June 02, 2021

Introducing the 2021 - 2022 Season!

The University of Utah Department of Theatre is thrilled to announce our full season of six exceptional plays, musicals, and collaborative works for 2021 - 2022.

STORM STILL

By Gab Reisman
Directed by Alexandra Harbold
Babcock Theatre  •  September 24 – October 3, 2021

While cleaning out their father's house, three estranged sisters perform a fast and loose reenactment of Shakespeare's KING LEAR: part eulogy, part drinking game, part child's game of pretend.

 

NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED:
THE ROCK EXPERIENCE

Based on the book NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED by Mo Willems
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks LaPuma
Directed by General McArthur Hambrick
Babcock Theatre  •  November 12 – 21, 2021

Get your dance on with your pants on, and rock on with your socks on for NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE. Wilbur is a rodent with the knack for style, but he’s no modest mouse—he’s a naked mole rat, and naked mole rats don't wear clothes. When his fashion journey starts a quiet riot, will the clash poison the status quo? Or could it be the genesis of a new order? There’s no doubt that adults and kids alike will enjoy this sublime all-ages musical, adapted by beloved author Mo Willems from his own book, with music by composer Deborah Wicks La Puma. 

 

THE BOOK CLUB PLAY

By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Penelope Caywood
Babcock Theatre  •  January 28 – February 6, 2022

The long-standing group dynamics of a devoted book club take a hilarious turn when the members become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member.

 

New Work Project:
LIMINAL

To be created in collaboration with
Co-Directors Alexandra Harbold and Robert Scott Smith
Filmmakers Sonia and Miriam Albert-Sobrino
Playwright Brandan Ngo
and the Company
Studio 115  •  February 18 – 27, 2022*
A co-production of University of Utah Department of Theatre and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory

*possible extension TBD

 

Youth Theatre at the U Presents: MATILDA JR.

Adapted by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book MATILDA by Roald Dahl
Directed by Alicia Washington
Kingsbury Hall  •  March 18 – 19, 2022

It doesn't take a genius to realize that life isn't fair, but five-year-old Matilda is a genius--and maybe a little bit more. When Matilda arrives at Crunchem Hall, she faces a bully even worse than her selfish, oblivious parents: the school's tyrannical, sadistic headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. With the help of her classmates and a caring teacher, Miss Honey, Matilda proves that everybody has the power to change their own story. This abridged version of the smash hit Broadway musical is appropriate for audiences of all ages. 

 

ILLYRIA

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Peter Mills
Adapted from Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel
Directed by Jason Spelbring
Babcock Theatre  •  March 25 - April 3, 2022

This musical re-telling of TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, captures both the rollicking energy of the play’s hilarious hijinks and its deeply felt emotions of loss and unrequited love.