2020-2021 Performance Schedule

We are happy to announce our plan for the 2020 Fall semester! With our students’ education and safety at the forefront of our considerations, we have opted to produce a series of staged readings this semester. These readings allow us to continue to create art with our students, expose them to a more diverse variety of scripts, and provide essential flexibility in these ever-changing times.

These productions contain mature content. All performances are suggested only for audience members 18 years or older. We encourage all patrons to use their own discretion in determining their comfort level with the material. Please see below the schedule for more information on each piece.

There will be NO admission charge for the readings.

All performances will begin at 7:30pm in the Blackbox Theatre in the Eccles Fine Arts Building, with the exception of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which will be held in the Dunford Auditorium (Browning Learning Center). Safety protocols are being observed and we will be in compliance with Southwest Health’s and the Governor’s directives. The house will open to patrons considered high-risk for COVID-19 at 6:50pm with all patrons allowed to enter beginning at 7:10pm. Seating is limited to 29 audience members per performance and is first-come, first-served, so make your plans to arrive early! Masks are required and we will ask for the names and phone numbers of all those attending in order to comply with a mandate for contact tracing purposes.

Your on-going support for the arts is greatly appreciated, and we encourage you to check back regularly for any updates we have to share regarding our season.

 

Show Specific Information:

Hand To God By Robert Askins

THE STORY: After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

Content Advisory: Adult Language and Themes

 

 

 

How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel

THE STORY: A wildly funny, surprising, and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel. Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play.

Content Advisory: Adult Language and Themes. This play deals frankly with issues surrounding sexual abuse. We encourage all patrons to use their own discretion in determining their comfort level with the material.

 

 

 

The Birds by Connor McPherson

THE STORY: Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.

Content Advisory: Adult Language

 

 

 

All This Intimacy by Rajiv Joseph

THE STORY: Ty Greene is a normal guy with three very big problems.Ty has managed to impregnate three women in the span of one week: his ex-girlfriend, his 40 something married next-door neighbor, and his 18-year-old student. Ty’s problems illuminate every triumph and failure of his life, and as the women of his world converge and figure out what’s happened.

Content Advisory: Adult Language and Themes

 

 

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens

THE STORY: 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

This reading will take place in the Dunford Auditorium, in the Browning Learning Resource Center. Seating is capped at 48 audience members in this space. The closest available parking is on the north side of the SNOW Math and Science building off 100 South. 

Content Advisory: Adult Language and Themes

 

 

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

THE STORY: Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

Content Advisory: Adult Language

SHOWTIMES & TICKETING

  • All performances begin promptly at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted
  •  There will be no reserved seating.
  • Questions?  Please contact Chelsea Richards at 435-879-4385 or crichards@dixie.edu

 

POLICIES

Latecomers
In the interest of safety, the doors will close at 7:30pm when the performance begins, and no one will be admitted after that time.

Ratings
Some shows may be rated PG-13, or have another posted recommended age.  For these shows, children under the posted age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to be allowed into the production.

Thank you very much and we’ll see you at the Theatre!