2011-2012 Productions

Department of Theatre and Dance

Calendar (2011-2012 Productions)

Program descriptions and ticket information are available on the Peak Performances Web page for the productions listed below:

Fall 2011 | Spring 2012

A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics: Edward Kleban
Book: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Directed by: Clay James
Memorial Auditorium

For 17 dancers, their audition for a new Broadway musical is the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed -- to have the chance to dance. This is A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. This singular sensation, winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama with a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante; lyrics by Edward Kleban and music by Marvin Hamlisch, is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever. Come meet the next generation of Broadway’s best!

October 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30pm
October 22, 23, 29, 30 @ 2:00pm
October 22, 29 @ 8:00pm


Stage DoorStage Door

By: Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman
Directed by: Susan Kerner
Alexander Kasser Theater

Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’s classic 1936 comedy reveals the colorful world of young actresses pursuing careers in New York City. A charming love letter to the theatre, Stage Door examines the lure of Hollywood and the temptation to abandon the stage for the silver screen. Hilarity, romance, and despair infuse the characters’ lives as they strive to stay true to themselves and hold onto their dreams.

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


Works a FootWorks-A-Foot '11

Artistic Directors: Nancy Lushington and Lori Katterhenry
Memorial Auditorium

The first show of the season is a must-see event, featuring choreography by world renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones. Bill T. Jones created /D-Man in the Water/ in honor of a company member, Demian Acquavella, who died of AIDS. Other choreographers for this concert include Earl Mosley and Montclair State University dance-faculty members.

November 30 @ 7:30pm
December 1, 2 @ 7:30pm
December 2 @ 1:00pm (Dance Day)
December 3 @ 8:00pm
December 4 @ 2:00pm



Director TBA
L. Howard Fox Theatre

Rebecca, a Russian immigrant who arrives at Ellis Island with her young son, struggles to make a life for themselves in the New World. Rebecca finds work in a sweatshop on the Lower East side but her husband Nathan’s desire to change their name and strip away their ethnic culture leads Rebecca into union activities against the very men her husband so hopes to impress. With a Book by Joseph Stein, Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and Music by Charles Strouse and in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, this sweeping saga of awakenings and disappointments, of greed and power, of strength and love is a deeply moving and inspirational journey to be made.

December 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 @ 7:30pm
December 11 @ 2:00pm

Romeo and Juliet

By: William Shakespeare
Director TBA
L. Howard Fox Theatre

February 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30pm
February 11, 18 @ 8:00pm
February 12, 19 @ 2:00pm

Dance CollageDance Collage 2012

Artistic Director: Maxine Steinman
Memorial Auditorium

MSU Dance Majors bring their fresh and innovative choreography to the stage in this show featuring new and original dance works in a lively variety of genres including ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop.

February 22, 23 & 24 @ 7:30pm
February 24 @ 1:00pm
February 25 @ 8:00pm
February 26 @ 2:00pm

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Book: Terrence McNally
Directed by: Clay James
Alexander Kasser Theater

Based on the groundbreaking novel by Manuel Puig with a book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb and winner of multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman revamps a harrowing tale of persecution which explores the complex relationship between two very different men forced to share an Argentinean prison cell in the 1970’s: Molina, a gay window dresser and Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary. Gradually Valentin is drawn into Molina’s world of movie musicals and into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies. This production is recommended for mature audiences due to adult themes, strong language and brief nudity.

March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 @ 7:30pm
March 3 @ 8:00pm
March 4, 10 @ 2:00pm
March 9 @ 1:00pm (Theatre Day)

DanceworksDance Works '12

Artistic Directors: Nancy Lushington and Lori Katterhenry
Alexander Kasser Theater

The repertory for this concert explores the theme of "Dance and the Human Spirit," as a commemoration of 9/11. This concert will feature Jose Limon's elegant and moving masterpiece /There Is A Time/ which originally premiered in 1956. **The score for the piece was commissioned from Norman Dello Joio, and earned the composer the Pulitzer Prize in 1957.** The entire work is, both choreographically and musically, a theme with variations based on Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." Also presented will be /Tobi Roppo/ by Sabatino Verlezza, a tribute to the Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb at the close of WWII.

April 11, 12, 13 @ 7:30pm
April 13 @ 1:00pm (Dance Day)
April 14 @ 2:00pm
April 14 @ 8:00pm

PENANCE: The Ghost of Don Juan

Original Script written by Molly Rice
Directed by: Debbie Saivetz
Movement by Heather Benton
L. Howard Fox Theatre

What happens when overpowering sexuality gets trapped in a body? How does it work its way out? Who falls prey to violence in the pursuit of sexual satisfaction? Who tries to make the pleasure stop? And what price do individuals have to pay for breaking the sexual mold?

Created in collaboration with and performed by the BA Theatre Studies class of 2012, DON JUAN IN HELL uses movement, music and live games to discover who changes and who does the changing in this hyper-sexual world. This world-premiere exploration/explosion of the Don Juan archetype promises to be a unique evening of live performance.

April 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 @ 7:30pm
April 21, 28 @ 8:00pm
April 22, 29 @ 2:00pm