2020-2021 Season 

Please note that this information is subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic situation evolves.

48-Hour Theatre Project

September 20, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Henry MacCarthy, Faculty Advisor
Streaming Online

On your mark, get set, go! The 48-Hour Theatre Project is a series of student-generated performances created in the span of 48 hours. On Friday evening the participants will be given a theme and they will have to audition, rehearse, and produce a performance to be presented on Sunday evening. Don’t miss this exciting theatre experience!

The Murder Mystery Hour: A double bill of radio thrillers

November 13, 2020 at 8 p.m. | November 15, 2020 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Henry MacCarthy
Streaming Online

From shadows and stillness, mystery weaves a spell of strangest fascination charging the mind with doubts and fears…

Join us for a gripping lineup of thrillers drawn from early radio dramas of passion, sabotage and murder ¾ tales well-calculated to keep you in suspense. Including acoustic and recorded performance as well as still and moving images, we look at the past to reimagine the tales from the golden age of radio with a digital twist.

Shared Space: In Flux

December 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. and December 6, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Co-Directed by Amanda Hoffman ‘22 and Hannah Saunders ‘22
Streaming Online

As artists, we embrace new challenges and are always altering the way in which we bring dance to audiences. This year, Shared Space will present both live student work and work specifically created for the camera, showcasing students’ creativity as they choreograph, produce, direct, and perform in a collaboration of mediums.

Theatre Gallery: Digital Edition

December 4 at 8 p.m. and December 6 at 2 p.m.
Henry MacCarthy, Faculty Advisor
Streaming Online

Students will devise and produce three new works specifically for the camera. Always innovative, unique and eclectic, the theatre gallery showcases the work of our student directors and performers.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard
February 18-20, 2021 at 8 p.m. | February 20-21 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Amy Seham
Anderson Theatre

Stoppard’s Tony award-winning comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, flips the script of Hamlet, following two minor figures from Shakespeare’s play. These hapless young lords fill the time between their scenes in the tragedy by flipping coins or in hilarious encounters with a ragtag troupe of actors. Often compared to Becket’s Waiting for Godot, Stoppard’s fascinating script plays in the space between theatre and reality to tease out the meaning of “to be.” Our Gustavus production will also be exploring this “space between.” The existential questions and playful meta-theatre of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern provide exciting possibilities for our creative team, as we experiment with new modes of presenting theatre during a pandemic.

Call to Action: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert 

April 15-17, 2021 at 8 p.m. | April 17-18 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Melissa Rolnick and Michele Rusinko
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

Our world feels like it is reeling. The convergence of a global pandemic, economic crisis and the long overdue impassioned reckoning with racial injustice can render artists feeling paralyzed and insignificant. However, history is filled with exemplars of artists who have continued to work during dire circumstances. As the late great Toni Morrison said, “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” And so, we dance! Call to Action features dances created in response to these challenges by faculty choreographers Sarah Hauss, Giselle Mejia, Jill Patterson, Melissa Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, and selected work from student and alumni choreographers.

Three Sisters

By Anton Chekhov
May 6-8, 2021 at 8 p.m. | May 8-9 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Amy Seham
Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre

Premiering in 1901, Chekhov’s play captured a time when old structures of society were crumbling, and radical change was in the wind. As they face an uncertain future, the three Prozerov sisters feel trapped in the flux with no way out. Over a century later, young people can certainly relate to the frustration of lives “on hold.” By working with the techniques pioneered by Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky to better serve Chekhov’s plays, our students will explore the complexity of an inconsistent world that includes passion and pettiness, hope and despair, comedy and tragedy. We call it realism.

Take a look at information from the 2019-2020 season.