Department of Theatre
Posted October 14, 2014
“Each character is striving to form a relationship of some kind -- whether for romance and love or for simple companionship. The show delves into the complexities of those relationships and into the social, political and religious views that influence them.” - Thomas Power, director
Posted September 30, 2014
The story they said couldn’t be told is about to shatter the airwaves -- again!
Posted September 8, 2014
Meghan Brodie will direct an Actors’ Lab staged reading of Hughes’ 1983 play that borrows from the title of Radclyffe Hall’s controversial 1928 novel, “The Well of Loneliness.” Hughes’ take on the modern lesbian, however, could not be more different than Hall’s. This is the naughty side of noir.
Posted July 31, 2014
The USM Theatre season is replete with skirt-chasing dames, lonely love-torn souls, original dance, a production at the Portland Stage Studio Theater featuring a satirical southern belle and her hypochondriac son, followed by a pistol-packing nun, and the Maine premiere of the sensational new musical, Catch Me If You Can, as well as one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies “shadowed” by American Sign Language interpreter-performers.
Posted March 27, 2014
Recognizing the importance of the English-language world premiere of “In the Underworld,” written by a French woman while she was imprisoned in a German concentration camp, a number of Holocaust, cultural and academic organizations are sponsoring the musical production, as well as presenting programs discussing its significance.
Posted March 20, 2014
While imprisoned in Ravenbrück concentration camp for women in World War II Germany, Germaine Tillion, a French ethnologist and Resistance fighter, secretly wrote an operetta script that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity.
Posted February 24, 2014
Charles Dickens died before he could finish his extraordinary murder novel, and that is only the beginning of the mystery. Both sinister and hilarious, this Tony Award-winning picks up where Dickens left off.
Posted February 4, 2014
USM will present the English-language world premiere of “In the Underworld,” which debuted in France in 2007. The USM Department of Theatre commissioned this English-language translation from Annie and Karl Bortnick.
Posted January 23, 2014
“Doubt” won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2005 Tony Award for Best Play.
Posted November 1, 2013
“The Cripple of Inishmaan,” by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, is set on the tiny island of Inishmaan off the coast of Ireland in the mid-1930s. The arrival of a Hollywood film crew threatens to turn the tight-knit island community’s idyllic life upside down and “Cripple Billy” wants to be in the film more than anyone -- if only to escape the tedium of small-town life.