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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Key: DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall

2016-17 Events

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March 24-26, 2017
March 31-April 2, 2017
Music directed by Jacque Culpepper  •  Conducted by Bill Lawing  •  Scenic design by Anita Tripathi  • DFPH

Book by Joe Masteroff  •  Based on the play by John Van Druten & Stories by Christopher Isherwood  •  Music by John Kander  •  Lyrics by Fred Ebb  •  Broadway production directed by Harold Prince  •  Produced for the Broadway stage by Harold Prince

Tickets & More Info*
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One Acts I • April 26-27, 2017
One Acts II • May 3-4, 2017

Tickets & More Info: TBA


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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Perhaps Shakespeare's most popular and approachable work, this romantic comedy featured a few of his favorite themes: the mystical difference between city and woods, lovers who must suffer before their happy ending, hyper-truth revealed through the play-within-a-play. And the bard ain't afraid to be a little bawdy. Likewise, this contemporary production expressed a bold vision: anything can happen if you open your mind to a new rhythm.

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Naomi Iizuka's riff on Georg Büchner's Woyzeck tells the story of a young couple working desperately to make sense of their relationship while toiling to survive. Skin moves with supernatural fluidity, creating a beautiful play in which we feel the world squeezing tighter and tighter.

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Middletown is a deeply moving and quirky contemporary play exploring the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John and new arrival Mary, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.