The Mystery of Irma Vep
By Charles Ludlam
May 19-June 23 at 7:30 pm
This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas, recently revived Off-Broadway to raves, is a quick change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything.
Junie B. Jones the Musical
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich
June 9-25 at 10:00 am
June 12, 19, and 26 at 2:00 pm
It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend Lucille doesn't want to be her best pal anymore, and on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher Mr. Scary thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal", and first grade has never been more exciting.
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
June 9-11 at 7 :30 pm
June 17-18 at 7:30 pm
June 24-25 at 7:30 pm
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
What the Butler Saw
By Joe Orton
May 18-20, 25-27 at 7:30pm
June 1-3, 8, 15, 22 at 7:30pm
Somewhere between Oscar Wilde snd Benny Hill, Joe Orton's Obie Award winning play is frequently hailed as a fracial masterpiece. Dr. Prentice is married to a nymphomaniac. While inappropiatley interviewing an attractive new secretary, Dr. Prentice hides her in the office to prevent his wife's discovery. Meanwhile, Mrs. Prentice is being seduced and blackmailed by a lusty bellhop who wants to same secreterial post. Add in a surprise government inspection, cross-dressing, slamming doors and moments of utter insanitym and the laughs never stop in this relentlessly funny comedy.
Freckleface Stawberry: The Musical
Book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola
Music and lyrics by Gary Kupper
June 8-10, 20-24 at 10:00am
June 11, 18, and 25 at 2:00pm
Strawberry is a seven year old redhead who loves to ride her bike and has lots of friends. There's just one problem: She hates her freckles. Teased mercilessly by her classmates, Strawberry looks for ways to cover those dreaded spots, including covering her head with an itchy ski mask at school. Will she ever believe what her mother says- that she is "Perfect" in her own way?
Book by Thomas and Mark O'Donnell;
Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams
June 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 at 7:30pm
The 1950s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bou ant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore and Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the a ections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
September 30 at 7:30 pm
October 1, 6-8 at 7:30 pm
October 2 at 2:00pm
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
Adapted by Carol Ann Duffy
Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit someone to speak in his defense.
This cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, now comes to the stage in a startling new adaptation by Britain's Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The North American premiere will be at Columbus State University's Riverside Theatre Complex November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 @ 7:30pm and November 6 @ 2pm. Adult Themes and Language. For the box office, call 706-507-8444.
Fiddler on the Roof
Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Book by Joseph Stein
January 20 & 21 at 7:30 pm
January 26-28 at 7:30 pm
January 22 at 2:00 pm
When Tevye's eldest daughter Tzeitel begs him to let her marry a poor tailor rather than the middle-aged butcher that he has already chosen for her, Tevye must choose between his own daughter's happiness and those beloved traditions that keep the outside world at bay.
by Bruce Norris
April 7-8 and 13-15 at 7:30 pm
April 9 at 2:00 pm
Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Pinkalicious the Musical
Book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Music by John Gregor
Lyrics by Elizabth and Victoria Kann and John Gregor
September 1-3 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm
September 4 at 2:00 pm
Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
November 30 at 9:30 and 11:00 am
December 1-2 at 9:30 and 11:00 am and 7:30 pm
December 3 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm
December 4 at 2:00 pm
The "How I Became a Pirate" crew is back! A mysterious message left in the crow's nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Favorite characters, a rollicking story, great songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" - makes "Jingle ARRGH the Way!" a wonderful holiday show for the whole family. Based on a story by Melinda Long, author of "How I Became a Pirate."
Jack and the Wonder Beans
Adapted by Larry Snipes from the book by James Still
February 2-4 at 10:00 am and 7:30 pm
February 5 at 2:00 pm
All is well for Jack and his Mam. They have their home, a roof, a patch of land and a cow. One spring, when the cow goes dry, life on Wolfpen Creek has to change. In hard times no one wants to buy a cow "dry as a hat." Jack trades his bossy to a Gypsy for "seeds"—and Jack is in for trouble. His adventures with the High Tall Giant Woman and her husband teach him that "the simple life is right for Jack.
Compa ñ eras
Written by Kathy Coudle King
Seven tenacious women – political prisoners during Uruguay's "dirty war" of the 1970s – rehearse Lorca's play, The House of Bernarda Alba to pass the time and lend one another support. Inspired by real-life testimonials,Compa ñrasis a story of survival and compassion. The Department of Theatre proudly presents the world premier of the 2011 – 2012 Larry Corse International Playwriting Competition winning script,Compa ñeras.