WHAT’s Happening

Environmental Film Series Kicks off Eighth Season at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

On Saturday, February 15 from 7–9 PM, Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and WCAI Radio present Sea Change, an environmental film and discussion series, now in its eighth year.


The series opens with Snowy Owl: Queen of the North, featured on the PBS program Nature. The documentary provides an intimate view of these enigmatic birds and the many challenges they face as they attempt to raise their young under harsh Arctic conditions. The film will be followed by a discussion with Mass Audubon’s Norm Smith, a Snowy Owl researcher since 1981 known for his work relocating and tagging “snowies” that occasionally turn up on the runways of Boston’s Logan Airport. Wellfleet Bay naturalist Joel Wagner will discuss where Snowy Owls can be found on the Cape in late winter and how to view them safely. A host from WCAI, the Cape and Islands’ NPR station, will moderate the discussion.


The series continues on Saturday, March 21 from 7–9 PM with The Serengeti Rules, the story of the scientists whose research helped develop the ecological concept of keystone species and the crucial role it plays in wildlife conservation and biodiversity. Post-film panelists include Wellfleet Bay science coordinator Mark Faherty, marine ecologist Agnes Mittermayr of Center for Coastal Studies, and Cape Cod National Seashore ecologist Bob Cook.


On Saturday, April 25 from 7–9 PM, the series concludes with Damsels and Dragons, a beautifully photographed film that reveals the lives of colorful dragonflies and damselflies. Afterwards, the discussion will feature Blair Nikula, an expert on the damselflies and dragonflies of Massachusetts, Wellfleet Bay naturalist James Sweeney, and odonate monitor Janet Sisterson.

We’re partnering with the Wellfleet Rec Department!

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater and the Wellfleet Recreation Department are partnering to showcase the wealth of talent in our community with a Community-Wide Production this spring!


Performances: March 27 & 28 and April 3 & 4, 2020 at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater


We are looking for actors and musicians of all ages and backgrounds for a live production (title to be determined).  It may be one play, or a series of short plays.


We want to hear from you!  Are you eager to perform?  Do you have an idea for a great play?


Come to our information session at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM.


To express your interest in participating contact the Wellfleet Recreation Department at 508-349-0314
or email Becky.Rosenberg@wellfleet-ma.gov

The Photography of Ernestine Ruben

How can our imaginations take on ‘real life’ qualities? Does light move, can the eye go beyond that which one sees? Do we feel the flow of life? In their entirety, my works offer a continuing reflection on human survival. I seek to make us aware of the sensuous character of body, spirit, nature, space, and material – of the interpenetration of the unnumbered dimensions of our environment and of the intersection of those dimensions in human life.” – Ernestine Ruben


Ernestine Ruben lives and works in New York City and is an internationally known artist, who grew up surrounded by art and artists. She received degrees in the History of Art and Art Education, and has taught art to all ages for many years as well as creating a mentor group and has participated in many critiques.
She has photographed the human body with great emphasis on the human hand and applies her love of life to landscapes and architecture. Of great importance to her is the reference to human life and it’s interaction with our complexity of environments.
She has devoted her career to applying photographic concepts to other art forms with extensive experimentation and variety. After beginning with body images in silver, she expanded to fusing photography with dance performances, sculpture, glass, architectural mobiles, fashion, and papermaking. She also worked in old processes often combining them with new digital technology. Ruben continues to seek new directions and is currently studying the relationships between architectural construction, space, sound, and the visual image.
Her work is in many private and public collections including the University museums of Princeton, Stanford, Michigan, and the University of the Arts. It is also included in the Art Museums of Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit as well as the Museum of Modern Art, the Maison Europeene de la Photographie and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. She has had recent solo exhibitions and retrospectives in many museums and galleries. Her work has recently been featured at Photofest in Houston and Les Rencontres Internationales in Arles. Other collections include Merrill Lynch, Mercedes Benz, Princeton Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Archives. She is a recipient of the New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship.
Her work is a subject of eight monographs and can be found in many other publications. The latest book, “In Human Touch”, won the award for the best photography book of 2002 by the International Publishers Association.
James Steward, Director of the Princeton University Museum of Art recently wrote, “Ruben’s images inscribe themselves as amongst the most powerful and possibly the most enduring works of late 20th century photography.”


The Photography of Ernestine Ruben

On Exhibit in the Upper Lobby through October 2019
Opening Reception Friday September 6, 6:30 PM

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/2020 Season

Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the company. Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as the unknown prince vying for her love.
Saturday October 12, 2019 at 12:55 PM


Massenet’s tale of passion, excess, and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role. Tenor Michael Fabiano is her ardent admirer, Chevalier des Grieux, with Maurizio Benini conducting Laurent Pelly’s enchanting production.
Saturday October 26, 2019 at 12:55 PM


Madama Butterfly
Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton, baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.
Saturday November 9, 2019 at 12:55 PM


Philip Glass
Akhnaten—Met Premiere
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.
Saturday November 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM


Wozzeck—New Production
Berg’s 20th-century shocker stars baritone Peter Mattei in the title role, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium and soprano Elza van den Heever as the long-suffering Marie. Groundbreaking visual artist and director William Kentridge unveils a bold new staging set in an apocalyptic wasteland.
Saturday January 11, 2020 at 12:55 PM


The Gershwins’
Porgy and Bess—New Production
The Gershwins’ modern American masterpiece has its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in the title roles. Director James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants.
Saturday February 1, 2020 at 12:55 PM


Agrippina—Met Premiere
As the imperious title empress, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the Met premiere of Handel’s tale of deception and deceit. Harry Bicket conducts Sir David McVicar’s wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating.
Saturday February 29, 2020 at 12:55 PM


Der Fliegende Holländer—New Production
Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork.
Saturday March 14, 2020 at 12:55 PM


Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her 16th Live in HD transmission, taking on the soaring title diva of Puccini’s grand melodrama. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s evocative production, with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover, Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia.
Saturday April 11, 2020 at 12:55 PM


Maria Stuarda
A pseudo-historical opera about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her bitter rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, Donizetti’s drama thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of history’s most formidable monarchs, with Maurizio Benini conducting.
Saturday May 9, 2020 at 12:55 PM