2023-2024 Season

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The Seagull

A Shanklin Theatre production
This production includes discussions of mental illness and self-harm, sexual content, discussion of a deceased child, alcohol and tobacco use, gunshots, suicide and the use of a realistic firearm prop.

By Anton Chekhov

Translated by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Amelia McClain ’03

This achingly beautiful story of unrequited love is as timeless today as in the 1890s Russian countryside in which it is set.  Stoppard’s masterful translation remains faithful to the humor that Chekhov intended to convey amid all the pathos.  Diving into the psychological minefields between mothers, sons, lovers, and familial relations, the passionate lives of these characters are all on full display as they make decisions that are often paradoxical, sometimes destructive, but always recognizably human.  A vast emotive masterpiece with music in its words, this play will sear itself into your memory!

September 29, 30, October 12, 13, 14, @ 7:30 p.m. | October 15 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Rent

A Shanklin Theatre production
This production includes homophobic slurs, strong language, discussion of suicide, and depictions of substance abuse, overdose, and death.

Book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Directed by Wes Grantom ’03

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Obie Award, and the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996, this iconic rock musical shaped a generation of audiences and is being performed for the first time in Shanklin Theatre.  Loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme and set in New York’s Lower East Side, this fast-paced musical follows a year in the life of a group of destitute young artists struggling to survive and stay true to their creative ambitions, all under the daunting shadow of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  This exuberant American rock opera is a pop-cultural phenomenon not to be missed!

November 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30 p.m. | November 19 @ 2:00 p.m.

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A Bright New Boise

A May Studio Theatre production
This production includes the use of explicit language, mentions of abuse, suicidal ideation, attempted suicide, and graphic videos of invasive surgery.

By Samuel D. Hunter

Directed by Bradley Baumhover ‘24

Winner of the 2011 Obie Award for Best Playwriting, this tragi-comedic play explores the intricacies of faith and the power of forgiveness.  Set in the dismal break room of a Hobby Lobby, these low-wage earners struggle with both mundane daily routines and larger questions posed by the havoc that can be wreaked by blind faith.  No respite from a scintillating scrapbook section can be found here though, as group politics dissolve into utter pandemonium!

February 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30 p.m. | February 17, 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

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POTUS

A May Studio Theatre production

By Selina Fillinger

Directed by Avery Finn ‘24

This internationally produced writer burst onto the Broadway scene with this 2022 uproarious comedy.  This bawdy farce follows seven beleaguered and brilliant women trying to save the President of the United States after he unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis.  This side-splitting satire takes an irreverent look at sex, politics, and the women in charge of the man in charge of the entire country!

March 14, 15, 16 @ 7:30 p.m. | March 16, 17 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Waiting For Lefty

A Shanklin Theatre production

By Clifford Odets

Directed by Stacey Yen

Inspired by true events of a 1934 New York taxicab strike, this fictional retelling creates a powerful mosaic of the trials and tribulations of the working class.  First produced in 1935, this play made a sensation of its playwright, who became the theatrical conscience of a generation, and this work remains one of the most celebrated and significant plays of the American Theatre. With the fight for living wages and safe, equitable workplaces continuing to cause political debates, this seminal play illustrates the power of individual protest and the right to reform.  Grab your picket sign and get ready to march!

April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30 p.m. | April 21 @ 2:00 p.m.

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