COVID-19: See our Phoenix Forward page

Theatre & Dance Mainstage 2021 - 2022

The 2021-2022 Season will be a season of coming together. We hope to have our audience back together in the theatre for live performances. And this year's shows are all ensemble shows. With ensemble shows, there are no lead actors, all members of the cast to come together to create a cohesive, entertaining story. 

RED                            October 14-16 & 20-23 

by Somalia Seaton                                                           University Theatre, Theatre Hall

Directed by Laura Riddle
When her best friend Jay goes missing, Dee withdraws into a twilight world of fragmented memories and conversations, shattered by her grief. A new play about the inner life of girls.
Recommended for ages 10+, deals with topics of death, loss and grief.

FUN HOME                                    November 18-20

Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron                                        University Theatre, Theatre Hall
Music by Jeanine Tesori   
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel                                             

Directed by John Mariano, Musical Direction by Courtney Sherman,                                Choreography by Denise Carlson Gardner
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of a volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing and understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

Circle Mirror Transformation     February 24-26,                                                                      March 2-5

by Annie Baker                                                    Jean Weidner Theatre, Weidner Center

Directed by Rebecca Stone Thornberry
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won, A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile       April 22-23, 28-30

By Steve Martin                                                           University Theatre, University Hall

Directed by Alan Kopischke
This absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafĂ© in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, actor/comedian Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects.

Student-Directed Studio Productions (TBA)