TheatreOCU's main stage season is dedicated to exploring universal themes through its productions, and strives to educate and enlighten the University community, the greater Oklahoma City community, and the larger communities of the state and nation.

TheatreOCU offers a seven show main stage season, and a collaboration with the other schools in the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts (Music and Dance & Arts Management) in an additional seven productions. The main stage season consists of a mix of fully realized productions of theatre classics and relevant contemporary plays, as well as co-productions with our three professional co-producing partners, and staged readings of plays that deal with important current social issues.

Our performance facilities include the Kirkpatrick Auditorium (1,100 seat proscenium), the Burg Theater (274 seat, 3/4 thrust), and the Petree Recital Hall (500 seats). We also produce shows in the new Black Box Theater (flexible 50-100 seats) in the new Wanda L. Bass Music Center. The $31.5 million, 112,000-square-foot addition, which opened in 2006, has more than doubled the rehearsal and classroom space. We also occasionally perform in the flexible performance space in the CCA (Children's Center for the Arts).

 

2015-2016 Season

  

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

by Rick Elice/music by Wayne Barker

September 18 – September 27

Burg Theatre

Co-Production with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre

 

OXYGEN

by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffman

October 22 – October 24

Staged Reading – Walker Center

 

FESTIVAL OF SOLO PERFORMANCE

October 28 – October 31

Black Box Theatre

 

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman

December 4 – December 12

Burg Theatre

 

THE GIVER

adapted by Eric Coble

Co-Production with Oklahoma Children's Theatre

February 5 – February 13

Burg Theatre

 

THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT

by Stephen Adly Guirgis

February 26 – February 28

Staged Reading – Downtown Law School

 

AS YOU LIKE IT

by William Shakespeare

April 7 – April 10

Burg Theatre

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The Stage II season presents four plays each semester in the small, intimate setting of our Black Box Theatre. Stage II's are produced with an emphasis on acting and directing with a use of minimal design and technical elements. Student and faculty directors and designers collaborate together on these experimental, laboratory productions. A wide variety of styles and periods are produced in our Stage II season including contemporary plays that may not be produced in the main stage season. Past productions have included classics such as Othello and The Misanthrope, as well as recent works like Dog Sees God, Bug, and Recent Tragic Events. The Stage II season introduces our students to a level of production opportunities often found in small professional theatres operating throughout the country.

2015-2016 Stage II Season

 

THE SECRET RAPTURE
by David Hare
October 8 – October 11
Black Box Theatre

MRS. PACKARD
by Emily Mann
November 5 – November 8
Black Box Theatre

FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
by Ntozake Shange
November 19 – November 22
Black Box Theatre

BOOK OF DAYS
by Lanford Wilson
February 11 – February 14
Black Box Theatre

THE LIAR
by David Ives/Corneille
February 25 – February 28
Black Box Theatre

HOLY GHOSTS
by Romulus Linney
March 31 – April 3
Black Box Theatre

BROWNSVILLE SONG (B-SIDE FOR TRAY)
by Kimber Lee
April 14 – 17
Black Box Theatre

OCUedge is the name of the staged-reading series that happens every year as an extension of the TheatreOCU season.  Typically six plays in  length, material for the OCUedge season is usually picked from very contemporary material, mostly written within the last 5 years.  The staged reading of these very current, and often edgy plays, supports our students study in theatre history, as well as makes opportunities for young directors and actors to get their brains and their mouths around these very modern texts.

A student-run and mostly student-organized theatre company on campus, Out of the Box presents a late-night series of exciting performances.  Recent productions have spanned the gamut of theatrical dramaturgy, from reimagined classics, novel adaptations, plays written by student playwrights, edgy contemporary plays, and campy evenings of scenes and monologues.  Out of the box also produces TheatreOCU's improvisation company.

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