2018-2019 Season 

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Measure for Measure

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Amy Seham
November 8-10 at 8:00pm | November 11 at 2:00pm
Anderson Theatre

Shakespeare’s intriguing dark comedy takes on new meaning in light of today’s #MeToo movement. Isabella, a novice nun, pleads with government official Angelo to spare her brother from execution. The powerful man agrees to help—but only if Isabella will sleep with him. When Isabella protests, saying she will proclaim his corruption to the world, Angelo smoothly replies, “Who will believe thee, Isabel?” It takes an evening full of comedy, tricks, and disguises before Isabel can bring Angelo to justice. Guest artist Anne Sawyer lends her genius with puppetry to the creation of a host of vivid, entertaining characters who manipulate and are manipulated in this remarkably modern classic.

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Student-Devised Performances
Henry MacCarthy, Advisor
December 7 at 11:00pm | December 8 at 6:00pm | December 9 at 2:00pm
Black Box Theatre

Always innovative, unique, and eclectic, the Theatre Gallery features selected works and honors projects by some of our most gifted majors.

Shared Space: Molding Integrity

Co-Directed by Kayla Cardenas '19 and Madelyn Schwartz '19
December 7 at 8:30pm | December 8 at Noon and 4:00pm | December 9 at 6:30pm
Kresge Dance Studio

As artists, dancers create images and shapes, telling stories through their movement. This year, Shared Space will bring together the richness and breadth of the Gustavus dance program, showcasing dancers as they take the lead in producing, directing, choreographing, and performing.

Buried Child

By Sam Shepard
Directed by Theatre Honors student Gabriel Berg ‘19
December 7 at 6:30pm | December 8 at 8:00pm | December 9 at 4:00pm
Black Box Theatre

Buried Child explores the dissolving of the classic American dream. This dark comedy follows an American farming family as they struggle to find their identity amidst the changing values around them. The separation of generational ideals and the fall of the traditional patriarch are center stage in this award-winning work by Sam Shepard.


Based on The Odyssey of Homer
Directed by Matt Trucano
February 21-23 at 8:00pm | February 24 at 2:00pm
Anderson Theatre

How should we live? The Odyssey, composed nearly three millennia ago, places this question at its center as it follows the homecoming voyage of the war hero and trickster Odysseus. Collaboratively created by Gustavus students and New York City-based director Matt Trucano, Telemachy presents this “history of the human spirit” through the eyes of Odysseus’ 20-year-old son as he grows from adolescence to adulthood.

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Photo by Stan Waldhauser

Suspended Between the Worlds: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

Directed by Melissa C. Rolnick
April 26-27 at 8:00pm | April 28 at 2:00pm
Anderson Theatre

This year’s concert features work by Gustavus faculty, Sarah Hauss, Giselle Mejia, Jill Patterson and Melissa C. Rolnick, guest choreographers Melissa Herrada, Natosha Washington and Arneshia Williams and selected student choreographers. Please join us as we dance over the threshold into a suspension between the worlds.


By Aristophanes
Directed by Henry MacCarthy
May 16-19 at 7:00pm
Linnaeus Arboretum

Aristophanes’ comic account of how sex was used to end the Peloponnesian war.

Set in the beautiful Linnaeus Arboretum, our production of Lysistrata explores this timeless comedy’s bawdy humor and double entendres, along with its insightful and sharp commentary on gender roles and power structures.

Below are performances that have already taken place this year

48-Hour Theatre Project

Henry MacCarthy, Advisor
September 16 at 6:00pm
Black Box Theatre

Five student directors will be challenged to make five short theatre pieces in 48-hours. On Friday evening the participants will be given a theme, and they will have to create, audition, rehearse, and produce a play, to be presented on Sunday evening. Don’t miss this exhilarating theatre experience.

Take a look at information from the 2017-2018 season.