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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
Studio production, Oct. 29-Nov. 1
Doctor Faustus has mastered every scholarly subject, so what is left to explore? Magic? Necromancy? When offered everything she desires for 24 years and a demon at her command the temptation is too great to resist. Would you make a deal with the devil?
By Christopher Marlowe, directed by SophiaRose Brown
Speaking in Tongues
Studio production, Jan. 14-17. Virtual Presentation, February 19
Nine parallel lives, four interlocked infidelities, one missing person, and a mysterious stiletto are all woven together in this electrifying psychological thriller. Andrew Bovell masterfully interlocks his characters' fates as he explores the true nature of love, marriage, treachery, and betrayal.
By Andrew Bovell, directed by James Wheeler
Into the Woods
Mainstage production, Feb. 26-27
Into the Woods is a timeless, yet relevant darkly comical reimagining of beloved fairy tales. When favorite storybook characters come together in an effort to break a curse, they begin to question if what they've always wished for is what they truly want. Sondheim's lush Tony-winning score and Lapine's Tony-winning book remind us that even in the darkest of times, "no one is alone."
By James Lapine, directed by Shelley Cooper. Vocal direction by Michelle Crouch; orchestral direction by Daniel Chetel
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Mainstage Production, March 4-7, Virtual Presentation
Christopher’s extraordinary brain processes math with ease, but leaves him ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. After he stumbles upon his neighbor’s dog lying dead, he is determined to discover who murdered Wellington. Christopher dares to step outside his comfort zone, embarking on a journey that upturns his world and allows a glimpse into what it's like to live on the spectrum.
By Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, directed by Jeff Coussens
Pirates of Penzance
Ruth and Lefty Anderson Pavilion, April 8-11
Libreto by Sir William S. Gilbert. Music by Arthur Sullivan
Grab your swimsuit and get ready for a wet, wild and wacky 60's inspired reimagining of The Pirates of Penzance. This carefree musical farce has just the right amount of nostalgia and novelty to make you feel like you're on vacation. Join us at the Anderson Pavilion for surf, suna nd a whole lotta fun!
Libreto by Sir William S. Gilbert. Music by Arthur Sullivan, directed by Noah Hill
Dragons Love Tacos
April 13-17, Virtual Presentation
Whether you like your toppings spicy or mild, you'll love Dragons Love Tacos! Based on the popular children's book, this colorful, dance filled romp is equal parts silly and sensational; all the ingredients you need to whip up a fantastic time for the whole family.
Directed by Jackie McCall
One Flea Spare
Mainstage production, May 6-9
By Naomi Wallace, directed by Jennifer Popple
Quad Cities Playwrights Festival
Faculty mentor: Jeff Coussens
This showcase of 10-minute plays highlights new works by area playwrights high school age and up.