2019 Season

Our 40th Season will be marked by a collection of original works, classical works and, of course, the fast-paced comedy of Panto! Join us for free outdoor theater in Maudslay State Park and downtown Newburyport, as well as the community-wide fundraisers that help support the arts and arts education for all. 


Women’s Herstory Month: Lost Songs

In collaboration with the Firehouse Center for the Arts and the Actors Studio of Newburyport, Season 40 will kick off on March 2nd, 2019 with a one night only revival of our two Greek tragedy productions: Antigone and Medea. We will present the poetry and movement of these two pieces to celebrate the start of Women’s History Month at the Firehouse Center for the Arts of March 2nd, 2019 at 8pm.

See Performance Calendar for March date.

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The Tempest

One of William Shakespeare’s final masterpieces, The Tempest comes to Maudslay State Park in July and August of 2019. This production is free and open to the public.

See Performance Calendar for dates in July and August.



For the fifth consecutive year Theater in the Open is thrilled to delve into the imagination of Edgar Allen Poe. Join us for this season’s otherworldly stories and poetry. Space is extremely limited, so please reserve your seat early.

Visit Performance Calendar for September dates in Newburyport and a limited October run in Salem.

Click here for tickets in NEWBURYPORT.

Click here for tickets in SALEM.


Poetry Out Loud Semifinals: Newburyport

This year we are proud to be partnering with the Education Department at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston to host the first ever Newburyport Semi-Final of Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest developed to engage students with poetry. Now in its 14th year in Massachusetts, the program is expanding to the North Shore, and we are thrilled to act as the hosts for the 20 semi-finalists and their guests.

This event is free and open to the public.

See Performance Calendar for March date.


Circus Smirkus

Circus Smirkus will take us to the Carnaval on August 2nd and 3rd, in our annual fundraiser for Theater in the Open.

Visit smirkus.org for tickets.


Maudslay is Haunted

Our annual haunting of Maudslay State Park is a celebration of the slightly spooky and seriously silly. Join us for this all-ages haunted walk through the Park. A perfect way to spend a perfect day, and this critical fundraiser supports TITO’s work year-round.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 19-20 (rain date, Oct. 27)

Visit Performance Calendar for details.

Click here for a copy of the Trail Map.


A Peter pan Panto!

All your favorite panto pals are back this spring for A Peter Pan Panto! Pirates, fairies, and Lost Boys abound in this whimsically goofy take on the J.M. Barrie classic!
This production is free and open to the public.
See Calendar for performance dates.


Julius Caesar Staged Reading

A one night only reading of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Julius Caesar. Performed at the Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury, our friends from the Ipswich Ale Brewery will be selling pints for $6 to benefit Theater in the Open.

Meet the cast here.


A christmas Carol Panto!

Bah, humbug! Theater in the Open celebrates the holiday season with this Dickens classic, presented in true TITO style. So be prepared for anything to happen!

Visit Performance Calendar for dates in December.

thank you to our season underwriters

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Director-Level Sponsors:

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thank you to our CIRCLE OF FRIENDs

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