Department of Theatre

2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 USM Theatre Season at Russell Hall

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Night Sky

Night Sky
A comedic drama by Susan Yankowitz
Directed by Assunta Kent
October 10-13, 2013 

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10
7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11
2 p.m. (all seats $5) and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12
5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 

A female astronomer, an opera singer, and a teen foreign-language learner cooped up in a small New York apartment search for words – to express their yearnings, frustrations and, ultimately, their love.   When the pressure gets too high, they explode.  What bonds hold us together as lovers, family, and friends?  Humans have always looked for answers in the Night Sky!

Night Sky poster (PDF) 

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Cripple of Inishmaan
A dark comedy by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Thomas Power
November 15-24, 2013

7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23
5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24
10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19; high school matinee
5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20; all seats $5
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 

Martin McDonagh’s comic masterpiece is set on the tiny island of Inishmaan off the coast of Ireland. The arrival of a Hollywood film crew threatens to turn their 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. This not-to-be-missed dark comedy is from one of the theatre’s most original Irish voices.

The Cripple of Inishmaan poster (PDF) 

Doubt

Doubt
A drama by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by William Steele
February 7-16, 2014

7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15
5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16
5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12; all seats $5
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 

Performances take place at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland

What happened between the progressive Father Flynn and a trouble young boy behind closed doors in a catholic school in 1964? The truth may set us free - but how do we get to the truth? This ripped-from-the-headlines drama is a roller coaster of suspicion, accusation, defense, paranoia, persecution and equivocation. And that most troubling and nagging of human emotions: Doubt.

Doubt poster (PDF)


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
A musical by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Wil Kilroy
Musical direction by Edward Reichert
Choreography by Vanessa Beyland
A co-production with the USM School of Music
March 14-23, 2014

7:30 p.m., Friday, March 14 and March 21
7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 15 and March 22
5 p.m., Sunday, March 16 and March 23
10 a.m., Tuesday, March 18; high school matinee
5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19; all seats $10
7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20 

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 musical picks up where Dickens left off. This is like no theatre you’ve ever seen, where the audience plays detective and even votes on who the murderer is. Come see the show that is never the same twice!

The Mystery of Edwin Drood poster (PDF) 

In the Underworld

In the Underworld
A darkly comic operetta
By Germaine Tillion
Directed by Meghan Brodie
Musical direction by Jonathan Marro
Translation by Annie and Karl Bortnick
Musical Arrangement & Composition by Christophe Maudot
April 18-27, 2014

7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18 and April 25
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 and April 26
5 p.m., Sunday, April 20 and April 27
10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22; high school matinee
5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23; all seats $5
7: 30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 

Join us for a major theatre event! While imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp in WWII, French author Germaine Tillion secretly wrote an operetta that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity. Satirical, searing, and altogether unexpected, In the Underworld is the English-language world premiere of the extraordinary operetta first produced in France in 2007.

Generous support provided by the Dimmer-Bergstrom Fund.

In the Underworld poster (PDF) 

Tickets

Tickets for each production go on sale one month prior to opening night.

Plays: $15, general admission; $11, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $8, students

Musical: $21, general admission; $15, seniors, USM employees and alumni; $10, students

Flex Pass: Just $45 for six tickets, to be used in any combination (limit two for the musical).

High School Matinee: Contact the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151.

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Or, call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151. 

You can purchase your season Flex Pass at any time. Just $45 for six tickets! Your six tickets can be used in any combination (limit two for the musical).

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