The HYArts district nurtures and celebrates the creativity and talent of established and emerging Cape Cod artists.

Guyer Barn


On stage this week:  Greater Tuna - A hilarious fringe classic, this brilliant satire of country life finds two actors portraying an array of oddballs and characters in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas.

250 South Street, Hyannis.

Adjacent to Barnstable Town Hall parking lot, the Barn is accessible from Hyannis Main Street, through the Public Parking lot access, right after JFK Museum and before Hyannis Public Library. 

The Guyer Barn is a showcase for emerging and established local artists in a wide variety of genres. It is a community art space – a working artist studio and professional artist gallery supporting and promoting the arts where visitors gather year round to enjoy changing exhibitions, classes and workshops and performances.  The Center is part of the HyArts campus of town owned properties-which includes Sarah Holl Artspace at 46 Pearl Street and Gallery Artrio and Bass River Pottery at 50 Pearl.   50 Pearl was once a residential home and has a rich history as a gathering place for local artists.  Playwrights and poets congregated at the home for lively readings and original Vernon B. Coleman murals decorate the basement walls.   CURRENT HOURS:  The barn is open various hours, year round.  You will always find the doors open when artists are busy working, or for classes and workshops.  Other hours by chance and always by appointment.  

 This summer, the New Classics Company has taken up residence at the Guyer Barn, 250 South Street, Hyannis.

A brand new, nomadic theatre company, the New Classics Company was founded in 2013 by Cape Cod native Matt Kohler, Brett Burkhardt, and Justin Jay Gray. This year, they are presenting three main stage productions, a staged reading series, open mic nights, poetry readings, improv performances, concerts, and workshops.

They begin with children’s theatre, Georgie’s Full Swing. From writer, director, and co-founder Matt Kohler, comes the tale of Georgie Stevens, a young sixth grader intent on achieving playground greatness by swinging over the top of the swing set. They will follow this production, with Greater Tuna, a hilarious fringe classic from Joe Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard. This hysterical satire of small town values focuses on the eccentric residents of Tuna, Texas, all performed by co-founder Brett Burkhardt and special guest HJ Pierce.

Finally, they will close their season with an original comedy entitled I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This: A Tribute to George Lucas. Written by and starring co-founders Matt Kohler, Brett Burkhardt, and Justin Jay Gray, this hilarious world premiere focuses on three friends attempting to create the ultimate tribute video to the cinematic genius, responsible for such hits as Indiana Jones and Star Wars.

In addition, they will be presenting a number of free special events, such as open mic nights, poetry readings, concerts, workshops, improv nights, and more. To learn more about New Classics, reserve a ticket, discover their ever evolving schedule of special events, or to get involved, visit them online a www.newclassicscompany.org, or contact them at newclassicscompany@gmail.com.

Georgie’s Full Swing will be presented from July 17th-19th & 24th-26th at 7pm, and July 19th-20th & 26th at 2pm.

Greater Tuna will be presented from July 31st-August 2nd & 7th-9th at 8pm, and August 3rd & 10th at 5pm.

I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This: A Tribute to George Lucas will be presented from August 21st-23rd & 28th-30th at 7pm, as well as August 23rd & 30th at 2pm, and August 24th & 30th at 5pm.

 Admission is $10 and advanced reservations are encouraged.

Email: newclassicscompany@gmail.com
Website: newclassicscompany.org

From writer, director, and New cLassics Company co-founder Matt Kohler, comes the tale of Georgie Stevens, a young sixth grader intent on achieving playground greatness by swinging over the top of the swing set. Shows at 7PM July 17-19, 24-26 Matinees at 2PM July 19 and 26 All tickets $10. A show for all ages!  Devoted to the reinvigoration of arts in America, the New Classics Company prides itself on producing revitalized and reimagined classic works, as well workshopping brand new plays from staged reading all the way to full production. In addition, New Classics prides itself on its commitment to communication between art forms, seeking to create a large network of artists across a vast range of disciplines. In addition to theatre, New Classics is working to produce works of music, fiction, poetry, and more.


Volunteers Needed!

Do you have time to spare during the week? Why not  surround yourself with art and help keep the arts alive in the community! The Hyannis Harbor Arts Center is looking for volunteers to help man the gallery.   Any amount of time is appreciated!  For more information or to volunteer contact barn@hyartsdistrict.com!


BUILDING HISTORY:

The Guyer Barn, was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, was built in 1865 by Captain Sidney Crowell and is a typical example of early wood frame construction. Arthur Guyer, a pharmacist for whom it was later named, acquired the barn at the turn of 20th century. The barn has had a number of owners and uses over the years.   In 1959, the Town of Barnstable acquired the building, but it was not until 1986 that the Board of Selectmen approved the use of the building as a gallery thanks to the efforts of Pat Curcio and Shirley Blair Flyyn.  Pat who served as director of the Barn for many years, was an accomplished artist and champion of the arts.  Both she and Shirley worked tirelessly to support local artists.  A studio/workshop was added to the barn to be used as classroom space.      

Click here to see a 1928 newsletter "The Log" published by the Hyanis Rotary Club about Arthur G. Guyer!