Theatre and dance



Uncle Vanya 

Written by Anton Chekhov

Translated by Paul Schmidt
Directed by Melanie Dreyer-Lude
7:30 PM Feb. 18-19, 22-26 & 29 
2:30 PM Feb. 21 & 28
Craig Hall Balcony Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID 

Originally published in 1897, Chekhov’s classic existential comedy is resonating with contemporary audiences, thanks to this fresh new translation in everyday English. Vanya and his niece Sonya have devoted their lives to managing the family’s country estate. A large share of the proceeds has gone to support the urban lifestyle of Sonya’s father, Professor Serebryakov, whose late wife was Vanya’s sister. Now retired, the self-absorbed professor has returned to the estate with his beautiful, much younger second wife, Yelena. Their arrival disrupts the work of the farm and unleashes a torrent of long sublimated emotions. Both Vanya and his friend Astrov, the village doctor, fall under the spell of the sensuous Yelena, while Sonya confesses her unreciprocated love for Astrov, and all must face their regrets and unfulfilled dreams. Uncle Vanya plumbs the depths of the human psyche with insight, wit and compassion.   


HAIR Image
The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical 
Book and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni 
Music by Galt MacDermot  
Directed by Rick Dines 
7:30 PM April 7-9
2:30 PM April 10 
Craig Hall Coger Theatre 
$18 Adults; $16 Students/Seniors; $12 in advance with MSU ID

Claude and his friends belong to a tribe of young political activists and free spirits living in New York City in the late 1960s. When not engaged in anti-war protests and be-ins, the group explores free love and consciousness-expanding drugs. In the midst of all the “beads, flowers, freedom and happiness,” Claude is summoned by the local draft board for military service in Vietnam. Ultimately, he must decide whether to submit to the expectations of his conservative parents and society — thus sacrificing his pacifist values and possibly his life — or burn his draft card in unity with the tribe. Hair captures the hippie ethos of the era and reflects the kaleidoscope of social change movements: civil rights, peace, black power, free speech, women’s liberation, gay rights, the sexual revolution, environmentalism, New Age spirituality and human potential. Its many notable songs include “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Easy to Be Hard,” “Where Do I Go?” and, of course, “Hair”!

Images in Motion: Spring Dance Concert

Choreographed by our faculty and coordinated by Sara Brummel  

7:30 PM April 28-30
2:30 PM May 1
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Ever since 1877, when photographer Eadweard Muybridge pioneered his ground-breaking studies in motion, people have been enthralled by the surprising way that we perceive movement. His study of a ballet dancer captured the seemless, fluid motion and presented a frame-by-frame deconstruction. This year’s Spring Dance Concert: Images in Motion features a collection of new faculty-choreographed works that explore the fleeting nature of human activities in space and time. Each moment frames a never-to-be-repeated, multi-dimensional composition of form, light, color, texture, sound and feeling. Come and be moved by the kinetic beauty of dance!



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