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2012 What Theater Summer Season
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2012 WHAT Theater Summer Season

Playing on the Julie Harris Stage

2357 Rt. 6

Newly named Artistic Director, Dan Lombardo, announced the 2012 WHAT Theater summer mainstage season today. The season of 4 plays and one musical - including two World Premieres and one American Premiere - continues the tradition of excellence and adventurous  theater for which WHAT is nationally known and respected.

"We will continue to present professional quality theater to our audiences and provide an alternative theater experience not found elsewhere in the region, and make sure the summer theater season remains at the core of the WHAT mission," said Bruce Bierhans, WHAT CEO and board co-chair.

"We are proud to produce a full season of amazing theater that entertains as well provokes our audiences," said Mark Hough, Executive Director.

The WHAT 2012 Season offerings are:  

References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot

by Jose Rivera

Directed by Dan Lombardo

Previews May 24, 25. Opens May 26, Closes June 9A (sur)real play about testing the limits of love. References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot tells the story of the erratic life of an army wife who has been estranged from her soldier husband. Their ideals push them apart in this comic drama that puts the two worlds of fantasy vs. reality to the test. WHAT will continue its association with the young, inspiring Boston actors of TC Squared, former students of the Boston Arts Academy.

The Consequences (a musical)

by Nathan Leigh and Kyle Jarrow

World Premiere

Directed by Kel Haney

Previews June 14, 15, Open,

June 16 Close, July 7

A bittersweet rock and roll love story about roads not taken and dreams not followed. A winking deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre, it explores themes of fate, choice, and the difficulty of knowing one's own heart. Developed at WHAT Lab by WHAT's own

Nathan Leigh and Obie Award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow.

Saving Kitty by Marisa Smith

World Premiere

Previews, July 12, 13 Open, July 14, Close July 28.

Kitty, an up-and-coming TV journalist, brings her hunky evangelical Christian boyfriend home to her Upper Eastside parents with

volcanic results. This family comedy plays out against the backdrop of potential war in the Middle East, radical Islamists in Turkey, and Kitty's mom trying to find a burka that flatters her youthful


Hysteria: Or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis by Terry Johnson

Directed by Todd Olsen

Co-production with American Stage

Theater, St. Petersburg, FL (transfers there in September)

Previews August 2, 3. Open, August 4. Close August 25

Jessica, one of Freud's earliest "cases," returns to haunt the psychoanalyst but finds Salvador Dali hiding in the cupboard. A "wild, weird and funny, serious, compassionate and shocking, blasphemous and reverential, intellectual and frivolous, a factual fantasy, a demented farce..." (The New York Times).


by WHAT founder and Wellfleet resident Kevin Rice

American Premiere

Directed by Daisy Walker

Previews, August 30, 31. Open September 1 Close, September 22

Freely adapted from Ivan Goncharov's novel, Oblomov springs from the conflict of Oblomov who can hardly see a reason to get out of bed in the morning until a friend introduces him to an ambitious and captivating young singer, Olga. It's an epic struggle that moves back and forth from Oblomov's idyllic dream world to the more earthly haunts --- and delights --- of the ravishing Olga. A very funny take on a classic story.

Subscriptions are available this season for $125 for all five plays and are available for sale by calling 508.349.WHAT or by visiting

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