Department of Theatre

Productions for 2016 - 2017 Season

The Foreigner

by Larry Shue • Directed by Dan LaRocque • September 2016

  • Thur. Sept. 22
  • Fri. Sept. 23
  • Sun. Sept. 25 Matinee
  • Tue. Sept. 27
  • Wed. Sept. 28
  • Thur. Sept. 29
  • Fri. Sept. 30
  • Sun. Oct. 2 Matinee

When painfully shy and reclusive Englishman Charlie Baker comes to stay at a rural Georgia fishing lodge, the locals come to believe that he is an “exotic” foreigner who doesn’t speak a word of English. Winner of two Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Shue’s farcical play about good ol’ boys, xenophobia, and basic human decency is a perennial favorite of the American stage. 

“A charming comedy about the magic of kindness”--Chicago Theater Beat

Is There Life After High School

Book by Jeffrey Kindley, music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia • Directed by Jeri Dickey • October 2016

  • Thur. Oct. 20
  • Fri. Oct. 21
  • Sun. Oct. 23 Matinee
  • Tue. Oct. 25
  • Wed. Oct. 26
  • Thur. Oct. 27
  • Fri. Oct. 28
  • Sat. Oct. 29

Loosely based on Ralph Keyes’ bestseller about the awkward absurdities of adolescent life, Is There Life After High School? premiered at the Hartford Stage in 1986, received its Broadway debut at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre as well as a critically-acclaimed run at Donmar Warehouse in London’s West End. From small town to the urban inner city High School is a musical tribute to America’s most hormone driven, angst ridden rite of passage.

 “For those who can look back on their teen years as the most wonderful horrible time of their lives”—The Baltimore Sun


by Mary Shelley, adapted by Patrick Sandford • Directed by Chase Bringardner • November 2016

  • Thur. Nov 10
  • Fri. Nov. 11
  • Sat. Nov. 12
  • Sun. Nov 13 Matinee
  • Tue. Nov. 15
  • Wed. Nov. 16
  • Thur. Nov. 17
  • Fri. Nov. 18 

Join us for the regional premiere of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s gothic tale of hubris and horror as reimagined for the stage by Patrick Sandford. Presented in conjunction the upcoming bicentennial of Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein’s Promethean themes still resonate in our age of increasing bio-ethical complexity.

 “Atmospheric and Haunting”—Reviews Gate

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison, book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar • Directed by Daydrie Hague • February 2017

  • Thur. Feb. 23
  • Fri. Feb. 24
  • Sat. Feb. 25 Matinee
  • Sat. Feb. 25
  • Sun. Feb. 26 Matinee
  • Wed. March 1
  • Thur. March 2
  • Fri. March 3
  • Sat. March 4 Matinee
  • Sat. March 4

Come join The Man in the Chair, misanthrope, recluse, and world’s biggest musical theatre fan, as he takes us on a hilarious tour of the acclaimed (and totally fictional) 1920s musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. With its bad plots, stock characters, and ridiculous send-ups of 1920s musical numbers, Chaperone is a theatrically self-referential tour de force, earning five Tony Awards in 2006.

“Surely, few productions have ever pulled an audience so immediately and unconditionally on their sides”The New York Times

Exit, Pursued By a Bear

by Lauren Gunderson • Directed by Tessa Carr • April 2017

  • Thur. April 13
  • Fri. April 14
  • Sat. April 15
  • Tues. April 18
  • Wed. April 19
  • Thur. April 20
  • Fri. April 21
  • Sun. April 23 Matinee

When Nan has had enough of her abusive husband, Kyle, she plots a special revenge. Working with her cheerleader friend Simon, and aspiring actress and stripper, Sweetheart, Nan holds Kyle hostage and forces him to watch her perform scenes from their disastrous marriage. A dark satire on a very serious subject, Exit offers us a humorous glimpse into a dystopic relationship.

“As funny as it is completely delirious”The Austin Chronicle

Last Updated: November 03, 2016