WHAT’s Happening

Season Subscriptions now on sale.

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



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



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



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.

Encore presentation of La Fille du Régiment scheduled for Saturday April 20

If last Saturday’s storm prevented you from attending the live broadcast of La Fille du Régiment from the Metropolitan Opera, you’ll have a chance to catch it on April 20!  The intrepid opera lovers who braved the storm raved about the performances from Pretty Yende, Stephanie Blythe, Javier Camarena, and Kathleen Turner in Donizetti’s comic delight.


Ticket holders can present their tickets from March 2 on April 20.  If you were unable to attend last weekend and cannot attend in April please contact the box office.


The Last Bay Scallop?

The Sea Change Film and Discussion Series continues on Saturday March 16 with the film The Last Bay Scallop?


The waters off Nantucket island support the last viable bay scallop commercial fishery on the east coast. But scientists estimate that it could fade into history within a decade. What will be lost in off-season economy and the island culture that grew up around the scallop fishery, if that dire prediction comes true? Can the town and local scientists repair the harbor’s water quality and save the bay scallop?
The Last Bay Scallop? began with the dual ideas of capturing a slice of island culture and exploring the environmental problems in the harbor that might mean the end of that culture. It ended with the premise that the larger island community must work together if the last commercially viable bay scallop fishery on the east coast is to be saved.
Nantucket resident and documentarian John Stanton examines the declining sea scallop harvest threatening Nantucket’s bay scallop fishery. Environmental factors have spread this problem throughout the East Coast and, even in decline, Nantucket remains the last commercially viable scallop fishery. Beyond the industry that’s at stake, Stanton profiles the vital communities of fishermen who are being impacted.


The Sea Change Film and Discussion Series is presented in collaboration with Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and WCAI.



Saturday March 16, 2019
7:00 PM

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.