Book, music and lyrics by Jonathon Larson
Oct. 4-7 at 7:30 pm
Matinee: Oct. 8 at 2:00 pm
Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
This is theatre at its best – exuberant, passionate and joyous.
By Paul Slade Smith
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 at 7:30 pm
Matinee: Dec. 3 at 2:00 pm
Unnecessary Farce is an award-winning stage comedy by Paul Slade Smith that combines all the elements of classic farce with a contemporary American plot.
In an economy motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. In the room next door, two undercover cops are supposed to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's watching the video, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.
A Christmas Celebration
The 19th annual A Christmas Celebration tells the story of Jesus' birth through the combined artistry of dance, narration, and music. With talented artistic expression from the Exaltation! Dance and Choral Company, this wonderful event has already become an annual favorite in Brookings.
The Exaltation! Dance and Choral Company is a collaborative of dancers, choral musicians, actors, and technicians including SDSU faculty, alumni, students and individuals from the community and region. The proceeds from all their events, benefit local individuals or community organizations in need.
Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm
Matinee: Dec. 10 at 2:00 pm
By Sam Shepard
Feb. 20 – 24 at 7:30 pm
Matinee: Feb. 25 at 2:00 pm
This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale.
"True West has [...] arguably become Shepard's signature piece, the leanest, most pointed of his full-length works." - David Krasner, A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama.
"Shepard's masterwork [...] It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37-year-old genius." - New York Post
"It's clear, funny, naturalistic. It's also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic. If that sounds contradictory, you're on to one aspect of Shepard's winning genius; the ability to make you think you're watching one thing while at the same time he's presenting another." - San Francisco Chronicle
Spring Dance Concert
Dance minors from SDSU, along with dance students and instructors from the community, will present student and faculty choreography in concert. The collaboration of university and community talent represents efforts in building dance education efforts in the community, state, and region.
Mar. 17 at 7:30 pm
Matinee: Mar. 18 at 2:00 pm
Suessical the Musical
By Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Apr. 18 – 21 at 7:30 pm
Matinee: Apr. 22 at 2:00 pm
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.