February 14 || 7:30pm
Two Souls become aware that they are stuck in the mundane metronome of everyday life. They had lost their color and spark; they had been broken. By listening to a mysterious Voice, each is given the opportunity to make themselves whole. Join us this Valentines Day on a whimsical and romantic journey of tap dance, original and live music, body percussion, poetry and contemporary dance as we discover how to renew ourselves at Touché Taps’ Soul Surgery.
Tickets $12 General Admission, available online or at 603-433-4472.
Satchmo at the Waldorf | January 22 - February 14
Showtimes: Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 8:00, Saturdays 2:00 and 8:00, Sundays 2:00.
March 1971. Backstage at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Louis Armstrong, the greatest trumpet player in the world, sits in his dressing room trying to pull himself together following his celebrated performance. Because as long as they clap, Louis will go out there and play. His mind wanders through the amazing journey of his life and his complex relationship with his manager Joe Glaser.
Join Seacoast Rep for an intimate look at one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen, directed by Jeremy Abram and starring Lawrence E. Street as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Joe Glaser.
Jeremy Abram, a veteran performer in Seacoast musicals Ain't Misbehavin', The Full Monty and Chicago, will be returning to Portsmouth from his home in New York to make his Seacoast directing debut.
New Orleans-born Abram said he was inspired by Armstrong's character in portraying him for the 2012 off-Broadway musical Louis Armstrong: Jazz Ambassador. With the Seacoast production of Satchmo at the Waldorf, Abram will be able to convey his interpretation of the legend in a dramatic setting.
"It's a more dramatic piece. It has comedy, and people will learn something about someone that they probably thought they knew everything about," Abram said.
The critically acclaimed Satchmo at the Waldorf was written by Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout and it premiered in 2011. The story takes place after a 1971 Armstrong performance at New York's Waldorf Hotel, shortly before his death. Armstrong is weary and unwinding in his dressing room after what turned out to be his last show. As he begins to speak, the production takes the audience through Armstrong's life, with musical interludes recalling milestones on his artistic journey.
The horn player and singer spent early years in a youth home and in the Storyville red-light district of New Orleans. He matured as a jazz musician along the Mississippi River, in Chicago, and finally New York.
"There was a man who lived a very full life, who was so joyful because he understood for himself where he came from, and the journey from Storyville New Orleans to the world stages, from orphanages to playing for presidents -- that was gratitude," Street said.
The play shows turbulence and hurt behind Armstrong's charismatic public face, and explores themes that linger in American society. "There are so many moments in this play where the writer has created a space where Louis Armstrong can tell his side of the story in relation to his race, in relation to what he felt like he was doing for jazz, what he felt like he was doing for African Americans," Street said. "There are several really beautiful moments where this writer just writes in this hurt, this feeling of being misunderstood."
Satchmo at the Waldorf contains strong language.
Tickets are available online, or through our box office at 603.433.4472.
On January 8th, Boston Comedy Festival returns to The Rep. Join us for a night of stand up comedy featuring some of Boston's best comedians.
Tickets can be purchased through our box office or website.
Jody has been a three-time contestant in the Boston Comedy Festival and Finalist in the Funniest Comic in New Hampshire Contest. Impishly perverse, her style is thoughtful, yet edgy; touching on age, divorce, and being raised by wolves. She’ll have you convinced that in the darkest corners of truth is comedy.
Al Park has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. In just the past year, he won both the Boston Comedy Festival and the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. He has also been a featured performer at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.
Stephen Bjork is a polished veteran of the highly competitive Boston comedy scene with crisscrossing tours of the country under his belt. His material is intelligent; sometimes absurd, and always accessible, but first and foremost it is funny.
Need something to do during February break? Why not spend it on the stage? The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts vacation camps are structured just like our acclaimed PAPA Summer Day Camps but during February and April school vacations, so the fun can continue year round. Each one-week session culminates in a fully-staged, mini-theatrical performance, open to the public! Our first session is open for registration, so get in while the gettings good!
Tuesday December 15th 8pm
Calling all Muggles! Enjoy an evening of improv comedy starring the Seacoast Rep resident improv troupe, Stranger Than Fiction, including an improvised glimpse at the lives of the first generation of students to attend Hogwarts after the Second Wizarding War with Voldemort.
This full costume, improvised comedy play takes place only months after J.K. Rowling’s brief epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in which Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus, boarded the train for Hogwarts for the very first time. All aboard!
Tickets are available here, or by calling our Box Office at 603-433-4472.
Eat It Up!: Food Talks
Monday, November 23
Time: 6PM Dinner, 7:30PM Show (Block Six Bar and Lounge open at 6pm for everyone)
$75 for Dinner & Show / $12 Show only ($10 tickets will be available at the door for service industry workers, pending availability)
(10% discount offered on each ticket price to 3S and Seacoast Repertory Theater members)
Eat it Up!: Food Talks, The hit food-focused talk series makes its way to 3S Artspace for a new season of culinary chit-chat.
Eat it Up! began last year at Seacoast Rep as an vehicle for chefs and other food producers to engage with the public in an honest and intimate way. For each show, the guest determines the format, whether it be a lecture, an interview, a demonstration, or a combination of those. Host Brian Kelly acts as interviewer, stage manager, and emcee.
First up on the chopping block is Chefs Collaborative board member and Black Trumpet owner and executive chef Evan Mallett, who will be talking about the challenges of trying to fix a broken food system while dealing with the seemingly exponential increase in Portsmouth-area restaurants, balancing family life, wrestling with language, writing a book in small gaps of spare time, and growing old behind the stove.
Each event will begin with a three-course dinner at 6pm. A special menu will be created by the featured speaker in collaboration with the Block Six kitchen, led by Chef Sam Ostrow. In addition to the pre-show dinner, this year will also see the introduction of a unique musical component. Portsmouth-based musician Nathan Groth will DJ during the dinner hour, infusing his set with live samples of sounds from the kitchen.
A limited number of tickets for dinner and the show are available for $75 per person, and $70 for 3S and Seacoast Repertory Theatre members.
Tickets are available here!