Cape Playhouse Welcomes New Artistic Director

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Topics: Local Theater , Local History , local artist

Cape Playhouse's new Artistic Director David Elliott.

          The Cape Cod Center for the Arts (CCCA), which owns and operates the historic Cape Playhouse in Dennis, has named Tony Award-winning producer David Elliott as its new artistic director. Elliott will take over for Michael Rader.
          Elliott brings a wealth of experience to his new position.
For the past 15 years he has served as co-director of Perry Street Theatricals, an award-winning theatrical producing and general management company in New York City. For over 30 years he has produced, directed, and managed nearly 75 productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on U.S. and international tours and in London's West End.
          Elliott
arrives from New York with a lifelong connection to Cape Cod, including summer memories from high school and college working summer jobs in Chatham. More recently, he has spent a great deal of time on the Cape with his wife and her family, and in fact spent the greater part of the pandemic on the Cape with them in Sandwich.
          Elliott said that he is 
thrilled by the privilege to serve as the artistic steward of the oldest continually operating summer theater in America. 
          “When I saw the opportunity to apply to be the next artistic director at such a historical and important theater, I was delighted about the possibility of being a more ‘permanent’ part of things here,” Elliott said.
          During his many years of experience as a producer, director and general manager, Elliott said he has had the privilege of working with many wonderful actors and designers, and partnered with brilliant directors and music directors, choreographers, casting directors and producers. 
          As he has worn a few different hats, “I have the vocabulary, both artistically and more 'practically' to speak to both artists and technicians,” Elliott said. “As a general manager, where, in its simplest definition, one is responsible for the 'business of show business,' I understand the many facets of what it takes to bring a show successfully into production. Candidly, I know what it takes to ‘put on a show.’ I will bring that to the role of the Artistic Director at the Playhouse.”
          This year, the Cape Playhouse, founded in 1927, will celebrate its 96th season. For the long-awaited 2022 season, the Playhouse will present what was planned for the 2020 season, starting with the musical “Grease” (May 26 to June 18),Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” (June 22 to July 2), “Always Patsy Cline” (July 6 to 16), “God of Carnage” (July 20 to 30), “An American in Paris” (Aug. 3 to 13), and Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” (Aug. 17 to 27). 
          Elliott looks forward to reopening the Cape Playhouse's doors and getting to know the community in Dennis.
          “As the Cape Playhouse has been such a large part of its Dennis for nearly 100 years,” Elliott said, “it will be my very real pleasure to be a part of it and continue the legacy of making the Cape Playhouse a destination for great theater.”