Department of Theater Events

Theater sceneThe Department of Theater typically produces four to six plays a season, some on the Williams Center’s main stage and some in the small, flexible black box.

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Wednesday–Saturday, Oct. 1–4, 8 p.m.

Proof  $6

by David Auburn
As funny and frightening as a problem set without solutions, Proof confronts the intersection of genius and insanity through the daughter of a celebrated mathematician whose real family legacy just might be mental illness. With rare insight into characters that John Simon in New York described as “scientists whose science matters less than their humanity,” Proof explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps, both mathematically and mentally, and her desperate attempts to stay in control. Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Directed by Trudyann Buckley ’15.


Wednesday–Saturday, Nov. 5–8, 8 p.m.

Xanadu   $6

by Douglas Carter Beane, with music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
Based on the 1980 cult film classic of the same name, this musical spoof is a light-hearted send-up of matters both earthly and mythical, as a Greek muse sent from Mount Olympus to inspire the mortals of California’s Venice Beach, meets and falls in love with an artist and helps him realize his dreams. Featuring such hit songs as “Magic,” “Evil Woman,” and “Have You Never Been Mellow,” Xanadu’s pleasure dome bursts like big hair from a time capsule with its message that true happiness is not a myth at all, but really can be found skating at a roller disco.  Directed and choreographed by Mary Jo Lodge.


Wednesday–Saturday, March 4–7, 8 p.m.

Dancing at Lughnasa   $6

by Brian Friel
Ireland’s greatest living dramatist brings care and love to his extraordinary portrayal of the five unmarried Mundy sisters during the quiet summer of 1936 in rural Donegal. Ancient tribal customs and Christian beliefs clash in a mythic battle as the fires celebrating the Celtic harvest god, Lugh, bathe the five women, their nephew and their aging uncle in golden light, and distant music on their “wireless” floats across the fields. Framed by the unreliable guide of memory, Dancing at Lughnasa steps into the past and out again, leaving us with an indelible portrait of women with unfailing courage and sweet forgiveness dancing in a wild, final celebration of their way of life before it changes forever.  Lafayette’s production marks the 25th anniversary of the play’s Dublin premiere. Directed by Michael O’Neill.


Wednesday–Saturday, April 22–25, 7 p.m.

Frankenstein 2029   $6

by Nick Dear, with additional material by Suzanne Westfall and music by Tom DiGiovanni ’97
Embodying one of the great and persistent myths of the modern era, Frankenstein 2029 propels us forward to the uncertain nowhere of the self. On a theatrical canvas as wide and layered as the manifestations of Frankenstein—Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Hollywood adaptations with Boris Karloff and by Mel Brooks, and Nick Dear’s thrilling 2011version at London’s National Theater—Lafayette students and faculty, like Doctor Frankenstein himself, will bring a new creation to life in performance. Set in various locations, indoors and out, on North Third Street’s Williams Arts Campus, Frankenstein 2029 promises audiences a “Sleep No More” experience that asks why myth matters in defining the art of theater. Supported in part through funding from the Mellon Arts Infusion Grant. Directed by Suzanne Westfall.

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