Past Productions

The Two Noble Kinsmen

April 7 - 15th, 2017

For The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare and his co-writer, John Fletcher, reached back to medieval times—to “The Knight’s Tale” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—for their story of obsessive, competitive attraction for a woman spied from a jail cell by two aristocratic cousins captured in battle. From a remove of 139 years, Shakespeare and Fletcher questioned the more straightforwardly chivalric tale Chaucer’s Knight told. The Two Noble Kinsmen asks: Do the rules of honor ennoble or debase? What effect does it have on a woman to be “won” without consulting her? The playwrights added a memorable character not found in Chaucer, the Jailer’s Daughter, to further explore their themes of obsession and its effects. Two cousins, Palamon and Arcite are captured while fighting for Thebes against Athens. While imprisoned, they find themselves attracted to Emilia, who is the sister of Hippolyta, wife of Theseus. The Two Noble Kinsmen is one of 39 plays to be translated and adapted for Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s three-year Play On! project. This production will be translated by playwright Dr. Tim Slover and dramaturged by Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers.

Post-show Discussion: April 7, 2017

Panel Discussion: April 14, 2017

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8x10rr2-1About the director: Randy Reyes (Artistic Director) is an alumni of the University of Utah Actor Training Program and graduated from The Juilliard School Drama Division in 1999. He is an award winning theater artist that has worked as a professional actor, director, and theater educator with institutions across the country, including Mu Performing Arts, The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Thirst Theater, Chicago Ave. Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Workhaus Collective, Theater in the Round, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, NYU Graduate Acting Program, University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Acting Program, Wagner College, The University of Utah, Augsburg College, and Macalester College. He is a board President of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) and a board member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL). Randy also represents Mu as a member of the Twin Cities Theater of Color Coalition along with Penumbra Theatre, New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo. A 2006 recipient of the TCG New Generation Future Leaders fellowship under the mentorship of Rick Shiomi at Mu Performing Arts and the 2016 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award. Randy has also served as Artistic Director of The Strange Capers and the Theater in Education Director at The Guthrie. He became Mu Performing Art’s Artistic Director in September 2013.

About the playwright: Tim Slover is a member of the Theatre Studies Program faculty, teaching courses in playwriting and dramatic literature. He also directs the Theatre, Fine Arts, and Humanities in London Learning Abroad Program and leads Continuing Education’s Go Learn: London on Stage tour. Dr. Slover is an accomplished playwright and screenwriter whose works have been produced off-Broadway and in professional regional and university theatres all over the US, Canada, and UK. His writing awards include the Grand Prize, 65th Annual Writers Digest Writers Awards; the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for Playwriting Excellence; a Cine Golden Eagle; a Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal; and a Hopwood Award for Best Play. He was also a finalist for a Television Arts and Sciences Community Service Emmy. His plays are published by Samuel French, Inc., and Encore Performance Publishing. His writing has also appeared in the National Biography of American Theatre, Sunstone Magazine, and been published by Signature Books and Silverleaf Press. Dr. Slover earned his B.A. in English at BYU and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.

Eclipsed

March 3 - 11th, 2017

Based on the real life stories of the women and girls who helped bring peace to the African nation of Liberia during its second civil war, Eclipsed doesn’t only capture a piece of untold history, it’s also making it. Eclipsed became the first play with an all-black and female creative cast and team to premiere on Broadway in 2015.

 

StephanieWeeksAbout the director: Stephanie Weeks (Artistic Director)  was born and raised in the Bronx. She spent many summers in Costa Rica dancing salsa andeating saltedmangoes, patacones and pancakes with her aunts and uncles. After 8 years of playing the cello through elementary and high school, she auditioned for the musical “Bye Bye Birdie”, and was cast as the giddy teenager “Nancy”. She never picked up the cello again. Stephanie has performed in numerous theaters regionally including Actors Theater of Louisville and  Florida Studio Theater, Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Off-Off Broadway with Target Margin and Little Lord with whom she was nominated for an Innovative Theater Award for best ensemble. She starred in acclaimed director Melvin Van Peebles “Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted-Mutha,” official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2008.  She received a certificate of training from the London Academy of Music and Drama and her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

 “…the luminous Stephanie Weeks, contains the anguish of the failed and aged general Adrastus…”

                                  Anne Midgette, The New York Times

 Meet the cast and production team at the post-show discussion on March 10, 2017.

Panel Discussion: March 9, 2017

Post-show Discussion: March 10, 2017

 

Ticket prices:
General: $18
UofU Faculty, Staff, Seniors age 60 and over: $15
Military and their immediate families: $15
U of U students FREE with Arts Pass (U ID)–must be redeemed at Kingsbury Box office or 30 minutes before each performance at Studio 115.
Other students: $8.50

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Arcadia

November 11 - 20th, 2016

Arcadia

by Tom Stoppard

November 11-13 and 17-20, 2016 |7:30pm
Matinees November 19 and 20, 2016 | 2:00pm

This vibrant play moves effortlessly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits, the attraction Newton left out.

Panel Discussion: November 12, 2016

Post-show Discussion: November 19, 2016

Self Defense, or death of some salesmen

October 21 - 30th, 2016

A hitchhiking, highway prostitute is turned into a nation–wide celebrity when she is arrested for the murder of seven men. Is she the nation’s first female serial killer, as the media paint her, or a victim? Self Defense gives a long, hard look at an America most of us don’t want to admit exists.

Panel Discussion: October 22, 2016

Post-show Discussion: October 28, 2016

As You Like It

March 4 - 12th, 2016

Unable to act on their feelings and forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.

The play contains one of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues, ‘All the World’s a Stage.’

The Importance of Being Earnest

February 26 - March 6th, 2016

Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Gwendolen is in love with Earnest. Algernon, who is up for a bit fun, falls for Cecily, but Cecily is also in love with Earnest… if only someone was Earnest! Get ready for some Wilde laughs with this blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd comedy of mistaken identities.

Hello, Dolly!

January 15 - 17th, 2016

HELLO, DOLLY! is based on Thornton Wilder’s 1955 play “The Matchmaker” and features Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman (Mame and La Cage aux Folles) and a Book by Michael Stewart (Bye Bye Birdie and 42nd Street).

Matchmaking was never so much fun as it is in this timeless tale of loves brought together by a unique and intuitive matchmaker. Long before the advent of eHarmony and match.com, there was Dolly Gallagher Levi!

This magical piece of musical theatre is a series of comic romantic entanglements filled with memorable songs such as Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Before the Parade Passes By, and It Only Takes A Moment. Show stopping dance numbers like Dancing and The Waiter’s Gallop are combined with beautiful costumes to create a musical the whole family will enjoy!

Good Kids

October 30 - November 8th, 2015

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. The problem is, she can’t remember anything. And everybody at high school is talking about what happened. Was she raped? How could those boys do that to her? Or did they? Set in a high school in American Midwest, in a world of Facebook, Twitter, smart phones and YouTube, Good Kids explores the very public aftermath of a sex crime and its cover-up. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe; and what does that say about you? Good kids is provocative, haunting and stunningly current.

Animal Farm

October 2 - 10th, 2015

‘All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.’ Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges…”Animal Farm” – the history of a revolution that went wrong – is George Orwell’s brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.

American Idiot

September 18 - 26th, 2015

The story of three friends’ experience when their dreams collide with reality. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Holiday.”

Twelfth Night

July 9 - 18th, 2015

A delightfully comic tale of misguided identities, Twelfth Night revolves around the physical likeness between Sebastian and his twin sister, Viola, each of whom, when separated after a shipwreck, believes the other to be dead. The theatrical scramble begins when Viola assumes the identity of Cesario, a page in the household of the Duke of Orsino. The Duke is in love with the Countess Olivia, who rejects him for the newly arrived Cesario. Combine this brilliant and charming romantic comedy with the hysterical characters of Malvolio, Sir Andrew Aquecheek and Sir Toby Belch, and you have one of Shakespeare’s most riotous comedies of mistaken identity!

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

June 11 - 20th, 2015

Charles Schulz’s treasured comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Come spend a day in the life of the famous comic strip hero, Charlie Brown as he searches for what it means to be a good person, finding unexpected answers from his friends, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Lucy and Snoopy. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

Godspell

April 23 - 26th, 2015

In a crumbling urban city center, corruption, failing economic policies, high unemployment, and poverty has caused mass flight from the area; leaving behind a dystopian wasteland where centers of commerce, community gathering, and worship have been abandoned and left for ruin. But God is not dead. A small group of devout worshipers in the community come together to save their church by putting on a “mass mob,” inviting brothers and sisters from the entire city to one place of worship where they can celebrate, enjoy, and be drawn closer to God – together. To share their message of faith, the members of the company take on the roles of Jesus Christ and his disciples to retell the parables and story of His life and death using an eclectic mix of storytelling, puppetry, games, and music. Through their presentation, Christ’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

GODSPELL is a fabulously fun musical that has been produced all over the world over four decades, and continues to connect with audiences on a playful and powerful level. Based on the Gospel of St. Matthew, the show illustrates the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, stressing His humility and compassion and reinforcing that He’s a hero for secular humanists as well as the pious. With a script and score newly modernized for a 2011 Broadway revival, GODSPELL is filled with charged and funkified versions of favorite songs such as the Billboard chart-topping hit “Day By Day,” “Save the People,” “Light of the World,” and “Learn Your Lessons Well.”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

April 3 - 19th, 2015

When a wily, witty, lying, lazy, cheating slave discovers that his master’s son is in love with the girl next door, he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with stunning surprises, cunning disguises, wild chases, bawdy humor, and zany characters—all in the pursuit of love and freedom. Inspired by the farces of ancient Roman playwright Plautus, this fast-paced and clever romp features infectious tunes and laugh-out-loud lyrics by musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim. Broadway’s greatest musical farce is a completely irreverent look at the seamy underside of classical Rome.

The School for Lies

February 27 - March 8th, 2015

In 1666, the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she’s being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died—until today, when Frank appears. Frank turns her world upside-down, taking on her suitors and matching her barb for barb. Will their battle of wits in this hilarious tug-of-war blossom into true love? Rambunctious, sexy and snide, Tony Award-nominated David Ives’ fills his deliciously off-color romantic spoof with anonymous love letters, false proposals, hidden identities, and colorful characters. This wild farce with a furious tempo and stunning verbal display, all in contemporary couplets, will keep you laughing all the way home.

Mature audiences only. This production explores adult themes and contains adult content. Children ages 12 and under will not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

The Children’s Hour

February 6 - 15th, 2015

There’s something about Mary. Something bad. She’s spoiled rotten. She’s a bully. But worst of all, she’s a manipulative, compulsive liar. When she accuses the headmistresses of her private boarding school of having a scandalous, “unnatural,” affair, the venomous lie “goes viral.” As the two women struggle to clear their stained reputations amidst a flurry of attacks and questions about the basis of the allegations, their lives fall apart. Lillian Hellman’s magnificent, gut-wrenching play explores the insidious power of gossip and rumor, and how unthinking, narrow-minded majorities can destroy the good-hearted, well-intentioned few. While shocking when it was originally produced in 1934, the themes explored are timeless; as relevant and hard-hitting today as ever.

The Threepenny Opera

November 7th, 2014

Mack is back! In a morally corrupt society, who is the bigger criminal—the man who robs the bank, or the man who founds the bank? Enter a seamy underworld of salacious cynicism and merry anarchy filled with beggars, hoodlums and prostitutes. At the center of it all perches antihero Macheath—lover, arsonist, rapist, murderer, and criminal mastermind. “Mack” seems to have everything under his control until he marries Polly Peachum, daughter of the king of beggars. Things go awry when her peeved patriarch does everything in his power to imprison and hang his new son-in-law.

This brilliant musical is a political and social satire about the corruption of humanity and a sharp critique of Capitalism. Brutal, scandalous, yet humorous and with a happy ending, The Threepenny Opera is a landmark of modern drama that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret and Chicago, and includes one of the most popular songs of the century, “The Ballad of Mack the Knife.”

The Owl Girl

October 24 - November 2nd, 2014

Set in a world where reality intertwines with magic and myth, The Owl Girl is a parable about the struggle for peace in the Middle East. Two families both have keys to the same house. They try to live together peaceably, but the domestic situation becomes as perilous as the world around them, torn apart by centuries of hatred. One daughter tries to fly above to see the terrain clearly, but when her dreams are shot down, the betrayals and realignments that follow cause everyone to question the very possibility of peace.

Mature audiences only. This production explores adult themes and contains adult content. Children ages 12 and under will not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

Blue Stockings

September 19 - 28th, 2014

In 1896, Girton College in Cambridge, England, is the first in Britain to admit women. Tess Moffat and her fellow female first-years study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. But while the men graduate with their diplomas in hand, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a “blue stocking,” an unnatural, educated woman. The “Girton Girls” are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition. Blue Stockings is a moving, comical, and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for their education against the backdrop of women’s suffrage.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

July 17 - 27th, 2014

On a midsummer night in an enchanted forest where fairies and nymphs make merry and mischief beckons, uncertain love is in the air. A quartet of mismatched lovers and an inept troupe of amateur actors cross paths with the feuding King and Queen of the Fairies in the wondrous wood, resulting in a night of moonlit mirth. Love triumphs at dawn, but not before the trickster Puck has had his way with all. Shakespeare’s brilliant comedy of confusion and desire explores the inexplicable magic of falling in love, and the wonder of waking from the sweetest of dreams.

The Last Five Years

June 13 - 29th, 2014

The Last Five Years is a powerful musical that ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up; or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. It is an intensely personal look at the relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, from both of their points of view—his going forward, and hers going back. This Drama Desk Award-winning musical explores the surprising, enlightening, and sometimes hard truths we all face in a romantic relationship, and explores the true meaning of love.

The estimated run time is 90 minutes with no intermission.

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)

April 18 - 27th, 2014

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women, and occasionally men: the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor’s laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. As interest surges for the treatment, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage and what it truly means to love someone.

Mature audiences only. This production explores adult themes and contains adult content. Children ages 12 and under will not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

Pomp and Circumstance: A New Musical

April 10 - 19th, 2014

A collage of songs and scenes, the Showcase is both a reflection and capstone for our graduating seniors of the Musical Theatre Program and will feature their wide-ranging and phenomenal talents.

This show deals with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

Klea in Concert

March 7th, 2014

Actress, singer, and comedienne Klea Blackhurst returns to her hometown of Salt Lake City for a one-night benefit concert engagement.

You can take the girl out of Utah, but you can’t take the Utah out of the girl! Find out how growing up in “the Buckle on the Jello Belt” prepared Klea for life in the Big Apple. From “A Cockeyed Optimist” to “The Yodeling Muchacha,” Klea in Concert is a wonderful celebration of the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, as well as a few contemporary surprises. Klea’s philosophy of life will have you listening and laughing to the music and lyrics of Marvin Hamlisch, Jerry Herman, Cole Porter, the brothers Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and many more.

Best known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow, Klea is a consummate performer whom the Village Voice calls, “Intelligent, warm, and…a near ringer for Bette Midler.” Next Magazine says, “this amazing gal understands what entertainment is all about!”

All proceeds benefit the Department of Theatre Scholarship Fund. Klea is a graduate of the prestigious Musical Theatre Program, a College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni, and recipient of the Alumni Association Founders Day Award.

Reserved seating tickets are $34. VIP tickets which include reserved seating and an exclusive reception with Klea immediately following the concert are $64. Students of the University of Utah may purchase two tickets for $20 each with a valid U card. (Please note that Arttix charges an additional convenience and handling fee for each ticket purchased.)

Romeo and Juliet

February 20 - March 2nd, 2014

Young love has never been so passionate or precarious. Transcending the hate of warring factions, in defiance of their parents, and in secrecy from their closest friends, two star-crossed lovers risk everything to be together. But the same passion that stirs the lovers’ hearts also fuels the wrath of their feuding families and exacts heart-wrenching results.

This show deals with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. Children under eight years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

She Loves Me

February 7 - 23rd, 2014

Georg and Amalia are co-workers in a European perfumery. From the first day they meet, they drive each other crazy…and not in a good way. Both secretly find solace in their anonymous pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. She Loves Me is a romantic musical comedy that is universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances with songs that are sweeter than ice-cream.

Recommended for patrons ages 8 and up. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT

December 3 - 5th, 2013

A critical smash on Broadway and in London, and coming for the first time to Salt Lake City, the two-time Tony Award® winning hit musical GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season.

Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood­­ of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”

Featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award® winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award® winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.

Love Alone

November 14 - 24th, 2013

After a routine medical procedure goes tragically wrong, a lawsuit ensues and the lives of both the patient’s family and the doctor charged with her care are transformed. Love Alone compels us to reflect on how we treat those we love in times of crisis and how we maintain control of our lives when we lose people we love.

The University of Utah Department of Theatre is proud to present the regional premiere of Deborah Salem Smith’s new play. The New York Times calls Love Alone a, “lucid, deeply nuanced and fearless work.” The Boston Globe calls it “…first rate…a gleaming gem.”

Recommended for patrons ages 8 and up. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted.

Avenue Q

November 8 - 24th, 2013

Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy the slut (need we say more?), and other colorful characters who help Princeton finally discover his special purpose in life!

Mature audiences only. This production contains adult language, adult content, and full puppet nudity. Avenue Q is not suitable for children. Children ages 12 and under will not be admitted without an accompanying parent or adult guardian. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. Mature teens are welcome, but parental discretion is advised due to profanity and the handling of adult themes such as sex, drinking, and pornography.

Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

September 26 - October 6th, 2013

Irresistibly funny and wildly absurdist, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is a timeless masterpiece. It is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of two of the minor characters. Stoppard recasts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as heroes of their own play, and as the story of Hamlet plays out all around them, they struggle to figure out what is happening, what it all means, and whether they can escape their ultimate fate. As this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role in the story of their own lives, they do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads them to the tragic but inevitable conclusion.

Metamorphoses

September 20 - 29th, 2013

Based on Ovid’s myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, Metamorphoses subtly mixes classic stories of pathos and tragedy with contemporary language and familiar characters, such as King Midas and his golden touch, and Orpheus and Eurydice in the underworld. The themes of love, the inevitability of change, and our power to adapt are timeless and explored with humor and thought, all enacted in and around a pool of water.

This show deals with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. Children under four years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. Audience members seated in the first few rows may get wet.

Two Gentlemen of Verona

July 18 - 28th, 2013

Valentine and Proteus are the best of friends until, of course, a woman comes between them. Friendship and passion entangle all in this clever comedy about the fickle nature of love and the jealousies that can drive people mad with desire.

Once Upon a Mattress

June 21 - July 7th, 2013

If you thought you knew the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea,” you may be in for walloping surprise. Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.

Spring Awakening

April 12 - 28th, 2013

Spring Awakening is an extraordinary musical that celebrates youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, a group of teenagers are caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings. Revealing their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety, they attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated, and confusing time of their sexual awakening. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.

Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

Reasons to be Pretty

March 21 - 24th, 2013

Is there more to life than simply how one looks? Greg’s long-time lover, Steph, walks out on him after she hears about his offhand remark that her face, in comparison to that of a pretty female coworker’s, is just “regular.” Greg is puzzled by Steph’s rage, and irked by the fact that his casual observation was passed on by a work colleague, Carly, who happens to be the wife of his best friend, Kent. Greg’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil as the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated. As their relationships crumble, the four friends are forced to confront a sea of deceit, infidelity, and betrayed trust. America’s obsession with physical beauty is confronted headlong in this brutal and exhilarating work.

The Eccentrics

February 21 - 24th, 2013

Mastakov is a writer and hopeless romantic. He waxes philosophical about his optimistic faith in a beautiful and bright future for Russia and its people, and recklessly carries on a heated affair with his mistress, Olga, right under the nose of his loving and devoted wife, Elena. But it is a perilous time. Russia is crumbling and political and social unrest is spreading. Mastakov, blinded by his idealism, doesn’t understand his friends’ and neighbors’ growing disillusionment, and with his childish dalliance, brings his marriage to the brink of ruin. Gorky’s rarely produced play is set against a background of discontentment and revolutionary agitation, and explores the dynamic but unhappy and isolated intelligentsia of Russian society that so desired drastic and radical change.

A Flea in Her Ear

February 1 - 10th, 2013

A classic French farce of marital mayhem, A Flea in Her Ear is Georges Feydeau’s masterpiece of mistaken identities. Raymonde Chandebise suspects that her husband, Victor, is secretly having an affair. With the help of her best friend, Lucienne, she concocts a plan to expose Victor’s dalliance at the Frisky Puss Hotel on Coq d’Or and confirm her suspicions. The plan misfires monumentally, and sets in motion a plan that turns into pandemonium and comic disaster, erupting into a barrage of hilarity and romantic turmoil. Sexy mistresses and dashing suitors abound in this sensual and satirical romp through art nouveau Paris at the turn of the century.