University Theatre

Damn Yankees

  • September 22-23, 26-30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 24 and October 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop
Based on the novel by Douglass Wallop “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant
Directed by William Jenkins
Musical Direction by Michael Rafter
Choreography by Christie Zimmerman

The department is delighted to welcome Michael Rafter, Emmy Award-winning arranger and Broadway musical director. Damn Yankees is about middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, who trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. But as young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he realizes the true worth of the life that he's left behind and works to outsmart Applegate in this musical comedy.

Pride and Prejudice

  • November 3-4, 7-10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • November 5 at 2:30 p.m.
  • November 11 at 8 p.m. (to allow for Theatre and Dance Alumni dinner)

Adapted by Jon Jory
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Beth Turcotte

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshing and engaging adaptation. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet's most urgent priority, but her four sisters and overzealous match-making mother make it difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her good sense. In a society where snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice?

It Can Happen Here: A Modern Dance Concert

  • December 7-9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • December 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Artistic Direction by Audra Sokol
Choreography by Audra Sokol, Rebecca Pappas and Melanie Swihart

It Can Happen Hereresponds to an ever shifting landscape of politics and purpose. Through dance and text the choreographers ask who is welcomed and who is not in today's America. Its purpose is to build community-seeking resistance, faith and change in motion.

Detroit ‘67

  • February 2-3, 6-10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 4 at 2:30 p.m.

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by André Garner

In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. When a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots. 

*sign language interpretation will be provided at the 2:30 p.m. performances on February 4th.

A Chorus Line

  • March 23-25, 27-31 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 25 and 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett, Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Directed by Emily Tzucker and Anne Beck
Musical Direction by Jodi Cotton
Choreography by Anne Beck

A Chorus Line is a stunning musical that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse song after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” A Chorus Line is a brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama.

*sign language interpretation will be provided at the 2:30 p.m. performances on March 25th.

Cinderella

  • April 25-28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography by Susan Koper

The classic fairy tale comes to life through dance, music, costumes, and lights. Set to the famous musical composition by Sergei Prokofiev, this dazzling ballet features Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and the Fairies of the Four Seasons who help Cinderella overcome her mean-spirited stepsisters and find her Prince.

Twilight: Los Angeles ‘92

  • September 8-9, 12-16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 10 at 2:30 p.m.

By Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Thomas Murray and Dee Dee Batteast

Acclaimed as "an American masterpiece" ("Newsweek"), Twilight: Los Angeles, ‘92 is a work of "documentary theatre" in which Anna Deavere Smith uses the exact words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore their devastation. A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects. It offers stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.

Bunkerville: A Post Apocalyptic Musical

  • October 20-22, 24-28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 22 and October 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Music, Lyrics and Book by Mark Sonnenblick
Original concept by Mark Sonnenblick and Brendan Ternus                            
Directed by Matthew Reeder             
Musical Direction by Michael Elliot

Choreography by Michael Worcel

This farcical musical takes place in Bunkerville, an underground city, years after a nuclear holocaust. It follows Steve, a self-centered jerk who doesn’t realize it. Tricked by his coworkers to go outside of the bunker, he discovers a wasteland, but one that is oddly bright and beautiful.As his interactions with mutants, Mother Earth cults, and other inhabitants of the new world evolve, Steve discovers new truths about himself, his coworkers and his new surroundings.

Pericles Prince of Tyre

  • February 16-17, 20-24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 18 at 2:30 p.m.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Karen Kessler

Enter Pirates! Set sail with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, on an action-packed, epic journey. In heroic fashion, Pericles woos a princess, fights a famine, weathers storms and a shipwreck, wins the hand of his wife, loses her at sea, and entrusts his only child to a king and queen. From a riddle to a heartrending reunion, Shakespeare’s tale charts one man’s sweeping voyage from a headstrong youth to a sage, world-weary man, with humor, pathos and passion.

Dry Land

  • April 6-7, 10-14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 at 2:30 p.m.

By Ruby Rae Spiegel
Directed by Jennifer Blackmer

Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat, but her friend Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. Set largely in the girls’ locker room of a Florida high school, this new play by Ruby Rae Spiegel sets out to deal with the harrowing experiences of abortion, female friendship, resiliency, and what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left.

Crooked

  • September 26-30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 1 at 2:30 p.m.

By Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by Melissa Baldwin

Fourteen year old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be a writer. She befriends Maribel Purdy, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her from the humiliations of high school, Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother's secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart.

Billy the Girl

  • October 17-21 at 7:30pm
  • October 21-22 at 2:30 p.m.

By Katie Hims
Directed by Abigail Oldham

Billy is out waiting for love where she last saw it. Her mum is certain love has walked into her life again. Her sister thinks love could still be found somewhere in the house, but Billy herself isn't even allowed through the door. In Katie Hims's sweet, stark family elegy, love never dies, but sometimes—like Billy—it has to sleep in the caravan with Frank's ashes and a bear costume. Billy the Girl is a sharp, yet gentle, look at a fractured family dealing with a lifetime of mistrust.

The Tall Girls

  • November 7-11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • November 11-12 at 2:30 p.m.

By Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Lily Schwab

The tiny hamlet of Poor Prairie doesn’t see a lot of folks coming into town, least of all men. So when one gets off the train, everybody talks, especially the high school girls looking for a meal ticket. But this man is mysterious. A few things are clear, though—he’s teaching at the high school and he knows basketball. As for that meal ticket? He may just have that after all, if he can get his Poor Prairie girls good enough at basketball to sell a few tickets. The Tall Girls examines issues of class and gender amidst the historic 1930s Dust Bowl.

10 Minute Play Fest

  • February 13-17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 17-18 at 2:30 p.m.

A first for the Department of Theatre and Dance, the 10-Minute Play Fest will feature six one-acts written by students in the department’s playwriting classes so both directing student and other theatre majors can gain experience in working with new play development and producing said works.

Julie Johnson

  • March 20-24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 24-25 at 2:30 p.m.

By Wendy Hammond
Directed by Shelley Linder

Julie Johnson takes the audience on a journey of two women who start in similar situations, fall in love, and then come to different realizations as their efforts to improve their personal lives leads to a shift in priorities, including deciding on whom they love.

The New Play Project

  • April 10-14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 14-15 at 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Kelsey Price

In its third year, The New Play Project features a new student-written play chosen from submissions, and then developed throughout the spring semester in collaboration with the playwrights, director, dramaturg, and actors. Join us for a story from the next generation of artists.

An Evening of Dance

  • October 13-14 at 7:30 p.m.

Choreography by Susan Koper

A selection of newly-created works by Susan Koper and other Indiana choreographers they embraces the notion of sharing and informing. An Evening of Dance includes a piece that depicts the oral history of an African-American woman during desegregation of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas and a solo developed as part of the DEVICES choreographic workshop with Doug Varone. Join the choreographers and dancers in this shared evening of dance and movement.

Senior Choreography Project

  • October 27-28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • October 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Choreography by Senior BFA dance majors

Thrilling. Beautiful. Luscious. Student choreographers — preparing for their final semester at Ball State — showcase their ingenuity while highlighting their best original dances. Witness the future of dance here at Ball State!

Romance the Dance

  • February 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.

Choreography by Michael Worcel

Featuring a variety of dance genres including jazz, tap, and ballet, the evening of dance centers around love, and all the good and bad that comes of it.

Junior Choreography Project

  • March 30-31 at 7:30 p.m.

Choreography by Junior BFA dance majors

Selected works by dance majors in their third year highlight the best in original dances.

Festival of the Word and Dance

  • April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Theatre and dance majors take a break from rehearsal and performances of fully produced shows to showcase some of their independent work. Featuring dance, musical theatre, and dramatic presentations, Festival of the Word and Dance encourages performers and audience members to investigate alternative theatrical arrangements. Admission is free.