I AM VERY PLEASED to present to you our season of plays for 2016–17. Our selections for the year reflect our passion for the length and breadth of the dramatic canon, as timeless Shakespeare texts rub shoulders with American classics, brilliant new plays, and musicals that challenge, provoke, and richly entertain. From social and political commentary to musings on the nature of love, from gritty urban neighborhoods in the North to the wilds of Kentucky and Montana, we travel through time and space to explore and expose the best and the worst of human nature, and doing so, we take a close look at our own actions in our own time. These productions will give you a glimpse into the extraordinary fusion of the classical and the modern that characterizes our work, both onstage and backstage, in the School of Dramatic Arts — preparing our students for a constantly changing world by connecting ancient traditions to the contemporary moment.
In a post-apocalyptic world, a mismatched group of survivors band together to try to recount the heroic fable of youth and innocence triumphing over evil — Bart Simpson’s epic battle against Sideshow Bob in the “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons.