Upcoming and Past Productions
The Theatre and Dance Division of the Fine and Performing Arts Department produces several shows each academic year. Three mainstage productions each year are chosen by our Play Selection Committee (with three faculty and two student members). Each year we produce one classic play, one crowd-pleasing play (which is a musical every other year), and one play on the cutting edge of contemporary theatrical styles and social concerns.
The E-town Shorts Fest, held every other fall, is a chance for student productions to be performed, and most importantly, directed by students. All of our majors are required to direct one of the Shorts Fest plays. These ten minute plays range from comedy to tragedy to romance and are integral in helping our students feel comfortable in a director role.
Essential to our budding student playwrights is the Shorts Fest, held every other year in the Spring. In the E-Town New Playwrights Fest, students from our Playwriting class get the chance to hear their scripts in staged readings, which are also directed by students. All productions are in Tempest Theatre unless otherwise noted.
October 27-29 & November 3 & 4, 2016, 8 p.m.; November 6, 2016, 2 p.m.
A close-knit community of teens grapple with their changing bodies and minds under the reproachful eyes of disapproving parents who refuse to talk about those bodies, in this fearless musical based on Frank Wedekind’s powerful and exhilarating 19th-century play that was banned for decades in Germany. The winner of eight Tonys, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening took the world by storm in 2006 and redefined musical theatre with its electrifying indie-rock and folk-infused score that exudes love, grief, skepticism, and sexuality. Strong adult language, themes, and situations.
February 9 - 11, 16, & 17, 2017, 8 p.m.; February 19, 2017, 2 p.m.
Fuddy Meers takes us on a roller-coaster ride with Claire, a “memory-challenged” woman, and her alleged family. Kidnapped by one husband and pursued by another, Claire seeks the truth – but the bizarre characters she encounters don’t always help. There’s the mysterious, limping stranger; the pot-smoking teenage son; a claustrophobic cop; the ex-convict with the nasty puppet; and Claire’s mother, a stroke victim who can speak only gibberish, including: “Fuddy meers.” “…Like the resourceful chef who turns leftovers into haute cuisine,
The E-town New Playwrights Fest V
March 17 & 18, 2017, 8 p.m., Zug Recital Hall
Join us for staged readings of new plays by students in TH240, Playwriting. You’ll be able to say “I knew them when…”
April 20 - 22, 27, & 28, 2017, 8 p.m.; April 30, 2017, 2 p.m.
On Getting Out of prison, Arlene returns to a rundown Louisville apartment to start her life over. Rebellious as a young girl, she wants to put that time, when she was known as Arlie, behind her. But Arlene’s struggle isn’t only about overcoming the challenges of starting over – it’s also about “getting out” of Arlie, who, played by another actress, fights for her own survival. We meet prison guards and officials with whom Arlie clashed, as well as those she is confronted by as Arlene: her ex-boyfriend, her mother, a desperate former prison guard, and a bizarrely friendly neighbor. Pulitzer Prize-winner Norman based this raw drama on her experience working with troubled adolescents.
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Twelfth Night; or, What You Will – Fall 2015
The E-town Shorts Fest VI – Fall 2015
Unnecessary Farce – Spring 2016
A Bright Room Called Day – Spring 2016
Company – Fall 2014
The Importance of Being Earnest – Spring 2015
The E-town New Playwrights Fest IV -- Spring 2015
Ajax In Iraq -- Spring 2015
A Comedy of Terrors – Fall 2013
The E-town Shorts Fest V-- Fall 2013
These Shining Lives – Spring 2014
Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced – Spring 2014
A Streetcar Named Desire – Fall 2012
Distracted– Spring 2013
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Spring 2013
The E-town New Playwrights Fest III -- Spring 2013
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – Fall 2011
The E-town Shorts Fest IV -- Fall 2011
From Up Here -- Spring 2012
Lysistrata -- Spring 2012
Cabaret – Fall 2010
The E-town Shorts Fest III-- Fall 2010
Red Herring -- Spring 2011
A Dream Play -- Spring 2011
The E-town New Playwrights Fest II -- Spring 2011
The Memorandum – Fall 2009
The E-town Shorts Fest II-- Fall 2009
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress – Spring 2010
The Crucible – Spring 2010
Urinetown: The Musical – Fall 2008
The Tempest – Spring 2009
9 Parts of Desire – Spring 2009
The E-town New Playwrights Fest I -- Spring 2009
Gint – Fall 200
The E-town Shorts Fest I-- Fall 200
]The Diary of Anne Frank -- Spring 200
The Limbo Plays -- Spring 2008