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2009-2010 Season
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The 2009-2010 season features an unusually large number of guest artists. Each production includes a special initiative, event or guest, offering audiences unique theatrical experiences. 

The Department has made a firm commitment to offering productions that celebrate diversity. Suzan-Lori Parks delivers the College of Arts and Letters “Signature Lecture” for 2010 on April 5 and will engage with MSU students in seminars and classes during her stay on campus following a production of her play In the Blood. Check the Department or College website for information regarding this exciting event. 

Visiting Provost Faculty Artists Jin-Wen Yu (Dancing in Our Time) and David Furumoto (Trojan Women) are in residence when they bring their unique Asian-American perspectives to MSU. 

In what is the first-ever collaborative effort among theatre departments in the Big Ten, MSU is producing Joanna McClelland Glass’ play Palmer Park. Resources from this production will be shared with other universities and the entire project is scheduled to be documented for showing on the Big Ten Network. 

Numerous professionals are making East Lansing their destination this year. Scheduled guest directors are New York’s Scott Burkell (Rent), Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Tommy Gomez (Rocky Horror) and Williamston Theatre Executive Director and MSU Alum John Lepard (You Can’t Take it With You). Guest Choreographers Carolyn Pavlick and Heather Vaughan Southard are contributing their artistry to Dancing in Our Time, and the award-winning New York set designer Rob Odoriso joins the production team for Cuckoo’s Nest. A new co-production with Wharton Center’s MSUFCU Institute for Arts and Creativity of The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour offers young audiences a special musical treat.

2009-10 Season Brochure (PDF)

Mainstage Season

The Rocky Horror Show

Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
September 25-27 & September 30-October 4, 2009
Pasant Theatre

Trojan Women

Book by Euripides; translation by Richmond Lattimore
October 13-18, 2009
Auditorium Arena Theatre

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By Dale Wasserman; adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey
November 17-22, 2009
Pasant Theatre

You Can't Take it With You

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
January 28-31 & February 5-7, 2010
Auditorium Arena Theatre

Dancing In Our Time

Artistic Director: Sherrie Barr
February 23-28, 2010
RCAH Auditorium in Snyder-Phillips Hall


Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
April 16-18 & 21-25, 2010
Pasant Theatre

2009-2010 Second Stage Season

Palmer Park

By Joanna McClelland Glass
October 27 - November 1, 2009
Auditorium Arena Theatre

Freshman Showcase

3rd Annual Event
December 11-13, 2009
Auditorium Arena Theatre

In the Blood

By Suzan-Lori Parks
March 23-28, 2010
Auditorium Arena Theatre

The box office at the Auditorium Arena Theatre opens one (1) hour prior to the show with doors opening 30 minutes prior. All Second Stage tickets are $8 each payable in cash or by check. Advanced ticket sales are available from the Department of Theatre main office (Room 113 AUD) before 4:00PM every day. Checks must be made payable to Michigan State University and contain a printed address. A valid driver’s license is required to purchase by check. We do not accept credit cards. Seating is limited. 

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