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The Theatre Department produces an annual season of plays, offering a variety of performance and technical opportunities for both students and community members.

Announcing the 2020-21 season!

Due to Covid-19, seating will be extremely limited. Although all JCCC Academic Productions are ticketless and free to the public, we will be implementing a process to align with the most current pandemic guidelines. Please check back regularly for updates and information regarding our attendance structure.

Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson

Auditions have been rescheduled to Aug. 10-11, 2020.

Performances:
Sept. 17-20 and 24-27
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Defying Gravity explores the events surrounding the explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle in 1986 through two main characters: Teacher, selected to be the first civilian astronaut, and her daughter Elizabeth. Playgoers witness the effect on the lives of participants and bystanders who witnessed the tragedy over a 20-year span, drawing parallels among painter Claude Monet's artistic quest and the zest of Teacher, who died with six others as they hurtled into space. The story is told through the voice of Elizabeth, the grieving daughter; Ed and Betty, two retired tourists who drive their Winnebago to Florida to watch the space shot and who dream of hotels in space; C.B., a NASA mechanic; and his girlfriend, Donna, a bartender and friend to the astronauts, who (ironically) has a fear of heights. Defying Gravity is a play for everyone exploring our need to reach beyond the boundaries of normal thinking, dare the universe, and “defy gravity.”

The Addams Family (musical) (Book by Brickman & Elice, Music & Lyrics by Lippa)

Performances:
Nov. 13-15 and 20-22
7:30 p.m. Friday
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday
Polsky Theatre

The Addams Family is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and is every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

The Kitten’s Cry (One Act) by Erik Meixelsperger

Performances:
Dec. 3-6
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday
Bodker Black Box Theatre Theatre

The Kitten's Cry is a tale of one woman's survival. But does surviving mean that you're living? That's the question faced by Debra, a mother of two with a tortured, but unsettled, past. Eleven years earlier, Debra's life was forever changed by a night of chilling & horrifying events that she only partly remembers. She knows she must revisit that night in order to have a future. She survived. But how?

This one-act play is an original work by JCCC Theatre Professor, Erik Meixelsperger.

El Tiburon, or The Shark by Koki Sabates (children’s play)

Performances:
Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 5-7, 2021
4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Friday
Noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Bodker Black Box Theatre

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.​

Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies

Performances:
Feb. 25-28 March 4-7
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Time Stands Still examines the lives of one couple who are journalists and make a living out of documenting the horrors of war. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. Is it possible for two people who are used to living in dangerous conditions to carve out a normal life? Can they stay together amidst unspoken betrayals and conflicting ideals? Playwright Donald Margulies answers these questions while leaving unanswered questions regarding the way America deals with war, tragedy, and media coverage.​

Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

Performances:
April 23-25 and April 30-May 2
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Polsky Theatre

Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who continually tries to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.