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Current Season - Theatre & Dance

2023-24 Season 

Season Subscriptions go on sale September 28th, 2023. 

Single Tickets for Newsies go on sale October 12, 2023

Oscar Larson Theatre

October 19-21, 7:30 pm
October 22, 2:00 pm

Stop the presses! The Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspired everyone to fight for what's right and seize the day! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies". When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right!

Fishback Studio Theatre

November 16-18, 7:30 p.m. (Festival of New Plays Performances)
November 19, 2 p.m. (24 Hour Plays Performance)

The second annual Festival of New 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 three playwrights to campus to interact in rehearsals and readings of their new pieces. There will also be a discussion after the reading.

*Plays included in the festival may contain explicit content

Oscar Larson Theatre

December 1-2, 7:30 p.m.
December 3, 2 p.m.

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.

Fishback Studio Theatre

February 22-24, 7:30 p.m.
February 25, 2 p.m.

The Escape Thingy was one of our featured plays during last year's Festival of New Plays. We are excited to bring playwright Deb Hiett back to campus for this fully-staged production! Two very different couple meet in an "Escape Room" game night, each needing very different types of escape. The clock is literally ticking as they attempt to solve the puzzles, distinguish facts from alternative facts, and weigh the risks of unlocking the door to the dangerous world outside. 

*May contain explicit content (language) 

Oscar Larson Theatre

March 22-23, 7:30 p.m.
March 24, 2 p.m.

Spring Dance Concert: Vantage Points allows students the opportunity to develop creative process, choreographic talents, leadership and communication skills, and artistic and technical abilities. Choreographers, through the development of original choreography, work with the dance ensemble director to develop work that communicates with intention and purpose. Choreographers are free to imagine how the theme 'vantage points' inspires dance composition and provides opportunity for creativity and intellectual discourse. Artists will explore how perspective alters observation, perception, understanding, and appreciation through a variety of contexts. 

Oscar Larson Theatre

April 18-20, 7:30 p.m.
April 21, 2 p.m.

In this delightful stage adaptation of the classic children's tale, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is faithfully told by James himself, along with the insect characters - Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. Children and adults alike will smile with delight as James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

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.

Senior Dance Showcase

November 3
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.