University Theatre is proud to introduce the 2021-2022 Season.
Our Flex Voucher Season includes 5 vouchers that can be redeemed at your conveneince (subject to availability) for individual shows. Use one voucher for each show, or all for one show, mix and match your way!
Adapted and Directed by John Schmor
Nov 19, 20. Dec 3, 4, 5 (matinee), 10 & 11
In a time of severe income inequality and increasing meanness in our society, Dickens’ classic continues to remind us of the value in community, of the need for festivity despite the winter’s cold. The story of Ebeneezer Scrooge calls us to look outside the narrow paths of selfishness and greed, and follow instead the spirits of charity and hope. Dickens’ celebrated ghost story of 1843 is adapted for the stage by John Schmor.
By Dominic Taylor
Directed by Stanley Coleman
Dates: Jan 21, 22,28,29,30(matinee), Feb 4,5
Personal History follows an African-American couple as they navigate three moments in American life, stretched out over a century in the city of Chicago. The highly educated pharmacist Eugene enters the world of the play in 1903, outraged that he is overqualified and underemployed. At an elegant parlor party hosted by his white business associate, Eugene scandalizes the other guests by challenging their comfortable liberalism. He also meets his future bride, Bethany, herself an accomplished business owner. As the action shifts from 1903 to the 1950s and eventually, to the 1990s, their relationship changes. The play is a snapshot of the history of African Americans and their struggles in this country.
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com
Book by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
Directed by John Schmor
Dates: Feb 25,26, Mar 4,5,6(matinee), 11, 12
Set in a Dublin pub, a young Irish musician learns to trust his heart again as he is challenged and inspired by a young Czech immigrant. This musical, based on the 2007 film by John Carney, traces a magical week of unexpected friendship, musical collaboration and buoyant community through passionate music and dance. ONCE Is presented throuqh special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
By Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Michael Malek Najjar
Dates: April 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 (matinee) 29 & 30
“God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler was the winner of the 2018 Yale Drama Prize, and first produced off-Broadway in 2019. The New York Times wrote that Leah Nanako Winkler “sets out not only to bust stereotypes about submissive Japanese-American women but also to rescue hick Kentuckians, intolerant Christians, “tiger moms” and even the dying from the broad brush of caricature.” The play revolves around a Japanese-American family whose matriarch is battling cancer and whose daughters, Hiro and Sophie, are struggling with their place in the world.
by Noël Coward
Directed by Tricia Rodley
Dates: May 20, 21, 27, 28 & 29 (matinee). June 3 & 4
In Hay Fever, we end the season with a classic comedy by Noël Coward. The Bliss family is fittingly named for its bohemian-seeming ways. Semi-retired actress Judith applies her stage talents to rural life. Her husband David writes novels. Their adult children, Simon and Sorel, dabble in art and poetry. Each has secretly invited an unsuspecting guest to their country home for the weekend. Let the games begin! “Hay Fever” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com