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JMU School of Theatre and Dance

2015-2016 Season

Mainstage Theatre

Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre

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Eisenhower Dance
Headlining the New Dance Festival

Friday-Saturday, September 11-12 @ 8pm

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Eisenhower Dance, Detroit’s premier contemporary dance company, returns to the Forbes Center to perform an exciting collection of repertory by nationally-known guest choreographers. Recognized as one of the Midwest’s top performance ensembles, the company will present three dances that are physically stunning and technically virtuosic. This year’s New Dance Festival also features JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members Ryan Corriston, Suzanne Miller-Corso, Shane O’Hara and Kate Trammell. Trammell will perform a humorous solo by New York choreographer Claire Porter, whose work is hailed as “smart and musical.” 

Anton in Show Business
By Jane Martin

Tuesday-Saturday, September 29- October 3 @ 8pm
Sunday, October 4 @ 2pm

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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. This witty and insightful play takes audiences behind-the-scenes from auditions through opening night in a moving production that critically examines the state of American theatre. 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.

ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Śakuntalā and the Ring of Recognition
By Kalidasa

Tuesday-Saturday, November 3-7 @ 8pm
Saturday, Nobember 7 @ 2pm

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Written more than 15 hundred years ago, Kalidasa’s finest work chronicles the journey of Śakuntalā, 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.

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

Thursday-Saturday, December 10-12 @ 8pm
Sunday, December 13 @ 2pm

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JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform contemporary choreography by nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists, including Baltimore-based Alice Howes, a JMU alum and former member of Virginia Rep, John Dixon and Courtney Patterson White from North Carolina, and New York choreographer Pamela Pietro. The company will also present pieces by artistic director Shane O’Hara, dance faculty member Ryan Corriston, and Danah Bella, founder of danahbella DanceWorks. Rounding out the program is a work by Laurie Eisenhower, artistic director of Eisenhower Dance, whose “intelligently crafted repertoire” has been praised by Dance Magazine.

The Wild Party
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andrew Lipa
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March

Tuesday-Saturday, February 23-27 @ 8pm
Saturday-Sunday, February 27-28 @ 2pm

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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. When the dysfunctional couple decides to throw a party to end all parties, jealousy, rage and violence ensue, resulting in a downward-spiraling path for both characters. An Off-Broadway gem, this provocative piece of theatre has riveted audiences for more than a decade. Don’t miss this highly-charged and edgy production that 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.

THE WILD PARTY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 100019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

New Voices in Dance
Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2 @8pm
Sunday, April 3 @ 2pm

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Experience the explosiveness and creativity of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The performance will also include work by guest choreographer Maurice Fraga, artistic director of Ekilibre Dance Company, as well as premieres by faculty artist Suzanne Miller-Corso and new JMU faculty member Julio Agustin.

Pretty Theft
By Adam Symkowicz

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 26-27 @ 8pm
Friday-Saturday, April 29-30 @ 8pm
Sunday, May 1 @ 2pm

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Pretty Theft is about ballerinas, boxes, and the danger of beauty. 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. Symkowicz has “taken a story about human beings at their worst and shown how they can claw their way back from the brink by finding the good within themselves.”(The Villager) Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Adult language and sexual content.
PRETTY THEFT is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre


Friday-Saturday October 30-31 @ 8pm

Faculty and students from the Dance Programs at JMU and Radford University come together to perform exciting new work.

Fall Student Dance Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, November 11-14 @ 8pm

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This showcase of new choreography offers audiences an opportunity to see the work of the Dance Program’s talented young artists. 

Fall Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre Showcase

Monday, November 16 @ 8pm

Senior Dance Concert

Thursday- Saturday, February 11-13 @ 8pm
Sunday, February 14 @ 2pm

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JMU’s senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert.

Spring Student Dance Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, April 20-23 @ 8pm

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This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance program.

Spring Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre Showcase

Monday, May 2 @ 8pm

Studio Theatre

The Aliens
By Annie Baker

Tuesday-Saturday, September 15-19 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 19 @ 2pm

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The Aliens is a story of three misfits in the back of a coffee shop who find an unexpected and important friendship amongst them.  Jasper and KJ are college dropouts who take on a mentoring role to Evan, a senior high school looking at colleges.  The show explores the lives of the three as they share their music, writing, an own personal stories and thoughts.  Aliens is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York. 
Mature audiences: adult language and drug use

First Lady Suite
By Michael John LaChiusa

Wednesday-Saturday, October 7-10 @ 8pm
Saturday-Sunday, October 10-11 @ 2pm

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. Prepare to be entertained in a rare theatrical experience that includes the music of George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Glass and William Finn. Features JMU musical theatre students. 

The Pillowman
By Martin McDonagh

Monday-Saturday, Octover 26-31 @ 8pm

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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. THE PILLOWMAN is present by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York.
Mature Audiences: Contains adult language and violence

Music and lyrics by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. Film and Screenplay by Bob Comfort

Friday-Tuesday, November 13-17 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 14 @ 2pm

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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, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.  DOGFIGHT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax:212-397-4684
Mature Audiences: Contains adult language and content


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