2009-2010 Productions

Department of Theatre and Dance

Calendar (2009-2010 Productions)

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

A Man of No Importance

By Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynne Ahrens
Directed by: Evan Pappas

Join in an amateur group of actors determined to stage Oscar Wilde’s controversial play Salome at their local church in this charming musical. In the process of fighting for the play, the director Alfie Byrne. Is forced to confront his own sexuality.

Oct. 13th - 16th @ 7:30pm
Oct. 17th @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Oct. 18th @ 2:00pm
L. Howard Fox Theatre

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by: Susan Kerner

Astonishing in its breadth, Arcadia travels seamlessly between 1809 and the present embracing elements of haunting romantic tragedy, suspenseful mystery, and hilarious sex farce. Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comic masterpiece is among the most intelligent and poignantly human plays of our time.

Nov. 18th – 20th @ 7:30pm
Nov. 21st @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Alexander Kasser Theater

Artistic Direction by Lori Katterhenry and Nancy Lushington

This performance of MSU dance majors will feature works by celebrated choreographer Doug Elkins as well as work by the renowned Robert Battle. Also featured will be Pearl Primus’ Bushache Etude, created in 1949.

Dec. 2nd – 4th @ 7:30pm
Dec. 5th @ 8:00pm
Dec. 6th @ 2:00pm
Memorial Auditorium

Polaroid Stories
By Naomi Iizuka
Directed by: Brnadon Monokian and Kerri Costa

The characters and themes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses become the powerful stories of street kids living on the edge in a world where drug dealers, homeless children, and prostitutes meet the realm of shape-shifting gods.

Dec. 3rd, 5th, 7th & 9th @ 8:00pm
Dec. 11th @ 2:00pm
L. Howard Fox Theatre

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by: Julie Lawrence

“All the world’s a stage” in Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy as Rosalind flees persecution in her uncle’s court only to find love in the Forest of Arden. Don’t miss this sweet and poignant romantic comedy.

Dec. 4th, 8th, 10th & 11th @ 8:00pm
Dec. 6th @ 2:00pm
L. Howard Fox Theatre

By Sabina Berman translated from the Spanish by Shelley Tepperman

The greatest comic genius of all time, Moliere, and his friend and rival playwright Racine, struggle to please both their audiences and their king. The glittering world of 17th century Paris collides with the world of backstage intrigue, political maneuvering and hysterical comedy.

Feb. 18th & 19th @ 7:30pm
Feb. 19th @2:00pm
Feb. 20th @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Feb. 21st @ 2:00pm
L. Howard Fox Theatre

Dance Collage
Artistic Direction by Maxine Steinman and Nicole Smith

An informal dance event where MSU dance majors are given an opportunity to stretch their creative muscles as they create new and exciting works including modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet.

March 3rd, 4th & 5th @ 7:30pm
March 5th @ 1:00pm
March 6th @ 8:00pm
March 7th @ 2:00pm
Memorial Auditorium

Side Show
Composer: Henry Krieger
Lyricist & Librettist: Bill Russell
Musical Conductor: Greg Dlugos
Director/Choreographer: Clay James

Enjoy the Tony Award-nominated musical, based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became vaudeville stars during the Depression. Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Follow their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.

March 9th – 12th @ 7:30pm
March 13th @2:00pm & 8:00pm
Alexander Kasser Theatre

Dance Works 2010
Artistic Direction by: Lori Katterhenry and Nancy Lushington

Come celebrate African-American choreographers and choreography in this dance performance featuring MSU dancers. Highlighting this event will be Games by renowned choreographer Donald McKayle, and Helen Tamiris’ poignant Negro Spirituals.

April 7th – 9th @ 7:30pm
April 10th @ 8:00pm
April 11th @ 2:00pm
Alexander Kasser Theatre

By Jason Grote
Director: Deborah Saivetz

Inspired by the Tales of the Arabian Nights, Jason Grote’s provocative 1001 blends adventure, exotic locale and the pursuit of love and passion. Don’t miss this fascinating play by Montclair State graduate Jason Grote!

April 21st - 23rd @ 7:30pm
April 24th @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm
April 25th @ 2:00pm
L. Howard Fox Theater

New Works Initiative– Workshop of a New Play
By Jason Grote

The results of a national competition, each year acclaimed artists develop new performance works at MSU in collaboration with Theatre and Dance students. Join us this spring when award-winning playwright, Jason Grote, kicks off MSU’s first New Works Initiative with a workshop presentation of a new play for the American theatre.

April 29th & 30th @ 7:30pm
May 1st @ 2:00pm & 8:00pm
May 2nd @ 2:00pm
L. Howard Fox Theater