Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by Sarah Sosland
The Student Theater at Agganis Arena
Speech & Debate is a dark comedy that is too smart to ever call itself a “dramedy.” It revolves around three misfit high school students in Salem, Oregon: Solomon, a school newspaper reporter; Howie, a gay transfer kid; and Diwata, a wannabe actress who can’t even get cast in her school district. The three come together to expose their drama teacher for sexually abusing teen boys by competing in a Speech & Debate contest. The play covers tough issues (abortion, homophobia, sexual assault) with an honesty that makes it heart wrenching, compelling, and funny at the same time.
Pitches for the Spring semester are due by November 2 at 4 PM.
Pitches should include a completed pitch form (found on the Forms & Resources page of this website) and two printed copies of the script. Put all your materials in an envelope labeled "Attn: Eric Jacobsen" and deliver it to 111 Cummington Avenue, Room B17 by 4 PM.
Written by Annie Baker
Directed by Lucy Gamades
The Student Theater at Agganis Area
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three deadbeat employees tend to one of the last 35mm projectors in the state. The three have a reluctant friendship, but often take out their inner struggles on each other. Sam is a fully-grown man with no prospects in life, Rose knows she is a stereotype of herself, and Avery has a turbulent past. They learn more about each other as they sweep, mop, and take care of the old place, only to reach a crisis point when they learn the little theater may be turned into a multiplex. They deal with the mundanity of their job in funny, sad, and unexpectedly poignant ways.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by Ellie Lavelle
Musical Direction by Jake Hudgins
Technical Direction by Alicia Giannetti
Produced by Sam Curley
Tsai Performance Center
It's the first day of school at the clique-y, clichéd Rydell High School in 1959. The coolest kids in school are without a doubt the Greasers (aka the Burger Palace Boys), a rough guy-gang who can only be shown up by the sassy, sarcastic Pink Ladies, who are the most untouchable girls at Rydell. Through a remarkable twist of fate, the leader of the Greasers, Danny, finds himself face-to-face with his sweet summer love, Sandy, after she transfers to Rydell. Sandy is shocked to find that Danny is far from the gentle boy she met on the beach, while Danny struggles to choose between his image and the girl he loves. With both encouragement and determent coming from their respective cliques, Sandy and Danny eventually make their way back to each other, but not without some some major bumps, minor feuds, really un-ironic dance numbers, and of course, those Magic Changes.
Come audition for our Fall 2017 season! Come in any time between 6 and 10 on any of the audition days. No headshots or resumes required; simply print out an audition form located on the Forms and Resources section of this website. There will be cold readings for each of the shows. If you are auditioning for Grease, please prepare 16-32 bars of a song (verse and a chorus) to be sung acapella.