Current Productions - Theatre and Dance - School of the Arts - Reynolds College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (2024)

Current Productions - Theatre and Dance - School of the Arts - Reynolds College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (1)

Theatre illuminates the range of ideas and emotions that shape us as individuals and define us as a society. Join us as the productions of our 2023-2024 season shed light on our shared human experience.

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Fall 2023 Productions

Current Productions - Theatre and Dance - School of the Arts - Reynolds College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (2)

Imagine young Will's inspiration for Romeo and Juliet in the dramatic comedy "Shakespeare in Love"

Sept. 28 - Oct. 1

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Follow the ricochet of ideas in "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 plays in 60 minutes)"

Oct. 19-23

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Cheer as a trio of underpaid office workers stage a madcap corporate coup in "9 to 5: The Musical."

Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

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Shakespeare in Love

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen
Directed by Sarah Wiggin

Showings

Sept. 28 - Oct. 1
8:00 p.m.

Venue

John Goodman Amphitheatre

Synopsis

Will Shakespeare—London's most promising young poet and playwright—is out of money, out of ideas, and out of time to produce his next play. Enter the beautiful and clever Viola De Lesseps, an admirer of Shakespeare's work who desperately wants to be an actor, but is prohibited from doing so by the laws of the day. Disguising herself as a man, Viola auditions and wins a part in Will's work in progress. He quickly discovers her true identity and the two begin an ill-fated love affair that inspires the creation of his great romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet." Bursting with action, intrigue, and witty dialogue, "Shakespeare in Love" brings The Bard to life!

Tickets

Adults: $19
Students/Seniors: $14
MSU Students can receivespecial advance purchase discounts with a MSU ID.
(THE 101 student discount availablein person at the Box Office.)
Group Rate: Call Box Office

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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Written by Greg Allen
Directed by Dr. Kurt Gerard Heinlein

Showings

Oct. 19-21 and 23
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20-21
12 a.m. Midnight

Oct. 22
2:30 p.m.

Venue

Balcony Theatre, Craig Hall

Synopsis

The longest-running show in Chicago theater history, this cult classic consists of 30 rapid-fire plays that range from comic to tragic, political to personal, and concrete to abstract. The show's creators were inspired by Futurism, an artistic movement of the early 20th century that celebrated modern technology, youth, speed, automation and the machine. "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" reflects a world and individual lives that are hurtling toward the unknown at an accelerating pace. An improvisational ensemble and interactive audience ensure that no two performances are ever the same!

Adult content and language.

Tickets

Adults:$15
Students/Seniors: $12
MSU Students can receive special advance purchase discounts with a MSU ID.
(THE 101 student discount available in person at the Box Office.)
Group Rate: Call Box Office

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9 to 5: The Musical

Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture
Directed by Sarah Wilcoxon

Showings

Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 & 4
7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3
2:30 p.m.

Venue

Coger Theatre, Craig Hall

Synopsis

Violet, Judy, and Doralee are a trio of underpaid office workers who dream of exacting revenge on their despotic and lecherous boss, Franklin Hart. Through a series of comic twists, their fantasies become reality! Holding Hart prisoner in his own bedroom, the women begin their corporate takeover. Before long, employee morale and productivity are up. Then Hart escapes and returns to the office, intent on regaining control and ruining the women. In the end, girl power prevails, and the bottom line is hilarious fun! Brimming with Dolly Parton's clever, original songs, "9 to 5: The Musical" shatters the glass ceiling!

Tickets

Adults: $24
Students/Seniors: $22
MSU Students can receivespecial advance purchase discounts with a MSU ID.
(THE 101 student discount available in person at the Box Office.)
Group Rate: Call Box Office

Spring 2024 Productions

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Enter a world where cartoon characters become mythic figures in "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play."

Feb. 29 - March 3

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Tag along with five lost people on their journey of inner discovery in "Circle Mirror Transformation."

March 21-25

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Untangle myriad motives and clues to solve the case in "A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical."

April 11-14

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Be inspired by the amazing human machine in "Spring Dance Concert: Movement Mechanized."

April 25-28

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Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

Written by Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrcis by Anne Washburn
Directed by Karen Sabo

Showings

Feb. 29 - March 2
7:30 p.m.

March 3
2:30 p.m.

Venue

Coger Theatre, Craig Hall

Synopsis

In a post-apocalyptic world, the power grid has failed and society has crumbled. Around a campfire, a group of survivors recall the culture they once shared, homing in on the "Cape Feare" episode of the Simpsons TV show, in which Side Show Bob plots to murder Bart Simpson. In the end, Bart prevails through sheer chutzpah. This gives the survivors hope. Over time, the re-enacted story evolves into a mythic form, with Mr. Burns as the villain who destroys civilization by sabotaging the nuclear power plant and Bart as an archetypal hero! An imaginative dark comedy, "Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play" explores the role of storytelling and live theatre in shaping our culture.

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Adults: $15
Students/Seniors: $12
MSU Students can receivespecial advance purchase discounts with a MSU ID.
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Circle Mirror Transformation

Written by Annie Baker
Directed by Nikki Ferry

Showings

March 21-23 & 25
7:30 p.m.

March 24
2:30 p.m.

Venue

Balcony Theatre, Craig Hall

Synopsis

Marty, a free-spirited acting teacher, leads a six-week Adult Creative Drama class at a small-town community center. She takes her small group of students through a series of innocuous—sometimes hilarious—exercises in which they act like trees and a variety of inanimate objects. Then they act like one another and tell their life stories. As the class progresses through increasingly deep and self-revelatory exercises, their inner lives, painful pasts, buried truths, and romantic longings are exposed. What emerges is anything but play acting! In illuminating the interior worlds and interactions of the participants, Circle Mirror Transformation forges a path of self-discovery, healing and hope.

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Adults: $15
Students/Seniors: $12
MSU Students can receivespecial advance purchase discounts with a MSU ID.
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A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical

Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Book by Rachel Axler and Kait Kerrigan
Directed by Sarah Wilcoxon

Showings

April 11-14
7:30 p.m.

April 13-14
2:30 p.m.

Venue

Coger Theatre, Craig Hall

Synopsis

Varthur McArthur, the tyrannical artistic director of a failing theater in Duluth, invites the company to his home for a murder mystery dinner party—but soon Varthur himself is face-down in his soup! Luckily, Detective Justine Case is on the case, uncovering secret affairs, life-long grudges, back-stage drama, and a school of red herrings! Conceived during the 2020 COVID lockdowns as a digitally produced, remotely performed streaming series, "A Killer Party: Murder Mystery Musical" mixes a clever plot, eccentric characters, madcap comedy, and song-and-dance numbers into an irreverent and hilarious whodunnit!

Tickets

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Adults: $24
Students/Seniors: $22
MSU Students can receivespecial advance purchase discounts with a MSU ID.
(THE 101 student discount available in person at the Box Office.)
Group Rate: Call Box Office

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Spring Dance Concert: Movement Mechanized

Coordinated by Azaria Hogans

Showings

April 25-27
7:30 p.m.

April 28
2:30 p.m.

Venue

Coger Theatre, Craig Hall

Synopsis

When observing birds in flight, we marvel at the beauty, grace and precision of seemingly effortless movement, seldom thinking of the structure of the wings or the mechanics of executing complex aerial maneuvers. So it is with dance, where the biomechanical principles of motion, force, momentum, leverage and balance make possible the expression of intense emotions, abstract ideas and complex stories in physical form. In this year's Spring Dance Concert: Mechanized Movement, we explore the process of human locomotion through a collection of fresh, original works in a mix of dance styles, each composition a piece of kinetic art!

Tickets

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Adults: $15
Students/Seniors: $12
MSU Students can receivespecial advance purchase discounts with a MSU ID.
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Group Rate: Call Box Office

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