University Theatre

Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by André Garner and Matthew Reeder
Choreography by Mya Ajanku
University Theatre

  • September 20-21, 24-28 at 7:30pm
  • September 22 at 2:30pm                                                                

Written by 2013 MacArthur Fellow and 2017 Oscar-winning writer for MOONLIGHT, MARCUS is the provocative, poignant, and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young man in the South. Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the projects of Louisiana, the currents of Marcus’ life converge, overflowing into his close-knit community and launching the search for his sexual and personal identity on a cultural landscape infused with mysterious family creeds.

Contains mature language and themes. 

Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Bill Jenkins
Musical Direction by Sean Paul Mills and Johnna Tavianini
Choreography by Michael Worcel
University Theatre

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

Set in 1900 Sweden, Stephen Sondheim’s musical, based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: lawyer Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When all the players agree to spend a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Masters and Visionaries
Directed by Audra Sokol
Choreography by Martha Graham (restaged by Sandra Kaufmann), Marius Petipa (restaged by Lisa Carter), Sidra Bell, and Jamy Meek
University Theatre

  • December 6-7 at 7:30pm
  • December 7-8 at 2:30pm

This concert pays tribute to the prolific and influential careers of Martha Graham and Marius Petipa, featuring their works Steps in the Street and Le Corsaire, respectively, as well as looking to the future of dance through the lens of visionary choreographers of today including works by Sidra Bell and Jamy Meek.

Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by DeeDee Batteast
University Theatre

  • February 7-8, 11-15 at 7:30pm
  • February 9 at 2:30pm

One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night features a cross-dressing heroine, Viola, in search of her twin Sebastian after they are separated in a shipwreck. She soon finds herself in a love triangle with Olivia and Orsino. Our production, set in 1920s America, explores the freedoms and advances women were fighting for during this time, while set within the love, confusion, mistaken identities, and joyful discovery.

Crazy for You
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Ken Ludwig
Co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan
Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams
Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman
Co-Directed by Sutton Foster and Karen Kessler
Musical Direction TBD
Choreography by Michael Worcel and Christie Zimmerman
University Theatre

  • March 27-28, 31-April 4 at 7:30pm
  • March 29, April 5 at 2:30pm

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU® tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who falls for spunky Polly Baker. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

The worldwide copyrights in the music of George and Ira Gershwin® for this presentation are licensed by the Gershwin Family.
GERSHWIN is a registered trademark and service mark of Gershwin Enterprises.
CRAZY FOR YOU is a registered trademark and service mark of CRAZY FOR YOU Enterprises.
CRAZY FOR YOU ®, THE NEW GERSHWIN® MUSICAL is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK www.tamswitmark.com

Intertextuality
Choreography by Mya Ajanku and guest artists
University Theatre

  • April 23-25 at 7:30pm
  • April 25 at 2:30pm

INTERTEXTUALITY investigates how dance can help dissolve borders, blur lines, and result in new understandings. The evening dance work features Ball State student groups such as RedPrint StepTeam and Belly Dance Club, as well as Theatre and Dance majors.

The Wolves
By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Jennifer Blackmer
Strother Theatre

  • September 6-7, 10-14 at 7:30pm
  • September 8 at 2:30pm

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A soccer team warms up. A portrait of nine American girls who just want to score some goals while trying to navigate their team dynamic and school spirit versus individuality and finding themselves. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team tackles big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors.

Contains mature language and themes. 

“The Wolves” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by David Taylor Little
Strother Theatre

  • October 18-19, 22-26 at 7:30pm
  • October 20 at 2:30pm

A ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, an imaginative comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we remember the dead, and how that changes us, it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing
By Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Michael Daehn
Strother Theatre

  • February 21-27 at 7:30pm
  • February 23 at 2:30pm

Triplet sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made – one sister will walk one way, one the other way, and the third will stay right where she is. Twenty years later, having circumnavigated the globe, fighting Vikings, crossing oceans, taming wilds, and achieving greatness, the three meet again, as women.

Appropriate for the entire family. 

The House of Bernarda Alba
By Frederick García Lorca
Translated by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata
Directed by Veronica Santoyo
Strother Theatre

  • April 10-11, 16-18 at 7:30pm
  • April 11, 18-19 at 2:30pm

Frederick García Lorca’s final play explores themes of unreciprocated love, tradition, contained desire, and envy. The play takes place in a small village in southern Spain following the funeral of Bernarda Alba's second husband. After the mourners depart, Bernarda’s obsession with family honor results in her daughters’ small revolts. When the truth is revealed, the consequences are tragic.

“The House of Bernarda Alba (Dewell/Zapata, trans.)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

REALS
By Gwydion Suilebhan
Directed by Ian Buckner
Cave Theatre

  • September 24-28 at 7:30pm
  • September 28-29 at 2:30pm

Jack has worked hard to develop his “real-life superhero” persona. Now, as Nightlife he’s ready to start fighting crime with his partner and confidant, Laney a reluctant hero named Belt. When Jack and Laney start interviewing potential team members, however, the façade of their crazy ambitions begins to crumble.

Hath Taken Away
By Jacob Juntunen
Directed by Sarah King
Cave Theatre

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

A feminist retelling of the biblical Book of Job set in the modern-day U.S. Midwest, Hath Taken Away challenges the nameless suffering and interchangeability of women that often inhabits classic tales of male morality.

Burst
By Rachel Bublitz
Directed by William Freeman
Cave Theatre

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

Sarah Boyd is an extraordinary human being. Not only did she build her company from scratch using nothing but willpower and fortitude, she also sits on the precipice of truly saving this planet. With her eyes steady on her next round of funding, Sarah must persevere, and Sarah knows that she is the only one great enough to bear it.

Lungs
By Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Christine Gordon
Cave Theatre

  • February 18-22 at 7:30pm
  • February 22-23 at 2:30pm

The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas, and one couple is thinking about having a child. Lungs is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising life cycle of their relationship, as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.

Tenants or, When the Hornet Arrives
By Nat Cassidy
Directed by Sarah Heylman
Cave Theatre

  • March 17-21 at 7:30pm
  • March 21-22 at 2:30pm

M and G's new apartment is nothing special and they hope it will be a place of healing, a new beginning after a traumatic encounter with a former friend. Unfortunately, the previous tenant isn't one who likes to let go … and he wasn't ready to move out.

This production will have mature content and language and visceral physical violence.

The New Play Project 2020
Directed by Seth VanNatter
Cave Theatre

  • April 6-11 at 7:30pm
  • April 11 at 2:30pm

In its fifth year, The New Play Project features a new student-written play chosen from submissions, and then developed throughout the spring semester in collaboration with the playwright, director, dramaturg, and actors. Join us for a story from the next generation of artists.

The Marriage of Text and Movement
Conceived and directed by Veronica Santoyo and Christie Zimmerman
Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • October 24-26 at 7:30pm

Experience how text and dance can inspire each other in this evening of original movement and words. 

Fall Choreography Projects
Choreography by BFA and BA/BS Dance majors
Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • November 14-16 at 7:30pm

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

Spring Choreography Projects
Choreography by BFA and BA/BS Dance majors
Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • March 12-14 at 7:30pm

Experience the future of dance during this showcase of original dance.

A Modern Dance
Choreography by Audra Sokol
Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • April 2-4 at 7:30pm

Using dancers, past and present, as inspiration, faculty member Audra Sokol will present an evening length work of modern dances.