JMU School of Theatre and Dance
Headlining the New Dance Festival
Friday-Saturday, September 9-10 @ 8:00 pm
by Megan Breen
Tuesday-Saturday, October 4-8 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 9 @ 2 pm
Children of Eden
Book by John Caird
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby
Friday-Saturday, October 14-15 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, October 15-16 @ 2:00 pm
From the composer of the wildly popular Wicked, Godspell and Pippin comes a joyous and inspirational musical about family and faith. Based on the Book of Genesis, Children of Eden is a candid, heartfelt, and often humorous look at the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah, and the “Father” who created them, must respond to the headstrong, devastating actions of their offspring—and learn valuable lessons about parenting, forgiveness and love along the way. Features JMU theatre and musical theatre students.
Over his nearly 50-year career, Charles Lisanby became inarguably the most influential scenic designer ever. In 2010, Lisanby donated his life’s work to JMU. His sister-in-law Gladys, a JMU alum, and her late husband James created a Dean’s Scholarship for students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The James and Gladys Lisanby Museum, which supports JMU’s Madison Arts Collection, and the Gladys Kemp Lisanby Library in JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance are named in Gladys’ honor.
By William Shakespeare
Tuesday-Saturday, November 1-5 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 5 @ 2:00 pm
The Tempest tells the story of Prospero, an embittered father and exiled magician. One of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Tempest puts on a collision course a ship of nobles, a horde of frightening and fantastical island creatures, a handful of would-be murderers, two bumbling clowns, and a pair of teenage lovers, all of whom Prospero must maneuver as he charts his way to vengeance or forgiveness. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.
Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company
Thursday-Saturday, December 8-10 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 11 @ 2:00 pm
Guys and Dolls
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Tuesday-Saturday, February 21-25 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 25 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 26 @ 2:00 pm
Roll the dice and fall in love with one of the greatest musicals of all time! This American classic, set in New York City around the same time it opened on Broadway in 1950, features an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls,” and brassy-voiced showgirls in a toe-tappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. With several London and Broadway revivals, Guys and Dolls has won 9 Tony Awards, 8 Olivier Awards and 7 Drama Desk Awards, and features an upbeat, unforgettable score than includes hits like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Take your chances on this “perfect musical comedy!” Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.
New Voices in Dance
Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble
Thursday-Sunday, March 30-April 2 @ 8:00 pm
By William Inge
Tuesday-Wenesday, April 25-26 @ 8:00 pm
Friday-Saturday, April 28-29 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 30 @ 2:00 pm
Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
Fall Student Dance Concert
Senior Dance Concert
AXIS Dance Company
AXIS is one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities. Paving the way for physically integrated dance, AXIS transforms perceptions of dance and disability. This moving performance features a new dance theatre work called To Go Again, a collaboration between AXIS and San Francisco-based choreographer Joe Goode that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes. AXIS has performed in more than 100 cities nationwide and internationally in Europe and Russia. The troupe has been featured twice on the FOX hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance. www.axisdance.org
A talk-back with company members will follow the performance. The AXIS residency is supported by the CVPA Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence Grant, a JMU Student Affairs and University Planning Innovation Grant, and the Office of Disability Services.
by Joshua Harmon
Friday-Tuesday, September 9-13 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 11 @ 2 pm
Bad Jews is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
NATHAN THE WISE
by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Friday-Tuesday, October 21-25 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 22 @ 2 pm
A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into Jerusalem...The year is 1192 AD, and a crusader has fallen in love with the daughter of a Jewish tax collector. Meanwhile, the Islamic Sultan of Jerusalem is pondering the meaning of these Holy Wars and decides to enlist the wisdom of someone most strange. In this literary classic, these musical and witty characters ask if peace in the Holy Land is possible - a question that continues to baffle us today.
adapted by Sarah Ruhl
Friday-Tuesday, November 11-15 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 13 @ 2 pm
In her stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's gender-bending, period-hopping novel, award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl "is her usual unfailingly elegant, unbeatably witty self, cleverly braiding her own brand-name wit with Woolf's" (New York magazine). Preserving Woolf’s vital ideas and lyrical tone, Ruhl brings to the stage the life of an Elizabethan nobleman who’s magically transformed into an immortal woman.
Block A = December 1 and 3 @ 8 pm
Block B = December 2 @ 8 pm and December 3 @ 2 pm
10-minute plays performed in two blocks. Directed and designed by JMU School of Theatre students.
Accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance