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Theatre

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.

Key: DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall; BT = Barber Theatre

2018-19 Performances

Detective, Partner, Hero, Villain Book Cover

Detective, Partner, Hero, Villain

February 20 - 24, 2019 BT Tickets
By Brett Neveau • Directed by Tatiana Pless '19

The black-and-white morality of superheroes is challenged in this ode to the modern action/comic book genre. Introducing the world to crime-fighter The Fantastic Phenomenon and his arch nemesis Supernova, a detective searches for the killer of superhero super-fans. The detective's world quickly begins to unravel as he begins to question his own belief in law and justice and starts to peel back the good-versus-evil veneer.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Book Cover

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

March 29 - April 7, 2019 • DFPH Tickets
By Rupert Holmes • Directed by Mark Sutch • Musical Direction by Jaque Culpepper • Scenic design by Anita J. Tripathi

Based on Charles Dickens's unfinished novel of the same name, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical. In the small town of Chesterham, England, the charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered - by whom? His romantic rival, John Jasper? An infamous purveyor of opium, Princess Puffer? The mysterious Landless twins? Dickens passed away before he revealed the culprit, but Rupert Holmes' award-winning musical allows the audience to choose which character is the murderer by putting it to a vote.