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New Classics’ new season begins Friday

The New Classics Company will again be in residence at the Guyer Art Barn in downtown Hyannis this summer, with two main productions, a special events series, and staged readings during July and August. The season kicks off Friday with an original “Star Wars”-inspired piece.

Last year's George Lucas play inspired a 2015 "Star Wars"-inspired script for New Classics Company.

The theater company was founded in 2013 by Cape Cod native Matt Kohler, Brett Burkhardt and Justin Jay Gray. This is New Classics’ second residency with the HyArts Cultural District. Beyond its two main shows, events will include staged readings, movie screenings, a 24-hour play festival, and special original performance from company founders.

In addition, New Classics’ in house improv comedy troupe will host free weekly performances, as well as multiple improv workshops this summer.

New Classics’ MainStage Series will begin with “Laugh It Up Fuzzball: New Classics Presents ‘A New Hope!” developed by the company co-founders from last summer’s “I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This: A Tribute to George Lucas.” This year’s performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, July 10-11 and 9 p.m. Saturday. These and all shows will be staged at the Guyer Barn, 250 South St.

The second show, running July 16-26,  will be the world premiere of Kohler’s family show “Alex Comes Clean,” which tells the story of one young girl’s struggle with cleaning her room. The final summer show, running Aug. 6-22, will be “Alice,” writer/director Greg Parker’s new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice Liddell stories.

New Classics newest member, Aisha Stewart, will curate the special-event series of free entertainment for the whole family. The schedule currently include: free staged readings of plays: on Monday, “Aries,” by Brett Burkhardt; July 20, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You; and Aug. 19, “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” There will also be screenings of family movies (Aug. 2, “The Princess Bride”; Aug. 16, “Home Alone”); a 24-hour play festival July 31-Aug. 1; and improv shows at 9 p.m. Fridays.

All the theater-related activities are part of a long list of events and happenings in downtown Hyannis for the summer. More information on New Classics’

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