2016 - 2017 Productions

The Department of Theatre and Dance 2016-2017 Season presents ground breaking works!

Our 2016-2017 theatre season features a wide variety of provocative American stories certain to satisfy your desire for a thoughtful and entertaining evening! In the fall, just days before the national election, we'll challenge your thinking about truth and illusion and the ramifications of the tension between the two with Arthur Miller's infamous The Crucible.

The spring semester Senior Weekend showcases Funnyhouse of a Negro, directed by Tashiyanah Hutchins. African American playwright Adrienne Kennedy’s absurdist play explores the complex and challenging topic of racial identity. Our second spring theatrical offering takes us to the mythical town of Almost, Maine where love and loss are explored in John Cariani’s hopeful comedy.

As always, our dance season will showcase original, diverse, and innovative choreography sure to please and arouse. From the intimate Freedlander-in-the-Round Fall Dance Concert to the more traditional Spring Dance Concert, audiences can experience the broad variety of creative perspectives highlighted through modern dance.

Fall

The Crucible
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Shirley Huston-Findley
Freedlander Theatre
October 27, 28 & 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Written in 1953, Miller's play, which used the Salem Witch Trials of the late-seventeenth century to comment on the McCarthyism of his time, speaks to us in profound and similar ways today as we prepare for a controversial and significant election in America. Whether a conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, The Crucible asks us to consider the ways in which fact and fiction, as well as the narrative perspective, lead us to believe, distrust, and imagine our own historical moment in time.

Fall Dance Concert
Directed by Kim Tritt
November 17, 18 & 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Freedlander-in-the-Round

This informal concert showcases the work of student choreographers, dancers and lighting designers. I the intimate setting of Freedlander-in-the-round, audiences come face-to-face with contemporary modern dance.

Spring

Senior Weekend: Funnyhouse of a Negro
By Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Tashiyanah Hutchins
February 10 & 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Shoolroy Theatre

Funnyhouse of a Negro is a depiction of racism internalized: Sarah's mind becomes a living playground for her "selves," figures of history who tell her that White is superior to Black. Praising her light skinned mother and hating her dark-skinned father, Sarah tries to find a place for herself in this black-and-white world.

Almost, Maine
By John Cariani
Directed by Jimmy A. Noriega
March 2, 3, & 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Freedlander Theatre

Love, loss, confusion, and hope come together one night in the isolated town of Almost, Maine. In the middle of winter and under the glow of the Northern Lights, the inhabitants of Almost will make discoveries and reveal secrets that will change their lives forever. John Cariani describes his bittersweet comedy as a play about “falling in and out of love.”

Spring Dance Concert
Directed by Kim Tritt
Freedlander Theatre
April 13, 14, & 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

In our most formal dance concert we feature the works of faculty, advanced student choreographers, and a guest artist from the diverse world of contemporary modern dance.