Young Playwrights Festival: O’Neil Theater

O'Neil Theater 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford

Each year, a cohort of young playwrights is invited to spend a weekend at the O'Neill with a dedicated creative team to help them develop their short plays. Students receive a rigorous exploration of their work guided by professional artists as well as a script-in-hand public reading of their new play. Reserve free or pay-what-you-can tickets HERE. For more information

Sasha Velour’s Big Reveal Live Show! at The Bushnell Theater

Bushnell Theater 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford

Audiences will laugh, cry, and witness an artist at the “top of her game” (Paper). A new guest will also join Sasha in each city. The Big Reveal Live Show! toured the US and Canada earlier this year to enthusiastic sold-out crowds and hits Europe and the UK this Fall. Of the upcoming US dates of the tour, Velour says, “I can’t wait to reach new audiences in US with this show. This show has so much new drag that I’m proud of and I can’t wait to share this show around the country!” The Big Reveal Live Show! follows the publication of The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag, Sasha's first book which was called “a rousing tribute to a revolutionary art form and its practitioners (Publishers Weekly). Throughout the show, Sasha embodies core themes from the book ultimately revealing drag to be not only powerfully entertaining but also as a way to transform the world for the better.   For more information

$49 – $167

Ada Twist, Scientist & Friends: Children’s Musical at The Garde

Garde Arts Center 325 State Street, New London

Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist’s curiosity can lead her to solve any problem. A fun musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math). Recommended Grade Levels: K – 4th Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies Themes: Resilience, Creative Problem Solving, Teamwork, Friendship, School, Collaboration, Science, Engineering, Architecture For more information

$12

New Haven Ballet: Beauty and the Beast at The Schubert

Shubert Theater 247 College Street, New Haven

Beauty and the Beast, with music by various composers, choreography by Lisa Kim Sanborn, and performed by New Haven Ballet School students. We invite you to experience this fully restaged popular romantic story featuring all your favorite characters, including Belle, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Gaston, and the Beast. This fantastic ballet features professional, larger-than-life sets and beautiful costumes. It reminds us that true beauty is defined by the kindness we carry inside our hearts and not what the world may see as a beautiful exterior. Premiered at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on May 19, 2018. Paquita, Grand Pas Classique, with music composed by Ludwig Minkus, choreography after Marius Petipa, and performed by the New Haven Ballet Company, composed of advanced-level students.   For more information

$30 – $70

Theater: AMM(I)GONE at Long Wharf

Yale Theater and Performance Studies Blackbox 53 Wall St, New Haven

MAY 28 – JUN 23, 2024 Creator and performer Adil Mansoor brings us on his deeply personal journey to translate and adapt the play Antigone with his Ammi (his mother). Despite the deep love between them, their relationship is strained – Ammi struggles to accept Adil’s queerness and turns towards her faith in an attempt to save her son in the afterlife. Adil turns to an ancient Greek theatrical text to break the silence between them. Amm(i)gone asks: How do you choose between love and faith? What is lost (or gained) in translation, and what transcends language itself? Through Greek tragedy, teachings from the Quran, and audio conversations in Urdu and English, Mansoor creates a theatrical blend of lecture and personal story about locating love across faith. For more information

Free – $49

STOMP at The Schubert

Shubert Theater 247 College Street, New Haven

May 31 - June 1, 2024 STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.   For more information

$58 – $105

Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical: Children’s Musical at The Garde

Garde Arts Center 325 State Street, New London

Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog have started an epic club to teach 21 rambunctious baby frogs how to make their own comics! Their fishy father Flippy is overjoyed that his kids will learn to unleash their creativity, but when the frogs’ constant bickering and outrageous imaginations send their comics comically off the rails, Flippy flips out! Will the club survive? Will the frogs ever get along? And will creativity finally save the day? All will be answered in this madcap musical based on Dav Pilkey’s irreverently hilarious book series. This hilarious musical adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man spin-off series, Cat Kid Comic Club, is written by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander – the team that brought you DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL! Recommended Grade Levels: 1st – 5th Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature Based, Music, Social Emotional Learning Themes: Perseverance, Confidence, Creativity, Friendship, Imagination For more information

$12

Elektra at Madison Lyric Stage

Madison Lyric Stage 581 Boston Post Rd, Madison

June 7-9, 2024 In Richard Strauss’ masterpiece, inspired by the Greek tragedy of Sophocles, Elektra has just witnessed the murder of her father, King Agamemnon by her own mother. Now that she knows her mother’s hands are bloody, Elektra is hellbent on vengeance – but when her brother returns from exile to carry out her wishes, Elektra’s obsession for revenge pushes her fractured family to the brink of destruction. Elektra is 100 minutes of action-packed, “fasten your seatbelt” opera, from its dramatic, harrowing music to its hair-raising finale. For more information

$55

Nunsense at Niantic Bay Playhouse

Niantic Bay Playhouse 279 Main Street, Niantic

June 7- June 23 The show follows five nuns who are trying to raise money to bury their dearly departed sisters. With so many personalities in one room, comedic chaos is sure to ensue. This musical is an absolute crowd-pleaser, and we can't wait to share it with you. Reserve your tickets now before they sell out! For more information

$35

Anne Cubberly’s Giant Puppets: New Haven Green

New Haven Green Temple Street, New Haven

June 14-29, 2024 Experience the whimsical magic of Anne Cubberly’s Giant Puppets as they roam the Green and Downtown New Haven! These colossal, colorful creations are more than just puppets—they’re vibrant reflections of our essence and the boundless spirit within us all. Don’t let their size intimidate you; instead, seek them out and bask in the awe- inspiring wonder they evoke. For more information

Speakeasy Choir at United Theater : Join a singing ensemble for the night

United Theater 5 Canal St, Westerly, RI

This program is presented in partnership between The United Theatre and the Chorus of Westerly. In essence, Speakeasy Choir is a one night choir open to anyone. Guests will join a singing ensemble for the night and will learn a song with harmonies. At the end of the night, a grand performance of all guests will commence with support from the UNITED House Band (made up of instructors of the The UNITED Music School and other local musicians from Southeastern CT and Rhode Island).   All tickets include one specialty cocktail (virgin version also available). This month we will be learning and performing the song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye! For more information

$20

The National Puppetry Conference: Puppetry Performance: O’Neil Theater

O'Neil Theater 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 | 7:00PM SATURDAY, JUNE 15 | 7:00PM The National Puppetry Conference provides a crucial meeting and creating ground for master artisans to pass their craft and ingenuity to new artists in the field of puppetry. Each June, participants gather from across the globe to create works that defy the bounds of contemporary theater and the imagination. The Conference concludes in the beautiful Dina Merrill Theater and Rose Barn Theater with two public performances of an extraordinary mix of devised work from throughout the Conference, featuring guest artists, artists-in-residence, and a vast array of performance styles. For more information

$33