2010-2011 Productions

Department of Theatre and Dance

Calendar (2010-2011 Productions)

Fall 2010 | Spring 2011

The Seagull
by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Julie Fain Lawrence
L. Howard Fox Theatre

The Seagull is Anton Chekhov's slice-of-life “comedy” about the human hunger for love and the personal tragedies that occur when it remains unrequited. Chekhov’s characters search for love, success, artistic genius and life’s fulfillment. Like Shakespeare, Chekhov’s characters are so complex and so true that they live on in the mind and imagination long after the final curtain comes down.

October 7 @ 7:30pm
October 8 @ 7:30pm
October 9 @ 8:00pm
October 10 @ 2:00pm
October 13 @ 7:30pm
October 14 @ 7:30pm
October 15 @ 7:30pm
October 16 @ 8:00pm
October 17 @ 2:00pm

Sweeney Todd,
The Demon Barber of fleet Street

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based upon the play by Christopher Bond
The Kasser Theatre

Scenic Design by Erhard Rom
Costume Design by Debra Otte
Lighting Design by Scott Bolman
Musical Direction by Meg Zervoulis
Conductor and Musical Supervision by Greg Dlugos
Associate Direction and Musical Staging by Clay James
Directed by Jodi Capeless

Times are hard in 1846 London and one must make due. So Nellie Lovett adds a little something extra to the meat pies she peddles from her shop on Fleet Street. Her secret ingredient: freshly murdered victims of her partner in crime, the barber Sweeney Todd. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Composer/ Lyricist Stephen Sondheim refashions a macabre tale into a musical masterpiece that ripples with black humor and madness. Attend the tale and enter the tonsorial parlor of Sweeney Todd.

November 17 @ 7:30pm
November 18 @ 7:30pm
November 19 @ 1:00 & 7:30pm (Theatre Day)
November 20 @ 2:00 & 8:00pm
November 21 @ 2:00

The Rimers of Eldritch
by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Jorge Cacheiro
L. Howard Fox Theatre

Celebrated playwright Lanford Wilson has created a portrait of the small, mid-western American town, deep in the heart of the Bible Belt. A murder has been committed, and Wilson explores the passions, secrets and morality of the inhabitants of this strange and yet familiar landscape. Rimers is a touching, funny and ultimately very moving play that delves deep into the psyche and soul of Americana.

December 2 @ 7:30pm
December 3 @ 7:30pm
December 4 @ 8:00pm
December 5 @ 2:00pm
December 8 @ 7:30pm
December 9 @ 7:30pm
December 10 @ 7:30pm
December 11 @ 8:00

Works-A-Foot 2010
Memorial Auditorium

The first dance show of the season is a must-see event, featuring dance works by guest artists and MSU dance faculty. Among the wildly imaginative guest artists are Earl Mosley, Jessica DiMauro, and David Parsons.

December 8 @ 7:30pm
December 9 @ 7:30pm
December 10 @ 1:00 & 7:30pm
December 11 @ 8:00pm
December 12 @ 2:00

Sweet Charity
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Book by Neil Simon
Memorial Auditorium

Conductor and Musical Direction by Greg Dlugos
Choreographed by Mimi Quillin
Directed by Clay James

Originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the misadventures, in the ways of love, encountered by a gullible and guileless Times Square Taxi dancer. Charity continues to have faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Big on dance, with a book by Neil Simon and a score that includes Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This, this is a bright, brash and sophisticated show in every sense.

February 16 @ 7:30pm
February 17 @ 7:30pm
February 18 @ 7:30pm
February 19 @ 8:00pm
February 20 @ 2:00pm
Feb 23 @ 7:30pm
Feb 24 @ 7:30pm
Feb 25 @ 7:30pm
Feb 26 @ 8:00

Dance Collage 2011
Memorial Auditorium

MSU Dance Majors “strut their stuff” in this show featuring new and original dance works in a lively variety of genres. Innovative and vibrant student choreography is the centerpiece.

March 2 @ 7:30pm
March 3 @ 7:30pm
March 4 @ 1:00 & 7:30pm
March 5 @ 8:00pm
March 6 @ 2:00


The Grapes of Wrath
By Frank Galati, from the novel by John Steinbeck
Directed by Susan Kerner
The Kasser Theatre

This deeply moving epic drama follows the Joad family as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression. Their courage, faith and strength in the face of anguish and adversity are a testament to the enduring human spirit. This classic work is a sweeping panoramic theatrical event that is as timeless as it is inspiring.

March 9 @ 7:30pm
March 10 @ 7:30pm
March 11 @ 7:30pm
March 12 @ 2:00 & 8:00


The Kasser Theatre

The repertory for this concert explores the theme of “Americana,” anchored by Paul Taylor’s Company B recalling the turbulent World War II era through the 1941 Andrews Sisters hit song. Also featured will be works by modern dance pioneers Sophie Maslow and Charles Weidman. Maslow’s Folksay (1942), based upon Carl Sandburg’s poem The People, Yes blends dance with songs and dialogue. Weidman’s haunting Lynchtown (1936) refers to the lynchings that had been on a steady rise in early 20th century U.S, exploring the sometimes deadly ramifications of mob hysteria and its effects on a community.

April 6 @ 7:30pm
April 7 @ 7:30pm
April 8 @ 7:30pm
April 9 @ 8:00pm
April 10 @ 2:00


dis connect
Directed by Katie Pearl
L. Howard Fox Theatre

dis connect explores what it is like to live in our world and hunger for human connection amidst a saturation of technology. Does linking up with the entire world separate us from reality? Using interwoven stories varying on this main idea, dis connect tries to discover what it means to truly connect. dis connect is collaboratively written, directed, and produced by the B.A. Theater Studies Class of 2011 in cooperation with the multidisciplinary and Obie Award winning theater artist, Katie Pearl. Come and witness the world premiere of this project and the provocative, curious voice of Generation WHY.

April 14 @ 7:30pm
April 15 @ 7:30pm
April 16 @ 8:00pm
April 17 @ 2:00pm
April 18 @ 7:30pm
April 19 @ 7:30pm
April 20 @ 7:30pm
April 21 @ 7:30


New Works Initiative

Each year through a national submission process, new works for the American theatre or dance world are workshopped at Montclair State University by distinguished professional artists. Join us for the following exciting and unique new creation process:

Conceived by Molly Rice,Stephanie Johnstone & Rachel Chavkin
Written by Molly Rice
Music by Stephanie Johnstone
with Lyrics by Rice & Johnstone
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

April 28 @ 7:30pm
April 29 @ 7:30 pm
April 30 @ 8:00pm
May 1 @ 2:00pm

L. Howard Fox Theatre

Admission Free of Charge

Based on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, THE AGEE/EVANS PROJECT is a music-drenched chronicle of James Agee and Evan Walker's descent into the nightmarish existence of three Alabama sharecropping families. Exploring the deeply wounded relationship between America's "haves" and "have-nots," THE AGEE/EVANS PROJECT recounts the journey of two empathetic dreamers who came to terms with humanity's heroic will to live in the face of despair.

Molly Rice’s (Book Writer) works include Don't Stop, Hiroshima 2010: The Apology Module, Watch, Texas Diner Diptych, and the original musicals Saint Enid and the Black Hand, The Mercury Sloop, and Canary (music with Ray Rizzo). She teaches at Brown University and Marymount Manhattan College.

Rachel Chavkin (Director) is the founder and artistic director of the TEAM (the Theater of the Emerging American Moment), a NYC-based theatre company that creates new work to dissect and celebrate the experience of living in America today. With the TEAM, she has directed/co-authored Particularly in the Heartland, A Thousand Natural Shocks, Give Up! Start Over!, Howl, based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg, and Architecting, produced by the National Theater of Scotland.

Stephanie Johnston’s (Composer) was selected as the youngest member of the New Dramatists’ Guild’s Composer/Librettist Studio in 2006. Music theater works include: Tully (In No Particular Order) (New York Musical Theater Festival 2007, for which she was awarded for Excellence in Music), Thanksgiving! A! Pageant! (AdNauseum Lyceum), and The Apostle Project (Theater Mitu/NYTW).

NWI is sponsored by Robert S. and Holly J. Gregory.