Academic Theatre - 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 2013

A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard
Director: Cinnamon Paulette
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. 

Shepard’s play involves two desperate families connected by the marriage of the son of one (Jake) to the daughter of the other (Beth). As the play begins Beth, brain-damaged from a savage beating that Jake has given her, is being tended by her parents. Jake sends his brother, Frankie, to Montana to see if she is dead or alive, but Beth's father, mistaking Frankie for a poacher, shoots him in the leg and takes him prisoner. Thereafter the tensions and enmities that motivate the two families grow increasingly disturbing and dangerous.  Lie of the Mind explores the destinies of two families, linked by marriage but set apart by jealousies and distrust, to probe into the human heart and the destructiveness which it can engender.

Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
Director: Beate Pettigrew
Polsky Theatre

Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 22-24 
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. 

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone--a work about how we memorialize the dead and how that remembering changes us. It is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Spring 2014

Four X Tenn Tennessee Williams One-Acts
Directors: Beate Pettigrew
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 1-2
Friday 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturdays 2, 7 and 9 p.m.
Sundays 2 and 4 p.m. 

These four one acts illustrate Tennessee Williams passion for life as it ought to be.  They are the precursor to some of his most powerful work—most notably A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Summer and Smoke. In these one acts, “The Lady of Larkspur Lotion,” “Portrait of a Madonna,” “Hello from Bertha” and “This Property is Condemned” we catch a glimpse of Williams’ ability to compress life’s tragedies and pathos into several small scene.

Ming Lee and the Magic Tree, by Aurand Harris
Director: Timothy Noble
Bodker Black Box Theatre

March 14-16
Friday and Saturday - 7:30 p.m., Saturday noon and 3 p.m., Sunday 2 and 4 p.m.

This children’s play is performed in traditional Chinese style and tells the story of a Prince who will be allowed to marry the Princess of the Stars only if he can find a happy man.  In his search, the Prince gives Ming Lee, a stonecutter, a circle of wishes, each of which Ming Lee thinks will make him happy.  But, during his journey, he discovers fine hats do not make a fine head. 

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
Director: John Rensenhouse
Polsky Theatre

April 25-27, May 2-4
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighboring island of Inishmore to film Man of Aran, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.

Contact Us

Artistic Coordinator
Beate Pettigrew
Phone: 913-469-3245 
Campus Mailbox: 36
Location: GEB 261C

Technical Coordinator
P.J. Barnett - Email

Department Chair
Ron Stinson

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