• The Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning comedy takes on the issues of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned in the process.

Theatre 2015-16 Season

The Theatre Department presents theatre that matters and continues to resound beyond the performance night. We are committed to presenting theatre that stimulates the minds of our audience members while balancing the highest quality production values with material that is courageous in its content, form, and execution.

Our productions are often accompanied by symposiums and talk-back discussions, which reflectively delve into the nuances of the scripted work. Productions are supported by our acting, directing, design, world theatre history, and contemporary drama classes.

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Please check back in August 2016 for a list of upcoming events in the 2016-17 academic year.

Past Events 2015-16

The Birds

Two fellows reject America, declare God an illegitimate ruler and set out to establish a paradise among the birds. Prof. Keyne Cheshire provided this new translation of Aristophanes' comedy, preserving the subversive, riotous humor of its native Greek. A fun production marked by inventive gags, a healthy dose of filth and a live rock band.

THE GREAT GOD PAN

Jamie's life in Brooklyn seems fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. But his life is thrown into turmoil by the discovery that he may have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world.

Eurydice

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagined the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. Eurydice is a beautiful theatrical fable of love, loss, memory and mischief.

Clybourne Park

In 1959, a white family moves out. In 2009, a white family moves in. In the intervening years, change overtakes a neighborhood. Damningly insightful, Bruce Norris's Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning comedy takes on the issues of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned in the process.

NIBBLER: A Staged Reading by Ken Urban

It's the summer of 1992 in Medford, N.J. Adam and his gang of friends face life after high school. Matt and Hayley are sweethearts with secrets. Tara is hoping she can ditch state school for an Ivy education. And Pete needs to face his not-so-secret desires. But when the fivesome encounters a mysterious visitor from another world, their lives are forever changed. A dark comedy about that time when everything and nothing feels possible.

Student Directed One Act Series I

These student-directed, one act plays serve as the final project for students in the Directing II and Advanced Scenic Design courses.

Funnyhouse of a Negro
Action

Funnyhouse of a Negro is a classic work of African American dramatic literature that follows the journey of a college student struggling with her mixed-race heritage as she attempts to rid herself of a centuries old burden and cling to a life of freedom and comfort. Taking the stage after a quick set change is Sam Shepard's Action, a short play concerning desolation and chaos.

Student Directed One Act Series II

These student-directed, one act plays serve as the final project for students in the Directing II and Advanced Scenic Design courses.

The Most Massive Woman Wins

by Madeleine George, directed by Sarah Kostoryz '17

Life Underwater

by Richard Greenberg, directed by Savannah Deal '18, scenic design by Anna Catherine McCrary '18

In The Most Massive Woman Wins, audiences will travel to a plastic surgeon's waiting room and beyond as four women trace how their negative perceptions of themselves have left them craving reconstruction. After a brief intermission, we dive head first into Life Underwater, a story of timeless friendships and emotional recklessness on the edge of the world.