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The School of Theatre and Dance produces shows at three campus venues: the Maedgen MainStage Theatre, the Maedgen Lab Theatre, and the Creative Movement Studio.

2017-2018 SEASON 

Maedgen Mainstage Theatre

muchadoMuch Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bill Gelber

October 19-22, 2017

As the soldiers return to Messina to take up their civilian lives, the after-shocks of the war affect them and the people they care about. Benedick and Beatrice, former lovers, swear they will never reconcile, while their friends make other plans for them. Claudio, battle weary, wonders if Hero will have him for a husband. Don John bitterly plots trouble for them all, while the bumbling town guards may or may not foil his evil scheme. Shakespeare's comic masterpiece is also a bittersweet battle of the sexes.

P2PWe Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Jesse Jou

November 30-December 3, 2017

In the present day, an acting troupe comes together to create a performance about the little-known decimation of the Herero people in turn-of-the-century colonial Africa. As they stumble through their increasingly charged rehearsals, the performers begin to unravel the thorny knot of race and power that reaches from Sudwestafrika to modern America. At turns darkly comedic, wildly theatrical, and deeply moving, We Are Proud to Present... explores how the echoes of a forgotten history reverberate with us today.

Adult content, including racialized language and violent situations

nether
The Nether
By Jennifer Haley
Directed by Patrick Midgley

March 1-4, 2018

In the near future, the internet becomes The Nether: a realm of complete sensory immersion, indiscernible from reality. Just log in, select your identity, and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing new brand of entertainment within The Nether, she begins an interrogation as vast and as disturbing as the human imagination. Half hard-boiled crime drama, half sci-fi thriller, this winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackkburn Prize explores the darkest intersections of technology and human desire.

Adult content including themes of child pornography and child violence.

little womenLittle Women
Music by Jason Howland; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein;
Book by Allen Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Ronald Dean Nolen & Kristen Rogers
Musical direction by Adam Day Howard
Choreography by Kyla Olson

April 12-15 & April 19-22, 2018

Great American novelist Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women takes the form of the Great American Musical in this heartwarming adaptation. Originally produced on Broadway in 2005, you can experience the March Sisters' journey from childhood to young adulthood, discovering along the way the values of life, love, and family. Impeccably composed music and a beautifully crafted story make this a must-see for every family and every theatre-goer!

dancetechDanceTech: ChoreoRealities
Choreography by TTU Dance Faculty

May 3-5, 2018

In DanceTech: ChoreoRealities, the TTU Dance faculty invite viewers to experience differing choreographic explorations inspired by current issues in Western cultures and American politics. The University Dance company, performing choreography by award-winning TTU faculty and guest artists, will explore the intersections between truth, hope, peace, fear, and aggression.

NEW CURTAIN TIME! Curtain times for Mainstage 2017-2018 plays are 7:30 PM (NEW TIME!)Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays. There is no Sunday performance of DanceTech: ChoreoRealities.

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; $10 for faculty/staff; $5 for students with a valid ID. Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students.

TICKETS: Call (806) 742-3603 or buy online here.

(All productions are pending availability and are subject to change.)

Maedgen Lab Theatre

bellevilleBelleville
By Amy Herzog
Directed by Zach Dailey

October 2-8, 2017

Set against the idyllic backdrop of Parisian Christmastime, Amy Herzog's Belleville examines the young picture-perfect marriage of expatriates Zack and Abby. The couple has recently moved to the French capital for two reasons: a fresh start for Abby, who has recently recovered from her mother's death, and a prestigious job opportunity for Zack as a researcher for Doctors Without Borders. Their home is a top floor apartment in the hip neighborhood of Belleville, famous for its street art and city views. Yes, for the newlyweds, it seems the sky's the limit.

But not all is well in the City of Love (or is it the City of Lights?). Winner of the 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award and a Finalist for the 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Herzog's thrilling piece is a new spin on the age-old question: when you lay your head down at night, who truly is the person lying next to you?

Adult content, language, and partial nudity

n2nNext to Normal
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Katie Hahn

November 13-19, 2017

The Goodmans are the perfect family...or so it appears. The winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey is a powerhouse rock musical that takes an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Matriarch Diana has battled manic depression for sixteen years, all while trying to hold her family of four together with the help of her husband Dan. When a new psychiatrist enters her life, Diana is forced to confront the break deep within her being and distinguish what separates disease from reality. As Diana descends farther into despair, her family must grapple with the fallout in such a way that demands the question: "Who's crazy—the one who's uncured? Or maybe the one who's endured?"

passionplayPassion Play
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Lauren Miller

February 5-11, 2018

Hailed by the New Yorker's John Lahr as "extraordinary", "bold", and "inventive", Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play takes us behind the scenes of three communities attempting to stage the death and resurrection of Christ. From Queen Elizabeth's England to Hitler's Germany to Reagan's America, Ruhl's exploration of devotion takes us on a humorous yet unsettling journey filled with lust, whimsy, and a lot of fish.

TIME: Curtain times for Laboratory Theatre 2017-2018 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; $6 for faculty/staff; $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 or buy online here.

(All productions are pending availability and are subject to change.)

Creative Movement Studio

fdfFall Dance Festival
Fall Dance Festival is an evening of original dance pieces by Texas Tech University student choreographers.

November 8-11, 2017

 

 

rroapsRROAPS: Raider Red's One-Act Play Spectacular
An evening of short, original one-act plays by Texas Tech University student playwrights.

April 3-7, 2018

 

 

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 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 801 Akron, the southwest corner of Akron and Glenna Goodacre Avenues.

HOW MUCH?: Tickets are $10 for individuals; $6 for faculty/staff; $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 or buy online here.