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All performances in the USI Performance Center unless otherwise indicated.

2018 - 2019 Season

The Dog in the Manger
October 11-14, 2018
By Lope de Vega
Translated by David Johnston
Directed by Elliot Wasserman

"The Spanish Golden Age celebrated one of the most dynamic, energetic and stylish periods of world drama which exploded onto the stages of Madrid at the turn of the seventeenth century. It was a decisive period in world drama, similar to the periods of great national drama which occurred in seventeenth century London and fifth century Athens. The Spanish Golden Age was big business - professional, commercial theatre with plays touring all over Spain and Europe Lope de Vega was one of the Spanish Golden Age's best known playwrights.

In his classic The Dog in the Manger, Diana, Countess of Belfor, a beautiful and headstrong young woman, is beset by aristocratic suitors urging marriage but refuses them all. One-night she discovers her handsome young secretary seducing her favourite lady in waiting and is consumed with jealousy. A heartbreaking love triangle is forged and so begins a tale of forbidden love, envy and passion. The Dog in the Manger is a painful and hilarious comedy for anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone they shouldn't have." - Samuel French

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
November 15-18, 2018
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Eric Altheide

"Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he desists being touched, and he distrusts strangers.  Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor's dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork.  Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime.  But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world." - Dramatists Play Service

The Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ran from October 2014 to September 2016.  Awards for the run include:

  • 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
  • 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play
  • 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play
  • 2015 Tony Award for Best Play

First Date
April 11-14, 2019
Adaptation by Austin Winsberg
Music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Directed by Eric Altheide

"When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?" - Rodgers & Hammerstein

The Repertory Project

February 14-17, 2019
By Bernard Shaw
Directed by Elliot Wasserman

"Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views.

In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own." - Samuel French

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