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Fall 2015

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    The Mystery of Irma Vep | Stillwell Theater
    August 21, 2015 | 8 p.m. | $10 (at the door only)
    By Charles Ludlam. Directed by Margaret Baldwin.
    The TPS faculty kicks off the season with a staged reading of this outrageous Gothic farce that spoofs Shakespeare, Victorian penny dreadfuls, werewolf movies, and more. An annual benefit performance for education abroad scholarships.

    24-hour Play Festival | Stillwell Theater
    August 29, 2015 | 8 p.m. | $5
    Directed by Jamie Bullins
    Student writers, directors, actors, and designers dive in fearlessly to create theatre from ground zero in only 24 hours.

    An Evening with Dael Oerlandersmith | Stillwell Theater
    September 10-12, 2015 | 8 p.m. | $5-$12
    Award-winning performer, poet, and playwright Dael Oerlandersmith offers an evening of captivating solo performance that features her most recent work.

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    The Killer | Onyx Theater
    September 15-20, 2015 | $5-$12
    Tues. – Sat. 8 p.m. | Sun. 2 p.m.
    By Eugène Ionesco.
    Translated by Michael Feingold. Directed by Peter Campbell. Coordinated and designed by Rebecca Makus.
    This reimagining of Ionesco’s play about failed utopias explores the use of new media in performance with spoken language and movement, followed by film and a shadow play.

    The Third Annual Coming Out Monologues Project | Onyx Theater
    October 8-9, 2015 | 8 p.m. | $5
    Directed by Jessica Duvall and Karen Robinson.
    Co-produced with GLBTIQ Student Retention Services. Funny, inspiring, and celebratory, this event features coming-out stories from the KSU and metro-area communities performed by KSU students.

    The Scarlet Letter | Stillwell Theater
    October 20-25, 2015 | 8 p.m. | $5-$20
    Tuesday – Saturday 8 p.m. | Sunday 2 p.m.
    By Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    Adapted by John Gentile.
    Directed by John Gentile and Henry Scott.
    As relevant today as when it was first written, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece is a haunting and romantic tale of Puritan America’s struggles with religion, law, and sexuality.

    Companion Lecture:
    “The Scarlet Letter in Context, 1650-2015.”

    Sandra Hughes, Ph.D., President-Elect of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.
    October 21, 2015 | 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    Stillwell Theater | Free

  • K.I.S.S. ROFLOL | Onyx Theater
    November 6-7, 2015 | 8 p.m. | Free
    Directed by Jamie Bullins.
    Join the student improv ensemble as they usher in the change of seasons with an outlandish and hilarious showcase of the unscripted and unexpected.

    KSU Tellers Showcase: Student Storytelling Concert | Onyx Theater
    November 13-14, 2015 | 8 p.m. | Free
    Directed by Charles Parrott.
    The KSU Tellers share their finest original stories from the fall semester.

  • Parade

    Parade | The Strand Theatre, Marietta
    November 19, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | $5-$20
    Directed by Harrison Long.
    Music direction by Judy Cole.
    Book by Alfred Uhry.
    Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.
    This Tony-award winning musical recounts the sequence of events that culminated in the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish manager of a pencil factory who was accused of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old employee. Our concert-style staging commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of these tragic moments in Georgia’s history.

    Co-sponsored by KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Radow Lecture Series, and the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books.

  • Spring 2016

  • Stories for a Winter Night: Andy Offut Irwin and Lyn Ford
    Stillwell Theater
    January 21-23, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5-$20
    Southern humorist Andy Offut Irwin and “Affrilachian” storyteller Lyn Ford join forces for a night of hilarious and heartfelt performances.


    In the Blood | Onyx Theater
    February 2-7, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5-$12
    Sunday | 2 p.m.
    Directed by Karen Robinson.
    Pulitzer prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks offers a startling contemporary response to The Scarlet Letter in this darkly comic and heartrending portrait of a homeless mother striving to raise her five children on the streets.

  • NEW WORKS AND IDEAS | 7th Annual 10-Minute PlayFest: New Math | Stillwell Theater February 20, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5
    Coordinated by Margaret Baldwin. An evening of new 10-minute plays inspired by the work of contemporary American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Written by KSU students and directed by KSU students, faculty, and alumni.

    NEW WORKS AND IDEAS | Branches Etched Across the Sky | Onyx Theater
    February 22-23, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5
    By award-winning Atlanta playwright Addae Moon. A poetic, coming-of-age drama about a young African-American man and his siblings as they wrestle with the realities of adulthood while coping with a tragic loss. A staged reading.

    NEW WORKS AND IDEAS | The Followers | Onyx Theater
    February 24-25, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5
    Coordinated by Margaret Baldwin Pendergrass.
    Adapted by Margaret Baldwin and directed by Michael Haverty.
    The Followers transports The Bacchae, Euripides’ classic tragedy of blind ecstasy and vengeance, to our contemporary landscape of partisan violence, fanaticism, and global unrest. A staged reading.

    NEW WORKS AND IDEAS | TPS and Paderborn University meet Suzan-Lori Parks | Onyx Theater
    February 26, 2016 | 8 p.m. | Free
    Directed by Pamela Joyce and Karen Robinson. TPS continues our multi-year transatlantic collaboration with the University of Paderborn, Germany in this theatrical response to master playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays. Paderborn faculty and student residency at KSU is made possible by funding from The Halle Foundation.

  • SPRING AWAKENING | Stillwell Theater
    March 9-13, 2016 | $5-$20
    March 16-20, 2016 | $5-$20
    Wednesday-Saturday | 8p.m. Sunday | 2 p.m.
    Music by Duncan Sheik. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Rick Lombardo. Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, Spring Awakening is an alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming of age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers. Set in repressive 19th century Germany, young students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their sexual awakening. This haunting and provocative rock-musical is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in this daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.

    Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

    -The New York Post

    “HAUNTING AND ELECTRIFYING! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now.”
    -The New York Times

    PLEASE ADVISE: Spring Awakening is a powerful coming of age story with mature themes: sexual situations, partial nudity and strong language. Spring Awakening replaces Little Shop of Horrors in the spring season.

    April 22-23, 2016 | 8 p.m. | Free
    Directed by Jamie Bullins.
    Celebrate spring with the student improv ensemble’s irresistible antics and games.

    KSU Tellers Showcase: Student Storytelling Concert | Onyx Theater
    April 29-30, 2016 | 8 p.m. | Free
    Directed by Charles Parrott.
    The KSU Tellers share their finest original stories from the spring semester.

    Musical Theatre Showcase | Onyx Theater
    May 1, 2016 | 7 p.m. | Free
    Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan. Music Direction by Judy Cole. Musical theatre students showcase selected works from the spring semester.