Spring 2021 productions will be streamed via an online platform and are free of charge. Registration will open soon.
Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, performance details are subject to change.
Productions during the 2020-2021 season have been made available at no cost due to the generosity of donors who regularly support the School of Theatre and Dance. Please consider making a gift to help support future programs.
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they will never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and lyricism , Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future—without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.
After a long civil war, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward IV and the victorious York. But the king’s younger brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resents Edward IV's power and the happiness of those around him. Malicious, power hungry, and bitter about his physical deformity, Richard plots to seize the throne by removing any and all impediments between him and the crown.
Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives. Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite; she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor, and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits. Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull-witted daughter. Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth's.
Artistic Director: Darby Wilde
Choreographers: Laina Reese Carney, Kaley Pruitt, Gregory Merriman, Lindsey Miller and Darby Wilde
November 17-19 at 7:30 p.m.
By Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Paul Christopher
March 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.
Live performance hosted via Zoom Webinar. Registration is required.
Thursday, March 4
Friday, March 5
Saturday, March 6
Gross Indecency uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the downfall of the great man of letters whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment.
By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Britannia Howe
April 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.
Live performance hosted via Zoom Webinar
Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, is still fiercely debated over forty years later. In this incisive play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, ROE reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each side has for its cause.
In this hilarious and devastating comedy by Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Antebellum), the pill-popping, chain-smoking, whiskey-swilling, and foul-mouthed O’Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their trainwreck of a sister Barbara, whose spiral of drugs and recklessness has forced her siblings to stage an open-air intervention. When the story twists to reveal two parallel families–one white, one black–the event becomes raucous and unpredictable. Racial politics collide with family stereotypes, survival, and America’s fascination with self-destruction as entertainment
The Old Maid and The Thief, composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti
A collaboration between the School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music
Director: Maggie Marlin-Hess
Music Director: Justin Vickers
April 30 at 8 p.m.
Recorded radio presentation hosted by WGLT.