Performances

Join us for our 2019-2020 Season!
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  • 24-hour-play-festival image

    24-Hour Play Festival

    Saturday August 24, 2019, 8:00pm
    Stillwell Theater | $5 

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    5 writers.  5 directors.  25 actors.  24 hours.

    Coordinated by Amanda Wansa Morgan

    Come see the final product of 24 hours of art-making from inception to production!  

    • daugher of a cuban revolutionary

      Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary

      September 5-7, 2019
      Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm
      Stillwell Theater | $12 to $20

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      Written and Performed by Marissa Chibas
      Directed by Travis Preston

      This solo tour de force tells an astonishing tale centered on three towering figures in the life of protean performer Marissa Chibas: her father, Raul Chibas, who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro; her uncle, Eddy Chibas, who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951 before committing suicide during a live radio broadcast; and her mother, Dalia Chibas, Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959. Zigzagging through her own stories and key episodes in the history of her illustrious family, Chibas gives an impassioned, live-wire performance that is propelled by her near-death experience in the Venezuelan Amazonia.

      This production is the opening event for Year of Cuba, KSU’s nationally-acclaimed country study program and is an ArtsKSU Presents Event.

      • 45-plays-45-presidents

        45 Plays for 45 Presidents

        September 24-29, 2019
        Tuesday -Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2 pm.
        Onyx Theater | $5 to $12

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        By Karen Weinberg, Chloe Johnston, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, and Andy Bayiates

        Directed by Damian Lockhart

        A wrestling match, a ballet, a jug band, a vaudeville show, a presidential roast, and so much more. In one play? Oh My! 45 Plays for 45 Presidents is a cult classic that expands with each election. Witness 7 actors play our storied presidents from America’s inception to today, bringing obscure tales of our commanders-in-chief to light in whimsical and witty ways. Loads of fun, with as many twists and turns as an episode of Game of Thrones.

        • Coming out monologues

          The 7th Annual Coming Out Monologues Project

          October 10-11, 2019
          Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday, 8 pm

          Onyx Theater | $5

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          Coordinated by Karen Robinson

          Directed by Alex Barrella and Ella Hite

          Co-produced with LGBTQ Student Programs

          Inspiring, celebratory, and thought provoking, this performance features coming-out stories from KSU and metro-area communities performed by KSU students.

          • bring it on

            Bring It On: The Musical

            November 7-17, 2019:
            Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday, 11 am; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 2 pm.

            Stillwell Theater | $5 to $20

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            Book by Jeff Whitty

            Lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda

            Music by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda  

            Directed by Justin Anderson

            Music Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan

            Choreography by Tim Ellis and Joseph Pendergrast

            If you had one chance to shine, how far would you go to make sure you succeeded? Do the ends ever justify the means? Filled with sass and determination, Bring It On: The Musical—based on the hit film—explores these questions within the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading alongside the complexities of high school friendships, rivalries, romances, and betrayals. 

            Cheer captain Campbell is poised to have the perfect senior year at Truman High School when unexpected redistricting forces her to transfer to neighboring Jackson High School. Though the deck is stacked against her, she befriends the dance crew team and their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle. Together they manage to form a powerhouse squad that just might take them to the National Championships. 

            Come for the fresh sound and explosive dance; stay for the hilarity and heart when Bring It On storms the Onyx Theater stage this fall. 

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              TPS Undergraduate Research Forum

              Friday November 8, 2019
              12-1:30 pm; Joe Mack Wilson Building, Room 103

              free event

              Coordinated by Angela Farr Schiller

              This year's 5th Annual Theatre and Performance Studies Undergraduate Research Salon will showcase new ideas around research and the use of performance as an exciting and innovative tool for engagement with our history, our culture, and our world. 

              Listen to great ideas and engage in great conversation. 


               

              • holiday benefit theatre

                Holiday Benefit Performance

                December 8, 2019, 7 pm
                Stillwell Theater | $10 

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                Coordinated by faculty in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies 

                A celebratory compilation of beloved holiday songs, music, and stories.

                All proceeds benefit Theatre and Performance Studies majors pursuing a study abroad program.

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                  Minton Sparks

                  February 6-8, 2020: Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm
                  Stilwell Theater | $12 to $20

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                  Minton Sparks fuses wildly original poetry and an intoxicating gift for spinning tales into music and storytelling performances that share her memories of growing up in a small-town southern family.

                  Her appearances range from the venerable Old Towne School of Folk Music to the Lincoln Center in New York City to the Grand Ole Opry. Sparks’ performances are punctuated with music from the acoustic guitar of John Jackson, who’s perhaps best known for having played with Bob Dylan.

                  “Where to begin with the genre defying Minton Sparks: poet, storyteller, singer, comedienne, educator, writer, activist, essayist, philosopher, painter, performance artist? Ms. Sparks holds a curved mirror to society.”  –Huffington Post

                  This is an ArtsKSU Presents Event. 

                  • the normal heart

                    The Normal Heart

                    February 18-23, 2020: 
                    Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm.
                    Onyx Theater | $5 to $12

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                    By Larry Kramer

                    Directed by Zachary Elton

                    Based on true events, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart is centered on a group of gay men living during the early years of the AIDS epidemic in America. As countless people become infected, the characters must confront interpersonal and political discrimination in order to fight for their rights to live and love. Weaving together a story of romance and politics, Kramer crafts a scalding indictment of discrimination and a poignant story of love and compassion, insisting that only through community and love can we overcome hatred. 

                    • Othello the Remix

                      Othello: The Remix

                      March 12-14, 2020: Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm
                      Stillwell Theater | $20 to $35

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                      Created and Performed by the Q Brothers

                      Described as charismatic, wildly inventive, funny, and sophisticated, The Q Brothers bring a must-see regional premiere to the Atlanta Metro area.

                      This “lightning-fast, hip-hop version of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of jealousy and self-doubt is absolutely brilliant, and immense fun. Not only does this show’s fire-powered hip-hop lingo fall trippingly from the actors’ tongues, but just as Shakespeare helped shape English, rap has dramatically refashioned it.”--Chicago Sun Times

                      “Brilliant...Othello: The Remix is to be seen—more than once. It’s that great! This show has everything. Topical humor is worked into the ongoing lyrical verse. Songs bring playful and profound moments. It’s like your snarkiest thoughts set to an upbeat tune that wiggles and glides.” fourthwalsh.com

                      Photo courtesy of Michael Brosilow

                      This production is an ArtsKSU Presents Event.

                      • genesis project and cosmogonic puppet show

                        The Genesis Project and Ex Nihilio: the Cosmogonic Puppet Show

                        The Genesis Project and Ex Nihilio: the Cosmogonic Puppet Show will be presented as a double bill. 

                        April 8-9 & 12, 2019: Wed. - Thursday, 7:30 pm; Sun. 7 pm
                        Onyx Theater | $5 to $10

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                        The Genesis Project

                        Devised by Charles Parrot and KSU students

                        Directed by Charles Parrot

                        This experimental retelling of the prehistories of Genesis is generated by the cast, with improvisation and movement inspired by an eclectic blend of classical art and popular culture. The Genesis Project re-stages these ancient stories through modern eyes to demonstrate the enduring value of myth, metaphor, and poetry as equipment for living.

                        Ex Nihilio: The Cosmogonic Puppet Show

                        Created by Jim Davis and KSU students

                        Directed by Jim Davis

                        For millennia humans have asked the big questions: Where did we come from?  Why are we here? What does it all mean? It’s about time to get some answers.

                        Ex Nihilio: The Cosmogonic Puppet Show tells the story of everything and answers literally every question you’ve ever had about anything.  And it does it with puppets.

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                          Thumbelina (A world premiere adaptation for Young Audiences and Families)

                          April 10-12 and 17-19, 2020: Friday April 10 at 8 pm; Friday, April 17 at 11 am; Saturdays, 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays, 3 pm. 

                          Stillwell Theater | $8 to $14

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                          Devised by KSU Students

                          Directed by Rosemary Newcott, former Sally J. Tomlinson Artistic Director for Youth and Families, Alliance Theatre

                          Composed and Music Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan

                          “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

                          Greatness comes in all shapes and sizes. Thumbelina is tiny, beautiful, and delicate. She is also resourceful, creative, and courageous. Join her as she explores the world and discovers her nascent powers in a new musical version of the treasured Hans Christian Anderson story.

                          • Kiss Improv Showcase

                            K.I.S.S. Improv Showcase

                            April 10-11, 2020: Friday, 10:30 pm; Saturday, 8:00 pm
                            Onyx Theater | Free

                            free event

                            Coordinated by Amanda Wansa Morgan

                            Our resident improv ensemble offers an evening of performances on the fly.  Side-splitting, surprising, and at times, absolutely silly.

                            Note: This event may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 16.

                            • Alumni student performances

                              An Evening of KSU Alumni Performances

                              April 15-16, 2020, 7:30 pm
                              Onyx Theater | $5 to $10

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                              Coordinated by Karen Robinson

                              Anything goes in this evening of new and original works by TPS Alumni.

                              • Student and alumni performances

                                An Evening of KSU Student Performances

                                April 17-18, 2020. 8 pm
                                Stillwell Theater | $5 to $10

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                                Coordinated by Karen Robinson

                                Witness endless creativity and a multitude of genres as TPS students explore any and all possibilities for theatre and performance.

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                                  TPSUndergraduate Research Forum: Festival Edition

                                  April 17, 2020, 5 pm
                                  Onyx Theater | Free

                                  free event

                                  Coordinated by Angela Farr Schiller

                                  The TPS Undergraduate Research Salon showcases new ideas around research and the use of performance as an exciting and innovative tool for engagement with our history, our culture, and our world--highlighting some of the best of our nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate research from the last five years. 

                                  Listen to great ideas and engage in great conversation. 

                                  • Musical Theatre cabaret

                                    Musical Theatre Cabaret

                                    April 19, 2020, 7 pm
                                    Stillwell Theater | $5 to $10

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                                    Join us for irresistible melodies during our closing event of our 2020 Spring Festival of New Works and Ideas! Performance to be followed by a reception.

                                     

                                    • tellers theatre

                                      KSU Tellers Spring Showcase

                                      April 23-24, 2020: Thursday, April 23, 7:30 pm; Friday, April 24, 8 pm
                                      Onyx Theater |  $5

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                                      Directed by Charles Parrott

                                      The KSU Tellers invite you to join them as they present their best solo-performances from the spring semester.

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