Eventide Arts is a 501(c)3 independent organization that presents plays, concerts, lectures, and mixed media events to promote the understanding of social diversity, music, dance, and the art of playwriting and songwriting.
“It's an ambitious undertaking for Eventide Arts of Dennis, but then taking on ambitious projects is something the company enjoys doing. Just do a quick check of the list of some of its previous works – Master Class, Death of a Salesman, Watch on the Rhine, Amadeus, and The Laramie Project, to name only a few – and it's clear Eventide Arts isn't much interested in sinking its teeth into fluff.”
--John Watters, The Barnstable Patriot, reviewing Eventide’s 2010 production of Arcadia
Eventide Arts, Inc. has sponsored issue-oriented cultural events and performances by local artists since former Dennis Union Church (DUC) music director, Noel Tipton, founded the group in 1998. His goal was to bring concerts, plays and arts-related lectures to Dennis using the performance space, the Gertrude Lawrence Stage, at the DUC fellowship hall. The Gertrude Lawrence Stage, Eventide’s home, was built and named in 1954 in memory of famed stage actress Gertrude Lawrence. Lawrence, wife to Richard Aldrich, a producer/director of the Dennis Playhouse, lived in Dennis when not performing and was active around town and at the DUC.
Eventide Arts has since become separate in all respects from the church as an incorporated non-profit artistic company. The Company maintains a close relationship with and is indebted to the DUC for allowing it to use the space. Eventide Arts has, over the years, upgraded the stage curtains, the lighting and sound systems and recently teamed up with the DUC to purchase comfortable upholstered armchairs for the Fellowship Hall/Gertrude Lawrence Stage performances.
Eventide Arts produces three full stage productions per season, along with two concerts or performances by “Voices of Cape Cod” and sponsors a songwriting and playwriting contest. The songwriting contest features a performance and the playwriting contest features two staged readings.
The Company is committed to producing thought-provoking theatre and entertainment that will stir and engage the community. Eventide’s growing reputation for producing high quality entertainment has brought thousands of people, Cape-wide and beyond, to watch and participate in outstanding community theatre