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2016-2017 Season


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Darcey Engen

October 28th, 29th and November 3rd, 4th, 5th at 7:00 P.M.
October 30th and November 6th at 3:00 P.M.

Cymbeline, one of William Shakespeare’s final plays, is a fantastical fairy tale that swings from comedic heights to tragic despair with an added touch of romance. Taking place during King Cymbeline’s reign in Britain, the play tells the story of Princess Imogen’s romance with the courteous but poor Posthumus, their secret marriage and his consequent banishment. The couple’s journey back to each other involves wagers and poison, hidden identities, long-lost brothers, deceitful villains, a lost bracelet, evil stepmothers, ineffectual fathers, and an invasion by the Roman army.


Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Silence is Health/Silencio es Salud

By Karina Casiano

Directed by Beliza Torres Narvaez

November 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7 P.M.
November 20th at 3 P.M.

Sara is a prominent TV reporter eager to do anything to get high ratings. She is getting married to a well-known intellectual writer, but her picture perfect wedding –which is not as perfect as it seems – is about to take an unexpected turn captured by the cameras. As Sara tries to make sense of what just happened, we get a glimpse of the past events that might have led to her loved ones being targeted. We also get to go forward in time and witness what happened after the wedding. Thus, we learn some of the answers that Sara will most likely never find.

Casiano’s site-specific play Silence is Health/Silencio es Salud is based on official documents, testimonies, historical research and analyses of similar periods of political crisis and the consequent state of surveillance in Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Israel and the United States. How much of your civil and human rights are you willing to give up in the name of “national security”? What if things that only happen “to other people,” or “in other countries” happen to you?

Don’t say you didn’t know…

Various Locations, Foss Center


By Harold Pinter

Student-Directed by Jack Morton

February 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7 P.M.

Betrayal circles around the complicated relationship of married couple Emma and Robert, and Emma’s affair with Robert’s best friend Jerry. Pinter’s innovative use of reverse chronological order challenges the audience to explore broken trust between partners and friends and the consequences to life’s decisions.


Foss Studio Theater, Foss Center


{a creative collaboration}
Directed by  Malick Ceesay
In collaboration with E.G. Bailey and Shá Cage

February 2nd, 3rd, 4th at 8:30 P.M.

Beyond the Silence is a spoken word piece that is themed around the value of voices in various contexts.  This ensemble-created piece will be an exploration of what it means for voices to be silenced, underrepresented, or neglected in spaces that are valued and found as important for change.  Through poetry and performance, hear the experiences of this group and the power they carry through their voices.”


Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center

Passing Strange

Book and Lyrics by STEW

Music by STEW and Heidi Rodewald

Directed by Jamil Jude

Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 P.M.
Friday March 31st at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 1st at 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, April 2nd at 3:00 P.M.

Saturday April 8th at 3:00 P.M.
Saturday April 8th at 7:00 P.M.
Sunday  April 9th at 3:00 P.M.

Part comedy. Part coming-of-age story. Full-out rock concert! PASSING STRANGE, a Tony award-winning musical, is a genre-bending exploration of an artist’s journey to find life’s truths. The story follows Youth, a young Black man raised in the idyllic hills of California, as he passes through life, learning about himself and the world around him, through music and the people he meets because of it. Throughout his journey for “the real,” he gains so much, but is what he gives up too much? Will the ends justify the means? Will everything be alright?

“Call it a rock concert with a story to tell, trimmed with a lot of great jokes. Or call it a sprawling work of performance art, complete with angry rants and drag queens… I’ll just call it wonderful” – New York Times


Tjornhom-Nelson Theater, Foss Center