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The Arctic Playhouse
Daydream Theater Company
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Address 117 Washington St.
West Warwick, Rhode Island
United States
Type Community theater
Capacity 90
Opened 2014
Years active 4

Coordinates: 41°42′13″N 71°31′35″W / 41.70361°N 71.52639°W / 41.70361; -71.52639 The Arctic Playhouse is a non-profit theater in West Warwick, Rhode Island. It is currently housed in a storefront in the village of Arctic, Rhode Island.


The Arctic Playhouse evolved the ‘Daydream Theater Company’ that was founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 2002. In 2014, Daydream Theater Company was looking for a new, larger location. A venue was secured in Arctic Village, West Warwick. This location became home to The Arctic Playhouse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The theater contributes to the revival of this formerly vibrant mill village and is theater as is should be.


New Arctic Playhouse
New Home of The Arctic Playhouse

TAP has acquired the former Maxine's Department Store, which will be the new home of The Arctic Playhouse, following a $1.5-million renovation that will give the theater company room to grow. “At the current location, the playhouse has 90 seats. At 1249 Main Street, it will have over 200 seats”, said board member Lloyd Felix.

TAP Cabaret Stage
Executive Producer Jim Belanger welcomes Cabaret Host Ida Zecco

The new facility is divided into a main theater with balcony seating and a cabaret stage for smaller, more intimate, audiences. Long time supporter Ida Zecco hosted the first Cabaret Club on April 30, 2019 with Jim Rice on piano and guest artist John Abernathy. Another regular supporting artist, Lon Cerel, followed on May 3 with his Thief of Thoughts performance.


2019-20 Season

  • Visiting Mr. Green (Jeff Baron) dir. Sandy Cerel
  • All My Sons (Arthur Miller) dir. Tony Annicone

2018-19 Season

  • Steel Magnolias (Robert Harling) dir. Ida Zecco
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - The Musical (Robert Fulghum and Ernie Zulia) dir. Diane Lupo
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett) dir. Rachel Hanauer
  • Breaking Legs (Tom Dulack) dir. Hen Zannini and Fred Davison
  • Who's Calling? (Rachel Hanauer) dir. Rachel Hanauer and Chelsea Swan
  • A Life in the Theatre (David Mamet) dir. Tony Annicone
  • A Christmas Carol the Musical (Charles Dickens) Original Score By Philip Martorella dir. John Martorella
  • Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Neil Simon) dir. Tony Annicone
  • Lost in Yonkers (Neil Simon) dir. Christian O'Brien

2017-18 Season

  • Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) dir. Rachel Hanauer
  • 13 Rue de l'Amour (Georges Feydeau) dir. Christian O'Brien
  • MISGIVINGS: A “Divine” Comedy of Belly laughs, Blessings, Blarney & Bingo (Dave Kane) dir. Dave Kane
  • TWO ONE ACT PLAYS! The Actor's Nightmare & Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Christopher Durang) dir. Chris Plonka
  • A Christmas Carol – A Live Radio Play (Charles Dickens), Adapted by Kevin Connors, Joe Landry dir. Christian O'Brien
  • I LOVE… WHAT’S HIS NAME? Directed and performed by Rachel Hanauer and the Newport Arts Collaborative
  • Tuesdays and Other Plays (William Donnelly) dir. William Donnelly
  • On Golden Pond (Ernest Thompson) dir. Sandy Cerel
  • The Odd Couple (Neil Simon) dir. John Faiola

2016-17 Season

  • Butterflies Are Free (Leonard Gershe) dir. Tony Annicone
  • The Dining Room (A. R. Gurney) dir. Sandy Cerel
  • Barry Weintraub: LEGACY (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Lenny Schwartz
  • Goodbye & Hurry Back (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Jennifer Rich
  • Mrs. Mannerly (Jeffrey Hatcher) dir. Mary Beth Luzitano
  • I Hate Hamlet (Paul Rudnick) dir. Christian O’Brien
  • Carol’s Christmas (Shannon McCloud) dir. Dave McCloud
  • Matt & Ben (Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers)
  • Ben Minus Zoe Minus Ben (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Lenny Schwartz
  • Einstein & the Polar Bear (Tom Griffin) dir. Sandy Cerel

2015-16 Season

  • The Social Avenger (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Lenny Schwartz
  • Mac…Beth (Stephen Nani & Shannon McLoud) dir. Stephen Nani
  • My Husband’s Wild Desires (John Tobias) dir. John Faiola
  • Carol’s Christmas (Shannon McCloud) dir. Dave McCloud
  • Late, A Cowboy Song (Sarah Ruhl) dir. Kelli Noonan
  • Our Distance Between Stars (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Lenny Schwartz
  • Human Nature (Christopher Ferreira) dir. Christopher Ferreira

2014–15 Season

  • Crystal Romance (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Lenny Schwartz
  • Co-Creator (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Lenny Schwartz
  • The Man who Saw Snoopy (Lenny Schwartz) dir. Lenny Schwartz
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