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THE REGULAR PACKAGE includes four productions:

  • THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller showing at the Philip Chosky Theater
  • YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart showing at the Philip Chosky Theater
  • THE WILD PARTY by Andrew Lippa, based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March showing at the Philip Chosky Theater
  • LIVES OF THE SAINTS by David Ives showing at the Philip Chosky Theater

THE PACKAGE PLUS option allows you to upgrade your subscription by adding one or two of our more intimate performances:

  • THE NINA VARIATIONS at the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater
  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE showing at Studio 201 (201 N. Braddock)

Tuesday Night Benefit Subscription Series

The School of Drama will again offer the Tuesday Night Benefit series to assist graduating seniors as they prepare for their annual Industry Showcase Tours in New York City and Los Angeles. Students in the Production Dramaturgy Program will hold regular post-show talkbacks with the audience and the casts and crews following the Tuesday evening performances.

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Never miss a sold out show—you’ll have your tickets in hand. Save significantly over the single ticket price. Purchase additional single tickets at a 20% discount.

Our liberal exchange policy means that if you can’t attend a performance in your series, you are welcome to exchange your tickets for another performance of the same show.

*Subscriptions are still  available for the 2013-2014 Season!

Upcoming Performances

Lives of the Saints

David Ives
Directed by Gregory Lehane
April 17 – April 26

 

“I put my eyedrops in my ears and my eardrops in my eyes. Now I feel like I’m deaf but I’ve got 20/20 hearing.”

LIVES OF THE SAINTS combines brittle word play with zany humor in existential proportions. Ives creates a wacky world of doppelgängers, bumbling detectives, Mesopotamian construction workers, and talking televisions in this series of uniquely witty playlets.



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Vanishing Point

A new musical by Rob Hartmann and Liv Cummins

Musical and Stage Direction by Marya Spring Cordes
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“That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.”
Mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared for eleven days. Revivalist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared for three weeks. Aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared forever. This stunning new musical explores the ‘lost times’ of three iconic women in a rapidly changing world. Hartmann and Cummings explore their lives, chart new paths and rewrite history.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Don Wadsworth
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“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”
A Midsummer Nights Dream is one of Shakespeare's most popular and most surprising works; a tale of fantastical creatures within a romantic comedy within a dream. A new light will shine on this funny, sexy, poetic and wildly imaginative play.


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyric William Finn

Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed and Choreographed by Joe Deer
Music Direction by Thomas Douglas
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“Where they treat you well, all because you love to spell.”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six semi-pubescent middle schoolers competing to be the best speller, as well as their equally quirky adult moderators. This fabulous musical with a heart of gold was directed on Broadway in 2005 by James Lapine. It won two Tony Awards, two Theatre World Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and two Lucille Lortel Awards.


The Alice Project

Directed by Marianne Weems

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“Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing—turn out your toes as you walk—and remember who you are!”
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There takes us into a delirious, contrary world behind the mirror. This hallucinogenic journey across a futuristic chessboard ends with a 21st century Alice carrying out the White Queen’s proclamation: “It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.” This innovative production will be developed through a year long interdisciplinary collaboration.


A Dream Play

by August Strindberg

In a new version by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Sarah Krohn
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“Who’s that? I’ve heard that voice in my dreams. It’s like a south wind. It’s like angels.”
A Dream Play is Strindberg's rich and strange vision of a divine daughter’s visit to Earth. The daughter’s adventures provide a dark mirror for humanity’s turbulent spiritual struggle. Caryl Churchill's version brings the soul of this masterpiece into the 21st century with a light hand and a celebratory spirit.

Good Person of Setzuan

Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Peter Kleinert
Musical Director Jürgen Beyer

 

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“If a few good people can be found, who live lives worthy of human beings, then the world can stay exactly as it is.”

Good Person of Setzuan explores the notion of good and evil when three gods arrive on earth in search of one “good” person. Brecht asks if an individual’s capacity for good still exists in a world riddled with iniquity, avarice and envy. If it does, what would such a person look like? If it does not, what are the consequences for society? Translated and adapted by Wendy Arons and Tony Kushner, and directed by international guest artist Peter Kleinert, Good Person is epic theatre that will provoke and entertain in equal measure.
 


Mad Forest

Caryl Churchill

Directed by Jed Allen Harris

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“I see people running away and I try to stop them to ask what is happening...at last someone says, Let's hope it has started.”

The 1989 Romanian revolution left a country in chaos. Caryl Churchill uses a blend of theatrical journalism and magical realism to provide an account of this wrenching moment in European history. Part documentary, part bold imagining, Mad Forest challenges our expectations about the nature of civic revolution, and the people left to pick up the pieces.


Suddenly Last Summer

Tennessee Williams
Directed by Katherine Brook

 

“The truth is the bottom of a bottomless well.”

Suddenly Last Summer is an elegantly grotesque one-act play, in which the traumatized family of an eccentric gay poet struggles to repress, dismember and reconstruct the story of his death. Approaching the production through innovative performance styles will shine new light on Williams’ poetic and darkly somber masterpiece


Sweeney Todd

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Libretto by Hugh Wheeler

Directed by Joe Calarco
Musical Director Thomas Douglas

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PLEASE NOTE: SWEENEY TODD IS SOLD OUT

 

“The more he bleeds, the more he lives. He never forgets and he never forgives.”

Sweeney Todd is a Tony Award winning masterpiece by composer Stephen Sondheim. Directed by guest artist Joe Calarco, this hauntingly chilling story explores love, loss and blood soaked revenge. Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett systematically kill and bake people into pies – the whole set to a magical score and breathtaking book and lyrics. “Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd” - and you'll get the closest shave you've ever known!


Bus Stop

William Inge

Directed by Gregory Lehane

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“Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.”

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Inge’s 1955 Tony Award winning play, Bus Stop, features eight idiosyncratically fascinating characters in search of personal fulfillment. Stranded by a fierce snowstorm in a rural Kansas diner, passengers on an interstate bus engage, commiserate, challenge and romance a group of town locals unused to the company of strangers. This beautiful and introspective play reveals the possibility that dignity and grandeur lie in each and every human action


Les Enfants Terribles

Jean Cocteau
Directed by Josh Gelb

 

“The joy of youth is to disobey, but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders…”

In 1929 Jean Cocteau penned the acclaimed Les enfants terribles over three weeks whilst recovering from an opium addiction. A tragic thriller, Cocteau’s work tells of two sibling adolescents, Paul and Elisabeth, who escape the mundane adult world through an increasingly sinister series of fantastical twists they call “The Game.” This adaptation of Cocteau’s 1950 screenplay explores the delirious contradictions of our modern technological world


The Rivals

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Directed by Annie Tyson

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The Rivals, directed by Guest Artist Annie Tyson explores the complexities of the pursuit of love. A rich young woman, Miss Lydia Languish, insists on marrying a poor man. So what is the wealthy Captain Jack Absolute to do if he wants to win Lydia’s heart? Led by the legendary theatrical invention, Mrs. Malaprop, this delightful comedy of manners is filled with outrageous characters and uproarious farcical devices.



 


Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Tony Kushner

Directed by Jed Allen Harris

 

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Angels in America, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning masterpiece, confronts the political and social failures surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1980s New York City. This epic story transcends the political moment by using humor, the supernatural and heartbreaking realism; wrestling with universal themes of love, loss and responsibility. Twenty years after its debut, Angels in America is relevant today as the play fights against fear and bigotry with compassion and startling theatricality.
 


Macbett

Eugène Ionesco

Directed by Shannon Sindelar

December 5-8, 2012

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Macbett turns Shakespeare’s classic tale into a tragic farce that captures the insanity of war. After subduing a rebellion, the generals Macbett and Banco are promised great rewards by the Archduke Duncan. When Duncan breaks his promise, Macbett is driven to plot Duncan’s murder, take his crown, and steal his wife. Ionesco’s reworking of Macbeth will reflect on today’s ever-evolving and challenging world.


 

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Music by Duncan Sheik

Directed by Tomé Cousin

Musical Director Thomas Douglas

 

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Spring Awakening fuses the 19th century German expressionist ideas of Frank Wedekind with the modern angst and energy of the pop-music scene. This Tony award-winning musical follows a group of adolescent students as they struggle with sexual repression and double standards from teachers and parents, leading to more confusion and pain. An ground-breaking theatrical work, Spring Awakening explores the nature of morality and sexuality with hope, reason and passion. (contains adult themes and profanity)

Romeo & Juliet

William Shakespeare

Directed by Don wadsworth

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Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare’s most-beloved romantic tragedy, comes to life in a brutally modern American setting amidst civil unrest and street brawls. Despite the violence, two star-crossed lovers find sanctuary in each other’s embrace but the fury of their love is no match for the fury of an ancient feud. Romeo & Juliet is one of the most timeless stories of love, loyalty and sensuality.


 


As You Like It or Make It Hurt

Adapted from William Shakepeare by the ensemble

directed by Jessie Mills

May 1-4, 2013

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“Come, come, wrestle with thy affection”

As You Like It or Make it Hurt explores this ensemble’s fascination with fetish, violence, and gender challenges in William Shakespeare's play As You Like It. Fleeing the sterile court for the lure of the wild forest, the characters are forced to wrestle with each other, and with their own violent and sexual desires.

The Crucible

Arthur Miller
Directed by Tony Mckay
October 3 – October 12

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“A fire, a fire is burning. I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face and yours!”

The new world in the 1600’s. A colony of the righteous in the middle of a vast heathen wilderness. God’s edifice is crumbling. Who’s to blame? This is the setting for Arthur Miller’s modern classic and Tony Award-winning THE CRUCIBLE. In a crucible of searing heat, where a man’s soul must submit to relentless examination, his character will either be forged or destroyed. God’s test is upon us.


You Can't Take It With You

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Barbara Mackenzie-Wood
November 14 – November 23

 

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"I told you there was a bright side to everything. All except my twenty-three years' back income tax."

Pulitzer Prize winner in 1937, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU is a screwball comedy which resonates today as it brings a message of optimistic bravery and love during the Great Depression. The story centers around the madcap eccentrics of the free-thinking Vanderhof household. When granddaughter Alice falls in love with the son of a conservative Wall Street banker, the two families meet, resulting in hilarious fireworks.

The Nina Variations

Steven Dietz
Directed by Caleb Hammond
November 20-23, 2013

 

THE NINA VARIATIONS takes an incisive, heartbreaking and contemporary look at the famous final scene between the lovers, Nina and Treplev, in Anton Chekhov's breathtaking play, THE SEAGULL. In vain, Nina and Treplev make various attempts to escape their misplaced love, reflecting the myriad of choices we all face.

The Wild Party

Book, Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed by Matthew Gardiner
Musical Director: Thomas Douglas
February 20 – March 1

 

“Are you ready to laugh? Are you ready to smile? Are you ready to sing and dance for awhile?”

THE WILD PARTY is the story of a reckless relationship between a vaudeville dancer and a clown enjoying one wild evening in a Manhattan apartment. Jealousy and passions rage out of control. Lippa’s PARTY gives us a closer look at our own decadence in this party to end all parties.
 


The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams
Directed by Michelle Sutherland
March 26 – March 29

 

“In memory, everything seems to happen to music.”

Tennessee Williams’ classic semi-autobiographical play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, explores themes of memory, time, and how one young man must leave behind his past in order to define the artist within himself. Tom Wingfield lives out his memory of breaking away from his sister and mother, leaving them behind in order to embrace his future.

Lives of the Saints

David Ives
Directed by Gregory Lehane
April 17 – April 26

 

“I put my eyedrops in my ears and my eardrops in my eyes. Now I feel like I’m deaf but I’ve got 20/20 hearing.”

LIVES OF THE SAINTS combines brittle word play with zany humor in existential proportions. Ives creates a wacky world of doppelgängers, bumbling detectives, Mesopotamian construction workers, and talking televisions in this series of uniquely witty playlets.



03.27.2014
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