Current Season, 2019-2020

Suggestions for 2021-2022 Season will be accepted through March 30, 2020

 

HEATHERS, THE MUSICAL ~ Full Length Musical, Dark Comedy 

By Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass...but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat BoyLegally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer MadnessShe’s the Man). Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers will be New York’s most popular new musical. Are you in, or are you out?

October 25, 26 & November 1, 2, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. (Approximately 2 hours)

October 27 & November 3, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

JVD Theatre

 

ACCOLADES

NOMINEE! 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music

NOMINEE! 2014 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical

 

DREAMERS: Aquí y Allá ~ A Play of Americans

By Andrea Caban

The Dreamers: Aquí y Allá is a devised theatre piece Andrea created in collaboration with the California-Mexico Studies Center. Andrea traveled to Mexico with CSULB Theatre Arts students to interview a group of DACA students who were given permission through advance parole to return to their homeland, a permission no longer being given from the current administration. The play follows these young Dreamers but also incorporates interviews from U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, an immigration rights attorney, a border patrol agent, and more.

December 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. (Approximately 90 Minutes)

December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

Gist Theatre

 

TREASURE ISLAND ~ Full Length Play, Drama

By Phil Willmott

From the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

A stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.

This is the first adaptation of Treasure Island with great parts both male and female performers. Inspired by real-life female adventurers, Phil Willmott has changed the gender of several of the central characters without compromising the spirit of Stevenson's classic novel. First produced to great acclaim as part of London's Free Theatre Festival on the South Bank in 2005, this swashbuckling stage adaptation brings out all the comedy and adventure of this ever-popular story.

March 27, 28, April 2, 3, 4, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.

March 29 & April 5 Matinee @ 2:00 p.m.

JVD Theatre 

 

 

MARGARET T. KELSO SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

A selection of 10 minute plays written, directed and performed by HSU Theatre Arts students in celebration of Playwright Margaret Thomas Kelso.

April 30, May 1, 2, 2020 @ 7:30 p.m.

May 3, 2020 Matinee @ 2:00 p.m.

Gist Theatre

 

 

 

Upcoming Season, 2020-21

Anna in the Tropics ~ Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

By Nilo Cruz

ANNA IN THE TROPICS is a poignant and poetic new play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.

October 2020 ~ JVD Theatre

  

SEUSSICAL

Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

 

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

December 2020 ~ GIST Theatre

 

THE TEMPEST

By William Shakespeare

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, probably written in 1610–1611, and thought to be one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote alone. After the first scene, which takes place on a ship at sea during a tempest, the rest of the story is set on a   remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, a complex and contradictory character, lives with his daughter Miranda, and his two servants—Caliban, a savage monster figure, and Ariel, an airy spirit. The play contains music and songs that evoke the spirit of enchantment on the island. It explores many themes including magic, betrayal, revenge, and family. In act four, a wedding masque serves as a play-within-the play, and contributes spectacle, allegory, and elevated language.

March 2021 ~ JVD Theatre

 

MARGARET T. KELSO SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL

A selection of 10 minute plays written, directed and performed by HSU Theatre Arts students in celebration of Playwright Margaret Thomas Kelso.

April/May 2021 ~ Gist Theatre