Texas Tech University

Current Season

2016-2017 Maedgen Mainstage Theatre

Date Performance Details

October 13-16 & 20-23, 2016

Musical
Comedy

Heathers: The Musical

Music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Based on the film written by Daniel Waters
Directed by Jonathan Marks
Musical Direction by Adam Day Howard
Choreography by Kyla Olson

"A rowdy, guilty-pleasure."—The New York Times

A peppy, upbeat musical about high school and all you remember so fondly about being seventeen: the cafeteria, the pep rally, cheerleaders, hunky halfbacks, hot girls in killer clothes, hot killers in girls' clothes, kick the nerds in the nose, humiliate the fat girl, Lugers, poison, the romantic loner, the bomb in the boiler room, debauchery in the cemetery, the choir concert, ghosts, nooses, suicide, croquet, bullying, bulimia, despair, destruction, and puppy love: a wild mash-up of raging hormones in a society gone just a little off.

"Ingenious, naughty and very funny. Heathers still cliques."—New York Post.

 

December 1-4, 2016

Comedic
Drama

Eclipsed

By Danai Gurira
Directed by Ronald Dean Nolen 

Nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards

"This moving play flickers with light, humanity, and hope," Charles Isherwood of the New York Times.

The lives of five women caught up in the savage politics and brutal climate of the Liberian Civil War provide the setting for this powerful testament to the will of the human spirit and its survival amongst even the harshest of circumstances.

"Soul-searing"--New York Times

 

March 2-5, 2017

Comedic
Drama

Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris
Directed by Visting Professor of Directing

Clybourne Park is the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Bruce Norris, which examines the way in which we interact in today's global village. Beginning just after the events of A Raisin in the Sun, the play, set in the Younger's new residence, is then seen 50 years later, a run-down tenement to be gentrified for new and very different residents. Ben Brantley of the New York Times called it, "A sharp-witted comedy of American uneasiness."

 

March 30-April 1, 2017

 

Dance

DanceTech: Triggered

In Triggered, TTU Dance faculty and Bohny Family Fund guest artist, Nicole Wolcott, invite thoughts about things that "set us off": guns, aging and memory loss, addictions, and in Wolcott's work in particular, the pleasure inherent in the moving body—what she coins "the joy of dance." Nicole Wolcott is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Called "One of today's finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer," by the New York Times, Nicole has enjoyed a long career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country.

 

May 4-7, 2017

Drama

Our Country's Good

By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Linda Donahue

"Highly theatrical, often funny and at times dark and disturbing"OCG is set in 1789 in the penal colony that was later to become the city of Sydney.

A marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king's birthday. He casts the play with the English convicts who populate this distant Australian prison camp. Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is being produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric punishments--brilliantly juxtaposed against the civilizing influence of theatrical endeavor.

"Our Country's Good is a triumph...a tribute to the transforming power of drama...It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre's unique spiritual power."-The Guardian

 

 

 

NEW CURTAIN TIME! Curtain times for Mainstage 2016-2017 plays are 7:30 PM (NEW TIME!)Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays.

There is no Sunday performance of DanceTech: Triggered!

LOCATION: All performances are in the Maedgen Mainstage Theatre (east entrance), located at 2812 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues.

HOW MUCH?: Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students.

PHONE: Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

PLEASE NOTE: Our box office is closed during the summer and will reopen on August 29, 2016. We will be checking messages frequently and, if you leave a message with your name and contact information, we will return your call as soon as possible.

(All productions are pending availability and may be changed if rights are not available or for other reasons.)

 

2016-2017 Lab Theatre

Date Performance Details

November 7-13, 2016

Original
Play

A Father's Trial

By Jonathon Peck
Directed by Kelsey Fisher-Waites

Jack is in the midst of a true breakdown. He finds that all of his youthful hopes and desires have, like so many dominos tumbling through a thick coat of molasses, slowly toppled down around him. He is left alone within himself. Well, himself, his wife Joan, and the main source of his turmoil, his son Mitch, who has cerebral palsy. As his despair begins to reach a fever pitch, he leaves his desperate family behind to embark upon a journey. In this fantasia of fatherhood, our anti-hero fights his way through a nightmarish quagmire in search of, or perhaps in spite of, what it means to put first the needs of those who need the most.

 

February 6-12, 2017

Original
Play

Rathbone

By Erin Grogan
Directed by Sara Skar

Set 18 years after the American Civil War, this original work tells the story of a man struggling with his past. He has moved his family to Germany in hopes to start fresh, but conflicts between family and career push him toward the brink. Based on true events, this modern tragedy explores the stigma of mental illness. The perseverance and struggle of Henry Rathbone show it's time to decide how long society can silence those who suffer.

 

April 10-16, 2017

 Drama

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

By Anne Washburn
Directed by Caroline Jane Davis

Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. As the years progress, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past.

 

   

TIME: Curtain times for Laboratory Theatre 2015-2016 plays are 7:30 PM Mondays through Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays.

LOCATION: All performances are in the Maedgen Laboratory Theatre (west entrance), located on 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues.

HOW MUCH?: Tickets are $10 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. 

PHONE: Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

 

 Creative Movement Studio Concerts

Date Performance Details

November 16-19, 2016

Original 
Dance

Fall Dance Festival

Original Dance Choreography by Texas Tech student choreographers

 

April 18-22, 2017

Original
Works

RROAPS/RRADS

An evening of short, original one-act plays is the subject of Raider Red's One-Act play Spectacular intermingled with original dance works (Raider Red's Awesome Dance Spectacular) by Texas Tech University student playwrights and choreographers.

 

   

TIME: Curtain times for the Fall Dance Festival are 7:30 PM Thursday through Saturday; there is no Sunday matinee of the Fall Dance Festival.

Curtain times for RROAPS/RRADS are 7:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday, with an additional matinee at 2:00 PM Saturday.

LOCATION: All performances are at the Creative Movement Studio, located at the southwest corner of Akron and Glenna Goodacre Avenues.

HOW MUCH?: Tickets are $10 for individuals and $5 for students with a valid ID.

PHONE: Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

Parking (click for map) will be available in the R-24 lot, northwest of the Creative Movement Studio.

(All productions are pending availability and may be changed if rights are not available or for other reasons.)