Pillowman posterThe Pillowman

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh challenges the audience in this telling of a fiction writer, Katurian, who is being interrogated by two police officers. It seems that Katurian’s short stories bear remarkable similarities to a series of gruesome child murders. In this unnamed totalitarian state, Katurian’s fate and writings seems to challenge the very nature of art itself.

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Baltimore Waltz

Anna, a schoolteacher, is diagnosed with a fatal disease called ATD (Acquired Toilet Disease). Because there is no cure, she copes with life and death by going on a European trip with her brother Carl. However, there is more to this heartwarming tale than just a simple trip to Europe. It's about life, death and what we are willing to do for the ones we love.

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Assassins

Sondheim and Weidman create this remarkable Tony Award® winning musical based on the lives of those who attempted and sometimes are successful at assassinating American presidents. Set in a carnival, this dark-humored and bold musical crosses time periods as assassins come together to meet, discuss and inspire each other, all in pursuit of what they see as the American dream.

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Young Frankenstein

From the same creators who brought us The Producers, and based on the 1974 film by the same name, Mel Brooks brings us one of his favorites to the stage. Fredrick Frankenstein, grandson to the infamous Victor Frankenstein, travels to Transylvania after inheriting the family estate. Hilarity ensues when Frederick, with the help of Igor and Inga, creates a creature just like his grandfather’s. All of the beloved characters from the film can be seen in the energetic and exciting musical.

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Thomas Novachek is the writer-director of a new play, and the moment actress Vanda Jordan shows up to audition, they are caught between the pages of fiction and their own reality.

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It is March of 1955 when a freak snowstorm hits and forces an interstate bus to pull over and take shelter in a rural diner just outside of Kansas City. Over the course of the next few hours, strangers become friends, love is both lost and found, and secrets are revealed.

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The Goat

Martin is a middle-aged man who has everything he could possibly want a loving wife and son, a career on the rise full of awards and he’s in love with Sylvia. Who is Sylvia and how will the audiences react to their own morality when faced with social taboos?

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Standoff at HWY #37

In upstate New York, on the border of the small town and the local Haudenosaunee reservation, a young National Guardsman of Tuscarora heritage has to choose between upholding the oath he took to defend his country and protecting the traditional lands of his people. A joint production with Native Voices at the Autry.

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Spring Dance Showcase 2015

Celebrating the creative scholarship of our students, the Spring Dance Showcase highlights the choreography of our dance minor and the spectacular designs of our lighting students, blending the two for integrated performances that delight the senses.

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Seussical

Based on the beloved characters found in Dr. Seuss’s lyrical and rhythmic books, Seussical brings those enchanting characters to life as The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who finds a speck of dust that contains the city of Who-Ville. Even though this musical follows the books Horton Hears a Who! and Horton Hatches the Egg, other characters including Gertrude McFuzz, Yurtle the Turtle and the Grinch can be seen in this charming and fun musical for all ages.

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Romeo & Juliet

This classic tale of star-crossed lovers is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies. Romeo falls in love with Juliet but due to their feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets, the lovers must marry in secret. Matters worsen when Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin in a duel the day before their wedding and must flee the city of Verona. This story has been transformed into musicals, movies and ballets, and remains one of the most powerful tragic love stories of all times.

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One-Act Plays

An evening of student-directed one-act plays. Elaine May takes on contemporary feminism in the workplace by exploring the dynamic between an up and comer and lower-end-of-the-totem-pole employee, Ms. Riverton and her entitled and domineering boss, Ms. Asquith. David Ives’ recreates and recreates and recreates the last moments of Leon Trotsky life right before his untimely murder. Twisted and repetitive, Ives’ uses absurdity and humor to explore the purpose of life as one man (Trotsky), unknowingly, prepares to say goodbye to his existence.

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Next to Normal

This dynamic rock musical tells the story of Diana Goodman, wife and mother, who struggles with bipolar disorder and how her life affects the rest of her family. Winner of three Tony Awards® and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for best drama, Next to Normal is a powerful musical that explores suburbia, mental health and loss.

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General O’s Toenail

In 1974, the South Korean government censorship committee refused to grant a license for this play to be performed because it satirized overbearing bureaucrats and warped military thinking. The play features an imaginative blending of farce, allegory and theatre of the absurd as the author focuses on a young draftee and the unfortunate circumstances of his military service.

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Pippin

At the goading of the ominous and omnipresent Leading Player, Pippin, the eldest son of King Charlemagne, sets out to make his life special by dabbling in war, sex and politics before finding love. Broad comedy, bawdy characters and magical but dark situations.

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Les Miserables

Les Mis is an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France, a nation in the grip of revolution. Convict Jean Valjean is on the run, hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole. With Javert closing in, Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves.

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Arcadia

Set in an elegant English country estate, Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present as the author explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life. A witty masterpiece of misunderstanding and the quest for knowledge! 1995 NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award—Best Play.

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