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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Upcoming Season Schedule -- Fall 2016Spring 2017


Hearts of Men

  • Sat   Sept 10 8pm
  • Sun  Sept 11 2pm

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Hearts of Men is a two-week inter-generational movement intensive for men of all ages and backgrounds. Director Fredrick Earl Mosley creates a community where men come together to share stories, and ultimately perform these newly created works. Young men are mentored by elders and elders are rejuvenated by the young men. The culminating performance is the product of the two intensive weeks where the participants brought everything they had and left it on the dance floor.

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New Works Reading

Part of the New Works Initiative (NWI)

  • Thu Sept 22

Location: New York City location (tba)

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Aida

  • Wed    Oct 19 7:30pm
  • Thurs  Oct 20 7:30pm
  • Fri       Oct 21 7:30pm
  • Sat      Oct 22 2pm, 8pm
  • Sun     Oct 23 2pm

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Directed by Gary John La Rossa

Aida tells the story of star-crossed lovers bound by family and cultural expectations in Egypt during the time of the great pharaohs. Based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Elton John and Time Rice's Aida uses rousing rock numbers and heart-wrenching ballads bring the ill-fated lovers into a new era.

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Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Thu Nov 3 7:30pm
  • Fri   Nov 4 7:30pm
  • Sat  Nov 5 2pm, 8pm
  • Sun Nov 6 2pm

Location: Alexander Kasser Theater

Play by Euripdes, translated by Don Talyor, and includes other adapted text

Directed by Heather Benton 

A nation on the brink of war; a family torn apart; an unspeakable act of violence: this ancient Greek tragedy resonates with the immediacy of a Google newsfeed. Trapped with the Greek troops on the shores of Aulis, Agamemnon faces an impossible choice: sacrifice his own daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the gods, or remain beached. In desperation he summons wife and daughter for a wedding. When the truth is revealed, mother and lover fight to save Iphigenia from her father, the insatiable Greek army, and herself.

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Works-A-Foot 

  • Thu Nov 17 7:30pm
  • Fri   Nov 18 7:30pm
  • Sat  Nov 19 2pm, 8pm
  • Sun Nov 20 2pm

Location: Memorial Auditorium

The star-studded repertory of the first concert of the season will feature works by guest choreographers and MSU faculty.  The spiritual New Second Line by 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Camille Brown was inspired by the cataclysm of Hurricane Katrina. Polka by Mark Morris has been acclaimed as “a tribal celebration danced around a metaphorical campfire.” The program will be completed with works by MSU dance faculty members Jessica DiMauro, Kathleen Kelley, Earl Mosley, Maxine Steinman and Christian von Howard.

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Jon

  • Thu  Dec 1
  • Fri    Dec 2
  • Sat   Dec 3 
  • Sun  Dec 4

The Department of Theatre and Dance Studio Series allows students and faculty to study and present theatrical stagings of work that is freed from the constraints and cost of a fully produced event. The Studio Series is intended to be a means for producing performance work quickly and simply, providing a laboratory for the exploration of theatrical performances, emphasizing acting as an art form. These performances are free to the students and public.

Based on the 2003 short story by George Saunders, adapted by Seth Bockley

Directed by Debbie Saivetz

A futuristic fable about teenage love in a corporate universe where television commercials replace life experiences. Adapted from the innovative story by MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship awardee George Saunders, Jon invites the audience into a multi-media test-marketing laboratory, and unfolds a surreal and strangely moving coming-of-age story.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • Wed   Dec 7  7:30pm
  • Thurs Dec 8  7:30pm 
  • Fri      Dec 9  7:30pm
  • Sat     Dec 10 2pm, 8pm
  • Sun    Dec 11 2pm

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and additional material by Jay Reiss.

Directed by Robin Levine

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the story of how six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of overachiever's' angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

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The Dirty 9

  • tbd

Location: tbd

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Senior Dance Concert

  • tbd 

Location: tbd

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Songs for a New World

  • Thu Feb 2
  • Fri   Feb 3
  • Sat  Feb 4

Location: Leshowitz Theatre

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

Songs for a New World is, according to composer Jason Robert Brown, “about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” With a rousing score that blends elements of pop, gospel and jazz, featuring tight harmonies and darling vocals, Songs for a New World transports its audience from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship bound for a new land, to the ledge of a New York penthouse.

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West Side Story

  • Fri    Feb 24
  • Sat   Feb 25 
  • Sun  Feb 26 
  • Thu  Mar 2
  • Fri    Mar 3
  • Sat   Mar 4

Location: Alexander Kasser Theater

Directed by Mark Hardy

Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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New Works Production

Part of the New Works Initiative (NWI)

  • Thu Mar 23
  • Fri   Mar 24
  • Sat  Mar 25
  • Sun Mar 26

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

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DanceWorks

Artistic Director Lori Katterhenry

  • Thu Apr 6
  • Fri   Apr 7
  • Sat  Apr 8
  • Sun Apr 9

Location: Alexander Kasser Theater

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Music Theatre Studio Production TBD

  • Thu Apr 6
  • Fri   Apr 7
  • Sat  Apr 8

Location: Studio Series

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Punk Rock

  • Thu Apr 6
  • Fri   Apr 7
  • Sat  Apr 8

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

A play by Simon Stephens

Directed by Susan Kerner

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Dance Collage

  • Wed Apr 26
  • Thu  Apr 27
  • Fri    Apr 28
  • Sat   Apr 29
  • Sun  Apr 30

Location: Memorial Auditorium

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BFA Studio Production TBD

  • Thu  Apr 27
  • Fri    Apr 28
  • Sat   Apr 29
  • Sun  Apr 30

Location: Studio Series

Director Carole Healy

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Upcoming Spring Productions:

Senior Showcase Acting Musical Theatre: TBD

Theatre on the Move: TBD

Workshop: Senior Dance: TBD

The Dirty 9: TBD

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Past Seasons –

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Multi-Media Gallery –

Click below to view photos and videos of recent student productions:

Multi-Media Gallery

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