2013/14 Season

Vinegar Tom

Vinegar Tom


In 17th Century rural England, two farm women are at the mercy and forbearance of their neighbors after they are accused of witchcraft by a man they have spurned sexually.

Fefu and Her Friends

Fefu and Her Friends


Gathered together to rehearse for a charity presentation, eight friends find themselves sharing their thoughts about life, societal concerns and struggles as mid-1930s feminists.

The Crucible

The Crucible


The town of Salem is driven into a witch-hunting flurry, as citizens are falsely condemned of sorcery.

Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa


Widely regarded as Brian Friel’s masterpiece, the Irish memory play set in 1936 recollects the tale of five unmarried sisters who come alive during the pagan festival of Lughnasa.

Infinite Black Suitcase production photo

Infinite Black Suitcase


An insightful and endearing examination of the lives of three Oregonian families as they attempt to deal with the trauma of death and dying as humanly and lovingly as possible.

Lady Windermere's Fan

Lady Windermere’s Fan


In this Victorian farce, Lady Windermere has a happy marriage – or, so she thought – until a gossiping duchess and a suspicious paper trail make her doubtful of her husband’s fidelity.

In the Blood

In the Blood


A modern-day tragedy based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, a homeless mother struggles to find help for her five fatherless children who are living in a poverty-stricken inner city.

scene from Time of Your Life, November 2013

The Time of Your Life


Among the denizens of Nick’s Pacific Street Saloon, Restaurant and Entertainment Palace at the foot of Embarcadero, San Franscisco circa 1939 are Joe, a melancholy regular, and his friend Tom, an eager-to-please disciple of Joe’s philosophies who carries a torch for Kitty Duval, a fragile streetwalker.

Our Town

Our Town


A timeless, contemplative American drama that explores the inevitable cycle of life through the story of two childhood sweethearts who encounter the human experience together.

scene from Trojan Women

Trojan Women


Inspired by the Euripides classic, this modern version of the epic story was created by the company of actors in a creative collaboration with director David Bridel. Movement, music and original text combine to forge a contemporary, smart and powerful tale.

A scene from

Tartuffe


The story takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe – a fraud and a pious imposter – has insinuated himself. He succeeds magnificently in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house and then tries to marry his daughter and seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property.

Art of Success

The Art of Success


A tumultuous decade condensed into a single night, this bawdy comedy depicts the raucous underbelly world of artist William Hogarth in 18th Century London as he faces the boundaries of artistic expression.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Pericles, Prince of Tyre


When Pericles deciphers a riddle that reveals a dark secret about the king of Antioch, his solution puts his life in danger and sends him on a long journey of adversity and adventure.

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel, The Musical


A group of eccentric guests spend a lavish weekend at the opulent Grand Hotel in 1928 Berlin – when the Roaring Twenties are in high…

scene from

La Ronde


Scrutinized upon its publishing in 1900 for its hypersexual content, La Ronde bares the interwoven tale of a risque roundelay of love affairs.

Fortinbras

Fortinbras


The quick-witted, comical continuation of Hamlet in which a young Fortinbras enters the mass murder scene and devises a plan to ascend the throne of Denmark.

New Works Festival poster

A Roach’s Complaint


Please join us for one of three plays in the New Works Festival Year 2.

scene from Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act


Please join us for one of three plays in the New Works Festival Year 2 that features exciting and diverse new works by the School of Dramatic Arts’ second-year MFA Dramatic Writing students.

Kokoro

Kokoro (True Heart)


Kokoro (True Heart) explores the struggle of a young Japanese mother adapting to the very foreign culture of the United States.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room


A mosaic of scenes set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household – which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP.

Scene from Brokers at Massman Theatre

Brokers


Please join us for one of three plays in the New Works Festival Year 2 that features exciting and diverse new works by the School of Dramatic Arts’ second-year MFA Dramatic Writing students.

Pairi Daiza reading

Pairi Daiza


When 24-year-old Independent-Fighter Zahra learns she is 7 months pregnant in the heat of the Iran-Iraq war, she rejects her maternal instincts and chooses to continue engaging in combat.

New Works Festival

New Works Festival: Year Three


A festival of plays by the graduating playwrights of the MFA Dramatic Writing program. The readings, which will each have two public performances, will be…

Henry and the Hippocampus reading

Henry and the Hippocampus


After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Henry loses the ability to form new memories.

New Works Festival

The End Times


Born and raised in the Lord’s Recovery, Tim has always been a devout follower to the movement. However, after his best friend Evan leaves the Local Churches, Tim’s life slowly unravels as he begins to question the foundations of his beliefs.