Meetinghouse Theatre Lab: Out of the Hat! You Can't Take it With You

Meetinghouse Theatre Lab


November 18, 2017 - 12:00 pm


November 18, 2017 - 8:30 pm


Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor   View map


On-Going Theatre , Theatre

November 18:

“You Can’t Take it With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

A comedy for a cast of 9 men and 7 women 93 men extras). At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.

We will have many, many parts so please come and read with us.

We start rehearsal at noon, share a potluck, and that evening we perform for the audience!  All are welcome to participate.  If you are interested in participating in the production either as an actor, techie, director, or lighting contact Cynthia Thayer at 963-7771 or


Coming soon

November 18:  You Can’t Take it With You by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

December 16 Downeast Carol by Mark Puglisi

January 20 Winner of the MHTL’s Maine Playwright’s Award

February 17:  Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play by Lauren Wilson

March 17 Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

April 21:  Selections from Twilight Zone produced by Rod Serling

May 18, 19, 20:  Spring Production to be announced

About Meetinghouse Theatre Lab
The Meetinghouse Theatre Lab is dedicated to creating an ensemble of performance artists who come together to excite the senses, push the limits, and transform the definition of create with the aim of growing as performers and enriching the humanity of all involved.


Since 2003 the Theatre Lab has presented readings, staged readings, and full productions, both classic and contemporary, that challenge accepted social norms and values, question reality, break down the “fourth wall”, explore the notion of “truth”. It is dedicated to creating a yearly ensemble of performance artists who come together to excite the senses, push the limits, and explore the definition of “create” with the aim of growing as performers and enriching the humanity of all involved.

Out of the Hat! 

What’s “Out of the Hat!”? It’s a fresh, compact production with a rehearsal time of one day, 7 hours, performed that same night. The play, the director, the cast are all picked “out of the hat” so to speak — this makes it fresh and exciting for all!

It goes like so … we gather at noon to read the chosen play — many of us for the first time. After a first read, the director for the play retires to cast the show. Once done, the group works to put the play on its feet with the result being an outstanding and very fresh performance at 7pm.

Come to read and play at 12pm or come to watch at 7pm.

Interested in reading? We would love to have you! To read, you will need yourself, writing utensils, blacks, a potluck, energy and a penchant for fun. Please message Meetinghouse Theatre Lab or email Cynthia at if you would like to be a part of the day’s production to make sure there is room.

Join us in the audience and spread the word to your friends, too! Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted 🙂

Our “Out of the Hat!” readings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month from November through June, so be sure to save the dates on your calendar.

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