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The Obituary

Sunday, February 25, 2024 2:00pm
Theatre Building
While volunteering at a hospice ward, a high school senior in Singapore was asked to write an obituary. The obituary unraveled the untold story of a diasporic family and led the 18-year-old to reimagine her “American Dream.” This is a memory play, or, an obituary itself.
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Into the Woods

Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00pm
Theatre Building
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Directed by Stephen Thorne Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a storied musical about the unexpected consequences of getting what you want inspired by The Brothers Grimm. The Baker and his wife embark on a quest to reverse the Witch’s curse and bear a child. They head into the woods—alongside Jack, Cinderella, and...
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Into the Woods

Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00pm
Theatre Building
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Directed by Stephen Thorne Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a storied musical about the unexpected consequences of getting what you want inspired by The Brothers Grimm. The Baker and his wife embark on a quest to reverse the Witch’s curse and bear a child. They head into the woods—alongside Jack, Cinderella, and...
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Into the Woods

Sunday, March 3, 2024 2:00pm
Theatre Building
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Directed by Stephen Thorne Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a storied musical about the unexpected consequences of getting what you want inspired by The Brothers Grimm. The Baker and his wife embark on a quest to reverse the Witch’s curse and bear a child. They head into the woods—alongside Jack, Cinderella, and...
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Into the Woods

Thursday, March 7, 2024 8:00pm
Theatre Building
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Directed by Stephen Thorne Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a storied musical about the unexpected consequences of getting what you want inspired by The Brothers Grimm. The Baker and his wife embark on a quest to reverse the Witch’s curse and bear a child. They head into the woods—alongside Jack, Cinderella, and...
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Into the Woods

Friday, March 8, 2024 8:00pm
Theatre Building
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Directed by Stephen Thorne Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a storied musical about the unexpected consequences of getting what you want inspired by The Brothers Grimm. The Baker and his wife embark on a quest to reverse the Witch’s curse and bear a child. They head into the woods—alongside Jack, Cinderella, and...
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Into the Woods

Saturday, March 9, 2024 8:00pm
Theatre Building
Into the Woods Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick Directed by Stephen Thorne Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is a storied musical about the unexpected consequences of getting what you want inspired by The Brothers Grimm. The Baker and his wife embark on a quest to reverse the Witch’s curse and bear a child. They head into the woods—alongside Jack, Cinderella, and...
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Sincerely, Not Seriously

Friday, March 22, 2024 8:00pm
Department of Theatre Arts
This process will focus on you, the conduit to creative imagination. We will exercise every participant’s ability to imagine and then enact. The collective thought, zeitgeist, will author the performance material we create, and the individual pieces seen within will have been generated, honed, and performed by the ensemble. Be an instigator and developer in this entirely original movement-based performance work.
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Sincerely, Not Seriously

Saturday, March 23, 2024 8:00pm
Department of Theatre Arts
This process will focus on you, the conduit to creative imagination. We will exercise every participant’s ability to imagine and then enact. The collective thought, zeitgeist, will author the performance material we create, and the individual pieces seen within will have been generated, honed, and performed by the ensemble. Be an instigator and developer in this entirely original movement-based performance work.
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Theatre Reading | In the Red and Brown Water

Sunday, March 24, 2024 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
San Pere, Louisiana: Oya runs fast, but her collegiate future is placed on hold to care for her mother. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s Yerma and Yoruban cosmology, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water is a lyrical offering at the intersection of ancestral myth and ritual about a young woman’s coming-of-age navigating lovers, community, and her chosen path. Join us at the Stanley Museum of Art for a staged reading of the play by the Department of Theatre Arts.