Performances

2016-2017 Season Now Online

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GOD OF CARNAGE
Stillwell Theater | August 19, 2016 | 8 p.m.
$10 (at the door only)
By Yasmina Reza.
Directed by Rick Lombardo.
Department of Theatre and Performance Studies’ faculty kick off the season with this staged reading of Yasmina Reza’s hilarious, provocative play. Two children have a playground altercation, and their two sets of parents come together to have a civilized and enlightened conversation about how to handle the situation. Over the course of 85 minutes, social and civil norms crumble, relationships shatter, and the question emerges – “just who really are the children here?” A benefit for study abroad scholarships.

24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL
Stillwell Theater |  August 27, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5
Coordinated by Jamie Bullins and Amanda Wansa Morgan.
Student writers, directors, actors, and technicians dive in to fearlessly create theatre from ground zero at a fever pitch, in only 24 hours.

ALBATROSS
Stillwell Theater  |  September 8-10, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5-20
A New Play Inspired by The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
By Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett. Solo Performance by Benjamin Evett. Directed by Rick Lombardo.
Albatross is a bold new adaptation of one of the greatest poems ever written. It brings you face to face with the Ancient Mariner, doomed for eternity to retell his harrowing story of an old ship, a voyage to the bottom of the world, and a mystical seabird. It’s a rollicking sea yarn, a fascinating character study, a celebration of storytelling, and a spiritual odyssey into the interconnectedness of all living things. Winner of the 2015 Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Solo Performance.

IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER
Onyx Theater | September 20-25, 2016 | $5-12
Tuesday-Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
By Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Directed by Angela Farr Schiller.
MacArthur “Genius” Grant and New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney kicks off his multi-award winning brother/sister trilogy with this moving and tragic coming-of-age story that nestles itself within the choice between safe love and destructive passion.

THE 4th ANNUAL COMING OUT MONOLOGUES PROJECT
Onyx Theater
October 6-7, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5
Friday 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Directed by Jessica Duvall and Karen Robinson.
Co-produced with GLBTIQ Student Retention Services. Inspiring and celebratory, this event features coming-out stories from KSU and metro area communities performed by KSU students.

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
Stillwell Theater | October 13-23, 2016 | $5-20
Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Book by Terrence McNally; Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan.
With a score by the award-winning team behind Ragtime, this is a story about an Irish bus driver who must confront forces of bigotry and shame in the 1960s, and who seeks to survive these challenges through the redemptive power of theatre and friendship. A Man Of No Importance is a rare gem in the canon of musical theatre, one which combines the depth and drama of a play with the lyricism and comedy of a musical. Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, this tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship, and coming to terms with who we are is sure to move and inspire.

THE FOLLOWERS
Onyx Theater | November 1-3, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5-12
By Margaret Baldwin; Directed by Michael Haverty.
What do you do when the god you follow turns from ecstatic joy to vengeance? The Followers transports The Bacchae, Euripides’ classic tragedy of blind ecstasy and vengeance to our contemporary landscape of partisan violence, fanaticism, and global unrest. Featuring internationally renowned guest artist Ofir Nahari as choreographer and performing as the god Dionysus. Mature Content - suggested for ages 16 and above.

K.I.S.S. Showcase
Onyx Theater | November 11-12, 2016 | 8 p.m. | Free
Coordinated by Jamie Bullins.
Improv Dangerously, the mantra of ensemble, and popularly known as “Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!” Enjoy unscripted, spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment tomfoolery that is a new show every time.

KSU Tellers Showcase
Onyx Theater | December 2-3, 2016 | 8 p.m. | $5
Directed by Charles Parrott.
Join the KSU Tellers for a one-of-a-kind night of their best stories from the fall semester.

STORIES FOR A WINTER NIGHT: c.c. collins, Animal Rites
Stillwell Theater | January 26-28, 2017 | 8 p.m. | $5-20
Animal Rites is a one-man show that puts relationships between human and nonhuman animals front and center. Artist and scholar c.c. collins performs as the Animal Parade Krewe, who’ve gathered to celebrate and question the future of animal life on the planet. The cast of creatures guides audience members on a tour of locations, spotlighting environmental degradation and natural disasters from a nonhuman animal perspective.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Onyx Theater | February 7-12, 2017 | $5-12
Tuesday-Saturday 8 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m.
By Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Adapted for the stage by Rick Elice. Directed by Karen Robinson. Choreographer: Nicole Livieratos.
A play with music, based on the 2006 novel Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and adapted for the stage by Rick Elice.
Orphan boys and pirates at sea, a flying cat, an exotic island, two trunks, and stardust. This charming and rambunctious prequel to Peter Pan, told by an ensemble of zany and colorful characters, will capture your hearts and imaginations.

NEW WORKS AND IDEAS:
DON QUIXOTE UGLY
Onyx Theater | February 22-23, 2017 | 8 p.m. | $5
Adapted and Directed by Charles Parrott.
Don Quixote Ugly employs student actors and designers in an experimental devising process to reimagine their own version of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic tale, calling into question what is real, what is imagined, and what we each might become.

NEW WORKS AND IDEAS:
8th ANNUAL 10-MINUTE PLAYFEST: TO MOSCOW!

TO MOSCOW!
Stillwell Theater | February 25, 2017 | 8 p.m. | $5
Coordinated by Margaret Baldwin.
An evening of new 10-minute plays inspired by elements from Anton Chekhov’s classic, Three Sisters. Written by KSU students and directed by KSU students, faculty, and alumni.

THREE SISTERS
Stillwell Theater |  March 16-26, 2017 | $5-20
Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.
By Anton Chekhov. Directed by Rick Lombardo.
Written in 1900 and one of the great masterworks of world drama, Three Sisters remains a vital and moving play about loss, desire, dreams and the absurdity of life. In just a few months at their home in the country, the Prozorov family goes through inexorable and subtle changes – much like the landscape of Russia would soon also be forever changed by revolution. This play is being presented as part of the Year of Russia events at KSU.

K.I.S.S. SHOWCASE Spring Hoopla-Palooza
Onyx Theater | April 21-22, 2017 | 8 p.m. | Free
Coordinated by Jamie Bullins.
The student ensemble returns for more uproarious, unscripted, spontaneous fun! Don’t miss out on this innovative, daring, and rule-breaking extravaganza.

KSU TELLERS SHOWCASE
Onyx Theater | April 28-29, 2017 | 8 p.m. | $5
Directed by Charles Parrott.
The KSU Tellers bring their best stories from the spring semester into this electric night of storytelling.

MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE
Onyx Theater | April 30, 2017 | 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. | Free
Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan.
Musical Theatre students showcase selected works from the 2016-2017 school year.

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