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Current Season - Theatre & Dance

2022-23 Season 

Festival of New Plays

The first annual Festival of News Plays featuring The 24 Hour Plays celebrates the work of emerging playwrights while offering opportunities for students and the audience to engage in the development of new works.

After reviewing approximately 350 submitted plays, we have invited four playwrights to campus to interact in rehearsals and readings of their new pieces. There will also be a discussion after the reading.

The last day of the festival will conclude with The 24 Hour Plays, in which teams of students will write, rehearse and present original plays crafted completely within a 24-hour time period! As an added value to patrons, you can attend all events with one ticket purchase! Seating will be general admission. Please bring your ticket back each night, and our ushers will direct you to the appropriate theatre.

Fishback Studio Theatre and the Oscar Larson Theatre

September 21-24, 7:30 p.m.

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge.

In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Oscar Larson Theatre

November 17-19, 7:30 p.m.
November 20, 2 p.m.

*Contains mature language and themes

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story is one that no matter who you are or what you believe-may assist us all in reflecting on our experiences, our responsibilities, and our purpose. Displaying the talents of SDSU dancers, alums and community members, A Christmas Celebration asks audiences to reflect on their humanness during this holiday season. As we celebrate a Christmas story, the story of a birth that changed the world, may this performance inspire you to pause and return to your own story? May a Christmas Celebration – Inspire New Beginnings.

Oscar Larson Theatre

December 9-10, 7:30 p.m.
December 10, 2 p.m.

Stop Kiss

At its broadest, Stop Kiss is about how to have a voice as a woman, speak in your defense, and answer the question, “What do you want?”

Sara, who recently arrived from St. Louis, does not know New York City, but she does have a firm grip on the basics. As Callie helps orient Sara to the city, Sara teaches Callie how to assert herself. And finally, Callie does. She kisses Sara. A man who sees the kiss insults them, Sara answers back, and the man exacts retribution. But the last word belongs to Callie and Sara and their love.

Fishback Studio Theatre

February 16-18, 7:30 p.m.
February 19, 2 p.m.

*Contains mature language and themes

Spring Dance Concert

The Spring Dance Concert traditionally features original student choreography. This concert allows students the opportunity to develop creative process, choreographic talents, leadership and communication skills, and artistic and technical abilities. Students work with the dance ensemble director to develop work that communicates with intention and purpose.

This season the theme of the concert is Dreams and Nightmares. This performance features dances exploring the myriad of contexts that Dreams and Nightmares inspires. Choreographers and dancers work collaboratively to devise new work that shares stories relevant to contemporary content.

Oscar Larson Theatre

March 24-25, 7:30 p.m.
March 26, 2 p.m.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the outcast bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day, only to be treated cruelly by all except the beautiful Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission of destruction – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Oscar Larson Theatre

April 13-15, 7:30 p.m.
April 16, 2 p.m.

Other Events

State University Theatre & Dance has many other opportunities for your participation this season. Many activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. We would love to have you join us for all or any of the following.

Music and Dance in the Gardens

September 29
6 p.m.

McCrory Gardens

Concert Choir and the Dance Ensemble collaborate to create an evening of music and dance at McCrory Gardens. An evening celebrating the beauty of our natural surroundings. Free admission.

The Haunting at the Oscar: Dreams and Nightmares

October 21
5:30-7 p.m. for Children and the Young at Heart

October 20, 21, 22
7:30-11 p.m. for Thrills and Chills

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

Bring your Halloween spirit for an evening of fun! Admission to this event supports educational travel.

Senior Dance Showcase

November 4
7:30 p.m.

Dance Studio in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

A celebration of senior dance students’ growth and transformation, our senior dance showcase displays our graduating seniors' creative, artistic and academic work in an informal studio dance performance. Free admission.

Fall Theatre Showcase

December 2nd
7 p.m.

Fishback Studio Theatre

A celebration of student growth and transformation in performance and technical theatre in a cabaret performance. Free admission.

An Evening of 10-Minute Plays

December 1
7 p.m.

Fishback Studio Theatre

Enjoy as the directing class presents a fun-filled evening of ten-minute plays. Free admission.


February 2-3 at 7:30 p.m.
February 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Oscar Larson Theatre

A student-written and produced variety/comedy show including acting, song and dance. Join us as we celebrate this rich tradition of celebrating student talent from all across campus that has been a part of the SDSU culture for over 75 years! Intended for mature audiences. Admission to this event supports student travel.