Current Season

Three students performing in Hair.

LMU Theatre Arts 2021-22 Mainstage Season

Twilight Los Angeles 1992
October 7-10 and 14 -16, 8pm

By Anna Deveare Smith
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera

Acclaimed as “an American masterpiece” TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 is a stunning new work of “documentary theatre” in which Anna Deavere Smith uses the verbatim words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the devastating human impact of that event.  

 

Haunting of Hannon  IX
October 23-24 - 8pm

Written by Kevin Wetmore
Directed by Kevin Wetmore

The annual haunted house takeover of Hannon Library by Theatre Arts

 

Everybody
November 4-7 and 11-13 - 8pm

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Daphnie Sicre

Everybody is a 2018 play based on the medieval morality play Everyman (or The Summoning of Everyman), Everybody is an allegorical quest in which the title character “Everybody” pleads with his companions—with names like “Kinship,” “Friendship,” “Stuff”—in the hope that one of them will accompany him to his appointment with Death.  

 

These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich
December 9 and 10 – 8pm

Directed by  Lauren Johansen Sheppard (Graduate Thesis Project) 

The play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. 

 

Barbecue
February 17-20 and 22-24 - 8pm

By Robert O'Hara
Directed by Desean Terry

The grill is hot, the beer is chilled and the table is set for a typical O’Mallery family barbecue. But when their drug-addicted sister Zippity Boom arrives strung-out and out of control, her siblings have finally had enough. Their ham-handed intervention ignites the fuse of this raucous and rollicking comedy that skewers our warped view of the American family.  

 

Men on Boats
March 17 – 20 and 23 – 26 - 8pm

By Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Katharine Noon
Choreography/Movement Director - Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. 

 

When We Were Young and Unafraid
April 1-2 - 8pm

By Sarah Treem
Directed by Amanda Hallman (MFA Thesis Project)

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help. 

 

Octagon - Staged Reading
April 16-17 - 8pm

By Kristiana Rae Colon
Directed by Kennedy Smith

Octagon is a story told through poetry. A group of young artists come together on their journey to the Octagon; the supreme spoken word poetry slam. In this journey of artistry and love, everyone is reminded of the importance of their voices and the power that can come from them. 

 

New Works Festival
April 27-30 - Times TBD

One Act Plays written, directed and acted by LMU students.