86th Season 2015-2016

Our seventh season in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

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(Ghost) Light

Devised by Beth Watkins,
Brian Thummler, and the Company
Original Music and Lyrics by Bob Michel

Directed by Beth Watkins
September 10-12, 2015

Invention!  Adventure!  Romance!  From the invention of the electric light to the splitting of the atom, the pursuit of science and technology has been a deeply human endeavor.  This original production uses movement, music, and puppetry to explore the fascinating evolution of scientific discovery in our modern age.




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A Life of Galileo

By Bertolt Brecht
A New Translation by Mark Ravenhill

Directed by Dan Crozier
November 19-22, 2015

Brecht’s dramatization of Galileo’s life illuminates the scientist’s conflict with the Church and with his own sense of morality, depicting, asplaywright David Hare writes “…the behavior of a man who comes to realize that he’s ethically unequipped to deal with the consequences of his own genius.” A new translation by Mark Ravenhill captures the exuberant passion of Brecht’s play and the wonder of Galileo’s discoveries.





Mr. Burns:  a post-electric play

By Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn

Directed by Mark Cosdon
February 25-28, 2016

An audacious comedy about survivors, storytelling, mythology, and “The Simpsons” following a post-apocalyptic nuclear event.  A musical ensues.  An off-the-wall, nerdy, and unapologetically original theatrical feast set amidst the detritus of American television.  Following the play’s premiere, the New York Times opined, “Downright brilliant. When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?”

This production contains strong language, gunshots, and fog.



Peter Pan and Wendy

Adapted by Doug Rand

From the novel by J.M. Barrie
Directed by Beth Watkins

April 21 -24, 2016

Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and Wendy, the girl who did, is a fast-paced, rollicking tale filled with pirates, fairies, and crocodiles.  Doug Rand’s adaptation brings the world of Neverland to life with ridiculous humor and active storytelling by members of the ensemble. In a production suited for all ages, “everyone needs a Wendy to tell them stories.”