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Theatre

The Theatre Department presents theatre that matters and continues to resound beyond the performance night. We are committed to presenting theatre that stimulates the minds of our audience members while balancing the highest quality production values with material that is courageous in its content, form and execution.

Our productions are often accompanied by symposiums and talk-back discussions, which reflectively delve into the nuances of the scripted work. Productions are supported by our acting, directing, design, world theatre history and contemporary drama classes.

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Key: DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall; BT = Barber Theatre

2017-18 Upcoming Events

The Dragon Main Visual

The Dragon

October 20-21 and October 27-29, 2017 • 8 p.m. DFPH Tickets
By Evgeny Shvarts • Directed by Mark Sutch • Scenic design by Anita J. Tripathi

A town ruled by a dragon has a chance for freedom thanks to a visit from Sir Lancelot. This comedic allegory by Evgeny Shvarts is deadly earnest, sending echoes from his Soviet world that still reverberate today. Be on the lookout for more details about other events in the "Revolution and..." series. Mild violence and adult themes; recommended for ages 13 and up. 

Tickets on sale September 18. Learn more about this performance.

Facing Our Truth Main Visual

Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege

November 8-12, 2017 • 8 p.m. BT Tickets
By Dan O'Brien, Winter Miller, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, Dominique Morisseau, Marcus Gardley, and A. Rey Pamatmat • Directed by Sharon Green

Originally commissioned by The New Black Fest, Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege is a collection of short plays reflecting on race relations in the United States. Thanks to a Mellon grant supporting Justice, Equality, and Community, tickets are free (but required). Intense adult themes; recommended for ages 14 and up. 

Tickets are free but required; available as of September 18. Learn more about this performance.

The Theatre Department presents Melancholy Play

Melancholy Play

February 21-25, 2018 • 8 p.m. BT Tickets
By Sarah Ruhl • Directed by Matt Hunter ‘18 • Scenic Design by Aren Carpenter ‘18

Tilly's melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. But what happens to them when Tilly gets happy? This fantastical comedy is also the full-length production debut of director Matt Hunter '18 and scenic designer Aren Carpenter '18. Adult themes; recommended for ages 14 and up. 

Tickets on sale September 18. Learn more about this performance.

Rumors Main Visual

Rumors

March 21-25, 2018 • 8 p.m. DFPH Tickets
By Neil Simon • Directed by Ann Marie Costa • Scenic design by Anita J. Tripathi

At a large townhouse in a wealthy suburb, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. Strong language; recommended for ages 16 and up. 

Tickets on sale September 18. Learn more about this performance.