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EMERGENCYWritten and performed by Daniel Beaty
Friday, September 12 @ 8 pm
CONCERT HALL
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood:Two Man GroupFriday, October 19 @ 8 pm
WILSON HALL
An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison KeillorMonday, November 10 @ 8 pm
CONCERT HALL
Parallel ExitExit Stage Left
Sunday, November 16 @ 2 pm and 7 pm
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
Sleeping BeautyStarring David Gonzalez
Saturday, January 17 @ 2 PM
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de MéxicoEnrique Bátiz, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Wednesday, February 4 @ 8 pm
CONCERT HALL
The King's SingersMonday, February 16 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Anderson & Roe Piano DuoFeaturing Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe
Friday, March 6 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Caladh NuaTuesday, March 17 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Ailey IIMarch 30-31
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
The Cashore MarionettesSaturday, April 4 @ 2 PM
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
Rosanne CashThe River and the Thread
Friday, April 10 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
 
 
 


EMERGENCY

Written and performed by Daniel Beaty

“the most important new American drama since Angels in America.” - www.nytheatre.com

CONCERT HALL


A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty sending New York City into a whirlwind of emotion in Daniel Beaty’s explosive, solo tour-de-force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Adult content and language. More

How I Learned to Drive

By Paula Vogel

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Hold onto the wheel for “a most compelling ride” through one woman’s memories of her harrowing childhood in rural Maryland in the 1960s. Through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Li’l Bit shares her story of survival through an inappropriate sexual relationship initiated by her Uncle Peck during her first driving lesson. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Contains sexual content. Parental discretion advised. More

Gone Missing

Written by Steve Cosson from interviews by the Civilians

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

STUDIO THEATRE


Gone Missing, dubbed "a cunningly constructed show" by The New York Times, is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing: keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump, or one’s mind. It was conceived in 2003 by the Civilians, an acclaimed investigative theatre company in New York City, from man-on-the-street interviews. Contains adult content. More

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes, just like a live version of Who’s Line! This show is improvised. The performers do not control audience suggestions. Parental discretion advised. More

Machinal

By Sophie Treadwell

"A desperate life blazes amid devouring shadows." - The New York Times

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SAT, OCT 28-NOV 1


Inspired by the sensationalist 1927 trial of Ruth Snyder, Sophie Treadwell’s expressionistic portrayal of the events and forces surrounding Snyder’s alleged crime leaves open the question of guilt. Suffocated by her manipulative mother, overbearing husband and the dehumanizing industrialism that drives Prohibition-era New York City, a “Young Woman” makes the ultimate bid for freedom. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content. More

La Bohème

By Giacomo Puccini

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


La Bohème is easy to love—and impossible to forget. With sweeping orchestral and choral music, Puccini’s ravishing heartbreaker and its romantic characters touch our hearts with pathos and surging passions. More

Autumn Opera Gala

VIP Seating for La Bohème, a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue

GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This exquisite evening features a cocktail reception in the Grand Lobby, a pre-performance “backstory chat” about La Bohème presented by a noted opera scholar, and a ticket to the 8 pm performance. Opera director Dr. Don Rierson and members of the cast will be in attendance to greet guests. The box office will contact buyers to confirm specific seat locations.  More

In this solo performance, Garrison Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood.” America’s favorite storyteller is best known for his wildly popular show A Prairie Home Companion. More

Parallel Exit

Exit Stage Left

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


“Featuring enough slamming doors, pratfalls, songs, magic tricks, tap-dancing and slapstick to fuel a dozen shows” (The New York Post), Parallel Exit’s Exit Stage Left is a rollicking, speed-of-light comedy inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FORBES CENTER VENUES/RECEPTION IN GRAND LOBBY


This moveable feast includes three distinctive presentations in three Forbes Center venues, plus a reception that will allow you to mingle with other arts enthusiasts. Seating is General Admission in each venue. More

Sleeping Beauty Tea Party

Tea plus matinee tickets to Sleeping Beauty

GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Dress up and enjoy afternoon tea before the enchanting 2 pm matinee of Sleeping Beauty. This delightful event features finger sandwiches, bite-size desserts, games, and more!  Your ticket includes tea, a meet-and-greet with David Gonzalez, and the 2 pm show. A Forbes Family Fun event. The box office will contact ticket buyers to confirm seating locations.  More

Sleeping Beauty

Starring David Gonzalez

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Master storyteller David Gonzalez returns to the Forbes Center with a modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty replete with rhyming, live music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, image projections and exquisite lighting. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Opera Spotlight 

Songs and Scenes from the World's Greatest Operas

CONCERT HALL


Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this incredibly talented core of future stars perform sweeping melodies from Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria rusticana.  More

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, FEB 24-MAR 1


This Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a warm, touching and humorous look at the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine who repeatedly gives her heart—and her savings—to the wrong men. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through one romance after another, all the while staying sweet and hopeful that someday her dreams will come true. Students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance will perform hits such as “Big Spender,” “Rhythm of Life,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” More

The Cashore Marionettes

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Unmatched in artistry, grace and movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Prepare to enter “a wonderful world of breathtaking magic” as founder and award-winning puppeteer Joseph Cashore performs Simple Gifts, a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by composers such as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Patience is a virtue—and a milkmaid! This hilarious spoof of Oscar Wilde and the aesthetic movement is brimming with cunning wit and lively repartee. More

The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Chekhov

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, APR 28-MAY 3


In this funny, elegant and heartbreaking play, Chekhov’s cast of eccentric characters face the dawning of a new Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Madame Ranevskaya and her family of aristocrats are on the verge of bankruptcy. Lopakhin, a rags-to-riches merchant, has a plan to help the family keep their fortune. But is the reluctant Ranevskaya willing to pay the price? Features students from JMU's School of Theatre and Dance. More

HIGHLIGHTS


  • EMERGENCY!: - Obie Award winner Daniel Beaty stars in explosive, solo tour-de-force



  • Ailey II dances its way to the top of the 2014-2015 Masterpiece Season



  • Parallel Exit's speed-of-light comedy performs to rave reviews