by Christopher Marlowe

Directed By Foster Johns

APRIL 4 - 8


Stage Manager: Cora Large

Intimacy Direction by Katie Clemons*

Voice Support by Oscar Quiroz*


This Spring Storefront will be presenting Christopher Marlowe’s historical narrative of England’s Edward II, a work that examines the nature of monarchy, how sexuality is demonized in the political sphere, and how we may view the operations of leadership curtained from public view.  using Marlowe’s text as well as elements of verbatim theatre and devised theatre methods, the cast will take you on a brief journey that features fraught political turmoil, romance, dark humor, violence, and a story that singularly portrays a not-as-widely-known monarch whose sexual identity became the center of a civil war.  


Ebony Battle
Joie Culligan
Christopher Eastland
Tim Hackbarth
Henry J
Maya Joyce
Tessa Kresch
David Meagher
Sam Smelser


*Denotes Master of Fine Arts Candidate


During the performance, please turn off cell phones, mobile devices, alarm watches and anything that makes noise. The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means are strictly prohibited.










Department of Theatre Chairperson
Stephen Di Benedetto
Department of Theatre Production Manager
Abbie Tykocki
Office Operations
Brian deVries
Fiscal Officer
Sara Allison


KATHERINE CLEMONS (Hot Flash/Intimacy Director) Greenville, SC; 2nd Year, MFA Acting Candidate. Katherine is a 2015 graduate of Ball State University. She was last seen on the MSU Stage as Queen Gynecia in Head Over Heels. Some of her more notable roles include Diane in The Birds (Huron Playhouse), Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Nettle Creek Players), and Rhetta Cupp in Pump Boys and Dinettes (Myers Dinner Theatre). Thank you to Jacob, Avery, family, and friends for their love and support! 

JOIE CULLIGAN (Diaz de Los Muertos/Bronx Toxin/Dance Captain) Hermosa Beach, CA, BFA Acting Major with Minors in Dance, Musical Theatre, and Entrepreneurship. Joie’s previous MSU productions include Abandon All Hope… (Olivia/Eve), Head Over Heels (Ensemble/Asso. Dance Captain), A Contemporary American’s Guide… (Female Swing), and Julius Caesar (Lucious). She would like to thank the whole production team for making this show possible! And an extra special thanks to her Mom, Aunt, Brother, and Abuelita for coming to the show! 

MAYA JOYCE (Ensemble, U/S Andrea) Montclair, NJ; BA Theatre and BS Astrophysics, Math Minor. Maya previously appeared at MSU in Particle, Julius Caesar, and Medusa. Other MSU credits include Wendy and the Neckbeards (Dramaturg) and Monsieur D’eon is a Woman (Head of Deck Crew). They can’t wait to share what this show is all a-BOUT and would like to thank their friends and family for all their support. 

OSCAR QUIROZ (Vocal / Spanish coach) Tegucigalpa, Honduras; MFA acting candidate. Oscar is very happy to have his first coaching experience at MSU. He has previously provided vocal instruction for the National School of Drama of Honduras and coaching in their productions. This is also his first time coaching Spanish dialects. Oscar is grateful for the support and guidance of the acting faculty and of his fellow MFA class! 

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Friends of Theatre is a membership organization promoting, encouraging and enhancing activities of the MSU Department of Theatre. We organize events and programs that expand the community experience of theatre. We also create fund-raising opportunities and promote improvements in the programs and facilities of the MSU Department of Theatre. How can you join?  Make a donation to the Michigan State University Department of Theatre and you will become a most welcome member. Click here to learn more.

We would like to express our gratitude to the following friends who have generously supported the MSU Department of Theatre during the past year. If we have inadvertently left your name off this list, please accept our apologies and contact us so that we may make the correction. This list is current as of 11/01/2022.

Named Summer Circle Courtyard Donors
Sam and Mary Austin
Selma Hollander
Linda Nelson
Gretel Geist Rutledge
Jane K. Vieth and Alan P. Suits

Diamond ($2,500+, Season Sponsors)
Robert W. Matson

Platinum ($1,000-$2,500, Show Sponsors)
Sam M. and Mary E. Austin
John and Gretchen Forsyth
John I. Nichols
Alan Suits and Jane Vieth Suits

Gold ($500-1,000)
Philip and Jacqueline Babcock
Kirk A. Domer
Rose and Jim Zacks

Silver ($250-$500)
John F Baumgart
Michael G. Burry, D.O. and Mrs. Tina M. Burry
Karen M. Kangas-Preston
Robert J. Roznowski



Bronze ($100-$250)
Kwafo L. Adarkwa and
   Mia K. Gougeon-Adarkwa
Dr. Walter Baird and Marilyn Baird
Mrs. Barbara L. and Dr. Steven J. Bursian
Jeanie E. Croope
Robert J. DeWaal and Christine A. Aiello
Maribeth Fletcher
Craig J. Gunn
Dean O.  and Nancy E. Haney
Leonore F Helder
Linda D.  and Ross Howard
Jerry and Karen Jennings
Jean Lyle Lepard
John L. Lepard and Emily C. Sutton-Smith
Dr. and Mrs. Edward A. Oxer
Carol Payne Smith
Frana K. Potter
Jeffrey D.  and Gwen Seguin
Mary L. Terrien
Jacqueline M. Titus
Dr. and Mrs. Ewen C. D. Todd
Dorothy R. Van Looy
Barbara S. Wepman
Jane S.  and Mark R. Zussman



Pewter ($50-$100)
Lynn H Aguado
Elizabeth A. Baker Newell and
   Robert H. Newell
Daniel F. Buonodono and
   Sonia M. Cornell Buonodono
Bess German
Seth Goble
Bruce E. and Nicole R. Greenway
Amy G. and Robert E. Kilbridge
Geoffrey C. Kimmerly
Jeffrey S. Lambert
Marla K. and Dale Lambert
Elizabeth S. Lepak
Bernadette M. Lum and Robert Terranova
Michael B.  and Rebekah J. McKenney
Mary T.  and Ulrich Meierfrankenfeld
Janice L. Mernitz
Vicki A. and Richard J. Miksicek
Joshua R. Nahum
Susan H. Neller
Aidan J. Shepherd
Rosanne  Singer and Steve Mencher
Bryan Taylor
Richard K. Thomas
Donald K. Topliff
Aman Yadav and Emily C. Bouck
Craig W.  and Kathleen D.Zerkle
Frederick P. Zirm and Robinwyn D. Lewis

In Honor and Memorial Giving Program

Contributions made to the Honor/Memorial Giving Program offers you a way to honor any important occasion, including birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. It is also a special way to remember those who are no longer with us.

The honoree will receive a beautiful card notifying them of your thoughtful gift. Any contribution of $50 or more will be listed in our program all season long (July 1 through June 30).

In Honor of Ms. Teriah N. Fleming
Prof. Kirk A. Domer

Distinguished Department of Theatre Scholarship Donors

Dixie Durr
The Dixie Durr Scholarship Fund

Virginia E. Albright
The Virginia Albright Acting Scholarship Fund

Gretel Greist Rutledge
The Frank C. Rutledge Scholarship in Theatre
The Gretel Geist Rutledge Annual Student Awards for Design Excellence in Theatre Production

Selma Hollander
The Stanley and Selma Hollander Endowed Graduate Fellowship In Theatre

Mary Culpepper
The Barbara Hacker Baldwin Theatre Scholarship