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2023-2024 Past Productions

A Winter’s Tale

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tess Van Horn
October 27-November 12

Wild jealousy. Unfounded accusations. Death and rebirth. And, of course, “Exeunt, chased by a bear”—one of Shakespeare’s most famous stage directions. Leontes, King of Sicily, suddenly becomes insane with jealousy believing his pregnant wife has been unfaithful to him. Acting upon his rage, he sets a tragedy in motion that will cost him, his family, and his friends dearly. Brilliantly juggling drama, comedy, romance, and suspense, The Winter’s Tale is filled with twists and turns, laughs and surprises, and fascinating characters. All this, and Shakespeare’s glorious poetry as well.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
(30 Plays in 60 Mintues)

By Greg Allen
Directed by Rachel Price Cooper
November 30-December 3, 2023 (new dates)

Can a theatre ensemble possibly perform thirty plays in under an hour?! Join USM Theatre for the high-octane, interactive theatre experience that is 30 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes), one of Chicago’s longest-running theatre phenomena. Each night audiences receive a menu of play titles that run the gamut between funny, serious, political, poignant, and abstract. Part theatre, part sporting event, each night is different as the audience determines the order and cheers on the cast to make it past the finish line before the buzzer sounds. 

The War of the Worlds:
The 1938 Radio Script

By Howard E. Koch
Directed by Liz Carlson

Live Performance on March 7 & 8, 7pm at Russell Hall, Gorham Campus

Broadcast from New York’s Mercury Theatre in 1938, this infamous radio play, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, had many terrified listeners convinced that an actual alien invasion of Earth was taking place. Adapted by Howard E. Koch, co-writer of Casablanca, this delightfully frightful tale of an extraterrestrial takeover, presented live as a classic radio play with full sound effects, is sure to thrill.