It’s “Secret Shakespeare”!!!

The Desultory Theatre Club will present a “Secret Shakespeare” production of the romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 25 and 26 at 6pm and 8 pm at Whiting Mills Artist Studios, 100 Whiting Street in Winsted, CT.

“’Secret Shakespeare’ is a unique and immersive event.

Within the iconic Whiting Mills, a Victorian New England mill-turned-arts-community along the Still River, theatergoers will explore the bard’s beloved masterpiece. Deconstructed, re-interpreted and put back together in different spaces throughout this amazing venue, “tour guides” will lead audiences on a journey, transporting each audience member into a land shaped by Shakespeare’s text and visualized in new ways by an all-star cast involving five performance arts groups.

The award winning Backyard Theatre Ensemble (of Cheshire and Thomaston) will be directed by Lucia Dressel who was recently was named “Best Director” in the 2017 OnStage Theatre Awards for her work on “The Diary of Anne Frank” in Thomaston.

The popular puppet crew, Elmwood Productions from Bristol, will present a special interpretation under the direction of Rick Passmore.

Shipwreck Theatre Company was formed from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College and will be directed by Guilford’s Ashley Malafronte.

Sova Theater of Ridgefield, CT is under the direction of the dancer, puppeteer and director Adelka Polak who is an artist in residence at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

Keith Paul, co-executive Director of this “Secret Shakespeare” production, will direct actors of the Desultory Theatre Club.

Those in attendance will also enjoy the tasty treats of some of Connecticut’s culinary masters including Amanda Bakes of Morris, CT; Good Company Coffee House of Torrington, CT; BMack’s Snack Attack of Norfolk, CT; and First Act Bakery of Torrington, CT.

Tickets are $20.00. Due to the special nature of this event, limited tickets are available; ordering tickets in advance is strongly recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at:

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This project was made possible with the support of a Regional Initiative Grant, a program of the CT Office of the Arts/DECD, administered by the NW CT Arts Council.s




We’re once again teaming up with those crazy kids from Circus Delecti as they tackle some of their favorite movies!  It’s a love story, a tragedy and a dramatic car chase all rolled up in one crazy show!

Join us as your circus favorites invade the Sea Tea Improv Theater and tackle a bunch of crazy movies mashed up with some pretty entertaining sideshow scenarios!  Stunts!  Magic!  Comedy!  And More!  An evening of entertainment that’ll be sure to keep you laughing and making ouchy faces!

$12 cover, doors at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm promptly!

Purchase your tickets today at

Founded in 2002, Circus Delecti is CT’s premiere and only sideshow/stunt show! Providing a wide variety of entertainment including… Belly-dancing, Glass Eating, Glass Walking, and Bed of Nails, Magic and more! Take a walk on the wild side and they’ll give you their red carpet treatment!SideshowvCinemaPOSTER

Beauty in Chaos: Inside the Artists Mind

We are proud to be joining up with some very passionate and talented folks on this next project!  And it’s a wonderful benefit for Wigs for Tots!

Join us for this special 6th Annual Avant Garde Show presented by Ashley Stone.

“Inside the Artist’s Mind: Beauty In Chaos”

This show is inspired by the creativity of the talented folks at Beauty Entourage, and will showcase many other local artists that range from performers, singers, painters, make up artists, hair stylists, and more! If you have ever been to their shows before, it is a unique event with a new theme and location each year! This years venue is the beautiful Hartford City Hall! If you haven’t attended, this will be the best one yet!

A regular ticket includes show admission and the VIP Ticket includes premium seating, 2 drink tickets, 10 raffle tickets, and a swag bag.  There will also be a Cash Bar and hors d’oeuvres included at the cocktail hour.

Vendors and artists will continue to be added as they join us in the CHAOS over the next few months!  Keep track at their Facebook event here:

Tickets can be purchased at:

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The Return of the WHAM City Comedy!

It’s the Return of The WHAM City Comedy Tour!!

Man, we just love these crazy kids and we are super excited to be teaming up with the Sea Tea Comedy Theater crew to bring them to you for a Special Early Monday Night Show!! I know you’re thinking… MONDAY?!? But yes! Don’t miss out! And they will be joined by opener, Lorelei Ramirez for this show!

Wham City Comedy is Ben O’Brien, Alan Resnick and Robby Rackleff, a comedy & video collective based in Baltimore known for their bizarre viral videos and absurdist performances. They have created a series of infomercials for Adult Swim including “Unedited Footage of a Bear”, “Live Forever As You Are Now” and most recently “This House Has People In It”. You can also catch them on IFC’s Comedy Web Series, “The Mirror”!

For this special 7pm show, Tickets are $10 and will be available online in a few days at!



Are you ready for some Shakespeare?!?

This is a call to all performance artists!  It’s a unique Shakespearean performance opportunity!  The Desultory Theatre Club will present a “Secret Shakespeare” performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in August 2017 in an alternative performance space, Whiting Mills Artist Collective, Winsted, CT.  We invite performance artists of all backgrounds to submit proposals to stage a portion.

Selected artists will be able to provide a “finished” product to be viewed mid-June for preliminary review by The Desultory Theatre Club’s production staff for this event.  The final finished piece you have been assigned will then be moved into the performance space leading up to our tech rehearsal and will be part of a flowing interpretation that will take place all over our assigned venue.

Think minimum tech and max DIY artistic imagination!  Selected artists will provide all needed lights, sound, sets, etc. for their final performances.  Although if there is something specific that artists need for their production, the DTC production staff will work with artists to explore solutions to meeting those needs.  Once in the final venue, a lockable space will be provided to keep safe any reasonably sized items of value.

Artists that are accepted will then be assigned portion of the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that they will be responsible for producing a finished product that will be moved into the performance space the week of the show for a Tech Rehearsal and 2 performances.

Performances:  Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26 in the evening

Tech Rehearsal:  Thursday, August 24 in the evening

Proposals will be evaluated for artistic approach to the material and innovative ideas, to be explored more fully with DTC upon acceptance. Scenes to be discussed and assigned, once all performers have been selected.

Proposals should include

  • Why you are interested in working on this project, and this particular play
  • Description of an example scene from the paly and how you would stage it
  • What production elements you anticipate using, and, of those, what you could provide and what you would need provided to you

DEADLINE:  February 28th.

Send all proposals to Keith Paul, The Desultory Theatre Club’s Artistic Director at

Time to kick off our 7th Season!!

And we couldn’t be happier than to bring back one of our favorite groups,Pocket Vinyl, by bringing them to a new venue, The Studio run by the lovely Ginger Grant in Bristol, CT!!

Pocket Vinyl has been at it since 2010, and they have played over 600 shows, released 4 proper albums, 2 EPs, invented the world’s first MP, created hundreds of new art collectors nationwide, made over 12 kinds of t-shirts, and have generally been very busy.

They like to think that they’re nice people, and they would love for you to come to a show sometime.

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Never been to The Studio? Well, it is literally a place to create. A great space to sit and chill with like minded artists and work on your creations. Always offering new events and great atmosphere!

Check out their Facebook pages, check out the other cool things they have to offer and most importantly show some support by giving them a LIKE!!

This is an 8 PM SHOW with Door Opening at 7:30!

Tickets available at the door.  Suggested Donation $7-10.  Nobody will be turned away.
(Keep in mind that all donations go to the Venue and Pocket Vinyl!  Support local!)

BYOB Friendly! (Responsibly!)

Drive safe and we’ll see you wonderful people at the show!

Holiday TV Comedy Spectacular!?!

What will happen when the cameras start rolling on…

The Hardcore Holiday TV Show Comedy Spectacular!?!?!

The Hardcore Holiday TV Show Comedy Spectacular!

Join us for a show not quite like any others this holiday season! It’s a Live Holiday TV Variety Show! Hosted by our very own Keith Paul and that rapscallion of vinyl, DJ Zerp! It’s looking a lot like an evening of some Humbugs and Holiday Cheer as special guests, Dot Mitzvah, Marvin C. Pittman, Laura the Luscious, Adam Parisi, and D’Andrea Knox stop by and warm themselves by the studio fire! You can expect some dance breaks, surprises and games throughout the evening that are sure to give you that “special feeling” inside. So be prepared for Singing, Dancing, Magic, Refreshments and Laughter!!

And don’t forget the Comedy, as 3 of New England’s Hottest Comics will be invading to do short sets throughout the evening! It’s “The Hardcore Holiday Comic Spotlight!” featuring Andrew Morgan, Mel V and Darren Sechrist!!

And if we’re really lucky we can expect a visit from SANTA?!?

Join us at the ridiculously awesome and Award Winning Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes and have a blast! It’s a little sweet! It’s a little Salty! But one thing’s for sure…. this evening is totally HARDCORE For the Holidaze! (And I hear they’re making donuts now!!)

This is NOT an all ages show! Please note 21 and over only. BYOB. Tickets $15.00 at the Door.

Doors open at 7:30!
Cameras start rolling at 8!!

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes
20 Main Street
Oakville, CT 06779
Truck: 203-768-0200
Bakery: 860-417-6660