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WHAT presents THIN MAN THURSDAYS Virtual Film Series, hosted by Marc Strauss

In six films over 13 years, from 1934 – 1947, the Depression-era fantasy leisure-class married couple Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta, their Wire Fox Terrier) drank a lot, flirted with each other and solved crimes together. The films star William Powell and Myrna Loy, and a host of MGM’s finest character actors, in comedy-mystery B movies that were given snappy dialogue and absurd plots that came complete with tricky murders to solve.

Host Marc Strauss will give a short Intro and background of each film at 7 pm on Zoom, then show the movie (watch via Zoom, online, or on your own DVD), and return afterwards for discussion and Q & A with everyone. (Please check the times below to gauge approximate discussion time.)


June 18, 2020—7 pm: The Thin Man(1934; 1 hour, 33 minutes)—Template for the series, William Powell and Myrna Loy play the debonair (and often a bit tipsy) “retired” private investigator and his charming, strong-willed wife in the title roles of an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s 1932 mystery novel.


June 25, 2020—7 pm: After the Thin Man(1936; 1 hour, 53 minutes)—Delightful second entry finds the urbane Charles’s in San Francisco and, when not inordinately inebriated, investigating murder charges brought against Loy’s unstable cousin. Slightly overlong but first rate, with a truly surprising culprit.


July 2, 2020—7 pm: Another Thin Man(1939; 1 hour, 45 minutes)—Murder strikes at a Long Island estate and the screen’s favorite lush-detective couple (along with Asta and newborn son, Nick, Jr.) move in to solve it.


July 9, 2020—7 pm: Shadow of the Thin Man(1941; 1 hour, 37 minutes)—Nick and Nora probe murder at a race track and run into the usual assortment of shady characters, notable for famed future acting teacher Stella Adler in a rare film role. Look fast for Ava Gardner walking by a car at a race track.


July 16, 2020—7 pm; The Thin Man Goes Home(1944; 1 hour, 40 minutes)—Nick takes the family on a vacation to Sycamore Springs to visit his parents, but naturally winds up embroiled in a murder case. Leisurely entry, with even more comedy than usual.


July 23, 2020—7 pm; Song of the Thin Man(1947; 1 hour, 26 minutes)—Nick and Nora search for clues to a murder in the dark atmosphere of New York City jazz clubs. Eleven-year-old Dean Stockwell portrays Nick, Jr., in this sixth and final series entry, still amiable and entertaining thanks to the stars’ chemistry.


Virtual Tickets available here.

(Zoom link will be sent to purchasers prior to June 18)


Jennifer Day One Woman Show to benefit WHAT

Jennifer Day’s paintings bring the viewer to an almost surreal step into the ocean. The Addison Art Gallery is pleased to virtually present her first Cape Cod show and, for every work purchased June 7 through June 14, will make a donation to Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Shipping within the continental U.S. is free. Additionally, each collector will receive two complimentary tickets to a 2021 WHAT performance.

Having spent every summer of her life on the edge of Cape Cod Bay, Day’s reach is never far from the ocean, literally and figuratively. Like most artists, she has made art from the beginning, whether prints, illustrations, miniature furniture, and more recently, scale models of primitive industries. Yet she has always come back to painting, and to water.

Day was educated at Bowdoin College, the University of Lancaster, England, and Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She earned her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 under the mentorship of Neil Welliver. Day has taught art and cultural studies at St. George’s School, Newport, RI, at Philips Academy, Andover, MA, and as an assistant professor at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.

Major exhibitions include Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, Cotuit Center for the Arts, and Agora Gallery, New York City. Her work is collected as far east as Venice, Italy, as far west as California, and in many states in between.

Day’s request that her show support WHAT aligns with the Addison Art Gallery’s strong commitment to the health and enrichment of our community.

Click here to view the show.



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.
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 May 4, 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 May 4, 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.