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Current Season

February 15th & 16th, 2014

Katharine Cornell Theater
Shakespeare for the Masses
S4M

Shakespeare for the Masses – CORIOLANUS

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the forum...

Quick & Painless & Free!

Shakespeare for the Masses brings you a rowdy Valentine’s Day Massacre set in ancient Rome!

The only Shakespeare play ever banned by a democratic government, CORIOLANUS is a startlingly contemporary tale about political intrigue, political spin doctors, political treachery… and, as with any story involving proto-fascism, the importance of motherhood.

February 15th at 7PM
February 16th at 2PM

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April 5th & 6th, 2014

Katharine Cornell Theater
Shakespeare for the Masses
s4m

Shakespeare for the Masses – CYMBELINE

Quick & Painless & Free

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Nicole Galland & Chelsea McCarthy

If you can’t decide which of the Bard's plays you like – or hate - the most, then CYMBELINE is just the show for you.

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June 18 - July 10, 2014

Playhouse Art Space
Art Space
My Way Side View

REZ WILLIAMS: Fishing Vessels

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Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
June 19 - July 12, 2014
(Opening night Saturday, June 21)

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage
Whaleship Essex

The Whaleship Essex

Based on a true story

Written by Joe Forbrich
Directed by Peter Zinn
Starring: Jarrod Allan, Luke Bailey, Scott Barrow, Wallace Bullock, Joe Carter, Daniel Cuff, D'Arcy Dersham, Steve Dunayer, Brian Keane, Sean McGuirk, Christopher Patrick Mullen, Adam Petkus, Dylan Riley-MacArthur, Rob Karma Robinson and Peter Stray

The Essex and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820 when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts, “The Whaleship Essex” is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea shanties, “The Whaleship Essex” revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds.

World Premiere
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June 30, 2014 at 7:30PM

MVRHS Performing Arts Center
Special Events
brooke and tony

I Take Your Hand In Mine…

A play suggested by the love letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper

Written by Carol Rocamora

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY

For the benefit of the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse Capital Campaign
$200 Center Premium Seating
$100 Regular Seating

Tickets available online now.

Starring Brooke Adams & Tony Shalhoub
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July 07, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Edward Beck

Sweetened Water

Written by Edward L. Beck

A house on Martha's Vineyard is the setting for this play about Cynthia, a recent widow dealing with her sorrow and an uncertain future; and Richard, a priest who has just lost his mother. At the suggestion of their mutual friend, Sara, Richard moves into Cynthia's house for a quiet retreat. Themes of grief, faith, intimacy and secrets are paramount as these three individuals come to terms with events that have now bound them inextricably together.

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July 12 - July 24, 2014

Playhouse Art Space
Art Space
Squibnocket Pond

ELLEN LIMAN: At the Beach: Vineyard People & Places

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July 17 - August 9, 2014
(Opening night Saturday, July 19)

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage
Paul Clayton

Search: Paul Clayton

A true tale of Love, Folk Music and Betrayal

Written by Larry Mollin
Directed by Randal Myler

This new musical play celebrates the true story in words and song of one of Bob Dylan's first musical mentors. Paul Clayton of New Bedford was the most recorded young folk singer in America when Bobby Zimmerman arrived in 1961 Greenwich Village to begin his career as Bob Dylan. It was Paul who helped open the doors of the folk world to him. From 1961 to 1965 Paul taught Bob the tricks of the trade, while falling helplessly in love with him.

Search: Paul Clayton is for mature audiences only. It is sexually explicit, contains adult language and drug use.

World Premiere
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July 21, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Bill C. Davis

Father-Land

Written by Bill C. Davis

*This performance has been cancelled* After being disowned by his family, the grandson of a recently deceased German doctor arrives in America from Germany with a secret and a passionate request that both moves and enrages the adult son and daughter of a World War II American prisoner of war.

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July 26 - August 7, 2014

Playhouse Art Space
Art Space
Regal Child

LIZ KELNER POZEN: Stories in Paint

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July 28, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Arnie Reisman

Not Constantinople

Written by Arnie Reisman

An elderly couple settles into the Witness Protection Program in a gated community in Boca Raton. The husband unwittingly befriends a hit man with a contract on him. But when the husband develops Alzheimer's, the hit man develops a conscience: why kill a guy who won't know his own name soon? Time to send another hit man - a woman with an MBA.
Yes, this is a dark comedy.

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August 4, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Robert Brustein

Exposed

Written by Robert Brustein

A scorching satire on the extreme political and religious right in our country. Alternating prose, verse, and music, and loosely based on Moliere's Tartuffe, it follows the career of a hypocritical televangelist running for Congress in Texas, and the wealthy entrepreneur eager to finance his campaign and perhaps throw his daughter into the deal as well. Funny, ferocious, and offensive, it is destined to tickle the funny bone and scratch the pious nerve ends.

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August 9 - 21, 2014

Playhouse Art Space
Art Space
Laurie Krasny Brown

LAURIE KRASNY BROWN: Toying at the Playhouse

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August 11, 2014

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Monday Night Specials
Hanoch Levin

Murder

Written by Hanoch Levin
Translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav

Directed by Joann Green Breuer

This morally and ethically complex drama is written by the most prolific and most produced playwright of modern Israel. Levin's theatre art permits no facile judgments among the relationships of Middle East inhabitants and their families. His metaphors can help us see, even as they belie, our conventional explanations. Levin never takes the easy way out of an uneasy situation. MURDER is a prime example of his daring.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.

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August 14 - September 6, 2014
(Opening night Saturday, August 16)

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage
Kansas City Swing

Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

Parental Advisory: This show may not be suitable for anyone under 16

Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan

It's 1947. Jackie Robinson has just integrated American baseball. In his shadow, Satchel Paige and his All Stars gear up to play Bob Feller's All Stars from the majors in a thrilling off-season match-up. Jazz fills the night, baseball the day. And America is about to experience something it's never faced before.

New England Premiere
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August 18, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Halley Feiffer

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City

Written by Halley Feiffer

An unlikely pair of strangers — a twentysomething foul-mouthed comedienne and a world-weary middle-aged tech geek — are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, these two very lost people must negotiate some of life’s heaviest problems — and make some of the world’s more inappropriate jokes — as they learn to laugh through their pain and to lean on each other when all they want to do is run away.

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Tuesday, August 19 at 8:00 PM

Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby
Lobby
Suzzanne Douglas

SUZZANNE DOUGLAS: AN EVENING OF JAZZ

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August 23 - September 6, 2014

Playhouse Art Space
Art Space
Fly

CINDY KANE: Wing to Wing

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August 25, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Rinne Groff

77%

Former title, SCHOONER

Written by Rinne Groff

A play about modern marriage - Eric's wife is out of town closing a big business deal, he just blew his last job, the kids are acting out and his mother-in-law just moved in. Have you ever wanted to sail away?

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September 1, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Avram Ludwig

The Same Boat

Written by Avram Ludwig

With their marriage on the rocks, a wealthy Connecticut couple embarks on their summer sailing vacation to the Vineyard. They are joined by an unexpected crew member - a young bohemian artist/dancer/model/past life regression therapist. High jinks on the high seas abound as husband and wife are seduced and their lives are transformed by their mysterious nautical guest.

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September 12 - 13, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage

King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running: Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast

Written by Bland Simpson and Jim Wann, with Don Dixon and J.L. Mills

King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running: Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast has been performed by the Coastal Cohorts (Don Dixon, Bland Simpson, and Jim Wann) all across North Carolina and the South, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington and in New York City, where its Off-Off-Broadway run was hailed by the New York Post, saying “Carolina fish tale is quite a catch -- a pure, salt-watered delight!”

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July 14, 2014

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Monday Night Specials
Sholem Aleichem

Tevye, Two Daughters, and a Cow

Written by Sholem Aleichem
Translated from the Yiddish by Julius & Frances Butwin

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Broadway opening of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse revisits three of Shalom Aleichem's original tales of Tevye and his family. Here, without spectacle, is the simplicity of the shtetl, the grit and gumption, the struggles, and the joyous loves of a world which is no more.
Joann Green Breuer, devisor, directs several terrific island talents.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.

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