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Current Season

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

2017-2018 SEASON 

Shows at the Maedgen Mainstage Theatre

Date Performance Details
October 19-22, 2017

Comedic Drama

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bill Gelber

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.

 

November 30-December 3, 2017

Drama

We 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 


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

March 1-4, 2018

Drama

The Nether

By Jennifer Haley
Directed by Patrick Midgley

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 pornography, child pornography, and child violence.

April 12-15 & April 19-22, 2018

 

Musical

Little Women

Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allen Knee

Directed by Ronald Dean Nolen
Musical direction by Adam Day Howard

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! 

May 3-5, 2018

Dance

DanceTech: ChoreoRealities

Choreography by TTU Dance Faculty

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; $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 28, 2017. 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 are subject to change.)

 

 

Shows at the Maedgen Lab Theatre

Date Performance Details

October 2-8, 2017

Comedic Drama

Belleville

By Amy Herzog
Directed by Zach Dailey

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?

Language; partial nudity 

November 13-19, 2017

Musical

Next to Normal

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Katie Hahn

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?"

 

February 5-11, 2018

 Drama

Passion Play

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Lauren Miller

Hailed by theNew 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; $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.

CAVEAT: One or all Laboratory Theatre productions may contain adult material.

PLEASE NOTE: Our box office is closed during the summer and will reopen on August 28, 2017. 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 are subject to change.)

 

 

Shows at the Creative Movement Studio

Date Performance Details

November 8-11, 2017

Original 
Dance

Fall Dance Festival

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

April 3-7, 2018

Original
Works

RROAPS: Raider Red's One-Act Play Spectacular

An evening of short, original one-act plays  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 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 and $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.

CAVEAT: One or all Laboratory Theatre productions may contain adult material.

PLEASE NOTE: Our box office is closed during the summer and will reopen on August 28, 2017. 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 are subject to change.)

Parking will be available in the R-24 lot, northwest of the Creative Movement Studio.