2007-2008 Productions

Department of Theatre and Dance

Calendar (2007-2008 Productions)

Program descriptions and ticket information are available on MSU's Arts & Cultural Programmingpage for the productions listed below:

Department of Theatre and Dance 2008-2009

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Written by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Susann Kerner

A witty and stylish portrayal of seduction, betrayal and revenge among the aristocracy prior to the French revolution. Based on Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 tale, anything goes when a wealthy widow forms a conspiracy with a notorious rake to corrupt a young girl in this high-stakes game they play to win at any cost.

October 18, 19, 24, 26 @ 7:30pm
October 20 & 27 @ 8:00pm
October 21, 28 @ 2:00pm
October 26 @ 1:00pm (Theater Day)
L. Howard Fox Theatre

The Full Monty
Book by Terrance McNally
Score by David Yazbek
Directed by Clay James

This salute to the human spirit is the poignant story of six unemployed, out-of-shape mill workers from Buffalo, New York, who concoct a scheme to make some extra cash as male strippers. As they work through their fears and anxieties, they discover that, but the strength they find in each other gives them the courage to face their demons.

November 15, 16 @ 7:30pm
November 17 @ 8:00pm
November 16, 17 @ 1:00pm
November 18 @ 2:00pm
Kasser Theater

WORKS-A-FOOT
Artistic direction: Lori Katterhenry

The first in a year-long tribute to American choreographers, this concert of stellar proportions will include a piece from Bill T. Jones's D Man in the Waters set on MSU students by Roz LeBlanc, former dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Don't miss this exciting evening of innovative and new choreography.

December 5, 6, 7 @ 7:30pm
December 7 @ 1:00pm (Dance Day)
December 8 @ 8:00pm
December 9 @ 2:00pm
Memorial Auditorium

Katrina
Created and Written by Suzanne Trauth and Lisa Brenner

The premiere of an original play inspired by true stories of individuals facing one of America's most challenging crises. Both tragically heartbreaking and poignantly uplifting, Katrina chronicles the journeys of New Orleans residents whose lives are forever changed: some choose to wait out the storm; some can't get out; some create a new life in a new city; and some leave a comfortable life elsewhere to help rebuild a broken city.

December 5, 6, 7 @ 7:30pm
December 8 @ 8:00pm
December 7 @ 1:00pm
December 9 @ 2:00pm
Fox Theatre

Machinal
Written by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Donny Levit

Based on the infamous 1927 trial and execution of Ruth Snyder and Judd Grey for the murder of Snyder's husband, Machinal explores the external forces and inner conflicts of a woman caught in a mechanized world and a loveless marriage. An expressionistic vision of a woman trapped in a nightmarish society, this drama is as timely today as it was when it premiered in New York in 1928.

February 20, 21, 22 @7:30pm
February 23 @ 8:00pm
February 22 @ 1:00pm (Theatre Day)
February 24 @ 2:00pm
Kasser Theatre

Dance Collage
Artistic Direction: Lori Katterhenry

A perennial favorite, Dance Collage features new works by MSU students and faculty. Included in this year's concert will be a modern dance choreographed by Donna Sco-Gentile for the senior students and a jazz piece by Jay T. Jenkins set on the junior MSU dancers. Joao Carvalho will choreograph a modern work for the sophomore students, and the freshmen dance majors will perform a new modern dance by Jessie DiMauro.

March 5, 6, 7 @ 7:30pm
March 7 @ 1:00pm
March 8 @ 8:00pm
March 9 @ 2:00pm
Memorial Theatre

subUrbia
Written by Eric Bogosian
Directed by Jorge Cacheiro

Eric Bogosian's dark drama looks at one night in the lives of a group of 20-something slackers hanging out in front of a convenience store in a contemporary suburb. A portrait of disaffection and desperation, subUrbia explores the jealousy, misogyny and violence that pervades the lives of young people without a purpose.

April 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 @ 7:30pm
April 5 & 12 @ 8:00pm
April 11 @ 1:00pm
April 6, 13 @ 2:00pm
Fox Theatre

Dance Works
Artistic Direction: Lori Katterhenry

The showcase for the season of American dance, DanceWorks will feature Martha Graham's Steps in the Street recreated by Denise Vale for the MSU Dance program, a reprise of Bill T. Jones's D Man in The Waters, and the best of the new works created for Works-A-Foot and Dance Collage. Don't miss this unique tribute to classic and contemporary American choreography!

April 17, 18 @ 7:30pm
April 18 @ 1:00pm (Dance Day)
April 20 @ 2:00pm
Kasser Theatre

The Marvin Songs
Music and Lyrics by William Fibb
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Directed by Aaron Jodoin
Musical Staging by Clay James

A seamless production of the acclaimed Falsettos trilogy, this Tony Award winner is the jaunty tale of Marvin and his attempts to decide if he is hetero, homo or bi. He leaves his wife and young son to live with another man while his ex-wife marries his psychiatrist. The Marvin Songs is a brave and hilarious musical chronicling the ups and downs of modern urban life with the ever-increasing specter of AIDS.

April 30, May 1, 2 @ 7:30pm
May 3 @ 8:00pm
May 4 @ 2:00pm
Fox Theatre