2016-2017 Season

More Light

By Bryony Lavery
November 17-19 at 8pm | November 20 at 2pm | Anderson Theatre
Henry MacCarthy, Director | Aaron Bogen’16, Original Music and Sound Design

This daring story takes us deep within the tomb of a powerful Emperor in a faraway land, where his wives that never bore him sons, have been sealed alive with the former ruler. The play examines the lives of these women and their relationships, as they struggle with moral choices and survival. A poetic, breathtaking journey of loss, discovery and empowerment.

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Theatre Gallery

December 9-11, 2016 | Various Times – check website for schedule | Black Box Theatre
Amy Seham, Advisor

This mini-Fringe Festival provides our talented theatre majors with opportunities to write, devise, direct and design their own pieces, and to see their ideas come to life in production. The Gallery features 10-minute plays by members of the Playwriting Course, experimental works, and Honors projects, including a physical theatre exploration of sexual identity.

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Shared Space

December 9-11 | Times to be Announced | Kresge Studio
Melissa Rolnick, Advisor

Shared Space is a student directed, choreographed, designed and performed, studio dance concert. The show gives new choreographers an opportunity to present their work to the community. Each year the performance features a diverse collection of dance styles and forms.

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Honors Projects: Andrea Broman and Andy Lupinek

December 9 at 7pm | December 10 at 7pm
Anderson Theatre 

These Hands That Kill

These Hands That Kill
By Andy Lupinek

Life is made up of causes and effects. We are given the freedom of many choices. We are allowed to create our path in this world. But with each action is a reaction, and each choice a moral consequence. Centered around contemporary expectation of success and the desire for advancement, These Hands That Kill utilizes physical theatre to prompt our inner conscience and pose the unnerving question: Will you fight to survive by sacrificing the needs of those around you, or will you sacrifice your own desires for the survival of a community? The choice is in your hands. 

Love, Leigh

Love, Leigh
By Andrea Broman

Love has never been simple. Devised by Andrea M. Broman in conjunction with the company of Love, Leigh, this show explores the intimate connections that keep people together and push people apart, and just how complicated love and heartbreak can get.



Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by Hugh Wheeler
February 17-18 at 8pm | February 19 at 2pm | Site-Specific production
Henry MacCarthy, Director | Sam Grace ‘11, Music Director

Join us, as we reimagine Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical outside of the Anderson Theatre blending humor with horror for a dark and delicious evening of theatre and “meat” pies.

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Between Heaven and Earth: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert

March 17-18 at 8pm | March 19 at 2pm | Anderson Theatre
Michele Rusinko and Melissa C. Rolnick, Directors

Choreographer Crystal Pite wrote “Dance disappears almost at the moment of its manifestation.  It is an extreme expression of the present, a perfect metaphor for life.  Dancers sculpt space in real time, working inside a form that is constantly in a state of vanishing.”   Please join Gustavus faculty Sarah Hauss, Jill Patterson, Melissa Rolnick and Michele Rusinko, along with select student choreographers and guest choreographers Kemal Nance, Anthony Roberts and Katy Becker ’02, as we capture and present these fleeting moments when body and breath become dance. 

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King Lear

By William Shakespeare
May 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 pm | May 7 and 14 at 2pm | Anderson Theatre
Additional Student Matinee Performances to be Announced
Amy Seham, Director | Rob Gardner, Guest Artist

On the wings of soaring Elizabethan poetry, Shakespeare confronts utterly contemporary questions of identity. We witness dramatic struggles between power and madness, parents and children, honesty and betrayal. At its core, the play explores our eternal battle with that unrelenting adversary – time.  Professor Emeritus Robert Gardner will join our talented Gustie actors in the title role of what many critics call Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece.

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Take a look at information from the 2015-2016 season.