2020-21 Season — COMMAND PERFORMANCES
Years after their high school graduation, a group of 20-something friends still gather nightly in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in their suburban hometown of Burnfield, New Jersey, to eat pizza, drink beer, and relive their high school glory days. Jeff, a perpetual student, is in a foundering relationship with Sooze, an aspiring performance artist who dreams of moving to New York. Buff, a skate-boarding slacker, harbors feelings for Bee-Bee, a shy nurse’s aide. Tim, a bitter Air Force veteran, aims alcohol-fueled racist tirades at the convenience store’s Pakistani owner, Nazeer. And so it goes until one fateful night when former classmate Pony — now a successful musician — and his glamorous publicist Erica arrive in their limo and shatter the group’s inertia. Set in the 1980s, SubUrbia captures the frustrations of a generation struggling to salvage the American dream.
|February 18-20, 2021||7:30 p.m.|
|February 21, 2021||2:30 p.m.|
|General Aceess for One Patron||$15|
Sooner or later, Death comes for everybody. In this contemporary reimagining of the 15th century morality play “The Summoning of Everyman,” the symbolic Everybody — a representative of all humankind — must give an accounting of their life to The Almighty before they can journey to the great beyond. In defending their life, Everybody calls upon personified concepts such as Friendship, Kinship, Stuff, Mind, Senses, Beauty, Strength, Evil, and Love. In a unique twist, roles are assigned to the cast by means of a random lottery at each performance, so the actors must memorize the entire script and be prepared to play any role. Prepare to ponder the meaning of existence as Everybody provides a fresh and witty perspective on life’s greatest mystery!
|April 22-24, 2021||7:30 p.m.|
|April 25, 2021||2:30 p.m.|
|Adult||Free (ticket required)|
|Senior||Free (ticket required)|
|Student/Child||Free (ticket required)|
MSU student with ID (This ticket must be purchased in advance.)
|Free (ticket required)|
Encompassing beauty, grace, energy, strength and precision, the power of dance is conveyed from the senses to the soul. Once again, MSU Theatre and Dance presents a program of fresh creative works that push the boundaries of this multi-dimensional artform. From the playful to the profound, these original compositions reflect the diverse aesthetic and cultural perspectives of our resident and guest choreographers. Using the rich vocabulary of dance to express ideas and emotions without words, they seek to spark insights and engage the audience in conversations that will last beyond the performance. Prepare to be thrilled, delighted, challenged and inspired by this year’s Spring Dance Concert: Dancing the Next Dimension!
|April 29–May 1, 2021||7:30 p.m.|
|May 2||2:30 p.m.|
|General Access for One Patron||$15|