2019-2020 Season 

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Into the Woods

Book by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Henry MacCarthy, Director
October 31, November 1-3, 2019
Anderson Theatre

Delving into the dark and whimsical lore of the Brothers Grimm, Stephen Sondheim taps into the shared world of fantasy that aims to connect us all. Sondheim weaves the fairy tales of our youth together into a single narrative on the quest for family, the perils of the past, and the importance of forging a path for ourselves, even in the thick of the woods. An exhilarating musical theatre experience. Limited seating.

Lyric Confluence: The Choreographers’ Gallery

Melissa C. Rolnick, Director
November 22-24, 2019
Kresge Dance Studio

Experience the eclectic range of emerging talent where individual student choreographers offer an evening of singular beauty in this year’s Choreographers’ Gallery.

Time to Get Real: Selections from the Classics of Modern Drama

Amy Seham, Director
November 22-24, 2019
Black Box Theatre

Realism was a revolution. Artists such as Stanislavsky, Ibsen, and Duse broke all the rules of 19th century theatre when they strove to represent believable human beings dealing society’s social problems. Today, realism is the dominant style for theatre and film acting. Students in this workshop production rediscover the revolutionary in scenes, monologues, and short plays from classic European and American realism.

The Moving Company in Residence

February 20-23, 2020
Inaugural Performance in the New Laboratory Theatre

During J-term, theatre and dance students will work alongside artists from The Moving Company, a distinguished physical theatre company based in the Twin Cities. Dominique Serrand, Gustavus graduate Steven Epp (’80), and Nathan Keepers (former members of the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune) will bring The Moving Company’s unique devising methods to Gustavus, providing participants with a one-of-a-kind collaborative experience. Students will explore how heightened physicality can be woven into a theatrical production, as well as how improvisation can be used to generate that physical material. Together, The Moving Company artists and Gustavus students will devise an original piece to inaugurate the new Laboratory Theatre. The creative process will begin with world-building, and from there, a festive show will take form.

Partnering with Gravity: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

Melissa C. Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, Directors
March 20-22, 2020
New Laboratory Theatre

This year's spring dance concert embraces, "Partnering with Gravity" a choreographic offering by Gustavus dance faculty Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, and Michele Rusinko. Guest choreographers include Jeffrey Peterson, Dan Stark and selected student pieces. Faculty performers include Sarah Hauss and Melissa C. Rolnick.

Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht and Tony Kushner
Amy Seham, Director
May 7-10, 2020
New Laboratory Theatre

Critics have called Mother Courage, “the greatest anti-war play of all time.” Entertaining and provocative, Brecht’s epic drama alternates comic dialogue, poignant moments, unexpected songs, and stark images to challenge audiences to look through the fog of war. Brecht wrote Mother Courage in 1939 as a response to the Nazi invasion of Poland. It is as relevant and compelling today as it was then.

Take a look at information from the 2018-2019 season.