Rooted

Written and Performed by Tim Miller

The internationally acclaimed performance artist shares stories of family trees and the hidden LGBT histories that live among the branches. Miller charts the growth of queer citizenship in America and the new challenges rooted in today’s political environment. Co-sponsored by the Northeastern Center for the Arts. Free and open to the public.

September 28, 8 PM
Ryder Theatre Lab

Body Maps

Devised by Northeastern Students
Directed by Tim Miller

A fearless, original, student-created performance that weaves together autobiography and artistry to reveal compelling public truths about personal identity. Co-sponsored by the Northeastern Center for the Arts. Free and open to the public.

September 30, 8 PM
Fenway Center

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play

By Anne Washburn
Directed by A. Nora Long
Music by Michael Friedman
Scenic Designer: Shelley Barish
Costume Designer: Amanda Mujica
Lighting Designer: Oliver Wason

In a post-apocalyptic future, a group of survivors gather around a fire to recount the plot of “The Simpsons” in a world without electricity. As decades pass, the cartoon becomes the new religion-entertainment in this subversive celebration of the storytelling, human resilience, and Bart Simpson. “When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? Get ready to reel.” — The New York Times

October 19-28
In multiple locations, starting in Willis Quad (outside of Willis Hall)
Auditions: September 7 and 8

 

Middletown

By Will Eno
Directed by Jonathan Carr
Scenic Designer: Jenna Lord
Costume Designer: Mary Lauve
Lighting Designer: Oliver Wason
Sound Designer: Dewey Dellay

A comic, poetic, and slightly surreal look at the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John and new arrival Mary, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways on a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. “Delicate, moving, piercing, tart, funny, gorgeous. Mr. Eno’s gift may be unmatched among writers of his generation.” – The New York Times.

November 9-19
Studio Theatre
Auditions: September 7 and 8

 

The Exception and the Rule

By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Pablo Hernandez Basulto ’18

This modern parable follows the journey of an unscrupulous entrepreneur and his mistreated servant across a vast desert to a city where the merchant hopes to acquire massive new wealth. A misunderstanding results in murder, but who is responsible — the oppressor or the oppressed? Explore the paradox of a society where violence is the rule and justice is the exception. Free and open to the public.

February 6-10
Ryder Theatre Lab

The Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Scott Edmiston
Scenic Designer: Janie Howland
Costume Designer: Frances McSherry
Lighting Designer: Oliver Wason
Sound Designer: Dewey Dellay

One of the most famous and beloved plays of the 20th century. During the twilight of the Great Depression, a faded Southern belle dreams of finding romance for her desperately shy daughter while her writer son longs for artistic freedom and escape. This autobiographical masterpiece by America’s greatest playwright poetically captures the allure of illusion, the danger of memory, and the timeless fragility of love.

February 20-25
Studio Theatre

HAIR

By Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt MacDermot
Directed by Janet Bobcean
Scenic Designer: Eric Levenson
Costume Designer: Anna Jekel ’18
Lighting Designer: Frank Meissner

Experience the dawning of the Age of Aquarius in the classic 1960s rock music happening in all its gleaming, streaming, beaded, braided, bangled, tangled, spangled glory. Berger, Claude, Sheila and the counterculture tribe let the sun shine in on political oppression, racial inequality, and the anti-war movement. Possible nudity and other forms of free expression will abound.

March 22-April 1
Studio Theatre

 

the princess saves herself in this one

Devised by Northeastern Students
Directed by Dani Snyder-Young

Inspired by the poetry of Amanda Lovelace, students devise a theatrical event honoring female heroes from myths, fairy tales, and popular culture, and explore how their stories intertwine with the experiences of women on Northeastern’s campus.  Free and open to the public.

April 12-14
Ryder Theatre Lab