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Roe

Written by Lisa Loomer

Director: Veronica Santoyo

University Theatre

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

Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, is still fiercely debated over forty years later. In this incisive play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, ROE reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each side has for its cause. 

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

Bring It on!

Music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green
Book by Jeff Whitty

Director and Choreographer: Megan Farley
Co-Choreographer and Associate Director: Melanie Swihart
Musical Director: Jodi Cotton

University Theatre

  • November 5-6, 9-12 at 7:30 pm
  • November 7 at 2:30 pm
  • November 13 at 8 pm

Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most cheertastic — she's been named captain of the squad! But, an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring hard-knock Jackson High School. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle, manages to form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition — the National Championships. 

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

A Christmas Carol

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Premier Adaptation by William Osetek

Director: William Osetek
Musical Director: Jay Schwandt

University Theatre

  • December 9-11, 16-18 at 7:30 pm
  • December 11-12 at 2:30 pm

The Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to once again bring to life Charles Dickens' most well-known and magical story, A Christmas Carol. Just like a favorite book or movie, this timeless story of wealthy curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformative journey resonates with young and old alike.

Violet

Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesori

Director: Dee Dee Batteast
Choreographer: Christie Zimmerman
Musical Director: Michael Rafter

University Theatre

  • February 11-12, 15-19 at 7:30 pm
  • February 13 at 2:30 pm

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she's traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. On the way, she meets a young, African-American soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical "imperfections."

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens

Co-Directors: David Taylor Little and Drew Vidal

University Theatre

  • March 25-26, 29-April 2 at 7:30 pm
  • March 27 at 2:30 pm

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. 

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

Coppelia

Original Choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon
Music by Léo Delibes

Co-Choreographers: Lisa Carter and Melanie Swihart

University Theatre

  • April 27-30 at 7:30 pm

Coppelia is a comedic ballet originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon to music by Leo Delibes. Dr. Coppelius is a doctor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his heart's true desire, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

Everybody

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Director: Karen Kessler

Strother Theatre

  • September 10-11, 14-18 at 7:30 pm
  • September 12 at 2:30 pm

This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living.

General Public: $15 in advance, $17 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $14 at the door

Valley of the Four Dolls

Choreographer: Christie Zimmerman

Strother Theatre

  • October 22-23, 26-30 at 7:30 pm
  • October 24 at 2:30 pm

This dance piece follows a young girl and her family of dolls on a whimsical, sensual, and magical journey to a world where the lines between reality and imagination no longer exist. As these worlds collide, the audience catches a glimpse of the relationships between these characters, their worlds, and how they color and shape each other.

General Public: $15 in advance, $17 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $14 at the door

Significant Other

Written by Joshua Harmon

Director: Matthew Reeder

Strother Theatre

  • February 25-26, 28-March 3 at 7:30 pm
  • February 26-27 at 2:30 pm

Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan discovers that the only thing harder than finding love is supporting the loved ones around you when they do. From the critically acclaimed writer who brought you Bad Jews.

General Public: $15 in advance, $17 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $14 at the door

Skin and Bones: A Musical

Written by Andrew Kramer
Music by Ben Clark

Director: Jennifer Blackmer
Musical Director: Michael Elliott

Strother Theatre

  • April 8-9, 12-15 at 7:30 pm
  • April 10, 16 at 2:30 pm

Set in 1870, a struggling homestead in the American Great Plains receives new life with the discovery of dinosaur bones. (SKIN & BONES was developed as part of the Grow A Show program at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with further development at The PiTCH (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival) and SigWorks Musical Theatre Lab (Signature Theatre).

General Public: $15 in advance, $17 at the door
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $14 at the door

The Catastrophist

Written by Lauren M. Gunderson

Director: Laura Kloser

The Cave Theatre

  • September 21, 24, 26, 28, 30 at 7:30 pm
  • September 25, October 2 at 2:30 pm

How do you plan for a catastrophe? Virologist Nathan Wolfe, named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for his work tracking viral pandemic outbreaks, proposed pandemic insurance years before the novel coronavirus outbreak. No one bought it. Now, in a post-COVID world, we hear his story—presented as cinematic digital theatre. MTC Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson returns with a time-jumping tale based on the life and work of Nathan Wolfe (who also happens to be her husband). Though not a play about COVID19, it is a true story of a pandemic expert. An interactive deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality, The Catastrophist is a world premiere theatrical experience built of and for this moment in time.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

The Burdens

Written by Matt Schatz

Director: Nor White

The Cave Theatre

  • September 23, 25, 27, 29, October 1-2 at 7:30 pm
  • September 26 at 2:30 pm

Mordy is a struggling musician living in Los Angeles. His older sister Jane is a successful attorney and a mother of three in New Jersey. But when their widowed mother's life becomes emotionally and financially taxed by her terrible, centenarian father, these two adult siblings are drawn together into an elaborate plot to relieve their mother’s burden and their own. Told almost entirely via text messages, The Burdens is a dark, family comedy about how technology helps keep us close, while still enabling us to keep our distance. It’s sometimes easier to type something than it is to say it face to face. But please, be careful of auto-correct. It can be murder.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

The Dumb Waiter

Written by Harold Pinter

Director: Anthony Hayes

The Cave Theatre

  • October 26-30 at 7:30 pm
  • October 30-31 at 2:30 pm

As the New York World-Telegram & Sun describes: “In the basement of a long-abandoned restaurant, two hired killers nervously await their next assignment. Barred from daylight and living public contact by the nature of their work, they expend their waiting time in bickering. So eerie is the situation that everything becomes comic, or grotesque, or both. Ben re-reading a newspaper and exclaiming in disbelief over the news items, Gus fussing with an offstage stove and offstage plumbing. Ben bludgeoning Gus into silence if he as much as mentions their work. Gus worrying that someone had slept in his bed. So then the ancient dumbwaiter comes to life, the suspense becomes almost unbearable—that expertly has Pinter put the nerves of his characters and audience on edge."

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Kill the Editor

Written by Aren Haun

Director: Conner Marcum

The Cave Theatre

  • November 9-13 at 7:30 pm
  • November 13-14 at 2:30 pm

When Ben lands his dream job editing a feature-length documentary film to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, he doesn’t realize that Cameron, the self-obsessed, maniacal director, is attached to a five-hour version and doesn’t want to touch a frame. And when Libby, the previous editor who Cameron fired after they began to sleep together, returns demanding her job back, Ben finds himself suddenly caught between them. With only five days before the screening, Ben desperately attempts to satisfy everyone’s expectations while simultaneously create a work of art.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Pintop

Written by Brenden Dahl

Director: Brynn Harty

The Cave Theatre

  • February 15-19 at 7:30 pm
  • February 19-20 at 2:30 pm

Rose’s friends, who have never felt real emotions, can’t help her. Eve is a widowed self-help guru, more concerned with astrology and chakras than Rose’s problems. Celia is a prolific criminal defense attorney, too obsessed with brunch cocktails and grudges to do anything useful.

Rose’s husband, who thinks everything is a joke, is a beacon of mediocrity. They met in college and fell in love over post-expressionism and hyper-caffeination, but now their relationship is dying and Rose has nothing left to paint about.

Rose’s son, who’s constantly going through phases, is a compulsive liar. He’s an otherwise well-adjusted nine-year-old kid, and they’re really stupid, trivial lies, but it bothers Rose more than she’d care to admit.

Rose Evelyn Hawthorne lives in Pintop, a city, really more of a town, and she's unraveling. Then she’s accused of murder.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Just Deserts

Written by Carol S. Lashof

Director: Gray Mueller

The Cave Theatre

  • April 5-9 at 7:30 pm
  • April 9-10 at 2:30 pm

Since the beginning of time, the three Furies have dedicated their immortal lives to the ancient honorable principle of a slit throat for a slit throat. But when a young man walks into hell seeking help to avenge his father’s death—by killing his mother—they draw the line. And when he ignores their warnings against matricide and then begs for mercy, the order of the universe hangs in the balance.

A dark comedy about the origins of the Western (in)justice system. Is trial by jury an improvement over trial by fury?

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

A History of Knowing and Loving and Remembering and Forgetting

Choreographer: Susan Koper

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • October 15-16 at 7:30 pm
  • October 17 at 2:30 pm

A series of solos and duets that encompass the themes associated with the title.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Fall Choreography Projects

Choreographers: BFA Dance Majors

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • November 20, 22 at 7:30 pm
  • November 21 at 2:30 pm

Selected works from dance majors highlighting the best in original dances that vary in style and form.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Streets to the Stage: A History of Hip Hop

Choreographer: Jennifer Meckley

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • February 24-27 at 7:30 pm

This is a hip-hop dance concert that will explore the hip-hop culture through choreography and performance. The piece will look at hip-hop through a concert dance lens rather than solely a commercialized dance style, and how it translates from a street dance form to the concert stage.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Spring Choreography Projects

Choreographers: BFA Dance Majors

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • April 1-3 at 7:30 pm

Selected works from dance majors highlighting the best in original dances that vary in style and form.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door