• Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, creating a beautiful fable of love, loss, memory and mischief.

  • The Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning comedy takes on the issues of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned in the process.

Theatre 2015-16 Season

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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UPCOMING EVENTS 2015-16

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Taste and Transformation in Diverse Communities: Cornerstone Theater Company's Hunger Cycle

January 31  •  7:30 p.m.  •  Sprinkle Room

For 30 years, Cornerstone Theater Company has been creating performances in collaboration with diverse communities. Deeply committed to social justice and civic engagement, Cornerstone has developed an innovative creative methodology for working in partnership with communities. In the midst of a series of projects called The Hunger Cycle, founding Cornerstone artist Peter Howard shares the company's process and experience of exploring hunger and food issues in Los Angeles and across California. Please visit the Cornerstone website for more  information. Cornerstone's residency is made possible by a generous grant from the BACCA Fund. No ticket required.

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Eurydice

Written by Sarah Ruhl • Directed by Matthew Schlerf '16  •  Lighting Design by Neil Reda
February 17-21  •  The Barber Theatre, Cunningham Arts Center  •  Tickets

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. Eurydice is a beautiful theatrical fable of love, loss, memory and mischief.

Contains whimsy, lyricism and mortality. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Clybourne Park

Written by Bruce Norris  •  Directed by Ann Marie Costa  •  Scenic Design by Joe Gardner
March 16-20  •  Duke Family Performance Hall  •  Tickets

In 1959, a white family moves out. In 2009, a white family moves in. In the intervening years, change overtakes a neighborhood. Damningly insightful, Bruce Norris's Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning comedy takes on the issues of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned in the process.

Contains strong language and adult themes. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

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NIBBLER: A Staged Reading by Ken Urban

Thursday, March 31  •  8 p.m.  •  Barber Theatre

It's the summer of 1992 in Medford, N.J. Adam and his gang of friends face life after high school. Matt and Hayley are sweethearts with secrets. Tara is hoping she can ditch state school for an Ivy education. And Pete needs to face his not-so-secret desires. But when the fivesome encounter a mysterious visitor from another world, their lives are forever changed. A dark comedy about that time when everything and nothing feels possible. Admission is free.
This play is not suitable for children.

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One Act Series I

April 20-21  •  Tickets TBA
The Barber Theatre, Cunningham Fine Arts Center

A double-bill of one act plays presented by students from the Directing II class.

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One Act Series II

April 27-28  •  Tickets TBA
The Barber Theatre, Cunningham Fine Arts Center

Our One Act series continues, presented by students from the Directing II class.

Past Events 2015-16

The Birds

Two fellows reject America, declare God an illegitimate ruler and set out to establish a paradise among the birds. Prof. Keyne Cheshire provided this new translation of Aristophanes' comedy, preserving the subversive, riotous humor of its native Greek. A fun production marked by inventive gags, a healthy dose of filth and a live rock band.

THE GREAT GOD PAN

Jamie's life in Brooklyn seems fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. But his life is thrown into turmoil by the discovery that he may have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Pan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world.