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Current Theater Season

Visit the College of Fine Arts calendar often for updates and information about the School of Theater's spring semester virtual season and to view the live streamed performances.

Visit Tantrum Theater's page for further details about productions, season offerings, workshops, etc.

TANTRUM THEATER PRESENTS

Men on Boats

By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Shannon R. Davis

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

Forum Theater
October 7-9 and 13-16, 2021 at 8pm
October 16 at 2pm


SCHOOL OF THEATER PRESENTS

Summer and Smoke

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Yorke

Summer and Smoke is a simple love story of a somewhat puritanical Southern girl and an unpuritanical young doctor. Each is attracted to the other but because of their divergent attitudes toward life, each over the course of years is driven away from the other. Not until the end does the doctor realize that the girl's high idealism is ultimately right, and while she is still in love with him, it turns out that neither time nor circumstances will allow the two to come together.

Baker Theater
October 28-30 and November 4-6, 2021 at 8pm
November 6 at 2pm


VIBRANCY THEATER PRESENTS

Absentia 

By Olivia Matthews
Directed by Tanisha Lynn Pyron

After living in the secluded Florida woods with only her father and pet rabbit Robyn, 20-year-old Esther Harris dreams of being reunited with her long-lost mother. When her father kills her beloved Robyn, Esther breaks out of their cabin in search of her mother and old life. While they soon find each other, can the abandoned and abused Esther adjust to her new life with her mother?

Forum Theater
November 18-20 and December 2-4, 2021 at 8pm
December 4, 2021 at 2pm


SCHOOL OF THEATER PRESENTS

Everybody

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Roberto Di Donato

This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living.

Baker Theater
February 17-19 and February 23-26, 2022 at 8pm
February 26, 2022 at 2pm


TANTRUM THEATER PRESENTS

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 

Music and Lyrics by Dave Malloy
Adapted from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Directed by Alan Patrick Kenney
Music Direction by Brent Frederic

An electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Young and impulsive, Natasha Rostova arrives in Moscow to await the return of her fiancé from the front lines. When she falls under the spell of the roguish Anatole, it is up to Pierre, a family friend in the middle of an existential crisis, to pick up the pieces of her shattered reputation.

Forum Theater
March 23-26 and March 30-April 2, 2022 at 8pm
April 2, 2022 at 2pm


SCHOOL OF THEATER PRESENTS

28th Annual Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival

Two featured plays are produced in an intimate setting in rotating repertory. Other plays in progress are presented in semi-staged readings. Each performance is followed by a talkback with guest artists.

Baker Theater
April 14-23, 2022, titles and performance times TBA


SCHOOL OF THEATER PRESENTS

Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness is part of the MFA Playwriting program consisting of the bi-weekly, informal production of new work. Early each week a different graduate playwright is selected as the week’s producer. The producer chooses a theme, style, or concept as a prompt for that week’s production. Each writer must then write a three to five-minute play based on that prompt. Each play is written, cast, and rehearsed throughout the week in preparation for the Friday night, script-in-hand virtual production.

Madness takes place Fridays at 11 PM in the Hahne Theater. The performances last about an hour and are free and open to the public. Upcoming Madness Schedule is available here: ohioplaywriting.org/madness