2022-2023 Season

Shanklin Theatre

Theatre Production - MEASURE FOR MEASURE

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This production covers intense issues such as sexual coercion/harassment. It also contains sexual innuendo, misogyny, and references to consumption of alcohol.

By William Shakespeare
A modern verse translation by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Stacey Yen

In an ongoing collaboration with Play On! Shakespeare and with an exciting an insightful modern verse translation by Aditi Brennan Kapil, this Shakespearean play is being presented in Shanklin Theatre for the first time ever. The 400-year-old tale could be “ripped from the headlines” of today’s world, as it examines themes central to human nature and our paradoxical relationship to justice and mercy. With all its high-spirited bawdiness, this tragicomedy reveals what can happen when sex, religion, and politics collide.

September 30, October 1, 6, 14, 15 @ 7:30 p.m., October 16 @ 2:00 p.m.


Theatre Production - CABARET

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Cabaret is a musical that takes place in the Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret in Berlin amidst the backdrop of the Nazi Party’s steady rise to power. The play contains antisemitism and Nazi imagery.

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on play by John Van Druten
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Wes Grantom ’03
Music Direction by Tyler Simpson and Choreographed by Chad Goodridge

Set against the tumult and sheer chaos of Germany’s 1929 Berlin, the alluring emcee invites all to engage in willful ignorance and revel in the lustful delights inside the legendary Kit Kat Club. “Here…life is beautiful.” With hedonistic abandon, these riveting characters live life as a carnival of debauchery and despair. Winning Tony Awards for Best Musical for the 1966 Broadway premiere and for Best Revival of a Musical in 1998, this provocative and challenging style of storytelling packs a potent punch on the dangers of mass indifference in the face of injustice and atrocities and asks audiences to either act now or say “so what?”

November 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 p.m., November 20 @ 2:00 p.m.


Theatre Production - NOISES OFF

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NOISES OFF contains strong language, sexual content, partial nudity, adult themes, and stereotypes and tropes which may contribute to Islamophobia and sexism.

By Michael Frayn
Directed by Amelia McClain ’03

Easily considered the funniest farce ever written, this classic comedy follows a troupe of assiduous actors as they blunder from a disastrous dress rehearsal to complete pandemonium when they embark upon an ill-fated tour. Hilarity ensues! With screwball shenanigans, mounting mayhem, slamming doors, and even flying sardines, this rip-roaring romp is the perfect outing for anyone ready to leave reality behind and indulge in the life-affirming and mood-altering benefits of good, old-fashioned belly laughs. This multiple Tony Award-nominated gem of a play will leave audiences in stitches.

April 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 @ 7:30 p.m., April 23 @ 2:00 p.m.


May Studio Theatre


By Annie Baker

Student-directed by Jimmy Guest, a theatre studies major from Bettendorf, Iowa

This witty and insightful work, by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, explores why the arts are important in our lives and proves that theory one transformation at a time.

February 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m., February 4, 5 at 2:00 p.m.


Theatre Production - THE MOORS

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This production contains graphic depictions of violence, stage blood, murder, a brief reference to suicide, alcohol, and references to sexual assault.

Student-directed by Hannah Tarr, a theatre studies major from Floyds Knobbs, Indiana

This exciting playwright gives us a new take on Gothic romance, where the rules of both the genre and the world defy tradition and expectation in this darkly comic play.

February 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m., February 25, 26 at 2:00 p.m.