Mainstage Theatre and Dance Productions
For ticketing information, reservations, and directions to our theatres, please contact the Cornell College Box Office.
Unless otherwise noted, productions are Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
Marry Me a Little
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René
Directed by Scott Bradley
Musical direction by Christopher Okishi
Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
September 19 - 21 at 7:30 pm and September 22 at 2:00 pm
A charming and bittersweet musical revue that features songs by Stephen Sondheim, the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical. Urban singles share a Saturday night of sweet fantasies and deep yearning while never leaving the confines of their solitary apartments. Together, they breathe new theatrical life and meaning into a collection of trunk songs that were culled from the final productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and A Little Night Music.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A co-production with Cornell's Student Theatre Council
by Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson
Directed by Elizabeth Koetz
The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Uptown Theatre in the Mount Vernon First Street Center
November 14 - 16 @7:30 pm and November 17 at 2:00 pm
By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Katy Hahn
Kimmel Theatre Stage
December 12 - 15, 2019
December 12 - 14 @7:30 pm and December 15 2:00 pm.
CRITIC'S PICK! "The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play by Sarah DeLappe." - The New York Times
Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
"The Wolves is a delightful meditation on society, sex, and soccer...DeLappe's dialogue is hilarious and idiosyncratic, moving swiftly from gross-out humor to pain [...] She offers us ninety minutes in a smart, sympathetic, female world. It's a patch of Astroturf I would gladly set foot on again." - The Village Voice
The Spitfire Grill
By Fred Alley, James Valcq, and Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Caroline Price
February 27 - 29 @ 7:30 pm and March 1 at 2:00 pm
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.
"A soul satisfying...work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows." - The New York Times
The Drowning at Red Rock (World Premiere)
In the 1960’s the Army Corp of Engineers built the Red Rock Reservoir as a flood control measure along the Des Moines River and the river changed course. As a result, six towns sank to the bottom of what would become the largest lake in Iowa. Collectively, these towns are known as the “Lost Towns of Lake Red Rock.” Inspired by the foundations, spires, and doorframes beneath the waters, The Drowning at Red Rock will be a devised production; collectively written by the ensemble. Using the techniques of documentary, verbatim and testimonial theatre, we will use court records, maps, interviews, articles and letters as the basis for our fictional story. The result will be an exploration of the clash of economics and the environment, power and privilege, holding-on and letting go. Time will tell what characters will emerge from our efforts. We do know that they will grapple with what happens when identity, hope and fear is lost, buried, hidden, stolen or drowned.
April 2 - 4 @7:30 pm and April 5 @ 2:00 pm
Auditions will be held in early spring of 2020.