2015-2016 VSU Theatre & Dance Season

(Subject to Change)

The box office hours are Mon-Sat, 2-5 pm.
(229) 333-5973

The box office typically opens 2 weeks prior to the first performance of the semester and is open thru the final performance of each semester.  Exceptions include campus holidays and major out of town conferences impacting VSU Theatre & Dance.


by William Shakespeare

October 1-3 and 5-7, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre          

THE TEMPEST, performed for James I and his court in November, 1611, is believed by many scholars to be the last play that William Shakespeare wrote alone.  It is a story of castaways, magic, and transformation.

A deposed duke and his daughter, marooned for some twelve years, are joined by the duke's enemies when their ship is wrecked on the shore of the enchanted island. Prospero, the deposed duke, puts his adversaries through a number of trials but is discovered to have forgiveness in his heart.  

In addition to challenges and magic, this classic Shakespeare play includes romance and redemption, and is a fitting start to our 2015-2016 season.

by Deborah Brevoort

October 22-24 and 26-28, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
Lab Theatre

THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.  Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, this new perspective on a classic form is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is the winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwrighting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.  

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland on the seventh anniversary of the crash of Pan Am 103, looking for her son's remains that were never recovered after the crash.  She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage.  The Scottish women, determined to convert an an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victims' families.
- Dramatists Play Service.

Please note: Playwright Deborah Brevoort will be on campus seeing the production and answering audience questions at a post performance talk-back on Friday, October 23.

Please note: this production contains adult language and themes.

VSU Repertory Dancers'

November 12-14, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre                  

Come to Sawyer Theatre and celebrate with us at the VSU Repertory Dancers'  30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT.  The program promises to shimmer with a variety of dance forms as the dancers and choreographers commemorate this pearl of a milestone.  The concert will feature exciting new works and luminous performances from our repertoire.

BUNNICULA, the musical
James and Deborah Howe, authors
Jon Klein, playwright
Chris Jeffries, composer

Friday, February 5, 2016
@ 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 6, 2016 
@ 10:30  AM
Sawyer Theatre

A dancing cat, a howling dog, and a vampire bunny.  The perfect pet combination for any family, BUNNICULA, the musical, is a stage adaptation of a modern classic of children's literature.

It's a dark and stormy night and Chester (the family cat) and Harold (the family dog) sit waiting for their owners to return home from the movies.  Chester and Harold are more than just pets, they're good friends too.  When the Monroes finally get home, they come bearing a surprise, they've found a bunny.  But this is no ordinary rabbitt... this is the extraordinary Bunnicula.  When the family's produce starts losing its juice, Chester thinks he knows what's causing the fantastic phenomenon.  Bunnicula is a vampire!  Or maybe Chester's imagination is getting the better of him.  Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts and in their home for one very unique bunny.  
- Plays for Young Audiences.

Production support provided by:

VSU Theatre & Dance Area is committed to serving the young people of South Georgia and North Florida by bringing live theatrical events to them.  This tradition will continue in the 2015-2016 season with this presentation for young audiences.

For tour information or to book a tour date for February or March, 2016, please contact Jacque Wheeler at (229) 333-5820.

by Lorraine Hansberry

February 18-20 and
22-24, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 21, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
Lab Theatre

A classic American play by a legendary African American playwright, A RAISIN IN THE SUN is set on Chicago's South Side.  The play's plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena.  When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago.  Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans however: buying a liquor store and being his own man.  Beneatha dreams of medical school.  The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.  Sacrifice, trust, and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing  and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
- Samuel French, Inc.

Please note: this production contains adult themes.

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs.

March 31, April 1-2 and 4-6, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 3, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative.  With the pivotal 1944 original Broadway production, OKLAHOMA! placed the American musical on a new path.  

Set in the Indian Territory just after the turn of the previous century, the high spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farmgirl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.  That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
-The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.