Theatre and Dance Series

Department of Theatre and Dance


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Theatre and Dance Series is the main production season of the Department of Theatre and Dance, consisting of five to seven theatrical productions and three dance concerts annually.  Works to be performed are specifically chosen to expose students to the broad spectrum of dramatic and choreographic literature, including timeless classics and contemporary genres. Policies for non-traditional casting ensure equal opportunity for students to explore diverse roles and stretch themselves artistically.Each project is directed and/or choreographed by resident or guest artist directors and choreographers and performed by the Department's theatre and dance majors.

Deputy Chair for Production: Prof. Michael Allen (973.655.4496)

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Current Season Schedule -- Fall 2014Spring 2015


Hearts of Men

  • Sept. 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 7 – 2:00 p.m.

Directed by Fredrick Earl Mosley

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Hearts of Men is the culmination of a two-week intergenerational dance intensive for men ages 14 to 80 directed by Fredrick Earl Mosley on the MSU campus. Dances of community and inspiration are the fruits of this collaboration between men, young and not so young. Octogenarian Dudley Williams, a legendary principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will be a featured guest artist. "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own." - Benjamin Disraeli

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Clybourne Park

  • Oct. 15, 16 and 17 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 18 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 - 2:00 p.m.

Book by Bruce Norris
Directed by Susan Kerner

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun is the inspiration for this satiric comedy about race and class in America. In Act I a black family is integrating a white neighborhood in 1959. In Act II 50 years have passed in the same house and gentrification is now the name of the game. Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two generations tiptoe through social politics, pitting race against real estate. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, The New York Times hailed Clybourne Park as “ferociously smart” and Variety raved, “Yes, it’s dangerous and provocative, but pulverizingly funny to boot!”

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The Threepenny Opera

  • Nov. 13, and 14 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 16 – 2:00 p.m.

Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
Musical Direction and Supervision by Gregory J. Dlugos
Directed and Staged by Mark Hardy

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre

This savage, darkly comic classic profiles the 20th century’s most outrageous bad boy, Mack the Knife, in a satirical exposé of bourgeois culture and the poverty and crime that it feeds. With a score that feels at once raw and refined and a book that remains daring, The Threepenny Opera resonates in surprisingly contemporary ways.

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Works-A-Foot 2014

  • Nov. 19,20 and 21 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 22 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 23 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

A must-see event featuring dance works by guest artists and MSU dance faculty, including Larry Keigwin’s Megalopolis, “a divinely well-structured encounter between formalism and club culture…” (New York Times); Continuo, a continuous, fluid, balletic expression by Anthony Tudor set to Pachelbel’s universally popular Canon in D; and  choreography by MSU faculty Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard, Joao Carvalho, and Jessica DiMauro.

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Chuck Mee’s Wintertime

  • Dec. 5 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 6 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 7 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Dec 9 and 10 - 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Heather Benton

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

In the hours before New Year's Eve the members of an upper class family and their lovers arrive at the summer lake house to find they are not alone. The New York Times called Wintertime “a raucous riff on love in its many permutations.” It combines the pathos of Greek drama, the philosophical musings of Chekhov, the romantic quadrangles of Molière, and the ridiculousness of a French farce. Mee's eclectic theatrical style is as rich in heart and truth as it is in chaos and irreverence.

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Merrily We Roll Along

  • Feb 5, 6, 7 and 8 – 8:00 p.m.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Based on the Original Play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Musical Direction by Gregory J. Dlugos
Direction and Musical Staging by Joe Joyce

Location: Leshowitz Recital Hall
This is a free event. No tickets are required.

Merrily We Roll Along expertly blends the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with the contemporary, emotional story about the value of staying true to one's ideals in the pursuit of success.

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NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

  • Feb. 19 - 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 20 - 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 21 - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 22 - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p. m.

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre
This is a free event. No tickets are required.

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents the second annual New Play Festival featuring staged readings of four new plays, either in development or recently produced.  Each reading will be followed by an in-depth discussion of the work, led by a member of the artistic team.  Admission to the readings is free and open to the public.  Stay tuned for details!

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The Winter’s Tale

  • Feb. 26 and 27 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • March 1 – 2:00 p.m.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Michael Bloom

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre

Once considered a strangely discordant play, The Winter’s Tale has become an evergreen precisely because of its swerves—from tragedy to comedy, revenge to romance, psychological realism to fantasy. In this late Shakespeare play the irrational jealousy of a king toward his faithful wife unleashes a kaleidoscopic fable of revenge, loyalty, and redemption that now seems strikingly modern.

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Dance Collage 2015

  • Mar. 5 and 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 7 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Mar. 8 – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

MSU dance majors are the featured choreographers in this fresh and innovative concert.  Be among the first to see these young and (as yet) undiscovered choreographers as they present a lively variety of genres and styles of dance.

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The Persians

  • Mar. 26, and 27 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 28 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Mar. 29 – 2:00 p.m.

By Aeschylus
Translated by Robert Auletta
Directed by Mercedes Murphy

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

The Persians, the earliest Greek play to survive as a complete work, recounts how the news of an unexpected and crushing defeat of the Greek army reached the Persian imperial court. According to The Guardian, “The play's tour de force [is a] vivid, fast-moving account of one of history's great battles…Dense and muscular in its imagery, with an exotic queen, a portentous dream, a distant location and a sinister supernatural event …A troubling, masterful play [that] can also become a drama for our time.”

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Danceworks 2015

  • Apr. 8, 9, and 10 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Apr. 11 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Apr. 12 – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre

This concert explores the theme of “inspiration!” Excerpts from Jose Limon’s Choreographic Offering are an elegant homage to his predecessor and mentor, Doris Humphrey. Sean Curran’s Symbolic Logic, set to the meditative music of Sheila Chandra, is influenced by traditional Indian dancing and martial arts. These and works by other MSU dance faculty members will make this evening a truly inspired event.


 

Hair

  • Apr. 30 and May 1 – 7:30 p.m.
  • May 2 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • May 3 – 2:00 p.m.
  • May 4 and 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Musical Direction and Supervision by Shelly Axelson
Choreographed by Geoffrey Doig-Marx
Production Supervision by Clay James
Directed by Gary John La Rosa

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Hair, the legendary, trailblazing rock musical, puts the philosophy and culture of 60s-era flower children center stage. A show that bridges generations and viewpoints, featuring phenomenally successful musical numbers like Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine, Hair’s vitality and exuberance lives on.

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Past Seasons –

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Multi-Media Gallery –

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Productions Gallery

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