On Stage

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 at the Scene Dock Theatre. This production was part of MFA Acting Repertory 2016. (Photo by Craig Schwartz)

Portrait of David Bridel

Photo of David Bridel by Elizabeth Beristain

It’s my pleasure to introduce our season of plays for 2017/18.

In an era dominated by social media and electronic communications, our passion for live theatre burns as brightly as ever. We have faith in the act of performance — the connection between audience and artists that is always unique and never predictable. In our series of plays this year, we have selected authors and creators that revel in the spark and electricity of the live experience. From timeless classics to brand new works, with themes ranging from the personal to the political, our dramas, comedies and musicals celebrate and interrogate the best and the worst of being human — and they can only be experienced if you are there.

Come and be a part of it!
David Bridel
Dean
Braverman Family Dean’s Chair

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Trojan Barbie


Part contemporary drama, part homage to Euripides’ Trojan Women, Trojan Barbie recasts the legendary fall of the city of Troy against the vivid reality of…

Wild Honey


A village schoolmaster has it all: wit, intelligence, a comfortable and respectable life in provincial Russia, and the attentions of four beautiful women (including his…

Circle Mirror Transformation


An unlikely collection of strangers sign up for an acting class at the local community center. As they begin to experiment with harmless games, their…

The Wild Party


Vaudeville siren Queenie has grown tired and resentful of her relationship with Burrs, a clown. To test its limits, Queenie throws the wildest party New…

Eurydice


Ruhl’s Eurydice is a lush and wildly imaginative retelling of the classic myth of Orpheus, told through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young…

The Matchmaker


Wealthy Horace Vandergelder gets more than he bargains for when he hires legendary matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi to find his perfect mate. Wilder’s hilarious farce…

Buenaza/Cabrón


A business in ruins. A woman disappeared. A mysterious relative. Created by the company, Buenaza/Cabrón follows two reporters who chase down a story of goodness,…

A Bright Room Called Day

A Bright Room Called Day


Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s eerily prophetic play is the haunting story of a group of artists and activists struggling to preserve themselves in 1930s…

Macbeth


Shakespeare’s bloody psychological thriller about a fearless warrior tempted by a prophecy, and encouraged by his wife into his own all-consuming ambition. Filled with some…

Great Expectations


Dickens’ classic work of orphan Pip and his journey from poverty and ignominy to safety and respectability is brought to vivid life in this adaptation…

The Labyrinth of Desire


When Florela’s fiancé leaves her to compete with other suitors for the hand of the rich and beautiful Laura, Florela goes undercover to keep her…

West Side Story


From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is a poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical that transports William Shakespeare’s Romeo and…

New Works Festival Year 2


NWF Year Two showcases the emerging voices of the School’s second-year MFA in Dramatic Writing students with workshop productions featuring professional directors and dramaturges, and…

Don’t Go


Join us for the premiere of a new theatrical work created by the innovative Sojourn Theatre Company — a nationally acclaimed ensemble that employs theatre…

BFA Sophomore Show

BFA Sophomore Show


An annual tradition, a play will be announced in the spring that will showcase the talents of the School’s sophomore class of BFA actors. Performance…

New Works Festival Year 1


The first public readings of exciting new works by the School of Dramatic Arts’ first-year MFA Dramatic Writing students. Seating is limited.

New Works Festival Year 3


The thesis plays of the graduating MFA in Dramatic Writing cohort are presented as concert readings with professional actors and directors. NWF Year Three is…