WHAT’s Happening

To our friends and community…

First and foremost, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and in good humor during these challenging times.

 

It’s remarkable how quickly the world can change.  Two weeks ago, we were celebrating the launch of our 2020 season and busy organizing the casts and creative teams for these productions.  Our offices were filled with creative energy and our excitement for the upcoming season continued to grow every day.  But now with an uncertain future those plans must be put on hold as we wait and follow the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.   We are committed to resuming operations when it is deemed safe and in the best interest of our community.  Your health, along with the health of our staff and artists, are our primary concern at this time.

 

One thing we have learned during our tenure is that Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is resilient.  We have the creativity, passion, and drive, along with the extraordinary level of support we feel from our audience, to weather many storms.  And when this storm passes we will be here, ready to welcome you and share stories that uplift humanity, are reflective of our time, and inspire laughter, reflection, and transformation.
Fondly,
Donna R. Ward
Chair, Board of Trustees
Christopher Ostrom
Executive and Artistic Director

WHAT responds to the Coronavirus threat. UPDATED

In accordance with the Governor’s order, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater will be closed until at least April 7, 2020.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate these challenging times.

As the risk of contracting the coronavirus/COVID-19 grows around the world, we recognize that extreme measures are necessary to minimize the spread and protect the most vulnerable in our community.  We recognize that this situation is evolving rapidly, and this could change suddenly.  The health and safety of our staff, audiences, and artists is of the utmost importance to us. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is taking the following precautions for your health and comfort:

  • We have adopted a sanitizing regimen for surfaces throughout the facility and are increasing the frequency and level of cleaning of the public spaces within the theater
  • All seats and armrests are being disinfected prior to and following every performance
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers, disinfecting wipes, and tissues are placed throughout the building
  • Ticket exchange fees will be waived for anyone wishing to exchange to a later performance, including to a future production in the 2020 Season. For exchanges, contact the box office at (508) 349-9428.  We will process your request as quickly as possible
  • All staff and audience members who are not feeling well or are experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to stay home
  • We encourage everyone to follow best hygiene practices regarding hand washing, avoiding face touching, and covering sneezes and coughs
  • Signs regarding proper hygiene practices have been placed in all restrooms of the theater

 

All previously announced events through May 31 are cancelled.  Additional programming updates will be available shortly. We are monitoring this evolving situation closely and will provide updates as they are available. Ticket sales for upcoming events will resume after April 7, 2020.  Ticket holders to any cancelled event can click here for more information.

Our team will continue to implement best practices and CDC recommendations, while staying in close contact with our local health department and colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact us at (508) 349-9428.

Announcing our 2020 Season

Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is thrilled to announce our 2020 Summer Theater Season, featuring five plays performed on the Julie Harris Stage. Performances start June 10 and run through October 18.
The season opens with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Chronicling the demise of a seven-year relationship, and suggested by Pinter’s own infidelity, Betrayal provides an emotionally charged look at the “eternal triangle” of wife, husband, and wife’s lover.
In July, The Who’s Tommy brings the legendary rock album alive with the story of the deaf, dumb, and blind boy who triumphs over adversity.
The story of a former First Lady with Presidential aspirations takes the stage in August with Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton. While the characters and story may sound familiar, rest assured this is not the story you are thinking of. Hnath’s humorous look at marriage and aspiration will ring true regardless of your political persuasion.
On the night before his assassination, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrestles with his legacy and destiny in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. On stage in September, Hall’s dramatic imagining of the final hours of Dr. King’s life offers a moving and insightful portrait of the late civil rights leader.
Uncovering the true cost of success is at the center of Tanya Saracho’s Fade, on stage in October. The story of a young Latinx writer struggling to fit into a predominately white and male-dominated Hollywood studio, Fade offers a humorous and nuanced look at privilege, race, gender, and ambition in the modern age.

 

“This season offers a bold and eclectic mix of productions, that are not only timely but represent the best of the contemporary dramatic imagination.” says Producing Artistic Director Christopher Ostrom. “We start the season with a new look at two modern classics. Pinter’s Betrayal is an incredibly demanding play which requires performers at the top of their game, and will leave audiences breathless. Tommy combines one of the best scores of the last century with a story brimming with humanity to create a unique theatrical experience.” “I am especially excited about the trio of plays from young American playwrights that round out our season. These diverse writers tackle distinctly American topics with a deft hand, and a true mastery of their craft.” says Ostrom.

 

WHAT for Kids! will return this summer with performances in The Larry Phillips Performance Pavilion, and a touring production. Titles and dates will be announced shortly.

 

Betrayal

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Dana Greenfield
Preview Performances: June 10 and 11, 2020
Opening: June 12, 2020; Performances through July 3, 2020
With poetic precision, rich humor and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. Dealing with the “eternal triangle”—wife, husband and the wife’s lover—Pinter, with his customary inventiveness and subtlety, brings new insights to this timeless theme.

 

 

The Who’s Tommy

Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Book by Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend
Additional Music by John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Directed by RJ Tolan
Preview Performances: July 8 and 9, 2020
Opening: July 10, 2020; Performances through July 31, 2020
Based on the 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years as it has evolved from legendary album to iconic film to Broadway sensation.

 

Hillary and Clinton

By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Daisy Walker
Preview Performances: August 5 and 6, 2020
Opening: August 7, 2020; Performances through August 28, 2020
Behind closed doors in a state called New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States. Her husband, Bill, sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything can happen!

 

 

The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall
Preview Performances: September 2 and 3, 2020
Opening: September 4, 2020; Performances through September 25, 2020
After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. retires to room 306 in Memphis’ Lorraine Motel. When a mysterious young woman named Camae delivers room service along with some surprising news, Dr. King is forced to contemplate his legacy and confront his destiny.

 

 

 

Fade

By Tanya Saracho
Directed by Katherine M. Carter
Preview Performances: September 30 and October 1, 2020
Opening: October 2, 2020; Performances through October 18, 2020
When Lucia, a Mexican-born novelist, gets her first TV writing job, she feels a bit out of place on the white male-dominated set. Lucia quickly becomes friends with the only other Latino around, a janitor named Abel. As Abel shares his experiences with Lucia, similar plots begin to find their way into the TV scripts that Lucia writes.

 

 

 

Flex Passes and Subscriptions are now on sale.
Single Tickets will be available starting May 1.

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/2020 Season

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan Opera has announced that the company has canceled the remainder of the 2019–20 season, which was to have ended on May 9, 2020. This includes all performances and Live in HD transmissions. 

 

Met General Manager Peter Gelb said, “As devastating as it is to have to close the Met, this was the rare instance where the show simply couldn’t go on. We send our thanks to our loyal audiences and we’re doing our best to support our employees during this extraordinarily difficult time. We look forward to being reunited in the fall with a new season.”

 

Ticket holders to any remaining broadcasts are encouraged to contact our box office at (508) 349-9428 to apply the value of their tickets toward any future performance at WHAT.  Patrons may also request that the value of their ticket be converted into a tax-deductible donation or request a refund.

 

 

Puccini
Turandot
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
Manon
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

 

Puccini
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

 

Berg
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

 

Handel
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

 

Wagner
Der Fliegende Holländer—New Production
Evgeny Nikitin stars 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
In light of the evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation the Live in HD transmission of Der Fliegende Holländer has been canceled.

 

Puccini
Tosca
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
In light of the evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation the Live in HD transmission of Tosca has been canceled.

 

Donizetti
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
In light of the evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation the Live in HD transmission of Maria Stuarda has been canceled.