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Letter from the Dean of the College of the Arts


by Gretchen Cryer, Lynne Halliday, Isaac Himmelman, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton, and Craig Pospisil

September 19-21, 23-24, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Lab Theatre
2nd Floor, VSU Fine Arts Building

THE GORGES MOTEL is a new play, premiering in 2016 at the New York  Fringe Festival.  It takes the form of 7 plays by 6 playwrights, that together make an enjoyable theatrical event.
Lives intersect in comic and dramatic fashion in a motel (THE GORGES MOTEL) that has seen better days in Watkins Glen, New York.  The ridiculous and the sublime all come together in these plays about moving forward..

"THE GORGES MOTEL [is] tantalizing daisy chain of short plays...."  The New York Times

Adapted from dramtists.com

Please note, this production contains mature language and themes.


October 17-19, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre
1st Floor, VSU Fine Arts Building

UNBOUND is an evening of concert dance works by VSU Dance Faculty.  Join us as we explore classic and contemporary forms of dance and blur the boundaries of traditional performance on Sawyer Stage.  Dances will provoke, inspire, liberate, and leave audiences in awe as dances weave storytelling, abstract thought, and superb artistry on the stage (and in the air!).

Shakespeare's OTHELLO

November 14-16 and 18-19, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM

In OTHELLO, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama that tells the sotry of the love between the Moor general, Othello, and the Veneitan lady, Desdemona.  Their marriage is sabotaged by one of dramatic literature's greatest villains, Iago.  One of his most intimate and devastating tragedies, Shakespeare's OTHELLO with its themes of love, jealousy, and prejudice has pathos that is universal.

Adapted from Folger Shakespeare Library: folger.edu


Book, Lyrics and Music by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
Based on the book "How I Became a Pirate" written by Melinda Long and Illustrations by David Shannon

This season's Theatre for Young Audiences presentation.

Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:30  AM
Sawyer Theatre    
1st Floor, VSU Fine Arts Building

Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion when a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew.  Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacobs, as they try to find the perfect spot to bury their treasure.  Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can't find on any map!  The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure!

Adapted from theatricalrights.com

For tour information or to book a tour date for February or March, 2020, please contact Jacque Wheeler at (229) 253-2914.


Created by the students in our Devised Theatre class and the Ensemble Cast

February 20-22, 24-25, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Lab Theatre
2nd Floor, VSU Fine Arts Building

In the Fall semester, students for our Special Topics class in Devised theatre will develop a new, original script based on stories from World Mythology and Urban Legends.  In the Spring, this script will be brought to life in the Lab Theatre with an ensemble of actors and artists.  We invite you to join us to the see the evening of magical tales and epic encounters that arises from this highly collaborative, artistic experience.

Please note, this production may contain mature language and themes.


Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T. S. Elliot

April 2-4, 6-8, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Sawyer Theatre
1st Floor, VSU Fine Arts Building

CATS is one of the world's best known and meow-velous musicals!
The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year - the night of the Jellicle Ball.  One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose of the the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn in a whole new Jellicle life.

This all singing, all-dancing Tony winning musical has been translated into 16 languages, making it truly a modern classic of musical theatre.

Adapted from the musicalcompany.com