WHAT’s Happening

Celebrate WHAT’s 35th Birthday at our Birthday Bash August 4!

Birthday BASH!

Sunday August 4, 2019 5:00-8:00 PM
in the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion

Join us for a backyard birthday party like no other, with live music, festive food and drink, and special entertainment that is sure to surprise and delight.  Plus live and silent auctions to benefit Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

Tickets: $75

 

Am HaYam Havurah Jewish Film Festival August 18-26

WHAT proudly welcomes the return of the Am HaYam Havurah Jewish Film Festival, sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod.

 

AUGUST 18, 7:30 PM

WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY

Documentary (USA, 2019) 1 hr.
Written and Directed by Roberta Grossman (Above and Beyond, producer of Blessed is the Match and Hava Nagila)
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY tells the powerful story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Oyneg Shabes Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived.

 

AUGUST 19, 7:30 PM

THE TOBACCONIST

Germany, 2018 German (with English subtitles)108 minutes
Starring Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Wings of Desire) as Sigmund Freud
Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler
A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.
Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

 

AUGUST 25, 7:30 PM

PROMISE AT DAWN

France, 2017 French (with English subtitles) 131 minutes
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg (Norman, Melancholia) a
Based on the acclaimed autobiographical novel by Romain Gary
From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this epic drama tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times. PROMISE AT DAWN offers a sweeping narrative that chronicles French author, airman and diplomat Roland Gary’s life and his complex relationship with his mother, who drove him to greatness against all odds in a Europe torn by anti- Semitism and war.

 

AUGUST 26, 7:30 PM

REDEMPTION

Directed by Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Israel, 2018 Hebrew (with English subtitles) 104 minutes
Menachem, a former front man for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allows him to reconnect with his secular past. Menachem understands that only a new connection to his past and to his music can pave the road to his own redemption.

 

 

Suede comes to WHAT!

Suede in Concert – Tuesday July 30

NY press says she’s like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler.
She was Joan Rivers’ opening act.  Come see why.

 

Direct from tours including headlining with Melissa Etheridge and Sara McLachlan and playing world renowned clubs like NYC’s Birdland and 54 Below; San Francisco’s Feinstein’s; Washington DC’s Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center and  Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club, appearing as guest vocalist with the acclaimed DIVA Jazz Orchestra on festival stages (Newport!) and more – as well as multiple benefits for great causes and having the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers’ opening act, Suede is the real deal (said Joan) and is thrilled to debut at WHAT with New England favorites Fred Boyle on piano and Rich Hill on bass!

 

The Boston Globe says she’s“Wicked exciting!”

 

NYT says “A spectacular evening of song and style. “
“Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation.”

 

“A great voice, even better enthusiasm, almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences, that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete.” -Steppin’ Out Arts, NY

 

And from Suede’s audience the ever colorful Bea Arthur exclaimed:
“Thank you for the most f#!ing incredible night of my life in an audience!
You are f#!ing to DIE for!”

 

Suede in Concert
Tuesday July 30, 2019
8:00 PM
Tickets $30 and $50

Let’s Dance!

Dancing Under the Stars

A festive evening in support of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Sunday July 14 in the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion

 

Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing under the stars.  Featuring music from the Abbott/Fried Quintet, performances by the championship dancers of Todos Dance School, plus dance instruction to get everyone on their feet and onto the dance floor!

 

 

Dancing Under the Stars
Sunday July 14, 6:00 PM in the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion
Tickets: $75

Cape Dance Festival presents The Wondertwins

On Sunday July 28 we welcome the Cape Dance Festival to the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion with a free performance by The Wondertwins.

 

Celebrating 40 years as dance professionals, Billy and Bobby McClain, aka The Wondertwins, perform with the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of Cotton Club glory days, the flash of Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime. The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own, using an eclectic soundtrack, ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and poetry from Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Alonzo King and more.  The Wondertwins offer a kaleidoscopic view of African-American entertainment traditions.

 

They have worked for over 20 years as educators in the Boston public schools, and spend summers as the directors of Project RISE, an educational summer program for 150 inner-city students in Braintree, MA. The duo uses high energy street dance as a platform to educate their audiences about the history of hip hop with motivational stories of successes and failures in life and dance.

 

Cape Dance Festival, now in its 7th season, presents world-class dance artists to residents and visitors on the Cape. Their mission has an educational and altruistic component that this amazing event will satisfy in the deepest sense.

 

The Wondertwins

presented by the Cape Dance Festival
Sunday July 28, 11:00 AM
in the Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion
FREE

reservations recommended

Season Subscriptions now on sale.

Subscriptions to our 2019 season are now on sale.  Subscribers enjoy great discounts, early access to tickets, and fee-free purchases.  You won’t want to miss one minute of this very special season.

 

EARLY BIRD SUBSCRIPTION

For a limited time, see all 5 shows this summer for only $100!

 

FIRST LOOK SUBSCRIPTION

Be a part of our early audiences and save 20% at preview performances.

 

5 OR 10 TICKET FLEX-PASS

With a flex pass you’ll enjoy great savings and the most flexibility throughout the season.  Flex Pass tickets can be redeemed in any combination, see all 5 shows or bring your entire family to one performance.  Plus free exchanges should your plans change.

Announcing our 2019 Season

We are thrilled to announce our 2019 Summer Theater Season.

This year we celebrate the 35th anniversary of our founding and the adventurous spirit that united 6 theater artists to create Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, inspiring generations of theater-goers and theater artists here on the Outer Cape and beyond.  We are proud to offer these 5 unique plays, some truly special events, plus expanded offerings for the whole family.
Continuing our legacy for producing adventurous contemporary work, we open our season with David Mamet’s Race, a profound (and profane) exploration of the intersection of racial and gender politics featuring Mamet’s signature razor-sharp dialogue.  Opening in July, Murder for Two is a musical murder mystery full of invention and humor.  Featuring a cast of two, who not only portray 13 characters but also accompany themselves on the piano, you won’t want to miss this tuneful homage to the classic whodunnit.
Two scientists, driven by fear and fame, are pushed to their limits when tasked with embalming former Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin. Based on a true story of deception, scientific achievement and bitter betrayal, Lenin’s Embalmers is both a rollicking comedy and an epic tragedy.
Our season returns to where we began in 1985 with Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece Rhinoceros.  This cautionary tale about the lure of fascism feels especially befitting in our age.  Directed by Daisy Walker, daughter of WHAT founder Dan Walker, we are proud to offer this tribute to the founders of WHAT and their vision that has inspired us for 35 years.  As a complement to Rhinoceros we offer Orson’s Shadow,  performed in repertory with a shared cast.  The absurdity of Ionesco’s play is no match for the absurdity behind the scenes when Hollywood giant Orson Welles directs Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros’ UK premiere.  Based on true events, Orson’s Shadow is a sharp and witty play that proves that the drama is not always confined to the stage.
We are thrilled to expand our family offerings in The Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion.  WHAT for Kids returns for its 18th year with Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted from Roald Dahl’s beloved book.  New this summer we welcome P.I.E. Story Theatre, interactive story telling for young audiences.  Don’t be surprised to see P.I.E. Story Theatre popping up around the Outer Cape this summer.  Thanks to some very generous support we’ll be offering this program for FREE all summer long throughout the community.
Flex Pass subscription will be available starting March 18, with single tickets going on sale May 1.  And we still have a few surprises to share.  Be sure to visit what.org to stay up-to-date on all of our programming this summer.