2019 – 2020 Season

Each year, our department mounts six to eight productions offering more than 50 performances of classics and new plays, musicals and dramas, comedies and devised work. We invite the Northeastern community to experience diverse and dazzling theatrical events that showcase our outstanding students, faculty and professional guest artists.

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THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
by Thornton Wilder

Meet the Antrobus family from New Jersey. The parents have been married for 5,000 years, and their kids have dinosaurs for pets. Whether they are inventing the alphabet or saving the world from war, plague, floods, and apocalypse, they somehow manage to survive. This innovative 1943 Pulitzer Prize-winner combines absurdist comedy and social commentary into an astonishingly relevant theatrical fable.

“A remarkable gift to an America entrenched in catastrophe.” – Paula Vogel

Directed by Jonathan Carr
Scenic Designer: Janet Bobcean
Costume Designer: Jessica Pribble (Guest Artist)
Lighting Designer: Oliver Wason
Sound Designer: Dewey Dellay (Guest Artist)
Dramaturg: Maren Flessen ’21

October 17-27, 2019
in the Studio Theatre

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URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL
by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

In a globally-warmed future, the water shortage means that private toilets are corporate-owned and the poor must pay to pee. Public lavatories are controlled by the Urine Good Company and its villainous CEO. Can Little Sally and Bobby Strong start a revolution to end corporate greed and overcome such a bad title for a musical? Winner of three Tony Awards, this Broadway hit invites you to join the resistance and let justice flow.

“A sensational piece of performance art.” – The New York Times

Directed by Leigh Barrett (Guest Artist)
Music Director: Doug Gerber (Guest Artist)
Choreographer: Ryan Began (Guest Artist)
Scenic Designer: Jenna McFarland Lord (Guest Artist)
Costume Designer: Mary Lauve (Guest Artist)
Lighting Designer: Oliver Wason
Sound Designer: Nat Talbot ’20
Dramaturg: Rebecca Morris ’20

November 14-24, 2019
in the Studio Theatre

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MARY STUART
by Friedrich Schiller
in a new translation by Peter Oswald

The legendary clash over the British throne between the brilliant Protestant Queen Elizabeth I and her formidable Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots has captivated audiences for 500 years. Peter Oswald’s 2005 translation of Schiller’s 1800 German classic thrillingly locates their relationship at the dangerous intersection of gender, religion, and politics.

“Bad behavior and power struggles are always in style, and there’s no juicier plot than this face-off between two ambitious super-women.” – New York Magazine

Directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman
Costume Designer: Frances McSherry
Scenic Designer: Jeffrey Petersen (Guest Artist)
Lighting Designer: Jeff Adelberg (Guest Artist)
Sound Designer: David Reiffel (Guest Artist)

February 19-23, 2020
in the Studio Theatre

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THE WOLVES
by Sarah DeLappe

A high school soccer team practices for a match and verbally kicks around their conflicting ideas about race, sex, parents, genocide, menstruation, Harry Potter — and one another. Each team member fights to retain her individuality while also desiring to belong to the pack.

“A portrait of teenage girls as human beings – as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people, athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who are trying actively to figure out who they are in this changing world.” – Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Dani Snyder-Young
Costume Designer: Margaret Koerber
Scenic Designer: Mätthew Williams
Lighting Designer: Ciara McAloon ’22
Sound Designer: Dylan Gardner ’23

March 18-22, 2020
in the Ryder Theatre Lab

CAST LIST

#11…………………………………….. Alyse Clinton
#25…………………………………….. Eleanor Galbreath
#13…………………………………….. Alena Porter
#46…………………………………….. Kaitlyn Fiery
#2………………………………………. Elise Piliponis
#7………………………………………. Kate Franklin
#14…………………………………….. Anna Macek
#8………………………………………. Sydney Love
#00……………………………………. Somaiya Rowland
Soccer Mom……………………… Megan Warshofsky

SHE KILLS MONSTERS
by Qui Nguyen

Join the world of fantasy role-playing with Agnes, who is on a quest to understand her younger sister Tilly after her tragic death. When she finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, Agnes enters a weird and wondrous world that was a refuge from Tilly’s “normal” life. In this high-octane, battle-filled comedy laden with demons, dragons, homicidal cheerleaders, and 90s pop culture, Nguyen creates a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

“Deceptively breezy and rather ingenious… It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” – The New York Times

Directed by Darren Evans
Scenic Designer: JiYoung Han (Guest Artist)
Costume Designer: Marissa Wolf ’20
Lighting Designer: Frank Meissner (Guest Artist)
Sound Designer: Dewey Dellay (Guest Artist)
Monster Designer: Eric Propp (Guest Artist)
Animation Designer: Catherine Burzynski ’23

April 2-12, 2020
in the Studio Theatre

CAST LIST

Agnes……………………………………………………..Ashley Lyon
Tilly………………………………………….……………..Bea Tolan
Chuck……………………………………….……………..Dan Lutz
Miles……………………………………….……………..Ansh Kewalramani
Kaliope/Kelly…………………………………………..Devon Whitney
Lilith/Lilly………………………………………………..Julia Barksdale
Orcus/Ronnie……………………………….………..Donovan Holt
Vera/The Beholder……………….………………..Pavithra Rajesh
Narrator/Farrah the Faerie……….……………Isabelle Bushkov
Steve……………………………………………………..Ben Simon
Evil Tina/Tina…………………………………………Arielle Greenspan
Evil Gabbi/Gabbi…………………….……………..Amy Kelleher