The Two Gentlemen of Verona
In one of Shakespeare's earliest works, two pals, Valentine and Proteus, traverse the worlds of love and friendship while hopping from Verona to Milan and dealing with the complications that arrive along the way. Lies, love and lust drive Shakespeare's first comedy and create an engaging, hilarious and heartfelt experience that will leave the audience craving more. By William Shakespeare.
"Appearances", by Tina Howe, directed by Leah Geis. "..And Others" by Dennis Bush, directed by Madeline Schmitt. "Wanda's Visit", by Christopher Durang, directed by Megan Weidner.
These three performances range from comedy to drama and from the realistic to the absurd. From the darkly hilarious Wanda's Visit and the fast-paced comedy of Appearances to ... And Others provocative drama, the evening promises engaging theatre for all tastes.
Jesus Christ Superstar
This compelling and revered rock opera explores the last days of Jesus of Nazareth's life. A myriad of diverse and classic tunes that haunt, enrich and examine the biblical saga accompany Jesus as he ventures through Jerusalem during his final hours. Hailed as a masterpiece of musical theatre and featuring one of the greatest scores in musical theatre history, Jesus Christ Superstar gives heart to the soul and to the timeless tale of Jesus, Mary and Judas. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice.
Six Characters in Search of an Author
Six characters crash a rehearsal for an upcoming performance of another play and declare that they are in need of an author to finish their story. After some debate, the director agrees to step up to the task. This meta-exploration of absurdist theater examines the role of the author, director, actor, character and the theater itself in a humorous, unique and provoking style that caused riots when it premiered. By Luigi Pirandello. Adapted by Robert Brustein.
Mae and Lloyd are living in poverty in a broken-down shack and barely surviving from day to day. As Mae fights to escape, she feels herself being pulled down into the mud, with every struggle sinking deeper and deeper. Mud, like its namesake, is thick, sticky and hard to leave behind.
This movement-based musical tells the historical tale of Marc Chagall and his relationship with the Soviet Yiddish theater. Green Violin deconstructs the musical and approaches the form with an emphasis in movement, silence and rhythm. The musical also explores the tumultuous relationship between art, politics and faith. Book and lyrics by Elise Thoron. Music by Frank London. Conceived by Rebecca Bayla Taichman and Elise Thoron.
Spring Dance Showcase 2016
The Spring Dance Showcase features the work of internationally recognized guest choreographer Kevin Breazeale, and highlights the work of our faculty and students, with three pieces inspired by the choreography of musical theatre legends Tommy Tune and Michael Bennett, as well as original pieces by 14 student choreographers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.