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WOE IS ME

Adapted by D. Lance Marsh, From Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare and Racine

September 18th & 19th, 8pm CDT

Directed by Hal Kohlman and D. Lance Marsh

Derived from numerous classical tragedies, WOE IS ME is a brand-new work that explores the lengths that the human heart, mind, and voice will go to lament the trials and tribulations of human life. Consisting of 34 speeches, the characters explore the journey of Trojan Women, the hell that love can bring, the terrors of madness, the trials of family, and the ultimate moments when one comes face to face with death.

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LOVE AND INFORMATION

By Caryl Churchill

November 13th & 14th, 8pm CST

Directed by Rena Cook

This genius work of playwright Caryl Churchill, sometimes funny and often thought provoking, asks us to consider how meaning is constructed and to participate in the process. The play challenges us to ask the question of whether we are the masters of technology or the other way around and speaks volumes about the fast turnover of modern life- our jobs, homes, relationships, media- exploring the pervading sense of impermanence many people feel.

BLACK GIRL, INTERRUPTED

By LyaNisha R. Gonzalez

February 12th, 8PM CST & February 13th, 12pm CST

Please Note: Due to inclement weather, Saturday (2/13)'s performance has been moved to 12pm CST. Anyone who purchased a ticket previous to 2/12 can find more information in your inbox.

Directed by W. Jerome Stevenson

Tough and dedicated New York Times reporter Riley Jones is chasing the story of Sasha Green, a soldier whose brutal death has been covered up by the military. As she gets closer and closer to the disturbing truth, Riley must question her motivations for telling Sasha's story and confront her own painful past, including her fraught relationship with her soon-to-be ex-husband and the price she has paid to pursue justice for others. A compelling new drama, "Black Girl, Interrupted" investigates whose story gets lost when we focus on a woman's death rather than her life.

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Box Office Opens: Monday, February 1st.

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Student Ticket Request Form Closes: Friday, February 12th at 5PM CST.

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY

By Tony Kushner

April 9th & 10th, 8PM CST

Directed by Luke Eddy

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Angels in America comes this powerful portrayal of individual dissolution and resolution in the face of political catastrophe. The play follows a group of artists and political activists struggling to preserve themselves in 1930s Berlin as the Weimar Republic surrenders to the seduction of fascism.

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Box Office Opens: Monday, March 29th.

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Student Ticket Request Form Closes: Friday, April 9th at 5PM CST.

Stage II Productions

Stage II presents six to eight shows in a small, intimate setting. All productions have an emphasis on acting and directing with use of minimal design and technical elements. Student and faculty directors and designers collaborate on these productions.

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THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE

By Deborah Brevoort

October 16th & 17th, 8PM CDT

Directed by Kris Kuss

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.

NEIGHBORHOOD 3: REQUISITION OF DOOM

By Jennifer Haley

October 23rd & 24th, 8PM CDT

Directed by Courtney DiBello

In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.

THE REVOLUTIONISTS

By Lauren Gunderson

March 5th & 6th, 8PM CST

Directed by Lisi Levy

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.

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Box Office Opens: Monday, March 1st.

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Student Ticket Request Form Closes: Friday, March 5th at 5PM CST.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

By William Shakespeare

April 16th & 17th, 8PM CST

Directed by D. Lance Marsh

Vienna is teeming with brothels and loose morality, but the Duke doesn't want to use his authority to clean up the city. He departs, dressed as a friar, leaving his deputy, the saintly and religious Angelo, in charge. Angelo is at first reluctant, but he soon begins to abuse his new power to satisfy his lust for a young nun Isabella who pleads for the life of her brother. The disguised Duke discovers Angelo’s treachery and plots a complicated trap to reveal his assistant's vice. This incredibly timely period comedy that skewers hypocrisy and probes the limits of the obsessive sides of all the central characters is William Shakespeare’s #metoo play!

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Box Office Opens: Monday, April 12th.

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Student Ticket Request Form Closes: Friday, April 16th at 5PM CST.

Out of the Box & Edge

Out of the Box is OCU's completely student-produced theatre company on campus. Each semester, Out of the Box produces three Mainstage performances and two Edges (staged readings), both directed and performed by students. Out of the Box focuses on provocative contemporary work, fresh takes on classics, and up-and-coming playwrights.

MATT & BEN

Written by Mindy Kaling & Brenda Withers

March 7th, 8PM CST

Directed by Olivia De Haan

Matt & Ben depicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar… before anyone actually gave a damn. When the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens, the boys realize they’re being tested by a Higher Power.

ALL THIS INTIMACY

Written by Rajiv Joseph

March 12th, 8PM CST

Directed by Kelsey Bray

Ty Greene is a normal guy with three very big problems. Ty has managed to impregnate three women in the span of one week: his ex-girlfriend, his 40-something married next-door neighbor, and his 18-year-old student. Ty's problems illuminate every triumph and failure of his life, and as the women in his world converge and figure out what's happened.

This show will be streamed live through ShowTix4U and tickets are free of charge. Reserve your free ticket here.

YOU ON THE MOORS NOW

Written By Jaclyn Backhaus

March 28th, 8PM CDT

Directed by Haley Klopping

Four literary heroines of the nineteenth century set conventionalism ablaze when they turn down marriage proposals from their equally famous gentlemen callers. What results is a confluence of love, anger, grief, and bloodshed, as the ensemble struggles to reconcile romantic ideologies of the past with their modern ideas of courtship. Everything you’ve learned about love from the pages of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Little Women is turned upside down in this grand theatrical battle royale.

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COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES

Written by Jen Silverman

April 16th, 8PM CDT

Directed by Sarah Martin

Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “Thea-Tah.”

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