The Wolves, 2023

Macbeth, 2023

Fences, 2023

Peter and the Starcatcher, 2022

Twelfth Night, 2023

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson - Apt. 2B, 2023

Wine in the Wilderness, 2024

Orlando, 2024

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MS. HOLMES & MS. WATSON – APT 2B

by Kate Hamill, Cheerfully desecrating the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

July 27-August 6 and September 14-24, 2023
Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre

Directed by Emily A. Rollie

An irreverent, darkly comic, modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth and sidekick, this fast-paced romp re-examines the world’s most famous detective with a bold new feminist lens. In this highly theatrical, small-cast escapade, oddball female roommates Sherlock (yes, it’s also a girl’s name—wait, is it a girl’s name? Is it even a name?) Holmes & Joan Watson join forces to emerge from pandemic fog as a deeply codependent, quasi-dysfunctional Odd Couple adventure duo—solving mysteries and kicking butts, until they come face to face with a villain who seems to have all of the answers.

Content Advisory: This play contains mature content and language, and depictions of physical and gun violence and drug use. Fog and haze effects are used in the production.

This production is made possible through generous support from the Brittingham Trust and the Anonymous Block Grant.

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The Isthmus calls the show “delightful” and “if you love a buddy adventure with fight scenes, camp, and general silliness, this could be the play for you.” Read the full REVIEW

The Daily Cardinal calls the show “endlessly endearing and hilarious.” Read the full REVIEW

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TWELFTH NIGHT

Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub

November 9-19, 2023
Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre

Director: Aimée Hayes
Music Director: Erin McConnell
Choreographer: Aaron Thielen

Twelfth Night is a rousing contemporary musical inspired by Shakespeare’s classic comedy about love, mistaken identity, and self-discovery. Separated from all she knows after a wreck at sea, young Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, and disguises herself as a man in order to survive. Sent to court a Countess on behalf of her new employer, she instead falls hard for him herself! Hilarious mishaps ensue as she navigates this strange and wonderful new land, finding her true self and true love in the process. Featuring an original jazz-funk score by Shaina Taub, this fresh take on Shakespeare’s classic delivers its meaningful messages of empathy and compassion with music, joy, and lots of laughs.

Content Advisory: This play contains mature content and depictions of physical violence.

This production is made possible through generous support from the Anonymous Block Grant.

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The Daily Cardinal says “This modern musical faithfully reconstructs the flamboyant wit of its source material” in its Review

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WINE IN THE WILDERNESS
By Alice Childress

March 7-17, 2024
Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre

Director: Mark H.

It’s 1964. As race riots blaze on the streets outside his Harlem home, painter Bill Jameson works feverishly to complete a triptych depicting his vision of Black womanhood. While he struggles to find his final muse — the “messed up chick” — his friends discover the perfect model in Tommy, a woman they meet at a bar after she’s been burned out of her home in the riots. However, Tommy is more than she seems, and her presence changes everything. Celebrated writer Alice Childress offers an intimate and raw study of race, gender, and class that explores how the Black community perceives, defines, and affirms itself from within.

Content Advisory: This play contains mature content and racial epithets.

This production is made possible through generous support from the Anonymous Block Grant, the Lorraine Hansberry Fund, and the Margaret Emma Williams Fund.

Talkbacks with cast, production team and guests will be held after the 3/14 and 3/16 (7:30 PM) performances and a special preshow discussion will be held prior to the 3/7 preview performance at 5:30 PM in the Mitchell Theatre lobby.

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ORLANDO
By Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl

April 18-28, 2024
Ronald E. Mitchell Theatre

Director: Ann M. Shanahan

Based on the classic feminist novel by Virginia Woolf (1928), Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary adaptation of Orlando is a lyrical and highly theatrical tale about the life of poet Orlando as they strive to find true love and authentic artistic expression amidst shifting tides of history, cultural norms, and gender roles and expectations. As Orlando seeks real love and to write the perfect poem, they travel the world, through time, changing from man to woman, in a profound, moving, and funny story described as the most charming love letter in literature.

Content Advisory: This play contains mature content.

This production is made possible by support from the Anonymous Block Grant.

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