2017-18 Theatre and Dance Performances

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by Anne Washburn

Dates: April 6-7; 7:30pm | April 8; 2pm | April 12-14; 7:30pm | April 14; 2pm
Location: Mesa Experimental Theatre
Prices: $21 adults, $17 seniors, $8 students
Rating: PG-13
Seating: General Admission 

Directed by Jeanine A. Howe

After an apocalyptic event, survivors comfort themselves by recalling the plot of an episode of The Simpsons from memory. Seven years later, the story has become live entertainment, complete with commercials and pop songs. Finally, 75 years later, the story is a legend that inspires new forms of theatrical performance. This imaginative dark comedy brilliantly explores how the pop culture of our era could evolve into the mythology of another and points out the the importance of story. When everything is gone, what remains is our ability to remember and share stories.

“What [happens] to a pop culture narrative pushed past the fall of civilization?” Anne Washburn

“…hypnotic, sly and fiendishly insinuating…” Time Out New York

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Student Rush - Special Showing

April 5

Rush Price for CMU Students only: $5

• To receive rush price, purchase your ticket at the University Center Information Desk

• One ticket per valid MAVcard presented


Dates: April 20-21; 7:30pm | April 21; 2pm
Location: Robinson
Prices: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students
Rating: G
Seating: General

Directed by Amanda Benzin

Help us finish our season with the Spring Dance Concert, a high-energy and inspiring evening of new works choreographed by faculty, internationally-renowned guest artists and selected students. With something for everyone, from tap and jazz to ballet and contemporary work, the concert is perfectly timed energize you for the warmer weather to come.

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Student and Faculty Rush

April 20

Rush Price for Students, Faculty and Staff: $5

• To receive rush price, purchase your ticket the day of the show at the University Center Information Desk

• One ticket per valid MAVcard presented


Date: Saturday, May 5; 6pm

Prices: $10
Rating: 21+ only
Seating: General
Sponsors: Charlie Dwellington's and Jeremy R. Franklin

Directed by Jeremy R. Franklin

We all have those pop songs we love behind closed doors when no one is looking.  This year, we take our cabaret series off campus to revel in the best (and worst) of pop music. Join us for a Cinco de Mayo celebration on the patio (weather permitting) at Charlie Dwellington’s (1st and Main). Our students will shine with music by the likes of Lady Gaga, Elton John and many, many more. This event begins with a cocktail hour at 6:30, then stick around after the cabaret for a night of karaoke!

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• An All Female Cast presents 1776 by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone

CMU presents an exciting twist on the story of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Depicting one of the most familiar stories in American history, the musical puts a human face on a distant and historical subject. Casting women in the iconic roles of our ‘founding fathers’ allows us to explore the link between what America is and what it aspires to be in our continued efforts to become the nation of ideals that the Declaration of Independence set forth. With engaging characters, memorable tunes and a book lauded as being one of the best ever written for musical theatre, 1776 is inspiring, entertaining and uplifting.

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

Written as a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun, Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park portrays fictional events occurring before and after the Hansberry play. The play is set in two acts 50 years apart, first in 1959 as a white community tries to stop the sale of a home to a black family. The second act is set in the present when the same house is a part of a predominantly African-American community battling to resist gentrification. Sharp-witted, smart and insightful, Clybourne Park depicts an American experience of continued relevance.

Ends - the Fall Dance Concert

Celebrating the breadth of the CMU Dance program, Ends examines the unique lens through which dance can highlight civic participation, social movements and interconnectedness in the digital age. Choreographic works by faculty, guest artists and select students aim to build bridges between the physical body and its community and surroundings.

Reefer Madness by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney

Reefer Madness is a stylized and satirical political commentary and musical comedy inspired by the 1936 film of the same name. The play takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana. It pokes spoofy fun at the evils of jazz music, sex and violence. Including clever musical numbers and lots of dynamic dancing, Reefer Madness ups the ante from the original film to humorous effect. Adult humor, religious parody, drug use and suggested violence and sexuality may make this production unsuitable for young audiences.

• William Shakespeare's MacBeth

One of William Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies and thought to have been first performed in 1606, Macbeth dramatizes the damaging effects of political ambition and abuse of power. When Scottish general Macbeth receives a prophecy that he will one day become King of Scotland, he becomes consumed with ambition. With the help of his wife, he murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself, only to become wracked with guilt and paranoia. Many believe the title of the play to be cursed inside a theatre, so please refer to it as “The Scottish Play” while inside the Moss Performing Arts Center! CMU’s production will be presented in the intimate Mesa Experimental Theatre.

Means - the Spring Dance Concert

The annual springtime dance concert is themed around various aspects of history and memory with new works by CMU faculty, renowned guest artists and select student choreographers. We examine an idea of dance as ‘the common impulse to resort to movement to externalize states which which we cannot externalize by rational means.’ Under what circumstances do the ends justify the means?