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

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

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 Design by Frances McSherry

February 19-23, 2020
in the Studio Theatre

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 Megan Sandberg-Zakian

March 18-22, 2020
in the Ryder Theatre Lab

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 wonderous 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

April 2-12, 2020
in the Studio Theatre