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JMU School of Theatre and Dance

2014-2015 Season

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Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre

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Christopher K. Morgan & Artists
Headlining the New Dance Festival

Friday-Saturday, September 5-6 @ 8pm

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Christopher K. Morgan founded his professional contemporary dance company in 2011, the same year Dance Magazine named him “one of the six breakout choreographers in the United States.” Since then, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists out of Washington, D.C. has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This year’s festival features new works by Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members Suzanne Miller-Corso, Shane O’Hara and adjunct faculty member Julia Vessey. O’Hara, along with faculty artists Cynthia Thompson and Ryan Corriston, will perform solos; Corriston will perform on the field of destiny by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone, set to a score by John Adams with a libretto based on Walt Whitman’s poem, The Wound Dresser. JMU dance alumnae will perform a group work.

How I Learned to Drive
By Paula Vogel

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

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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. How I Learned to Drive, which tackles serious topics and presents them in a comical way, encourages audience members to question the road to take when it comes to love, healing and forgiveness. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Contains sexual content. Parental discretion advised. Q&A to follow performances on Thursday, September 25 and Sunday, September 28.
How I Learned to Drive is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York.

By Sophie Treadwell

Tuesday-Friday, October 28-31 @ 8pm
Saturday, Nobember 1 @ 2pm & 8pm

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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. Q&A to follow performance on Thursday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1.

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6 @ 8pm
Sunday, December 7 @ 2pm

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JMU’s premier dance ensemble will present a program that is “varied, fun and athletic” (Richmond Times-Dispatch). The company will perform cutting-edge choreography by nationally known guest artists in the field of contemporary dance, including Washington, D.C.-based Christopher K. Morgan, whose work has been hailed as “charming and poignant” by The New York Times, Virginia-based Karen Reedy and Nicolas Johnson from Kansas. JMU alumnae Emily Oleson from West Virginia and Emily Cargill from Jacksonville, Florida, as well as artistic director Shane O’Hara and dance faculty member Suzanne Miller-Corso will also present new works.

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

Tuesday-Friday, February 24-27 @ 8pm
Saturday, February 28 @ 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 1 @ 2pm

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This Tony Award-winning musical comedy packed with lively choreography and snappy dialogue first opened on Broadway in 1966. It was revived in 1986 and again in 2005, and features hits such as “Big Spender,” “Rhythm of Life,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” Sweet Charity 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. Don’t miss this exuberant, fun-filled musical adventure! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Q&A to follow performances on Thursday, February 26 and Sunday, March 1. 

Sweet Charity
 is produced by arrangement with, and the music and dialogue material furnished by TAMS-WITMARK, Music Library Inc., 560 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 100022

New Voices in Dance
Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Thursday-Friday, March 26-27 @ 8pm
Saturday, March 28 @ 2pm & 8pm

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Experience the vitality and creativity of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The evening will also include a dance by guest choreographer Stephanie Martinez, a former principal dancer with River North Dance Chicago, as well as premieres by dance faculty artists Ryan Corriston and Cynthia Thompson.

The Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 28-29 @ 8pm
Friday-Saturday, May 1-2 @ 8pm
Sunday, May 3 @ 2pm

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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. Q&A to follow performances on Wednesday, April 29 and Sunday, May 3. 

Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre

Fall Student Dance Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, November 12-15 @ 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. 

An Evening of Dance Theatre with Shane O'Hara and Ric Rose

Friday-Saturday, January 23-24 @ 8pm

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Award-winning faculty artists Shane O’Hara (James Madison University) and Ric Rose (University of Florida) have been collaborating for more than 20 years. They reunite for a dance theatre performance that explores the male species through movement and recorded and spoken text. The evening features new works by O’Hara and Rose, a rare presentation by O’Hara of two, historic solos choreographed by modern dance pioneer Daniel Nagrin, and a humorous duet that will have audiences laughing in their seats!

Senior Dance Concert

Thursday-Saturday, February 12-14 @ 8pm

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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 15-18 @ 8pm

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

Studio Theatre

By Martin Sherman

Thursday-Tuesday, February 27-March 3 @ 8pm
Sunday, March 1 @ 2pm

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In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grifter and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest's throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men as avowed homosexuals, flee. Desperate and on the run, Max asks his own "discreetly" homosexual Uncle Freddie for help as the older man offers little more than suggestions on how to live, as he does, practicing homosexuality on the side. Attempting their escape, Rudy is beaten to death as Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp at Dachau, Max and Horst branded with the "pink triangle", hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage but it is not to be. “Bent” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.  Mature themes, sexual content, adult language 

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Roguemont (As Told by Himself)
By Donald Margulies

Tuesday-Saturday, March 31-April 4 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 4 @ 2pm

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The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound.  Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. SHIPWRECKED examines how far we’re willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. SHIPWRECKED is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., New York.

Avenue Q
Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty

Friday-Saturday, April 17-18 @ 8pm
Sunday, April 19 @ 2pm
Monday-Wednesday, April 20-22 @ 8pm

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The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad name Princeton who moves into ashabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.  He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that hthis is not your ordinary neighborhood.  Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.  Winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. 


Director's Fest

Sunday, April 26 @ 2pm and 8pm

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Join us for a festival of 10-minute plays directed and designed by JMU School of Theatre students. Contains adult language and content.


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