Arts on the Quad
Pack your picnic baskets, blankets, and lawn chairs – the Arts on the Quad outdoor performance series is returning to Mystic Seaport this summer! Starting July 12, the series will feature a different performance on Wednesday evenings during July and August on the McGraw Quad.
Arts on the Quad 2017 will include favorites such as Flock Theatre and Salt Marsh Opera, and several groups who are new to the series. Come enjoy opera, Shakespeare, live music and more while the sun sets on the beautiful grounds of Mystic Seaport. A cash bar and snacks will be available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnics (please note that guests are not permitted to bring in alcoholic beverages). New this year is the Thompson Exhibition Building Deck, which will offer featured seating.
All performances are rain or shine. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved under cover and seating will be provided.
2017 Performance Schedule
July 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Rockspring is a high-energy string band from New Hampshire that has quickly gained a strong following in the New England region. Combining original songwriting with eclectic cover choices, Rockspring puts on an incredibly entertaining show. Blending bluegrass, rock and various other influences, Rockspring appeals to bluegrass fans, as well as pop, rock, alternative folk and country fans. $18 Members / $20 Non-members
July 19, 6:30-8:45 p.m.: Flock Theatre was founded in 1989 as one of the most adventurous classical theater companies in New England. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, Moliere and Sophocles, or more modern classics such as Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck and Oscar Wilde, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative and educational theater. Flock Theatre returns to Arts on the Quad this season to perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest, an epic tale of shipwreck and magic. $18 Members / $20 Non-members.Child care available (extra cost).
July 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Rock & Soul Revue Specializing in Motown, Swing, Pop, Latin, and Rock, Rock and Soul Revue is a local eight-piece dance and party band that has played venues from the Omni Parker House in Boston to the Academy of Science in New York City to the giant fireworks production hosted by the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise. Four vocalists, two accomplished keyboardists, two drummers/percussionists and a rhythm section keep the groove going! $18 Members / $20 Non-members
August 2, 6:30-8 p.m.: M Shanghai M Shanghai is a Brooklyn-based folk collective, named after the Asian bistro in Williamsburg that hosted the band’s monthly residency from 2002 through 2009. M Shanghai’s legendary concerts are known for their unbridled joy, raucous energy and intimate subtlety. With an adventurous take on Americana, the “M” are not easily classified; they emphasize distinctive songwriting while retaining the immediacy of classic American roots music: “timeless Americana with a Rock & Roll soul.” Their fifth album “Bedlam” was co-produced by multiple Grammy winner Damon Whittemore and released in May 2016. $18 Members / $20 Non-members
August 9, 6:30-8:15 p.m.: Salt Marsh Opera Heroes, villains, intrigue, comedy and cliffhangers, entwined with glorious singing and music by beloved masters like Mozart, Puccini and Strauss. A duo and accompanist straight from Salt Marsh Opera’s main stage productions present an evening of well-known arias, duets, and show tunes. Based in Stonington, Connecticut, Salt Marsh Opera has been bringing first-class productions to this area since 2000.
$20 Members / $25 Non-members. Child care available (extra cost).
August 16, 6:30-8 p.m.: The Guthrie Brothers present Scarborough Fair: A Simon & Garfunkel Experience The Guthrie Brothers delight audiences as they take their listeners on a journey of one of the world’s most recognized folk rock duos, Simon and Garfunkel. Through songs, stories and trivia, Jeb and Jock blend their rich voices together to weave an enjoyable tapestry that leaves every audience member smiling… and singing along. From their mesmerizing rendition of “Sound of Silence,” to their playful version of “Cecilia,” prepare to fall in love again with the music of Simon and Garfunkel. $20 Members / $25 Non-members
August 23, 6:30-8:45 p.m.: Flock Theatre – Richard II Founded in 1989, Flock Theatre is one the most adventurous classical theatre companies in New England. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, Moliere and Sophocles, or more modern classics such as Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck and Oscar Wilde, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative and educational theatre. Flock Theatre returns to Arts on the Quad to perform Shakespeare’s Richard II, the first play in a series of four plays that chronicles the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne. $18 Members / $20 Non-members. Child care available (extra cost).