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Supported by the Friends of Theatre at MSU

SUMMER CIRCLE 2018 | Love is in the air!

For Summer Circle’s 58th Season we invite you to a summer of romance under the stars. A collection of plays and musicals to entertain and entice. From family entertainment to the newest in adult contemporary programming, Summer Circle invites you to laugh at the follies of love, fall in love all over again, or find that special someone for the first time.

  • All shows are free.
  • Summer Circle Theatre is located in the courtyard between the Auditorium Building and the Kresge Art Center.
  • Free parking.
  • Bring your lawn chairs and picnics.
  • Concessions available.
  • If it rains during the performance the production will be performed on the Fairchild Theatre stage.


Music by Michel Legrand
Libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert
Adapted from Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé (Les Éditions Gallimard)
English adaptation by Jeremy Sams
June 6 - 9, 2018 @ 8:00PM
(A musical for the whole family. Does include some adult humor with sexual innuendo.)

Sense and Sensibility

By Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen
June 13 - 16, 2018 @ 8:00PM
(A comedy for the whole family)

Significant Other

By Joshua Harmon
June 20 - 23, 2018 @ 8:00PM
(A comedy/drama for adults. Contains profanity and adult situations.)

Love & Other Junk

World Premiere
Book by Rob Roznowski
Music by Seth Burk
June 8 - 9, June 15 - 16, 2018 @ 6:30PM
(A musical for the whole family)


By Rachel Axler
June 15 - 16, June 22 - 23, 2018 @ 10:00PM
(A dark comedy for adults. Contains profanity and adult situations.)

2018 Summer Circle KIDS CAMP

Public Performance for the Community
June 22, 2018 @ 6.30pm
(All ages welcome)



For over fifty years the MSU Department of Theatre has been producing free performances of a wide variety of shows outdoors on the banks of the beautiful Red Cedar River on the MSU campus. Presenting a blend of old favorites, musicals, and provocative new plays, Summer Circle Theatre offers the community a unique opportunity to enjoy quality theatre produced by faculty and students of the Department of Theatre in a relaxed, informal setting, rain or shine.

Bring your picnic and enjoy our “Great Storytelling” near the Banks of the Red Cedar River. Come early for the best seating. Be the first person to arrive on any show date and receive a free season pass to the 2015-2016 Department of Theatre’s productions!

Summer Circle is easily reached via either the Collingwood entrance to MSU off Grand River or Auditorium Rd. off Bogue Street. Free parking is available in the lot across from the Auditorium Building. Performances in the Summer Circle Courtyard are located on Auditorium Road between the Auditorium Building and the Kresge Art Center. 

FREE Summer Circle Theatre remains dependent on donations from loyal patrons to maintain the quantity and quality of its town and gown productions.

Please consider becoming a Friend of Theatre at MSU. 542 Auditorium Road #113 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-6690. Interested in setting up a recurring gift: Please contact Christine Radtke, Sr. Director of Development in the College of Arts & Letters at radtkech@msu.edu or (517) 353-4725.

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Shakespeare had his “wooden O,” the Globe. MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre will clamber out of the Red Cedar floodplain to a spiffy new outdoor venue that will be — cue Sir Anthony Hopkins — “wired for sound and ringed with seats of porous rubber.”

 ~ by Lawrence Cosentino

Click for full article: Lansing City Pulse - ‘This porous rubber O’ - March 12, 2014