Theatre and Dance Season

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.

Production Manager: Peter Davis (973.655.4205)    

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Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Schedule

(Mem Aud)

Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Music by Michael Gore
Adapted from the novel by Stephen King

Directed by                   Matt Williams
Choreography by           Kim Whittam
Music Direction by        Greg Dlugos
Conducted by                Barry Spatz


Ticketed event              $15.00

Fri        Oct 20              7:30

Sat        Oct 21              8:00

Sun       Oct 22              2:00

Wed     Oct 25              7:30

Thu      Oct 26              7:30

Fri        Oct 27              7:30

Sat        Oct 28              2:00

Sat        Oct 28              8:00

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... but one night at her senior prom, Carrie was humiliated just one time too many. Based on the best-selling thriller by Stephen King, the cult musical Carrie tells the story of misfit high school senior, Carrie White, who discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a demented mother and taunted by her peers, Carrie's efforts to fit in lead to the most tragic and shocking climax in musical theater history. Set in it's original time period of the 1970's, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Mark Hardy

Ticketed Event  $20.00

Thu      Nov 9               7:30

Fri        Nov 10             7:30

Sat        Nov 11             2:00

Sat        Nov 11             8:00

Sun       Nov 12             2:00

Lovers and fools - all of them misguided, mismatched, and misunderstood - tangle in Shakespeare's song-filled comedy set along the adventurous shores of Illyria. In the spirit of the dashing Count Orsino's opening plea "If music be the food of love, play on ...", this bittersweet farce seduces us down the thorny path of romance.

Works A Foot
(Memorial Auditorium)

Various Choreographers


Ticketed event $15.00

Thu      Nov 30               7:30

Fri        Dec 1               7:30

Sat        Dec 2               2:00

Sat        Dec 2               8:00

Sun       Dec 3              2:00

The first dance show of the season features vintage and contemporary works by guest artists and Montclair State dance faculty. To Have and To Hold, by Joanie Smith and Danial Shapiro, with music by Scott Kylian, is the highlight of the concert. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times wrote, “There is no plot. But lives are spanned. Lovers meet and part. Death comes, first frighteningly, then as peaceful resolution.” Twelve Contra Dances by Remy Charlip, a founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and two- time Obie winner, is a witty piece that explores music and spatial relationships with abstract, humorous movement. Choreography and restagings by Montclair State faculty Earl Mosley, Christian von Howard, Maxine Steinman, Elizabeth McPherson and Jessica DiMauro.


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by John Housseoi
Choreography by Todd Underwood


Ticketed event $15.00

Wed    Dec 6               7:30

Thu      Dec 7               7:30

Fri        Dec 8               7:30

Sat        Dec 9               2:00

Sat        Dec 9               8:00

Sun       Dec 10              2:00

A 1970 Broadway sensation, Company explores the trials and tribulations of modern love as seen through the eyes of musical theatre's most beloved commitment-phobe, Bobby. With music and lyrics by celebrated composer Stephen Sondheim, Company delves into relationships through a series of vignettes with the wry and clever insight that made the American songsmith famous.

Matzukaze (Wind in the Pines)
(Life Hall Studio Theatre)

Matzukaze by Ka’nami, revised by Zeami

Directed by Mercedes Murphy


Non-Ticketed event, Free

Thu      Dec 7               7:30

Fri        Dec 8               7:30

Sat        Dec 9               8:00

Sun       Dec 10              2:00

A young monk traveling through a seaside town encounters the bewitching ghosts of two lovelorn sisters.  Experimental director Mercedes Murphy and an ensemble of MSU actors re-interpret Japanese Noh classics Matzukaze with physically charged storytelling.  For reservations, please go to:

A White House Cantata

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Directed by Gary John La Rosa

Ticketed Event $15.00

Thu      Feb 1                8:00

Fri        Feb 2                8:00

Sat        Feb 3                8:00

Sun       Feb 4                2:00

Sun       Feb 4                8:00 (Snow)

A concert presentation of master composer's Leonard Bernstein's 1976 musical, 1600 Pensylvania Avenue, White House Cantata features the beloved songs that embrace the gamut of styles from anthems, blues, drinking songs, Dixieland, jazz, hymns, marches and a cappella barbershop harmonies that The New York Times calls "quintessentially American."

Anything Goes

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Woodhouse,
revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Ticketed Event $20.00

Fri        Feb 23              7:30

Sat        Feb 24              8:00

Sun       Feb 25              2:00

Tues     Feb 27              2:00

Wed     Feb 28              7:30

Thu      Mar 1               7:30

Fri        Mar 2               7:30

Mishaps and mistaken identities make for musical theatre mayhem on the high seas in Cole Porter's 1936 tap extravaganza. With infectious songs like "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "You're the Top," you'll be humming in your seat as the award-winning MSU Musical Theatre Department dazzles you with dance and delight.

Mad Forest

By Caryl Churchill

Directed by Susan Kerner


Ticketed Event $15.00

Wed    Mar 21               7:30

Thu     Mar 22               7:30

Fri        Mar 23              7:30

Sat        Mar 24              2:00

Sat        Mar 24              8:00

Sun       Mar 25              2:00

By one of England's most original voices in contemporary theatre Caryl Churchill, Mad Forest recounts the days of the 1989 Romanian Revolution. With an immersive staging by faculty director Susan Kerner, this three-act play explores how an oppressive political regime effects the lives of everyday people, and the lengths they will go to fight it.

Danceworks 2018

Various Choreographers


Ticketed Event $15.00

Thu      Apr 5              7:30

Fri        Apr 6              7:30

Sat        Apr 7              2:00

Sat        Apr 7              8:00

Sun       Apr 8              2:00

Montclair State Dance Majors will premiere a new work by Emmy-nominated So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Stacey Tookey. Known for her passionate and adventurous dances, Tookey’s work has also been seen on Dancing With The Stars. Tensile Involvement, choreographed in 1953 by Alwin Nikolais, is an early multimedia masterpiece with a brilliant original score, set, costumes and choreography all by the modern dance visionary. Works by Montclair State Dance Faculty Earl Mosley, Kathleen Kelley, and Nancy Lushington will complete the evening.


Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors

By Jeff Talbott

Directed by Wes Grantom


Ticketed event              $15.00

Wed     Apr 18              7:30

Thu      Apr 19              7:30

Fri        Apr 20              7:30

Sat        Apr 21              2:00

Sat        Apr 21              8:00

Sun       Apr 22              2:00

People got it together to write the Constitution, so why can't two student action groups get a single sentence on paper to form a charter? Finding the right words can be the hardest thing in the world. Two stories.  One story.  Their story.  Our story. A thorny comic drama about getting things started.

Spring 2018 Schedule

In the Red and Brown Water
(Life Hall Studio Theatre)

By Tarell Alvin McCraney

Directed by Debbie Saivetz


Non-Ticketed Event, Free

Thu      Apr 19              7:30

Fri        Apr 20              7:30

Sat        Apr 21              8:00

Sun       Apr 22              2:00

Fast, spirited Oya is a promising young athlete who is offered a scholarship that could jump-start her future. Forced to choose between her dying mother and her own dreams, she makes a life-changing decision. Oya’s subsequent path to womanhood leads her to a crossroads where she finds herself torn between settling down... and just settling.

In the Red and Brown Water is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma, and draws upon Yoruba traditions and stories, both Caribbean and African. It is the first part of McCraney's acclaimed trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays

Past Seasons

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