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 2014

[title of show] - book by Hunter Bell, Lyrics and Music by Jeff Bowen
Director: Steven Eubanks
Music Director: Michalis Koutsoupides
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. 

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, with deadline for submissions just weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show]—taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]—follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression.

This play contains mature language with sexual content. Recommended ages 14 and up.

An Experiment With An Air Pump by Shelagh Stphenson
Director: Beate Pettigrew
Polsky Theatre

Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23 
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. 

1799—on the eve of a new century, a Northern English house buzzes with scientific experiments, furtive romance, and farcical amateur dramatics.  1999—in a world of scientific chaos and genetic engineering, the same house reveals a dark secret buried for 200 years.  This play explores the evolving role of women and the aims of science at the dawning of eras 200 years apart and concludes that human impulses haven’t changed at all.

Suitable for all ages but not recommended for those under age 12.

Spring 2015

Marcus is Walking: Scenes from the Road by Joan Ackermann
Student Directed
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-March 1
Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2 p.m.

The play—written on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the car— examines the emotional landscape we roam as we travel in our cars. Written in eleven vignettes, this play deals with control, navigation, love and escape.  A protective father shepherds his son through the neighborhood on Halloween; an actor on his way to perform Hamlet provokes a rear-end collision and confrontation with a Czech émigré cab driver; a devastated businessman strikes up an unlikely alliance with a homeless woman who sleeps in his car. This is the landscape of human frailty and vulnerability, charm and strength; a playwright's whimsy combined with a shrewd sense of observation.

Suitable for all ages but not recommended for those under 12.

El Tiburón: A Made Up Cuban Folk Story, by Koki Sabatés
Director: Tim Noble
Bodker Black Box Theatre

March 13-15
Friday and Saturday - 7:30 p.m., Saturday noon and 3 p.m., Sunday 2 and 4 p.m.

On the streets of "Little Havana", Manolo and his friends enjoy playing baseball rain or shine.  But when the ball goes over the fence to Señora Arniella's yard, the boys are too afraid to go and ask for it back. She is mean, eats little kids, and has 20 cats! When Abuelo Enrique tells them the story of "El Tiburón", they learn that we shouldn't always judge someone based on what others have said.

This children's play is suitable for all ages.

Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Director: Beate Pettigrew
Polsky Theatre

April 24-26, May 1-3
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.

“The course of true love never did run smooth,” comments Lysander, articulating one of A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s most important themes—that of the difficulty of love. Though most of the conflict in the play stems from the troubles of romance, and though the play involves a number of romantic elements, it is not truly a love story.  Shakespeare  pokes fun at the torments and afflictions that those in love suffer while taking us on a zany, magical, dream-like exploration of the human spirit. JCCC’s production, set in the 1950s, will also examine the consequences of choices made, which may not be as readily accepted in this male-dominated society.

Suitable for all ages but not recommended for those under 10.

Contact Us

Artistic Coordinator
Beate Pettigrew
Phone: 913-469-3245 
Campus Mailbox: 36
Location: GEB 151-I

Technical Coordinator
P.J. Barnett - Email

Department Chair
Ron Stinson

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