2016 - 2017 Mainstage Season: What defines a Family?
Exploring the communities we are born into and the communities we choose to join.
On Stars Not Falling
The Sparrow (2009)
by Scott Shallenbarger 4th Annual THESPIAN PRODUCED PRODUCTION
Thursday, September 1 - 10:00am (Free Community Performance) & 5:00pm Friday, September 2 - 4:00pm & 7:30pm Saturday, September 3 - 7:30pm Black Box Theatre
The production contains adult language and situations. Viewer Discretion is advised
On Stars Not Falling is a powerful new play which tells the story of college friends who dropped out of school following a shared, traumatic experience. Five months later, they gather for a birthday party on the rooftop of a Chicago three-flat. An unexpected guest who transforms their lives forever interrupts the celebration. This 90-minute play empowers those who feel small; offers faith to those who feel lost; and, ultimately, awakens the courage in us all to stand-up, move forward, and claim our own happiness.
[title of show] (2013)
by John Cariani
Thursday, October 20 - 10:00am (Free Community Performance) Friday, October 21 - 4:00pm & 7:30pm Saturday, October 22 - 4:00pm & 7:30pm Black Box Theatre
Welcome to Almost, Maine - a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.
The Director's Studio
The Director's Studio (2012)
A festival of 10-minute plays directed by students in the advanced Directing class
December 14 - 17, 2016 Specific dates and times TBA Black Box Theatre
Join us for our bi-annual festival of student directed short plays!
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Importance of Being Earnest (2013)
by Tennessee Williams
Thursday, February 16 - 10:00am (Free Community Performance) Friday, February 17 - 4:00pm & 7:30pm Saturday, February 18 - 4:00pm & 7:30pm Black Box Theatre
The winner of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this classic is a renowned drama that follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski and her husband, Stanley in New Orleans. Blanche's flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who already have a volatile relationship, leading to even greater conflict in the Kowalski household. As found in any good Williams play, the secrets, lies and deceptions that lie beneath the surface will test the bonds of this family.
RENT: School Edition
Avenue Q: School Edition (2014)
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Thursday, April 27 - 10:00am (Community Performance) & 7:30pm Friday, April 28 - 7:30pm Saturday, April 29 - 7:30pm Robert L. Johnson Auditorium
Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent School Edition is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent School Editionfollows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.