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University Theatre
Cabaret
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb
 
Directed by David Little and Andre Garner
Music Directed by Beth Truitt
Choreographed by Megan Farley
Orchestra Conducted by Cara Chowning
 
University Theatre
  • April 19-20, 23-27 at 7:30 pm
  • April 21 at 2:30 pm
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome… to Cabaret, Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical about British nightclub singer Sally Bowles, American writer Cliff Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin. With mounting fear and uncertainty outside, the bawdy Emcee lures you into the world of the Kit Kat Club where your troubles are left at the door.


CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

Past Shows

Little Women

By Kate Hamill

Adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Directed by Veronica Santoyo

University Theatre

  • September 14-16, 20-23 at 7:30 pm
  • September 17 at 2:30 pm

Jo March, a headstrong woman, is determined to one day be a great American novelist. As she and her sisters grow up in the middle of the Civil War, they strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women. But each must negotiate her private ambitions with society’s expectations. In a world defined by gender, class, and personal tragedy, experience the story of the March sisters, four dreamers destined to be imperfect little women.

LITTLE WOMEN is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. (www.dramatists.com)

The Prom
Book & Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
 
Book by Bob Martin
 
Music by Matthew Sklar
 

Based on the original concept by Jack Viertel

Directed by Tony Clements
 
Musical Direction by Johnna Tavianini
 
Choreography by Beverly Bautista
 
University Theatre
  • November 3, 8-11 at 7:30 pm
  • November 4 at 8:00 pm
  • November 5 at 2:30 pm
Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage, so when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny.
 
THE PROM is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com
TAP!

Choreographed by Anne Beck and Gaby Garza

University Theatre

  • December 7-9 at 7:30 pm
  • December 10 at 2:30 pm

Tap dance comes to life in University Theatre as faculty member Anne Beck and senior musical theatre student Gaby Garza create a concert filled with some of our favorite tap shows. This concert is sure to make everyone feel the urge to "dance their troubles away" as they head into the holiday break!

The Unexpected Guest

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Karen Kessler

University Theatre

  • February 9-10, 13-16 at 7:30 pm
  • February 10-11 at 2:30 pm

A stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. The woman’s dazed confession is anything but convincing, and the unexpected guest decides to help. As the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.

The Unexpected Guest” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Looking Back | Moving Forward

Choreographed by Bev Bautista, Anne Beck, Sidra Bell, Lisa Carter, Audra Sokol, and Susan Koper

University Theatre

  • March 15-16, 18 at 7:30 pm
  • March 17 at 2:30 pm

Please join the Department of Theatre and Dance, as we celebrate the history of dance in University Theatre by reliving some of our finest performances and choreography from the past 35 years.

2024 New Works Festival: March 17 - April 7
All events in the 2024 New Works Festival are free and open to the public. All performances are in Strother Theatre unless otherwise noted. 

Sunday, March 17

4:00 p.m.
A Procedural by Matthew Reeder
On a seemingly ordinary evening, a nameless couple prepares for bed. What begins as a series of playful, roleplay-like interrogations slowly transforms into an uncanny investigation into the strangeness of longtime intimacy. Loosely structured as an imagined police procedural, the play explores the sublime, absurd and painful experiences of sharing a life and a narrative with another human being, and how to make sense of that shared narrative when one of those human beings is suddenly and inexplicably removed from it.

7:30 p.m.
The Ball States by guest artist Alice Tuan
Enbee is a newbie to our realm and must navigate the unfamiliar territory of the different Ball States, which include sport, sex, and fancy dress dance. On this day before the Big Game, a mysterious note offers a huge sum of money to cancel the Big Game and instead throw a Mudita Ball. Chaos ensues and Enbee tries to understand what the hell is going on.

Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Short Play Series
Bad dates, sarcastic fairies, a run-in with Joe Biden, and so much more. These student-written short plays will surprise you at every turn.

Thursday slate of plays:
Spirit Hole by Amy Birge
Project Vie by Jodi Lee
Loss of Angelica by Anna Muir
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but My Thoughts Are Out to Get Me by Olivia Roussel
Chad and Brad's Spooky Adventure by Amy Birge, Matthew Ferge, Ana Henderson, Sam Lewis, and Madison Young
Friday slate of plays:
Listening In by Emma Mercedes
The Cost by K Dottery
Out of Love by Richelle Amburgy
I Will Be Perfect by Peyton Kistler
Off Duty Joe by Kate Dille

Monday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Naomi Brand by Karen Kessler TW: conversations regarding sexual assault
Naomi Brand is a good student at a good university somewhere in America. Naomi goes to the police and Title IX to report a rape by a classmate. Naomi is offered support, but what she wants is justice. In a he said/she said world, Naomi’s attempt to find justice is complicated.

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Theophobia by Maximo Powell TW: suicide, sexual assault, murder, homophobia, religious trauma
Pastor's son and quarterback Christian is dating Virginal Eve, yet he has a weird violent obsession with openly gay Zach. Zach's best friends, inquisitive Ryan and pushy Clarissa, pressure him to end the relationship. Mystery, sex, violence, teenage angst, and corn play out in this queer midwestern horror.

Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Out of the Blue by Jacob Stumpf
Out of the Blue is a stirring and emotional journey set in a north, midwestern town. Jonah, a high school senior, navigates the complexities of love, friendship, and identity. Amidst the struggles of senior year, Jonah forms a bond with Ezekiel, leading to a powerful exploration of self-discovery and acceptance. However, their relationship is challenged by societal expectations and personal conflicts, culminating in a poignant exploration of the costs of being true to oneself in a world that may not always understand.

Friday, March 29 7:30 p.m.
Puck in Places He Shouldn't Be by Kade Wereley-Bross
Every play follows a script, so that the show goes the same every night. That is until Puck decides that he is bored. Why should he have to sit around backstage and wait when he could be out traveling the world. So, join him as he steps off of his page and into everyone else’s. Puck In Places He Shouldn’t Be combines a love of classical Shakespeare with more experimental theatre that will have you not only agreeing with Puck on the ridiculousness of the Bard, but giving your own two cents as well.

Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity by Eva Patton
Trinity follows an American family in the home of an evangelical preacher as they respond to the social and political events of their lives in diametrically opposed ways. As the play unfolds, exposed secrets threaten to tear apart a family previously united in their religious beliefs and moral absolutism. Can love and respect prevail in a relationship when each person holds beliefs the other finds unconscionable?

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Happy Trigger created by Nihan Yesil, written by guest artist Diego Sosa
In the aftermath of the prolonged quarantine, our protagonist, Alex, is informed by her employer that they are resuming office operations after the weekend. Initially receiving this news with composure, Alex's inner musings reveal the tumultuous emotional landscape she navigates. Waves of anxiety engulf her, prompting her to find solace in the comforting embrace of a Tigger plush toy, a tender gesture she repeats until serenity is restored. Supported by an elaborate sound design throughout as an integral part of the narrative, the play explores possibilities in sound design, blending music and noise, humor and horror, meditation and sensory overload.

Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 p.m. – Brown Family Amphitheater (Bring a blanket and a lawn chair!)
A Golden Curve of Light by Jennifer Blackmer
In 1869, famed astronomer Maria Mitchell led a party of Vassar Female College students from New York to Iowa for what would become the most exciting three minutes of their lives. As Muncie anticipates our own once-in-a-lifetime celestial event, we invite you to go back in time and meet the indomitable Maria, as she and her students make history as the first all-female team to scientifically observe a total solar eclipse.

A Golden Curve of Light is presented in partnership with Minnetrista Cultural Center.

 

Past Shows

Language of Angels

By Naomi Iizuka

Directed by Matthew Reeder

Strother Theatre

  • October 13-14, 17-21 at 7:30 pm
  • October 15 at 2:30 pm

An eerie cycle of ghost stories, set in the cave country of North Carolina. After a young girl is lost in a cave on the edge of town, there is a Rashomon-like investigation of her disappearance and the fate of those who survive her.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

Gloria

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Drew Vidal
Strother Theatre

  • February 22-24, 26, 28-29 at 7:30 pm
  • February 24-25 at 2:30 pm

An ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine each hold hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. When an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever.

The Cave Theatre is in the basement of the Arts and Communications Building.

The Last Five Years
Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

Originally Produced for the New York Stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell

Originally Produced by Northlight Theatre

Chicago, IL

Directed by Payten Romig
Cave Theatre
  • April 17-20 at 7:30 pm
  • April 20-21 at 2:30 pm
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

www.mtishows.com

 

Past Shows

The Redeemer

By Cybele May

Directed by Alaina Moore

Cave Theatre

  • November 7, 9-11 at 7:30 pm
  • November 11-12 at 2:30 pm

In his increasingly desperate search for a kidnapped boy, Detective Stewart Grant finds himself relying more and more on the visions of a psychic named Connie Aisling. Connie knows that time is running out for the boy, but hopes she can help avert the fate awaiting him. As the identity of the kidnapper comes into grim focus, both the psychic and the detective confront the purpose of fate and the horrors of the past.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

The Little Prince

By Antione de Saint-Exupéry

Directed by Lily Weidenbach

Cave Theatre

  • December 6-9 at 7:30 pm
  • December 9-10 at 2:30 pm

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. The pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

Don't Unlock the Door

By Craig Sodaro

Directed by Erin Takahashi

Cave Theatre

  • March 20-23 at 7:30 pm
  • March 23-24 at 2:30 pm

Upon receiving numerous death threats while in the running for governor, State Senator Tyson Avery and his wife escape to a mountain cabin owned by the family of the Senator's top aide, Clayton Carlson. Tension builds as the stalker reveals they know where the Senator is hiding and as more and more disturbing events take place, the terror really begins.

Spring Choreography Projects

Choreographed by BFA Dance Majors

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • April 10-12 at 7:30 pm

Past Shows

Fusion

Choreographed by Jenn Meckley and Ishmael Laryea Konney

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • September 28-30 at 7:30 pm
  • October 1 at 2:30 pm

 

AR217 is in the Fine Arts Building.

Past Shows

Bolero

By David Ives

Directed by Tristen Durham

Fine Arts Building AR217

  • September 23-25, 27-28, 30 at 7:30 pm

A woman’s world threatens to come apart in the middle of the night, when she and her husband hear strange sounds and voices coming through their bedroom wall.

Sure Thing/Captive Audience

By David Ives

Directed by Matt Robey

Fine Arts Building AR217

  • September 23, 25-26, 28-29 at 7:30 pm
  • September 24 at 2:30 pm

Sure Thing: A chance meeting of two people, Betty and Bill, whose conversation is continually reset by the use of a ringing bell, starting over when one of them responds negatively to the other.

Captive Audience: A cautionary fable tells how Rob and Laura face a menace in their living room: a television that talks back to them and threatens to swallow them whole.

A Need for Brussels Sprouts

By Murray Schisgal

Directed by Isabella Schott

Fine Arts Building AR217

  • September 24, 26-27, 29-30 at 7:30 pm
  • September 24 at 2:30 pm

A Need for Brussells Sprouts finds a middle aged actor hoping to land a TV commercial for pizza by playing opera full blast in his apartment while pretending to be a tenor. Enter the irate lady cop who lives upstairs and intends to give him a summons for disturbing the peace. They are both lonely and one thing leads to another.

"Twice Around the Park" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

www.concordtheatricals.com

The Pink Bedroom/Every Twenty Minutes (A Satire)

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Maximo Powell

Fine Arts Building AR217

  • February 17-19, 21-22, 24 at 7:30 pm

The Pink Bedroom: The Woman berates her tedious, negligent lover whom she knows has two-timed her. As the quarrel reaches a crescendo, she turns him out and slams the door on him. Then she calls to his replacement, a younger man, who's waiting in the other room.

Every Twenty Minutes: An unnamed couple, Man and Woman, are relaxing in their chic city apartment after a late party, when the Woman comes across a startling statistic. . .

The Pink Bedroom” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

THE PINK BEDROOM is presented by special arrangement with the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

Every Twenty Minutes (A Satire)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com 

EVERY TWENTY MINUTES (A SATIRE) is presented by special arrangement with the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. 

Abortive

By Caryl Churchill

Directed by Myles Keys

Fine Arts Building AR217

  • February 17, 19-20, 22-23 at 7:30 pm
  • February 18 at 2:30 pm

TW: sexual assault, abortion

Roz and Colin are having a difficult time with sex, largely because of an invisible yet forbidding barrier between them. Roz became pregnant after being raped and had an abortion. Roz is not sure she made the right decision and Colin is not altogether convinced his wife was raped. . .

Abortive” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Cowboy Mouth

By Sam Shepard and Patti Smith

Directed by Will Torres

Fine Arts Building AR217

  • February 18, 20-21, 23-24 at 7:30 pm
  • February 18 at 2:30 pm

Slim and Cavale, two rock n’ rollers holed up in a disheveled apartment await a special delivery in the form of their iconic, visionary savior “the Lobster Man”.

Cowboy Mouth” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com