School of Drama Current Season

School of Drama Current Season

2022-23 Drama Performance Season


Written by Lisa Loomer
Directed by Acadia Barrengos
“Roe” reveals the intimate details of the lives of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe, in the years leading up to and following the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion in 1973.

Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Patrons Theatre

Written by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Quin Gordon
Music directed by Mark Norman
The schools of Drama, Design & Production, and Music collaborate to bring the fictional rivalry between composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri to life.

Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2:00 p.m.
Catawba Theatre

"Sweeney Todd"
Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Lo Feliciani Ojeda

What’s in those steaming meat pies? When Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021), master of the musical, saw Christopher Bond’s 1973 play about 19th-century serial killer Sweeney Todd, he was inspired to turn it into “A Musical Thriller.” This iteration will use a mixture of 19th-century and contemporary settings, drawing inspiration from the play’s British origins but embracing its identity as a musical thriller.

Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13, 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Freedman Theatre
If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be A Muhfucka

Written by Tori Sampson
Directed by Claire Fort
Kaya, Massassi, Adama and Akim live in the fictional village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, where they jockey for rank based on beauty standards designed to defeat them. But at what cost? This hybrid comedy, musical and fantasy, brimming with music and dance, will feature a live band on stage, a chorus that moves about the theater, and mimes dressed in purple and gold robes.

Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19, 2:00 p.m.
Patrons Theatre
Dangerous Corner

Written by J.B. Priestley
Directed by Caroline Cearley
How well do we know those closest to us? How do our choices affect others? “Dangerous Corner” is one of the three “time plays” by British author, dramatist and broadcaster J.B. Priestly. In each of them, a different concept of time is explored, and the effect of that concept on the characters' lives plays a critical factor in the story.

March 23, 7:30 p.m.
March 24, 7:30 p.m.
March 25, 7:30 p.m.
March 26, 2:00 p.m.
March 30, 7:30 p.m.
March 31, 7:30 p.m.
April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Catawba Theatre
Mother Courage and Her Children

Written by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Carl Forsman

Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, “Mother Courage and Her Children” is a boisterous comedy filled with original songs set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War. The action follows the fate of the indomitable Mother Courage as she follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. 

March 30, 7:30 p.m.
March 31, 7:30 p.m.
April 1, 7:30 p.m.
April 2, 2:00 p.m.
April 7, 7:30 p.m.
April 8, 7:30 p.m.
April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Freedman Theatre

Past Seasons 


Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Acadia Barrengos
Performance program

"Heathers: The Musical"
Written by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe
Directed by Scott Zigler, Krisha Marcano and Kelly Martin Mann
Performance program

"Passing Strange"
Written by Stew
Directed by Christopher Burris
Performance program

"Mother Tongue" - A devised theater production
Directed by Marina Zurita
Performance program


Inheritance: A Work in Progress
Directed by Andy Paris
Performance program

Henry V
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sara Becker
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Down in the Face of God
Directed by Cameron Knight

Directed by Quin Gordon

Directed by Ticket Knowlton
Behind-the-scenes video


A Midsummer Night's Dream / Studio 4
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Cameron Knight
Performance program
Photo gallery

Luna Gale / Studio 3
Written by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Scott Zigler
Performance program
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Spring Awakening / Studio 4
Written by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater
Adapted from the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Gary Griffin
Performance program
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The Cider House Rules, Part 1 & 2 / Studio 3
Adapted by Peter Parnell
From the novel by John Irving
Directed by Quin Gordon
Performance program
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Stick Fly
Written by Lydia Diamond
Directed by Avery Glymph
Performance program
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Top Girls
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Abigail Holland (4th Year Directing Thesis)
Performance program
Photo gallery

The Odyssey - canceled due to COVID-19
Written by Homer
Adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Carlo Feliciani Ojeda (4th Year Directing Thesis)


Composed by Leonard Bernstein
Additional text and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Studio 3 & 4
Musical Director: Douglas Webster

American Voices: Two One-Act Plays
Directed by Cameron Knight

  • “A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White”
    Written by Adrienne Kennedy
  • “Suddenly, Last Summer”
    Writteny Tennessee Williams

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Music by Tom Kitt
Book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Scott Zigler

Balm in Gilead
Written by Lanford Wilson 
Directed by Quin Gordon

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls and other fantastical comic tales
Directed by Scott Zigler

  • Poof
    Written by Lynn Nottage
  • Three Guys and a Brenda
    Written by Adam Bock
  • The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
    Written by Meg Miroshnik

Scenes from an Execution
Written by Howad Barker
Directed by Carl Forsman

The Hairy Ape
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Rey Zane 

Still Life with Rocket
Conceived and directed by Mollye Maxner


“Middletown” by Will Eno / Studio 3
Director: Quin Gordon

"Arms and the Man" by George Bernard Shaw / Studio 4
Director: Kent Stephens

"Airline Highway" by Lisa D'Amour / Studio 3
Director: Caroline Kava

"Company" by Stephen Sondheim, George Furth / Studio 4
Director: Gus Kaikkonen

"OTMA" by Kate Moira Ryan / Studio 3 & 4
Director: Bob Francesconi

"Stage Door" by Edna Ferber, George Kauffman / Studio 3
Director: Laura Braza

"Peter and the Starcatcher" by Rick Elice / Studio 4
Director: Bob Francesconi


“Blue Window” by Craig Lucas / Studio 3
Director: Josh Foldy

“After The Fall by Arthur Miller / Studio 4
Director: Carl Forsman

“The Aliens” by Annie Baker /A workshop presentation / Studio 4
Director: José Aranda

“Side Show Book & Lyrics by Bill Russell Music by Henry Krieger / Studio 4
Director: Bob Francesconi
Musical Direction: Steven Freeman

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis / Studio 3
Director: Quin Gordon

“The Man of Mode by George Etherege / Studio 4
Director: Jesse Berger

“There Are Crimes and Crimes” by August Strindberg / Studio 3
Director: Kent Stephens

“The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster adapted by Jesse Berger /Studio 4
Director: Michael Barakiva

“Right You Are (If You Think You Are)” by Luigi Pirandello Translation by Carl R. Mueller
Studio 3
Director: Laura Braza



“The Shawl by David Mamet (a workshop presentation) / Studio 4
Director: Tanya Belov

“Arcadia by Tom Stoppard / Studio 4
Director: Carl Forsman

“A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner / Studio 3
Director: Caroline Kava

“Good by CP Taylor / Studio 3
Director: Quin Gordon

“Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen (a workshop presentation); Studio 4
Director: Timothy Douglas

“The Drowsy Chaperone / Studio 4
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar, Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Director: Matt Loehr

“Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson / Studios 2, 3 & 4
Director: Nicole Watson 

“The Women by Clare Boothe Luce / Studios 2, 3 & 4
Director: Giovanna Sardelli

“Black Watch by Gregory Burke/ Studio 3
Director: Robert Francesconi

“Pericles by William Shakespeare / Studio 4
Director: Matthew Bulluck

“Nine by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit (a workshop presentation) / Studios 3 & 4
Director: Greg Walter
Musical Direction: Greg Walter
Additional Staging: Matt Loehr


“Speed-The-Plow” by David Mamet (a workshop presentation) / Studio IV
Director: Laura Braza

“The Learned Ladies” by Moliére / Studio IV
Director: Robert Francesconi

“The Memorandum” by Václav Havel, translated by Vera Blackwell / Studio III
Director: Quin Gordon

“Unlimited: A Stephen Schwartz Review” / Studio IV
Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, created by Joshua Morgan and Matt Cowart
Director: Matt Cowart

“The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder / Studio III
Director: Carl Forsman

“Dying For It,” Moira Buffini’s adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's “The Suicide” / Studio III
Director: Timothy Douglas

“Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches,” by Tony Kushner / Studio IV
Director: Jeremy Skidmore

“Misalliance” by George Bernard Shaw / Studio III
Director: Jesse Berger

“The Homecoming” by Harold Pinter / Studio III
Director: Robert Francesconi

“Guys & Dolls” with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows / Studio II, III, IV
Director: Gus Kaikkonen


“Deadly Sins: A Sword Play” (a workshop presentation) / Studio III
Director: Dale Girard

“Three More Sleepless Nights” and “Abortive” by Caryl Churchill (a workshop presentation) / Studio IV
Director: Tanya Belov, Mary Irwin

“Serjeant Musgrave's Dance” by John Arden / Studio IV
Director: Robert Francesconi

“King Hedley II” by August Wilson / Studios III & IV
Director: Tim Douglas

“Street Scene” by Elmer Rice / Studio III
Director: Matt Bulluck

“She Loves Me” book by Joe Masterhoff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock / Studio IV
Director: Gaye Taylor Upchurch

“Say De Kooning” by Lanford Wilson, “Eukiah” by Lanford Wilson, “Grunge Is Dead” by Katharine Sherman
Director: Geordie MacMinn, Leah Caddigan, Noah Reece

“Henry V” by William Shakespeare / Studios III & IV
Director: Stephen Fried

“The Winter's Tale” by William Shakespeare / Studios III & IV
Director: Gus Kaikkonen

“Romeo & Juliet” by William Shakespeare / Studios III & IV
Director: Carl Forsman

“As You Like It” by William Shakespeare / Studios III & IV
Director: Susan Fenichell

“Quilters” by Molly Newman & Barbara Damashek (a workshop presentation) / Studio III & IV
Director: Robert Francesconi