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Current Season

The Theatre Department produces an annual season of plays, offering a variety of performance and technical opportunities for both students and community members. The season includes classic and contemporary works, musicals, and children’s plays. All academic productions are free to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets and no reservations.


Fall 2018

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Sept. 21-23, 28-30
Bodker Black Box Theatre
Directed by Beate Pettigrew

One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. 

 

 

 


Bus Stop by William Inge

Nov. 9-11, 16-18

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Polsky Theatre
Directed by Matt Williamson

Set in a roadside diner about 25 miles west of Kansas City, a howling snowstorm has halted the progress of a passenger bus. All roads are blocked, forcing the weary travelers to take shelter in an all-night diner. During the forced layover, traveler Cherie, a nightclub singer, claims to be kidnapped by a cowhand named Bo. Bo and his father-figure, Carl, insist that Bo and Cherie are en route to Montana to be married. All the while, unlikely friendships and youthful romance spreads among the other diner occupants in spite — or possibly because — of the wintry storm that binds them together. 


Spring 2019

Dreaming with Mullah Nasir-uddin

Feb. 1-3

  • 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Bodker Black Box Theatre
Written and directed by Aubrey Urban

When Mullah Nasir-uddin and his (mostly) faithful donkey, Fidhu, overhear a scuffle between playmates, they know that something must be done. Mullah and Fidhu decide to visit the feuding playmates in their dreams that night. The dreamers must band together with Mullah and Fidhu, as the adventure leads them on a wild course filled with many curious creatures. With his witty wisdom, Mullah teaches the dreamers that understanding can triumph over all their fears. Based on Mullah Nasir-uddin stories from the Pakistani culture, where the wise fool is a mainstay in traditional folklore. 


Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies

March 8-10, 15-17

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Bodker Black Box Theatre
Directed by Beate Pettigrew

This is the story of an American mega-artist so successful he's had the obligatory profile in Vanity Fair and can claim astronomical prices for his works sight unseen from a waiting list of wealthy patrons. In England for a retrospective of his paintings, the artist goes into the countryside to visit his original muse and lover, the "sacrificial shiksa" whom he abandoned in his quest for the opulent life which now devours him. 

 


Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

April 26-28, May 3-5

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Polsky Theatre
Directed by Anthony McMurray

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before. In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.