2021-2022 Season 

The MisanthropeThree Sisters_pc Terena M. Wilkens

By Molière, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
November 11 at 8:00 p.m. | November 12 at 8:00 p.m. | November 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. | November 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Kimberly Braun
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

Is it better to tell a kind fib or be absolutely honest? With whom can you share your true feelings and opinions? Our misanthrope, Alceste, demands total honesty from all. Ironically, he can’t help but love the socially intelligent Célimène. In this intimate rom-com we watch the witty banter of friends, the unraveling of love, and observe how the manners of French society in 1666 are not all that different from our reality tv stars of today. Is there middle ground between extreme honesty and cliquey gossip?

solstånd: a devised slow tempo play in the style of Japanese theatre artist Shogo Ohta

December 10 at 8:30 p.m. | December 11 at 2:00 p.m. | December 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Advised by Visiting Assistant Professor Kimberly Braun
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

The winter solstice is a much-needed celebration of light in the darkness. Slow tempo, originated by Japanese director Shogo Ohta, offers a microscopic look at human behavior. solstånd, devised entirely by the performers, will explore a love of winter and outdoors, snowfall, the comfort of wool layers, warm food and fire, and celebrate brief moments of sunlight.

En Masse: The Choreographers' Gallery

December 10 at 6:00 p.m. | December 11 at 7:00 p.m. | December 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Directed by Jill Patterson
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

Individual student choreographers will offer an evening of singular beauty in this year’s Choreographers’ Gallery. Please join us as we gather together once again, En Masse, to experience the eclectic range of emerging talent.

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

By Anne Washburn
February 17 at 8:00 p.m. | February 18 at 8:00 p.m. | February 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. | February 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Amy Seham
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

In the post-apocalyptic wreckage of civilization, a group of survivors gathers round the campfire to share stories of loss. They find solace by collectively reconstructing an episode of The Simpsons—a satirical animated series that, in Washburn’s brilliant play, goes on to become the foundational mythology for a new society born from the ashes and fragments of the old one. Funny, poignant, and thought-provoking, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play shows us the evolution of story to artistic consumer product, to revered classical epic in ways that illuminate our own relationship to art. The New York Times rave review concludes that Mr. Burns “makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.”

Spring Dance Complex_pc Luke YangTo Love the World Harder: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

April 7 at 8:00 p.m. | April 8 at 8:00 p.m. | April 9 at 8:00 p.m. | April 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Melissa C. Rolnick and Michele Rusinko
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

“When so much about the world seems so unlovely, seems in fact unlovable, we need to love more, not less – we need to love the world harder and better. Our thinking, our writing, and our actions must be born in loving kindness and devoted to truth telling. Kindness matters. Telling the truth matters, . . . “ - Deborah Jacobs, editor of Stone Gathering
As dance artists we are called to investigate the unprecedented challenges of the past year through the felt experience of the body. These somatic investigations are also “born in loving kindness and devoted to truth telling.” Grief and gratitude, anxiety and relief, despair and hope, all imprinted into our somatic memories, provide the raw materials for our inquiries. This year’s concert features work by faculty choreographers Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Melissa C. Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, guest choreographers Karla Grotting and Jeffrey Peterson, and selected students.


By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
May 5 at 8:00 p.m. | May 6 at 8:00 p.m. | May 7 at 3:30 p.m. | May 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Kimberly Braun
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Pulitzer Prize finalist, Gloria, is a modern workplace comedy with biting humor and devastating consequences. Tensions are high as a group of aspiring writers face the boredom of their desk jobs. Dealing with social exclusion, competition, and toxic work environments Gloria raises the question: after trauma, who owns the story?

Take a look at information from the 2020-2021 season.