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Art for All Ages, All Stages.

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. 


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2018-2019 Season

Playhouse Theatre Company

Fun Home

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.


Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood

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.


Leader of the Pack

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.”


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Winner of 1955 Pulitzer Prize

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.


Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

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.


Warehouse Theatre Company

The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women

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.


Sans Merci

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.


Anton in Show Business

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.



Annual Dance Company Concert

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.


New Works Dance Concert

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.


Dance Showcases

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


Bach’s Lunch Student Recital Series

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.


Showcase Ensembles Concerts

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.


Fall & Spring Choral Concerts

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.


A March Family Victorian Christmas

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.


The Great American Songbook

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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