Welcome to our 71st season of performances and the 185th birthday of Stephens College!
Our 2018-19 season offers you a rich schedule of inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking productions.
Whether you are here for the first time, or you have been a patron for many years … whether you are here for a charming family-friendly production or taking in a play or dance that challenges your perceptions … whether you are a fan of dance or film, poetry or prose, we thank you for your commitment to the arts and invite you to celebrate Art for All Ages, All Stages all season long.
By Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori
Contemporary | PG-13 for strong language & adult themes
7:30 p.m., Sept. 21-22, 28-29; 2 p.m., Sept. 23
Contemporary musical theater to provoke thought. Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.
By Adam Szymkowicz
Comedy | PG-13 for mild adult themes
7:30 p.m., Oct. 26-27; 2 p.m., Oct. 27-28
An innovative perspective on a classic. A gender-bending, hilarious new take on the classic tale. Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise and leads a motley group of Merry Men (few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. As the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, who, if not Robin, will stand for the vulnerable? What is the cost of revealing your true self in a time of trouble? Modern concerns and romantic entanglements clash on the battlefield and on the ramparts of Nottingham Castle.
By Anne Beatts & Music by Ellie Greenwich
Musical | All Ages
7:30 p.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7-8; 2 p.m., Dec. 2
’60s music to keep you singing and dancing. This hit Tony Award-winning musical retrospective celebrates the life and times of Ellie Greenwich, whose doo-wop sounds skyrocketed to the top of the ’60s charts. The story of Ellie’s rise to fame and fortune is punctuated with the virtual hit parade of her music: “Chapel of Love,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” and, of course, the title song, “Leader of the Pack.”
By Tennessee Williams
Drama | PG-13
7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-16; 2 p.m., Feb. 17
An American literary dramatist and poet at his best. The story of a Southern family in crisis. Husband Brick and wife Maggie, the “Cat,” interact with Big Daddy and Big Mama over the course of an evening at the family’s Mississippi estate.
Classic Drama | PG-13
7:30 p.m., March 14-16; 2 p.m., March 17
An exciting new twist to one of Shakespeare’s best! In William Shakespeare’s tragedy of political ambition, corruption and betrayal, Roman senators Brutus and Cassius scheme to assassinate the powerful Julius Caesar, then battle with Mark Antony over control of the state. This gender-bending production will definitely entertain you!
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz & Book by Roger O. Hirson
Musical | All Ages
7:30 p.m., May 3-4, 9-10; 2 p.m., May 5
Join us for this American musical theatrical gem! With an unforgettable score from the Grammy and Oscar winner and musical theatre legend, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden), Pippin swept the New York Awards (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle) in 2013. Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.
By Carolyn Gage
Comedy (with audience interaction!) | PG-13
7:30 p.m., Oct. 4-6; 2 p.m., Oct. 7
Engrossing, controversial courtroom drama where the audience must serve as judge and jury, deciding motions and the verdict, in a case against the five women who betrayed the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, the last surviving daughter of the Tsar of Russia.
By Johnna Adams
Contemporary Drama | R
7:30 p.m., Nov. 8-10; 2 p.m., Nov. 11
Kelly, a survivor of rape and attempted murder by South American revolutionaries, is visited three years after the attack by the conservative mother of Tracy, the other victim. Slowly, the survivor and mother negotiate their grief at losing Tracy and discern the truth. They explore their dangerous humanitarian mission and all that happened on that final day.
By Sophie Treadwell
Classical Drama | PG-13
7:30 p.m., Feb. 21-23; 2 p.m., Feb. 24
An immensely powerful expressionist drama from the 1920s about the dependent status of women in an increasingly mechanized society. Based on the true story of Ruth Snyder, who was executed in 1928 for the murder of her husband.
By Jane Martin
Dark Comedy | PG-13
7:30 p.m., April 4-6; 2 p.m., April 7
This comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre. As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they are whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters’ need to have life’s deeper purpose revealed.
7:30 p.m., Jan. 24-26; 2 p.m., Jan. 27 | Macklanburg Playhouse
Celebrate the beauty of expression through a variety of dance styles. A highly anticipated Stephens tradition, this dance concert showcases classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. World dance selections choreographed by visiting guest artists make this a vibrant production.
7:30 p.m., April 18-20; 2 p.m., April 21 | Warehouse Theatre
Exciting new works give a glimpse of the future in choreography. Members of the Stephens Dance Company perform adjudicated student choreography in this contemporary and edgy concert that will leave you inspired.
Lunch-time presentations throughout the school year
Harriette Ann Gray Dance Studio | Historic Senior Hall
Featured styles, including jazz, ballet, world dance, modern and musical theatre, will highlight the class accomplishments of Stephens dance students.
All Performances for All Ages
12:30 p.m., Sept. 27, Oct. 25 & Nov. 29, 2018; Feb. 28, March 21 & April 25, 2019
Historic Senior Recital Hall
Join Stephens vocal soloists and ensembles as they perform a variety of musical theatre, vocal jazz, classical and choral works.
7:30 p.m., Nov. 11, Dec. 11 & April 28
Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall
Enjoy vocal jazz and musical theatre numbers presented by our ensembles, The Velvetones and A Class Act Musical Theatre Troupe.
7:30 p.m., Nov. 4; Firestone-Baars Chapel
7:30 p.m., April 14; Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall
Join the Stephens Concert Choir for an evening of choral music.
7:30 p.m., Dec. 2-5
Historic Senior Hall Parlors
Be our guest as Marmee, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy try to keep up their spirits during Christmas while their father is away at war. This annual favorite of the holiday season will include the familiar Christmas carols beloved by all, period dancing and period treats, all within the decorated and charming ambience of our parlors.
7:30 p.m., March 10
Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall
This new production will bring together singers from all voice studios in a performance of the most-loved songs from the Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley and musical theatre.
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