Theatre and Dance Series

Department of Theatre and Dance

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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.

Deputy Chair for Production: Prof. Michael Allen (973.655.4496)

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Current Season Schedule -- Fall 2013Spring 2014

Take Flight

  • Oct. 17, 18, 23 and 25 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 19 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 26 2:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 20 and 27 – 2:00 p.m.

Book by John Weidman
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed and Staged by Mark Hardy
Musical Direction and Supervision by Gregory J. Dlugos

Location: Memorial Auditorium

Lift your spirits with this stirring new musical that takes flying, creativity, and American invention to new heights. Take Flight melds fact and fiction to tell the interweaving stories of three pioneers of aeronautics: the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. As their dreams become reality, these aviators discover the real costs of their sky-high ambitions. With style and panache, this lush musical delves to the core of the American experience.

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A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Nov. 14 and 15 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 16 – 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Nov. 17 - 1:00 p.m.

Written by Tennessee Williams
Direction and Choreography by Kari Margolis
Multimedia and Soundscape by Rony Braun
Set Design by Christina Pteffercorn
Lighting Design by Jorge Arroyo
Costume Design by Sarah Acklen Stouff

Location: Alexander Kasser Theater

A Streetcar Named Desire’s characters brilliantly capture the tension of its time. The fading, fragile beauty of Blanche embodies the uncertain future of the crumbling iconic old South, while the raw animal magnetism of Stanley theatrically exploits the rapidly changing landscape of American life post World War II.  Both of these characters, and all they represent, stand on shaky ground, fearful of losing what they believe is rightly theirs. With a production based on multiple perspectives and mental angles, Director Kari Margolis returns to MSU with a visceral and poetic exploration of Tennessee Williams’ classic tale.

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Works-A-Foot 2013

  • Dec. 4, 5 and 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 7 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

This star-studded array will feature works by guest artists and MSU faculty.  Wonderland by Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance Company has been critically-hailed for its “delicious strangeness, fierce aggression, and raw beauty.” The New Works Initiative artist, Claire Porter, will create Sentence, featuring students from the Department of Theatre and Dance blending text with movement.  The program will be dramatically completed with works by MSU faculty members Earl Mosley, Kathleen Kelley, Tyler Gilstrap, Maxine Steinman, and Jessica DiMauro. The New Works Initiative of the Department of Theatre & Dance is supported by the enlightened philanthropy of Holly and Robert Gregory.

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  • Dec. 6, 7, 10 and 11 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 7  - 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 – 6:00 p.m.

Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Direction and Musical Staging by Joe Joyce
Musical Supervision by Gregory J. Dlugos

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

A seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed off-Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart, Falsettos won 1992 Tony Awards for best book and musical score. It is the jaunty tale of Marvin who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son's bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.

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Dance Collage

  • Feb 19, 20 and 21 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 22 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 23 – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Memorial Auditorium

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

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42nd Street

  • Feb. 28; March 4, 5, 6 and 7 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 1, 2 and 8 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Mar. 1 – 8:00 p.m.
  • MSU Student Only (Signature Event) performance – March 8 – 6:00 p.m.

Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Music and Lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes
Originally Concieved, Directed, and Choreographed by Gower Champion
Directed and Choreographed by Clay James
Conductor and Musical Supervision by Gregory J. Dlugos

Location: Alexander Kasser Theater

Come and meet those dancing feet – at the avenue we're taking you to – 42nd Street! Ingénue Peggy Sawyer lands her first job in the chorus of a new Broadway show. When the star, Miss Dorothy Brock, has an accident, Peggy is given the chance of a lifetime. The amazing score includes "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "We're in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," and, of course, the show-stopping "42nd Street." Let those happy, dancing feet tap right into your heart in what promises to be a truly spectacular evening of song and dance.

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Henry V Workshop

  • March 28 – 7:30 p.m.
  • March 29 – 8:00 p.m.
  • March 30 – 2:00 p.m.


Location: Life Hall 123

Directed by Carole Healey

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Danceworks 2014

  • Apr. 3 and 4 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Apr. 5 and 6 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Apr. 5 – 8:00 p.m.

Alexander Kasser Theater

Minding the Dance, this year’s defining theme, continues the thought-provoking MSU repertory tradition through 2013-14. The renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company returns once again to the MSU stage with the crystalline Mozart homage, Spent Days Out Yonder.  Doug Varone presents his cool and quirky Strict Love, set to a 1970s AM radio score. The interactive set and video installation for Nancy Lushington’s Spatial Dialogues create a constantly shifting environment challenging the dancers to respond.

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  • Apr. 10, 11, 14, 15 and 16 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Apr. 12 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Apr. 13 – 2:00 p.m.

By Will Eno
Directed by Debbie Saivetz

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play of 2010, Middletown is a deeply moving and funny new play by Will Eno that explores the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and compelling ways. A powerful and poignant meditation on birth, death and points between.

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The Big Meal

  • May 1, 2, 5 and 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • May 3 – 8:00 p.m.
  • May 4 – 2:00 p.m.

By Dan LeFranc
Directed by Susan Kerner

Location: L. Howard Fox Theatre

Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. Winner of the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award.

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