Main Stage Season

Main Stage Season

Theatre & Dance

Main Stage


For the Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2017-2018 mainstage season of “Home,” we will ask questions that will lead us to a better understanding of not only our home, but our neighbor’s homes. Questions include: “who are you?”, “who am I?”, “who is ‘other’”, and “how do we interact?” Instead of judging, we seek understanding. Instead of blaming, we will listen. Instead of making quick assumptions, we will ask the hard questions. Instead of building walls, we will open up our doors and homes. We recognize that criticism and judgment are natural human responses to dealing with the world, however, this season we are going to practice radical empathy.

When sociologist Sam Richards opened his “A Radical Experiment in Empathy” TED Talk (10/2010), he said, “Empathy. Start with empathy. Take yourself out of your shoes, put yourself into the shoes of another person.” In exploring the idea of “Home,” we believe empathy starts at home. We want to take audiences to the homes of other people. We believe once we have experienced life in another’s home, neighborhood, or environment, that we can start to understand and empathize with them.

In exploring home, we will get outside of our own home and become curious about those we don't know. We will challenge our prejudices and discover commonalities. We will try another person’s life. We will listen hard and open up to others. We hope to inspire social change. Most importantly, we seek to develop ambitious imaginations that lead us to better understanding the world around us.


The Cherry Orchard

Directed by Lane Savadove with movement by Dawn Bazmore. Previews October 19 at 8PM, October 20-21 at 8PM, October 22, 2017 at 2PM.                                                                

The Cherry Orchard captures a people, a family, a community —and a world—in transition. First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard stands as one of the great plays of the modern era written by one of history’s greatest playwrights, Anton Chekhov.

The Cherry Orchard kicks-off “The Home Season” by asking whether home is place, people, collection of memories, or something more profound. At a time when displacement is a dynamic ruling our world, the play digs into the effects of becoming rootless. Displacement includes moving for careers, global refugees supplanted from their homes, globalization and commerce that dissolves roots and the results of capitalism that keep us at work and away from our hearths – and perhaps our hearts. What happens to us as “home” takes a back seat to these competing dynamics? What is lost?

The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, The Cherry Orchard captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard takes place in Russia around 1904, in the midst of one of the country’s greatest social transformations. About four decades earlier, Tsar Alexander II had enacted the Emancipation Reform of 1861, which freed the country’s serfs—who at the time constituted over a third of the Russian population—from their landlords’ ownership. Naturally, the Russian gentry opposed the proclamation, feeling themselves robbed of their labor source and vulnerable to a potential peasant uprising. On the whole, the liberation of the serfs remained relatively peaceful, but without its authority over the servant class, the Russian nobility would see its social status decline to the point of destruction by the turn of the century.


House of Murals

A premier new work developed through a 7-week international artist-in-residency with Brazilian Performance Artist Christiane Matallo in collaboration with Corinne Karon and Dr. Leslie Elkins. Previews November 30 at 8PM, December 1-2 and 8-9 at 8PM, and December 3 & 10 at 2PM. Student Matinée on December 7, 2017 at 10AM.

Playing with the intersections of Tap Dance infused with Samba rhythms, Improvisation, Modern Dance, and Theatre this original work of art will connect people and communities through movement, rhythm, voice, and storytelling. Engaging in qualitative research and intensive workshops, this international collaboration will ponder “migration – the movement of people from one place to another with the intentions of settling” – the literal and figurative search for home and how through rhythms of bodies and voices we truly exercise freedom – freedom to move and groove and transcend distance and difference.


Under the Hood

Directed by Estonian/British Theatre Artist Elina Manni and assisted by Dr. Elisabeth Hostetter with movement by Paule Turner. Previews February 22 at 8PM. February 23 – 24 at 8PM, and February 25, 2018 at 2PM.

Join Red Riding Hood on her adventure into the dark woods where she may or may not rescue the Big Bad Wolf. Catch a glimpse of a princess who doesn’t wait around and rides off into her own sunset. Under the Hood delights and charms you with magic of clever, funny and irreverent reinventions of classic fairy tales. The show is created for families and those who are young at heart and supple in spirit. By playful and frank turns, this show opens our eyes to how powerfully classic fairy tales figure in our cultural unconscious. “Under the Hood” presents Rowan students who took these well-known stories and put their own twist on them. Devised by students, “Under the Hood” comes out and goes back into society, our home. Changing the shape of that home in turn. 


The Cradle will Rock

Directed by Chris Roche, Choreography by Dr. Leslie Elkins. Previews April 5 at 8PM, April 6-7 at 8PM, April 8, 2018 at 2PM.                                                                        

Marc Blitzstein’s 1936 musical is a bleak tale of corruption, lies and deceit broken only by the fervent passion and justice of the revolting service workers in Steeltown, USA. At the time of its opening, due to the incendiary nature of the play masked by “cuts to the budget” by the Federal Theatre Project, the US government (for fear of worker revolt in America) padlocked the Maxine Elliott Theatre, confiscated the script and forbid the actors to perform the show.  The actors, fearful of Equity’s ability to fine and bar them from future work, remained steadfast in their desire to perform the show, however, and performed from their seats as Blitzstein himself played the piano on a bare stage at the Venice Theatre in New York City. Orson Welles would then direct the first official opening of the play in 1937.


Season Flex- Pass
The Season Flex-Pass allows purchasers to get four tickets good for the whole season. Use the tickets any way you please: one for each show, four for one show, or any other combination. The price is $40.00, a savings of $25.00 off of the full ticket prices for all four shows.

Lab Theatre Shows

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

directed by Courtney Bundens

October 5-7 at 8PM

In the Lab Theatre


​Recessive Thirties: Culture, Class and Composers of 1930s Musical Theatre

directed by Chris Roche

November 9 - 11 at 8 PM

Black Box Theatre


 Its Happening at Home

 a devised work by Molly Jo Gifford

February 8-10 at 8PM

in the Lab Theatre


This is our Youth by Kenneth Lonnergan

directed by Charlie Barney

Apri 12-14 at 8PM

in the Lab Theatre