Stephens is proud to present the 2017-2018 performing arts season A Season That Will Move You. Please join us in celebrating 70 seasons of inspiring, entertaining and often thought-provoking performances from Stephens College and the School of Performing Arts.
We hope you'll come enjoy a small part of Stephens' long history of excellence in performing arts, which dates back to the 1930s when Broadway legend Maude Adams headed our drama department. Today, Stephens ranks #6 in the nation for its theatre program by The Princeton Review.
By Lynn Nottage
[Contemporary, PG-13 for Language & Content]
7:30 p.m., Sept. 15-16 & 22-23; 2 p.m., Sept. 17
A personal story of confronting adversity through artistry. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s classic story is set in 1904 New York City and told through a contemporary lens. We follow the biographical story of her grandmother, Esther, an African-American seamstress with career and personal aspirations. When her life takes unfortunate, unexpected and trying turns, she defies the odds through her artistry and emerges personally victorious.
By Noel Coward
[Comedy, All Ages]
7:30 p.m., Oct. 13-14 & 20-21; 2 p.m., Oct. 15
A timeless-frolicking comedy from the stages of London and Broadway. Charles Condomine, a fussy and cantankerous novelist, encounters the ghost of his late first wife through the happy medium of Madame Arcati. Personalities clash, humor ensues and blithe spirits haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. Noel Coward’s wit and wisdom sparkles with contemporary relevance.
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
7:30 p.m., Dec. 1-2 & 8-9; 2 p.m., Dec. 3
Cole Porter’s fabulous and funny musical extravaganza. The compelling character Reno Sweeney sings and dances to timeless music aboard the S.S. American. Toe-tapping melodies include “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and “All Through the Night.” Disaster ensues but romance endures on the magical ship where “anything goes.”
By Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz
[Classic, PG-13 for Content]
7:30 p.m., Feb. 2-3 & 9-10; 2 p.m., Feb. 4
Self-identity and awareness discovered in an enduring drama. Blissful romance is not enough for Catherine Sloper, a plain and naive young woman finding her way through 1850s New York. She encounters love and betrayal as she develops a sense of self-worth and worldliness. The script is closely aligned to the famous film of 1949 starring Academy Award-winning actress Olivia de Havilland.
By Sarah Treem
[Contemporary, R for Content & Language]
7:30 p.m., March 16-17; 2 p.m., March 17-18
Resonating dialogue around the issues of domestic violence. Set in 1972, before Roe v. Wade and the Violence Against Women Act, the central character, Agnes, runs a quiet bed and breakfast where victims of domestic violence seek refuge and ultimately achieve self-realization. The playwright is on the forefront of film and theatre, having served as a writer on the inaugural season of House of Cards.
Book by James Lapine; Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
7:30 p.m., April 27-28 & May 3-4; 2 p.m., April 29
Who knows what may be lurking on this mystical musical journey. This classic fairy tale musical beckons you “into the woods.” Filled with characters from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella” and many more, this story involves tales that collide, intertwine and cause a bit of chaos. Well-known musical numbers include “Into the Woods,” “On the Steps of the Palace” and “Last Midnight.”
By Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
7:30 p.m., Sept. 28-30; 2 p.m., Oct. 1
A comedy set in the 1950s follows a group of widowed women into a bunker escaping the apocalypse. Who can bake the best quiche? What happened to their husbands?
By Arthur M. Jolly
7:30 p.m., Nov. 9-11; 2 p.m., Nov. 12
When privileged and pretty Anastasia is sent to a Siberian gulag for the murder of her abusive husband, her arrival destroys the intricate web of hierarchy, alliance and treachery among the other four inmates of her bunkhouse.
By William Shakespeare
7:30 p.m., Feb. 15-17; 2 p.m., Feb. 18
Written by William Shakespeare, this is a wonderful show where romance and comedy meet. Confused identities and love triangles make for a wild game of who loves who.
7:30 p.m., April 5-7; 2 p.m., April 8
Each night, these four one-act plays will provoke thought and emotion.
Barefoot in Nightgown by Candlelight
By Don Nigro
Cath is lonely and sad at the boarding school where her adopted family sent her, until one night Belle and Alicia sneak out of bed and invite Cath into their game: Mistress and Slave.
The Donahue Sisters
By Geraldine Aron
Sisters Dunya, Annie and Rosie return home to visit their ailing parents. In the attic of their childhood home, they begin to confess the state of their lives and are shocked to find they all have troubles.
Hold for Three
By Sherry Kramer
While on a beautiful beach watching the moon rise, Scottie and Bartey try to help Ed hold his breath until the moon has fully risen by telling stories.
By Don Nigro
Three college girls in a cabin by a lake find themselves trapped in the grotesque position of horror movie heroines awaiting hideous deaths at the hands of the maniac who’s waiting for them outside the door.
7:30 p.m., March 1-3; 2 p.m., March 4
Celebrate the beauty of expression through a variety of dance styles. A highly anticipated Stephens tradition, the spring dance concert showcases classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. World dance selections choreographed by visiting guest artists make this truly a beautiful production.
7:30 p.m., April 20-21; 2 p.m., April 22
Vibrant new works give a glimpse of the future in choreography. Members of the Stephens Dance Company perform adjudicated student choreography in this edgy and contemporary concert that will leave you inspired.
7:30 p.m., Dec. 3-6
Historic Senior Hall Parlors
A standing tradition with a new dimension. This annual Victorian holiday celebration will include lovely Christmas carols, dancing and treats, as enjoyed every year. This year, we focus on the exceptional women in the March family portrayed in “Little Women,” penned by Louisa May Alcott. Join Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they try to keep up their spirits during the holidays while their father is away at war. Relish the charming ambience of the Historic Senior Hall Parlors.
12:30 p.m., Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Feb. 22, March 22 & April 26
Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall
A great way to spend your lunch hour! Relax in the elegant surroundings of Historic Senior Hall and join Stephens vocal soloists and ensembles as they perform a variety of musical theatre, vocal jazz, classical and choral works. Free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m., Nov. 12; Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall
7:30 p.m., April 29; Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall
A wonderful night of music. Enjoy vocal jazz and show tunes presented by our ensembles, The Velvetones and A Class Act Musical Theatre Troupe (April concert only). Free and open to the public.
7 p.m., Nov. 5; Sacred Heart Catholic Church
7 p.m., April 22; Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall
Choral music for lovers of song. Join the Stephens Concert Choir for an evening of choral music. Free and open to the public.
Theatre for Young Audiences. TRYPS Institute presents a season of tradition and innovation tailored for family audiences. Join us for musicals that inspire with big characters and big dreams. Get tickets at trypskids.com.
2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 2-3
The prince is giving a ball! Impossible things keep happening every day!
7 p.m., April 6; 2 p.m., April 7
You’ve got to move it. Move it! Take a journey out of the zoo and into the wild with a crack-a-lackin’ bunch of friends.
7 p.m., May 4; 2 and 7 p.m., May 5; 2 p.m., May 6
A person’s a person no matter how small! Oh, the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss!
Thank you to our 2017-2018 season sponsors:
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