University Theatre

Green Day's American Idiot

  • September 21-22, 25-29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 23, 29 and 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Music by Green Day, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Directed by David Little
Musical Direction by Ryan Hourigan and Beth Truitt
Choreography by Alexandria Koontz and Darcy Kummerow

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged. This two-time Tony Award-winning musical includes every song from Green Day's album, American Idiot, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Stage Door

  • November 9-10, 13-17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • November 11 at 2:30 p.m.

By Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Bill Jenkins

The age-old struggle between the merits of theatre versus film take center stage in this timeless classic that seems just as relevant today as it was over 80 years ago when the play was written in 1936. The hopes and ambitions of sixteen young actresses are explored in this story made famous on the big screen by Hollywood legends Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, and Ann Miller.

The Nutcracker *in Emens Auditorium

  • December 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Ball State University, Old National Bank and Old National Mortgage
Choreography by Audra Sokol and Christie Zimmerman
Featuring live music by the Ball State Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Douglas Droste

Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker provides the setting for a new collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. With live accompaniment by the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, performers will tell the story of Clara, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker Prince. Join us for this unique and unforgettable kickoff to the holiday season.

Winnie the Pooh

  • February 1-2, 7-9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • February 3, 9 and 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Based on the book by A.A. Milne
Adapted by Kristin Sergel
Directed by Michael Daehn

Winnie-the-Pooh would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood such as Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey keeps getting him into trouble. A.A. Milne's wit and special understanding of young people make this a play that the whole family will enjoy!

Gypsy

  • March 22-23, 26-30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 24 and 31 at 2:30 p.m.

A Musical Fable, Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Beth Turcotte
Guest Musical Direction by Brent Marty
Choreography by Michael Worcel

The ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success while secretly yearning for her own, Gypsy is one of the quintessential musicals of the 20th century. Set in 1920s America when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, this landmark show features Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Johnna Tavianini in the iconic role of Mama Rose. Gypsy is a fitting finale to the illustrious career of George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor Beth Turcotte who will retire in May of 2019.

Full Circle Dance

  • April 25-27 at 7:30 p.m.

Choreography by Audra Sokol

A Celebration between dance and design, Full Circle Dance showcases how design can drastically change the feeling and world of a piece. With a first act that lacks design elements and a second act that features the same works with new life created by our designers, Full Circle Dance will illustrate the collaboration between dance and design.

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

  • September 7-8, 11-15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 9 at 2:30 p.m.

By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Veronica Santoyo                         

We Are Proud to Present...takes place largely in a rehearsal room that descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—attempt to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process.

Fun Home

  • October 19-20 and 23-28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Matthew Reeder
Musical Direction by Jay Schwandt
Choreography by Kali Marquart and Elly Rebeka

Graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Borrowed Babies

  • February 15-16 and 19-23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 17 at 2:30 p.m.

By Jennifer Blackmer
Inspired by book by Jill Christman
Directed by Karen Kessler

As Judy London nears the end of her career as a Professor of Home Economics, an encounter with one of her former “practice babies” leads her to question her life’s journey and the sacrifices she’s made along the way. Loosely based on Ball State’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences former operation of “practice houses,” Borrowed Babies explores the ever-evolving role of women and mothers in American society over the last sixty years.

The Giantmaker

  • April 5-6 and 9-13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 7 at 2:30 p.m.

By Tom Horan
Directed by Drew Vidal

Set on the cusp of the United States discovering its cultural, scientific and religious identity after the Civil War, and inspired by the true story of the Cardiff Giant, The Giantmaker follows George Hull and his efforts to pull a fast one on a preacher. With the attention, George manages to settle grievances at the expense of the public, fleece honest businessmen, and involve many of the notable minds of his time.

 

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man–in–the–Moon Marigolds

  • September 25-29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 29 and 30 at 2:30 p.m.

By Paul Zindel
Directed by Dee Dee Batteast

Encouraged by her teacher, Tillie undertakes a gamma ray experiment with marigolds that wins a prize at her high school. Proud and yet jealous, too filled with her own hurts to accept her daughter's success, Beatrice can only maim when she needs to love and deride when she wants to praise. And yet, as Tillie's experiment proves, something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil. 

Veronica's Room

  • October 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 at 7:30pm
  • October 20 at 2:30 p.m.

By Ira Levin
Directed by Nicole Crabtree

Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it's dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys. This chilling mystery thriller by the author of ROSEMARY'S BABY explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. 

Four Places

  • October 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 21 and 27 at 2:30 p.m.

By Joel Drake Johnson
Directed by Rachel Replogle

When Peggy’s two adult children take her out for lunch, they quietly begin to take apart her life. The drinks come fast, the tempers peak, the food flies. 

Ordinary Days

  • November 13-17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • November 17 and 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Annaleise Loxton
Musical Direction by Wesley Byers

This musical tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

Sunday, Sunday

  • February 12-16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 16 and 17 at 2:30 p.m.

By Sandra Fenichel Asher
Directed by Laura Aldaba

This full-evening one-act play proves to be anything but boring as Mildred and Anna, confined to the psychiatric ward of a general hospital, confront each other, an infuriatingly silent new roommate, the emptiness of an institutional Sunday, and the pain that has brought both of them here.

Snapshots

  • March 19-23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 23 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.

By Cynthia Mercati
Directed by Talon Reed Cooper

Snapshots is the story of three women from their teens to their middle years, each journeying both together and alone. Through their search for identity, they encounter bumps and detours along the way.

The New Play Initiative 2019

  • April 9-13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 13 and 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Erika Ziner

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

A TAPestry of Dance

  • October 12-13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Choreography by Michael Worcel

Featuring a variety of works highlighting the wide array tap is utilized in dance. Be prepared to tap, tap, tap the night away!

Fall Choreography Projects

  • November 1-3 at 7:30 p.m.

Choreography by Class of 2019 Dance majors

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

Spring Choreography Projects

  • March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Choreography by Junior BFA dance majors

Selected works by dance majors in their third year highlight the best in original dances.

New Dance by Noa Shadur

  • April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Guest Choreography by Noa Shadur

After an 8-week long residency at Ball State during the spring semester, Israeli dancer, choreographer and video artist Noa Shadur’s choreography will be premiered with Ball State dance majors. Shadur's previous work has been presented in festivals in Israel, American Dance Festival, ArtEZ Institute for the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands, among others