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2015-2016

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    The Glass Menagerie

    By Tennessee Williams

    Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award in 1945, The Glass Menagerie was the first major success for one of America's most revered playwrights. Both dreamlike and shatteringly real, Tennessee William's iconic American classic examines a family on the edge of the abyss.  View The Glass Menagerie images

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    A Man of No Importance

    By Stephen Flaherty (music), Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), and Terrence McNally (book)

    From the award-winning creators of Ragtime comes the story of Alfie Byrne, a Dublin bus driver in 1964, whose heart holds secrets he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. A tender and beautifully woven tale of friendship, community, and the power of theatre.  View A Man of No Importance images

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    Those That Fall - A Devised Piece

    Written by the ensemble

    As reported in the Des Moines Register in 1903, the town of Van Meter, Iowa was “visited” by a giant bat-like creature over the course of four consecutive nights. Inspired by these events, this devised production explores the social tensions that spark the gruesome, glorious and sometimes necessary tales that pull us together and tear us apart.  View Those That Fall - A Devised Piece images


2014 -2015

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    Pictures at an Exhibition - A Devised Piece

    Written by the ensemble

    Directed by Emily DeCola of NYC's Puppet Kitchen. Cornell faculty and students worked with the award-winning Puppet Kitchen throughout the spring of 2015 to create and perform this adaptation and expression of Modest Mussorgsky's composition Pictures at an Exhibition, which was inspired by the paintings of architect and artist Viktor Hartmann.  View Pictures at an Exhibition - A Devised Piece images

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    Machinal

    by Sophie Treadwell

    Directed by Janeve West. Premiering on Broadway in 1928 and inspired by the 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is considered one of the greatest and earliest examples of Expressionist Theatre on the American stage.  View Machinal images

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    Almost, Maine

    By John Cariani

    Directed by Ron Clark. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Debuting Off-Broadway in 2006, Almost, Maine was featured as one of the best plays of that year.  View Almost, Maine images


2013 - 2014

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    Here and Now - A Devised Piece

    Written by the ensemble

    Directed by Janeve West and Caryn Shebowich. Devised Theatre is unlike more traditional pieces of theatre, where the singular playwright is responsible for the creation of the script, a devised piece is generated by an ensemble of artists. This piece gave audiences a fully immersive experience into the world of identity. Audiences walked room to room in a beautiful turn of the century home; exploring the doorways, hallways and back-rooms of the mind.  View Here and Now - A Devised Piece images

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    The Elephant Man

    By Bernard Pomerance

    Directed by Jim Van Valen. Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Play, Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century and was exhibited as a "human curiosity" named the Elephant Man.  View The Elephant Man images

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    Birth Witches

    By Jennifer Fawcett

    Directed by Leda Hoffman. Superstition, science, religion and politics all meet in a London birthing room in the early 1600s, where accusations of witchcraft overturn hundreds of years of tradition as new male doctors fight to replace female midwives. World premiere, co-produced by Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre.  View Birth Witches images


2012 - 2013

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    Romeo and Juliet

    By William Shakespeare

    Directed by Ron Clark. Shakespeare's heartbreaking tale of love, jealousy and misguided parenting still promises to mesmerize audiences 400 years after it was written.  View Romeo and Juliet images

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    Avenue Q

    Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; book by Jeff Whitty

    Directed by Jim Van Valen. Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, this comedy brings together people and puppets, mischief-makers and monsters, all living and learning together in a New York apartment building on Avenue Q.  View Avenue Q images

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    Cloud 9

    By Caryl Churchill

    Directed by Janeve West. Written in 1979 and filled with time jumps, gender switching, biting humor, and double-casting, Cloud 9 offers an opportunity for British playwright Caryl Churchill to question preconceived notions of family status, gender constructs, and social norms.  View Cloud 9 images


2011 - 2012

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    The Cripple of Inishmaan

    By Martin McDonagh

    In 1934, the people of Inishmaan, a small island off the coast of Ireland, discover a movie is about to be made on the neighboring island. Cripple Billy dreams of stardom in this merciless, cruelly funny and provocative play by contemporary Ireland's most successful playwright.  View The Cripple of Inishmaan images

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    COMPANY

    Book by George Furth; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

    Directed by Jim Van Valen. A breakthrough Broadway musical-comedy first produced in 1970, COMPANY remains fresh, acerbic, and original today. With the clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscoring this landmark show, it is considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre.  View COMPANY images

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    In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

    By Sarah Ruhl

    A 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee for best play, Sarah Ruhl's provocative and sometimes tender comedy is set in the 1880s—a time when doctors believed that "hysterical" women (and men) could be treated with vibrators, and electricity was a brand new technology.  View In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play images

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    Defying Gravity

    By Jane Anderson

    Directed by Jody Hovland. An exploration of our need to reach beyond ourselves and dare the universe, Defying Gravity interweaves the 1986 Challenger explosion with our ageless fascination with space and its conquest.  View Defying Gravity images


2010 - 2011

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    Electra

    By Sophocles; translated by Frank McGuinness

    Electra is a riveting portrait of a woman consumed with the need to avenge her father's death by seeking the death of her mother. This production combines live action with original video to offer a highly contemporary consideration of this classic Greek drama.  View Electra images

  • Twelfth Night

    By William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's classic tale of cross-dressing and comedy comes to life in our studio theatre, complete with original music and live sound effects.

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    The Pirates of Penzance

    Libretto by W.S. Gilbert; music by Arthur Sullivan

    Join Mabel and the Pirate King for a high seas musical adventure, directed by guest artist Steven Smeltzer and produced in collaboration with the Department of Music.

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    Waiting for Godot

    By Samuel Beckett

    Waiting for Godot is one of the most discussed, analyzed, and performed plays in Western Theatre. Embracing influences from vaudeville, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin, this play in two acts tells the story of two clowns as they wait for the enigmatic Godot.


2009 - 2010

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    The Diary of Anne Frank

    By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett; adapted by Wendy Kesselman

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning account of a sensitive Jewish girl struggling with adolescence while hiding with her family and their associates from the Nazis. Kesselman’s acclaimed adaptation of the play makes thoughtful use of recently recovered segments of Anne’s diary to deepen our understanding of the cultural context and to present a much more complex Anne than we have known.  View The Diary of Anne Frank images

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    You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Based on the "Peanuts" cartoon strip by Charles M. Schultz

    This Tony Award-winning musical depicts an average day in the life of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Peanuts gang. The 1999 revision of the show adds several songs to the original score.

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    The Arabian Nights

    Adapted by Mary Zimmerman

    This adaptation of the Middle Eastern classic One Thousand and One Nights tells the story of Scheherazade and the tales she spins to keep herself alive while at the mercy of her new husband, the mad Caliph Shahryar. Her shimmering tales of love, lust, morality, and power (with plenty of humor as well) fascinate and entertain.  View The Arabian Nights images

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    Akarui

    By Jennifer Silverman

    An assortment of characters convene at a warehouse at the end of the world, where DJ Akarui is laying down beats and conducting a rave in which all transformations are possible. Silverman’s extraordinary play is a unique theatrical event of explosive imagination, riveting energy, and penetrating insights.


2008 - 2009

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    Les Liaisons Dangereuses

    By Christopher Hampton

    An adaptation of the classic French novel involving sexual intrigue, manipulation, and philandering in the salons and boudoirs of 18th century France, this award-winning play has been described as the blackest of all fairy tales, the most depraved of all soap operas, and a brilliant and witty tragedy of manners.  View Les Liaisons Dangereuses images

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    The Baby With the Bathwater

    By Christoher Durang

    A viciously funny play about parenting and family, Durang’s comedy combines satire, farce, and absurdity and somehow offers a theatrical experience that transforms righteous anger into laugh-filled redemption.

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    Cabaret

    Music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb; book by Joe Masteroff

    This modern classic musical, set in the tumultuous city of Berlin just before Hitler's rise to power, is based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and John Van Druten's I Am a Camera. The main action of the play revolves around a cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and the brief affair she has with an American writer.  View Cabaret images

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    Eurydice

    By Sarah Ruhl

    Sarah Ruhl has adapted this mournful legend of Orpheus with a fresh eye, concentrating not on the passionate pilgrimage of Orpheus to retrieve his bride but on Eurydice's descent into the jaws of death. What she finds there, and what she learns about love, loss and memory, is the subject of this unique and tender-hearted comedy.  View Eurydice images


2007 - 2008

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    The Long Christmas Ride Home

    By Paula Vogel

    Inspired by Thornton Wilder, traditional Japanese theatre, and an abiding conviction that there is a kind of wisdom in beauty, even in terrible circumstances, this extraordinary play uses puppetry, language, music and drama to investigate the journey of an American family through time.

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    By Douglas Carter Beane

    A comedy about the pitfalls of the unquenchable hunger for fame. The play earned Beane the prestigious Outer Critics Circle John Gassner playwriting award (1998) and a nomination for the Drama Desk Best Play.

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    Little Shop of Horrors

    By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman

    This well-loved 1982 Off-Broadway musical comedy about a nerdy florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood has achieved enduring status as a campy classic. The musical was based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman.  View Little Shop of Horrors images

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    A Lie of the Mind

    By Sam Shepard

    In Sam Shepard's exhilarating play, two families are divided against themselves and armed against each other. However, this mythic western story is not really a tale of rivalry, but of interior domestic violence, the damage that one does to filial, fraternal and marital bonds - and the love that lingers in the air after the havoc has run its natural course.