About The Department of Drama

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The Department of Drama in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) offers conservatory-style training combined with a level of integration with a professional theatre company that is unparalleled among undergraduate programs. Each season Syracuse Stage and SU Drama co-produce a show, and during that process students have the opportunity to work with professional actors, directors and designers, and earn points toward membership in Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers. Information on the current season can also be found on the SU:VPA website.

Announcing the 17/18 Department of Drama Season


Crazy for You
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin | Book by Ken Ludwig | Co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent | Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan | Originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams | Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman | Directed and Choreographed by Brian J. Marcum | Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Oct 6 - 15 | Opening Night Oct 7

Take some of the greatest songs ever written for Broadway and Hollywood, mix them with a fabulous let’s-put-on-a-show style story, and the result is the joyous Gershwin celebration Crazy for You. When a stage-struck, wealthy, Manhattan ne’er-do-well named Bobby Child finds himself in a broken down Nevada mining town, he sets his sights on rescuing a bankrupt theater and loses his heart to the beautiful and talented Polly Baker. Boy meets girl, Times Square meets tumbleweed, and great music meets great dancing. Who could ask for anything more?


The House of the Spirits

A New Play with Songs by Caridad Svich | Based on the Novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Celia Madeoy
Nov 10 – 18 | Opening Night Nov 11

Isabel Allende’s best-selling and critically acclaimed debut novel comes to vivid life in this powerful and poetic stage adaptation. In an unnamed South American country, a young woman endures a grueling imprisonment for unspecified political reasons. Her name is Alba and she is the youngest of three generations of women from the Trueba family. In her isolation and fear, she bears witness to dream-like memories of a family history shaped by the volatile patriarch Esteban. She wonders what the lives of her mother and grandmother can offer her now and asks how her plight can change the hard and harsh Esteban.


The Wizard of Oz *

By L. Frank Baum | With Music and Lyrics from the MGM Motion Picture Score By Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg | With Background Music by Herbert Stothart | Book Adaptation by John Kane from the Motion Picture Screenplay | Directed by Donna Drake | Choreography by 2 Ring Circus | Music Direction by Brian Cimmet | Co-produced with Syracuse Stage
Nov 29 – Jan 7 | Opening Night Dec 1

The Syracuse University Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage team up with New York’s 2 Ring Circus to create a dazzlingly acrobatic take on The Wizard of Oz. This stage adaptation contains all your favorite characters and songs from the Oscar winning movie score, including “Over the Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard (Follow the Yellow Brick Road),” and more. The cirque-like feats of 2 Ring Circus make it an Oz—and a holiday family treat—like you’ve never seen before. Great songs and L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters make this musical a classic.

*Drama subscribers will receive vouchers redeemable for tickets to The Wizard of Oz.


The Seagull

By Anton Chekhov | Translated by Paul Schmidt
Directed by Rob Bundy | Feb 23 – Mar 4 | Opening Night Feb 24

“The comedy has three female roles, six male roles, four acts, a view of a lake, much conversation about literature . . .  and five tons of love.” So wrote Anton Chekhov to a friend about The Seagull, the 1895 play that established his reputation as a playwright and catapulted the famed Moscow Art Theatre to prominence. It’s all quite simple: Medvedenko loves Masha who loves Konstantin who loves Nina who loves Trigorin who’s involved with Arkadina. Meanwhile, Paulina is married to Shamreyev, but she pines for Dr. Dorn. What could go wrong? “So much love! Oh, that bewitching lake!”


The Baltimore Waltz

By Paula Vogel | Directed by Katherine McGerr
Mar 30 – Apr 8 | Opening Night Mar 31

Paula Vogel is a master of finding humor in life’s dark corners. The Baltimore Waltz, written as a kind of theatrical eulogy to her beloved brother who died of AIDS in 1988, is a satiric and at times whacky comedy that charts a tale of a schoolteacher named Anna who takes a wild, lust-filled, last grab at life trip abroad after contracting a (fictional) fatal malady. As she indulges in food and romance, her brother Carl embarks on an absurd pursuit for a possible cure inspired by the classic film The Third Man. Reality and fantasy intermingle in this daringly comedic and ultimately heart-stirring play about love, loss, and coping with grief.


Little Shop of Horrors

Book by Howard Ashman | Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Howard Ashman | Based on the Film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith | Directed by Brian Cimmet | Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith
May 4 - 12 | Opening Night May 5

In 1982 a space alien invaded Off-Off-Broadway, and in a quest for world domination quickly spawned iterations Off-Broadway, in London’s West End, on film, on Broadway, on tours throughout America, in countries around the world, and most insidiously in high schools and community theaters everywhere.  Born of a low budget 1960s science fiction movie, the carnivorous plant-like alien, named Audrey II, arrived in a vehicle called Little Shop of Horrors and came armed with an infectious 50s/60s pop-inflected musical score and a delightfully quirky love story. Horticulture never seemed so dangerous, or so much fun. Warning: don’t feed the plants.


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