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 Cucumbers

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Written by Le Wilhelm with Steven Barrett

Directed by Telory D. Arendell, PhD
7:30 PM Sept. 17-18, 21-25 & 28
2:30 PM Sept. 20 & 27
Craig Hall Balcony Theatre
Please note: There is no late seating for performances in the Balcony Theatre.
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Savor the regional premiere of an original play, set in the Ozarks in 1979, by MSU Theatre & Dance alumnus Le Wilhelm. After receiving an unexpected windfall of cucumbers, nine women gather for an old-fashioned “pickle party” — and the cucumbers aren’t the only things getting pickled! As the women prepare their recipes, gossip and wild stories flow ... old rivalries and betrayals surface ... and the women reflect on love, mortality and the simple joys of living. Eavesdrop on a conversation that’s by turns sweet, salty, sour, spicy, succulent and side-splitting! Cucumbers is a dilly!

Dogfight

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Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book by Peter Duchan 
Musical adaptation of Nancy Savoca’s 1991 film, “Dogfight” 
Directed by Jessica Ryan
7:30 PM Oct. 8-10 
2:30 PM Oct. 11
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$18 Adults; $16 Students/Seniors; $12 in advance with MSU ID

It’s 1963 and, on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, a group of tough-talking Marines spend a last rowdy night on the town in San Francisco. On the agenda: drinking, debauchery and a cruel game called “Dogfight,” in which the players each bet $50 to see who can bring the ugliest date to their party. PFC Eddie Birdlace asks Rose, a shy waitress who is an aspiring folk singer and budding pacifist. When Rose discovers the true purpose of their date, she is crushed and humiliated. But when she sees that Birdlace is genuinely remorseful, she gives him a second chance and an awkward romance unfolds. Winner of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, Dogfight captures the violence and innocence of the era with its energetic dance numbers and wistful ballads.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Sarah J. Wiggin
7:30 PM Nov. 12-14
2:30 PM Nov. 15
Craig Hall Coger Theatre
$14 Adults; $12 Students/Seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID 
The 2015 High School Theatre Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 12 performance.

In one of his most whimsical and lighthearted comedies, Shakespeare celebrates the confusing, chaotic, magical, irrational, irresistible nature of romantic love! In a moonlit forest on the eve of a royal wedding, several sets of characters converge: a group of young lovers, a troupe of amateur actors and a band of fairies. Through their cleverly interconnected plotlines — including a play within the play — A Midsummer Night’s Dream encompasses forbidden love, unrequited love, a lover’s quarrel, enchanted love, tragic love (though comically portrayed) and, finally, true love that restores balance and harmony. 

 

 

 

 

Uncle Vanya 

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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

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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

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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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