Merrily We Roll Along

September 28 - October 7, 2012

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s legendary musical charts the rise of a songwriting team during the years of Sondheim’s own young career. Starting in 1976 and running backward in time to 1955, this lively musical focuses on three individuals whose friendship is tested by time, events, ambition and fate. A masterly work by a master composer, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Sondheim’s most brilliant and bruising songs, including “Not a Day Goes By,” “Old Friends,” “Our Time,” and “Opening Doors.”

'Tis Pity Shes A Whore

November 2 - November 11, 2012

After the death of her mother, Annabella is left to face adolescence alone. When her elder brother Giovanni returns home, he propels them both into a dangerous world of sexual transgression and youthful revolt. Together they crash through the boundaries of what can be said, what can be read, what to believe, and who can be loved.  This passionate Jacobean drama is as shocking and controversial today as it was almost four hundred years ago.

White Christmas

November 23 - December 30, 2012

The title song alone is a holiday celebration and a reminder of a time when the simplest pleasures mattered most and having a big heart was genuinely considered a virtue. Two successful showmen join forces to help out their old army commander.  Along the way they discover romance, have plenty of laughs, and demonstrate what it means to be loyal. The score is filled with favorites—“Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”—and the choreography calls for plenty of tap. Winter may not deliver a White Christmas, but director Paul Barnes (The Miracle Worker) and a talented cast sure will.

Top Girls

February 15 - February 24, 2013

A comedic exposé on the role of women in contemporary society, Top Girls flashes with Caryl Churchill’s razor-sharp wit and ingenious theatricality.  Set in the early days of Margaret Thatcher’s England, the play follows two sisters: hard-nosed, successful businesswoman Marlene, and Joyce who has stayed true to their working class background in rural Suffolk. It famously opens with Marlene’s fantastic dinner party, celebrating her promotion with women from myth and history.  As the action swings from a smart London Women’s Employment Agency to a cottage in rural East Anglia, Top Girls considers the personal sacrifices and compromises women must endure in the pursuit of “success.”

Violet

April 19 - April 28, 2013

With an energetic, gospel, rock, country, and rhythm and blues score by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change), Violet was one of the most critically acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the ’1990s. Set in 1964 in the South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Violet follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman accidentally scarred by her father. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy North Carolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young black soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.

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Seussical

October 10 - October 20, 2013

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza by 1970 Syracuse University graduate Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (a Tony-winning duo—Lucky Stiff, Once on this Island, Ragtime). It brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos

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Translations

November 15 - November 23, 2013

Set in a hedge school in Ballybeg, in Ireland in 1833, Translations sets the scene for the appearance of members of the British Army who have been tasked to translate place names in the area from Irish Gaelic to the King’s English. This clash of cultures results in a series of misunderstandings and misinterpretations that indicate that without a shared method of communication, chaos will prevail and instability will rule the day. Translations was the first production by the Field Day Theatre Company founded by Tony Award-winner Friel and actor Stephen Rea.

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Speed-the-Plow

February 21 - March 2, 2014

This Tony Award-nominated play is a hilarious satire of Hollywood. Charlie Fox has a terrific vehicle for a currently hot client. Bringing the script to his friend Bobby Gould, the newly appointed Head of Production at a major studio, both see the work as their ticket to the Big Time. The star wants to do it; as they prepare their pitch to the studio boss, Bobby wagers Charlie that he can seduce the temp/secretary. The New York Daily News called Speed-the-Plow Mamet’s “clearest, wittiest play.”

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The Good Woman of Setzuan

March 28 - April 13, 2014

Can we practice goodness and create a world to sustain it? In Brecht’s comic and complex play, this question is raised by one of his most entertaining characters — Shen Tei the good-hearted, penniless, cross-dressing prostitute, who is forced to disguise herself as a savvy businessman named Sui Ta so she can master the ruthlessness needed to be a “good person” in a brutal world.

Note Regarding VenueThe Good Woman of Setzuan will be the first SU Drama mainstage production performed in the Loft Theater, located on the second floor of the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex. As a 60-seat black box theater, The Loft allows for flexible seating arrangements and a unique, up-close audience experience. Patrons may enter the building through the Irving Street doors (the usual entrance for the Arthur Storch Theater), and will be guided by ushers to the Loft Theater. Patrons who use wheelchairs or need physical assistance are asked to please arrive early.

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Spring Awakening

April 25 - May 10, 2014

Winner of eight Tony Awards, Spring Awakening is a hard-hitting rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s expressionist play. Set in late-nineteenth century Germany, the story follows Wendla Bergmann, Moritz Stiefel, Melchior Gabor and their peers as they struggle to understand the meaning of sexuality and violence in an oppressive, repressed society where adults refuse to answer any hard questions.

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