Theatre and Dance Series

Department of Theatre and Dance

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 2015 | Spring 2016

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

  • Fri    Oct 16 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Oct 17 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun  Oct 18 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wed Oct 21 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu  Oct 22 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri    Oct 23 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Oct 24 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Book by Larry L. King & Peter Masterson | Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall

Based on a story by Larry L. King

Directed by Joe Joyce | Musical Directed & Conducted by Eddie Guttman

Based on a true story, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a tale of small town vice and statewide political sidestepping that recounts the demise of the infamous Chicken Ranch in Texas. Governors, senators, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy brothel until a crusading television reporter tries to close it down. Mature content.

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Pride and Prejudice

  • Thu Nov 12 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Nov 13 - 1:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Nov 14 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Nov 14 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre

Journey to an era before tweets and texts when romance blossomed on dance floors and garden paths, in passionate conversation and heartfelt correspondence. Rebellious spitfire Lizzie Bennet meets her match in handsome, arrogant Mr. Darcy. In this breezy adaptation of Austen’s beloved classic, both are humbled by their growing attraction and ultimately, by unexpected love.

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Works-A-Foot 2015

  • Thu Nov 19 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Nov 20 - 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Nov 21 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Nov 22 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

This must-see event features dance works by guest artists and MSU dance faculty. One highlight among many: Larry Keigwin’s Exit Like An Animal, a piece that Siobhan Burke of The New York Times called “a theatrical flirtation with fashion and night life.”   

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Triumph of Love 

  • Thu Dec 10 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Dec 11 - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sat  Dec 12 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Dec 13 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

Book by James Magruder | Music by Jeffrey Stock | Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Based on the play by Marivaux

Directed by Mark Hardy | Musical Directed and Conducted by Gregory J. Dlugos

Triumph Of Love is a tongue-in-cheek musical adaptation of the classic Marivaux comedy of the same name. Full of delicious deception and cross-dressing disguises, this charming chamber musical reveals the beauty, absurdities and bittersweet nature of love. 

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The Boys From Syracuse

  • Feb 4, 5, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Feb 7 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Leshowitz Recital Hall

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The Producers

  • Fri    Feb. 26 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Feb 27 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun  Feb 28 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wed Mar 2 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu  Mar 3 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri    Mar 4 - 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat   Mar 5 - 6:00 p. m.

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre

Based on the 1968 Film

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan | Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Directed by Clay James | Music Directed by Meg Zervoulis and Conducted by Gregory J. Dlugos

Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock convinces accountant Leo Bloom to help him produce the guaranteed flop Springtime for Hitler, so they can run off with the money. Nothing can go wrong with a show that’s doomed to fail…can it? This laugh-out-loud spectacle may be the funniest musical of all time!

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99 Ways to F*ck a Swan

  • Thu Mar 17 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Mar 18 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Mar 19 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Mar 20 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

By Kim Rosenstock | Directed by Jesse Jou
Dave is a lonely guy with a broken heart. Fiona is a creative writing instructor in a complicated relationship. When Dave writes a fantastical story about strange romantic obsessions, they begin a relationship that might help them both. Inspired by the myth of Leda and the Swan, 99 Ways… is a hilarious, provocative, and moving comedy. Mature content. 

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Dance Works 2016

  • Thu Mar 31 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Apr 1 1:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Apr 2 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Apr 3 2:00 p.m. 

Location: Alexander Kasser Theatre 

The majestic Panorama, choreographed by dance legend Martha Graham in 1935, headlines Danceworks 2016. This concert also features Colleen Ann by Seattle-based pioneer Pat Graney, a 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award Recipient. Resident choreographers Nancy Lushington, Christian von Howard, and Earl Mosley also contribute to this exciting evening of dance.

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The Drunken City

  • Thu Apr 21 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri   Apr 22 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat  Apr 23 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun Apr 24 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

By Adam Bock | Directed by Debbie Saivetz

On an epic bar crawl, three 20-something brides-to-be begin to question their future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. A wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in the city that never sleeps.

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Dance Collage 2016

  • Wed Apr 27 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thu  Apr 28 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Fri    Apr 29 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat   Apr 30 - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun  May 1 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Montclair State dance majors strut their innovative choreographic stuff in this student concert directed by Maxine Steinman and Kathleen Kelley. The work is fresh, the dancing is hot, so don’t miss the choreographic debuts of these talented young dancers!   

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Past Seasons –

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Multi-Media Gallery –

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Multi-Media Gallery

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