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Eisenhower DanceHeadlining the New Dance Festival
September 11-12
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
MR. JOYWritten and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Saturday, September 19 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Jazz 4 JusticeFREE reception prior to the show!
Saturday, September 26 @ 8 pm
CONCERT HALL
TenebraeSaturday, October 24 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle FavoritesMermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Sunday, January 24 @ 1 and 4 pm
Metropolitan Opera Rising StarsThursday, February 25 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Moscow Festival BalletSwan Lake
March 14-15
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
 
 
 


The Aliens

By Annie Baker

A Studio Theatre Production

STUDIO THEATRE

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TUE-SAT, SEP 15-19


Behind a coffee shop in small-town Vermont, thirty-something slackers Jasper and KJ hash over thoughts ranging from music to writing to everything in between. When asked to find a new home by employee and high school senior, Evan, the two men refuse and rope the college-hopeful into their conversation. An unexpected and meaningful friendship results in this “offbeat, slyly intriguing drama with comedy.” (TheaterMania.com) For mature audiences. Adult language and drug use. More

MR. JOY

Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty

CONCERT HALL


What happened to Mr. Joy? One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Daniel Beaty returns to the Forbes Center to explore that question and others related to race and class in his explosive solo play, MR. JOY. This hilarious and heartwarming piece of theatre taps into the pulse of contemporary American culture. Adult content and language. More

Anton in Show Business

By Jane Martin

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, SEP 29-OCT 4


Winner of the 2001 American Theatre Critics Steinberg New Play Award, this crazy comedy follows the joys, pains and absurdities of three actresses cast in Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters at a regional theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Join the journey of the “three sisters,” Holly, Lisabette and Casey, in their quest to make it in the world of show business! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult language and content. More

The Second City

Fully Loaded

WILSON HALL


Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre, The Second City, brings to JMU its hysterical new show, Fully Loaded, which features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from its sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. For mature audiences. Contains sexual and adult content. Parental discretion advised. 
A free shuttle will run from the Warsaw Parking Deck to Wilson Hall starting one hour prior to performances and returning immediately thereafter. More

First Lady Suite

By Michael John LaChiusa

STUDIO THEATRE


This unique musical showcases the lives of four 20th-century First Ladies: Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Bes Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt. First Lady Suite takes a humorous and poignant look at their shared struggle to define the role of women in a changing world and each one’s search to define herself while living under the scrutiny of the public eye. Features JMU musical theatre students. More

The Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh

A Studio Theatre Production

STUDIO THEATRE

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MON-SAT, OCT 26-31


With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka and the Brothers Grimm, The Pillowman centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. For mature audiences. Adult language and violence. More

Shakuntala

By Kālidasā. Translated by W.J. Johnson.

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Written more than 15 hundred years ago, Kālidasā's finest work chronicles the journey of Shakuntala, a beautiful young woman, and Dushyanta, a valiant king. Through lyrical prose and mythic storytelling, this sensual and evocative play immerses the audience in an ancient Indian world of gods, spirits, curses, and the triumph of love over all opposition. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

The Barber of Seville

By Gioachino Rossini

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


One of the greatest romantic comedy operas, The Barber of Seville will delight audiences with its effervescent music and zany humor. With a count in multiple disguises, a young woman trying to outwit her guardian, and Barber Figaro being paid to ensure a happy ending, what could possibly go wrong? You’ll want to grab a seat in this barbershop to see what happens! More

Dogfight: The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. Book by Peter Duchan.

A Studio Theatre Production

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-SAT, NOV 13-14


It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he recruits to win a cruel bet with his fellow Marines, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. For mature audiences. Adult language and content.  More

Susanna Hamnett in Nearly Lear

A Mischievous Retelling of Shakespeare's Great Play

Directed by Edith Tankus

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool - and every other character - in an original adaptation of the Shakespearean classic that is not only poignant and tragic, but also mischievous, tender and achingly funny. Nearly Lear incorporates exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to entrance both lovers of Shakespeare and newcomers to the Bard. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Aquila Theatre

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes center stage in this witty, fast-paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. With actors drawn from top British and American stages, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride full of suspense and intrigue! More

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This puppet production by one of the most respected creators of family entertainment includes the wonderful story of the metamorphosis of The Very Hungry Caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of the travels of Little Cloud through the sky, and the discovery by the Mixed-Up Chameleon of his own unique nature. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Opera and the Silver Screen:

Classy Tunes from Classy Cinema

CONCERT HALL


See timeless movies and movie posters come to life both on stage and on screen in this tribute to classic American musical theatre and cinema! Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater will perform songs including “Old Man River” from Show Boat (1936), “Italian Street Song” and “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life” from Naughty Marietta (1935), “Indian Love Call” and “Some of These Days” from Rose Marie (1935), and other immortal Victor Herbert tunes. More

The Wild Party

Book by Andrew Lippa. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March.

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Featuring one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written, this Roaring Twenties musical inspired by a poem of the same name tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by lovers Queenie and Burrs. An Off-Broadway gem, this highly-charged and edgy production captures the spirit and sensuality of its tumultuous time! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content, adult language, violence, sexual violence and sexual content. More

Love That Dog

Theatergroep Kwatta

Based on the novel by Sharon Creech

CONCERT HALL


Based in the Netherlands, the award-winning Theatergroep Kwatta is recognized for its lighthearted and inspirational productions, including Love That Dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog is brought to vivid life in a performance that uses visual effects, music and puppetry to show how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and above all, a dog. More

The Merry Widow

By Franz Lehár

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

CONCERT HALL


Who wants to marry a millionaire? Every man in Pontevedro when “The Merry Widow” is in town. Replete with beguiling Viennese waltzes, toe-tapping marches, and even the can-can, this uproarious jewel-of-an-operetta highlights the magic of turn-of-the-century Paris in a charming story where true love triumphs in the end. More

Pretty Theft

By Adam Symkowicz

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, APR 26-MAY 1


After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant. When life takes a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross-country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult language and sexual content. More

HIGHLIGHTS


  • One-on-one with Daniel Beaty



  • Julie Fowlis returns with new Celtic music



  • Singers from the Met Opera Rising Stars Concert Series perform live at the Forbes Center!



  • Experience the great classical ballet, Swan Lake, with the Moscow Festival Ballet!