke Hardman Ditchfield

A cast of all women performs one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies exploring and illuminating this timely story of honor, patriotism and friendship in a fresh and exciting outdoor production.

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August 4 - September 2, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage

Who You See Here

World Premiere

A New Comedy by Matt Hoverman
Directed by Jeanie Hackett

An uptight therapist and her recovering alcoholic husband find their lives upturned and their love tested when charismatic but disturbed movie star Tom Speck staggers into their small town’s AA meeting. Add a beautiful psychiatric patient with a stalking problem, and you’ve got WHO YOU SEE HERE - a farcical comedy by Emmy Award winner Matt Hoverman about anonymity, celebrity, and making the perfect salad.

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September 8 - October 7, 2017

Patricia Neal Stage
Patricia Neal Stage

Chilmark

World Premiere

A New Play by Catherine Rush & Adrian Blue
Directed by Adrian Blue

The world is inching toward the 20th century, but no one at the Chilmark General Store thinks much about mainland issues. Here, up-island on Martha’s Vineyard, the people are a world unto themselves. Almost every family has kin who are deaf-mute and every person in town speaks with their hands as well as their voices. Until one day an off-islander arrives and incites discord and division between good neighbors and lifelong friends. Performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and English, CHILMARK is based on the 2007 Playhouse production of THIS ISLAND ALONE.

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