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Fall, 2023: Extend

What do we want to change about the world we live in? What can be repaired, and what needs to be reimagined? How far can we imagine into a new world?

Off-campus guests are welcome to attend our performances!

All seats at all performances are free of charge. Please arrive early!

For more information about any of these productions, please contact Conservatory Director Jack Tamburri.

Fall Season

Theatre & Performance Presents: Mistake, Audience, and the Increased Difficulty of Concentration (Act 2)

Written by Václav Havel
Directed by Lenka Pichlíková-Burke

Humanities 1032 (Lecture Hall)
Wednesday, September 27 @ 7:00pm

On the even of Václav Havel Day, join the Political Theatre in Prague group for a screening of a performance project created during their time in Europe this summer.

This screening is open to all, and is expected to run for approximately 80 minutes. No reservations necessary!


Written by Romulus Linney, adapted from Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Trazana Beverley

CMFT Performance Theater (CMFT 0061)
Wednesday, September 27 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, September 28 @ 7:30pm
Friday, September 29 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 30 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, September 30 @ 7:30pm

Ibsen’s 1876 epic, adapted by American master Linney in 1998, reset in 1917 Appalachia. Banjos, clog-dancing, and goats! A self-produced studio production by Acting Company 49.

Fall Festival of Contemporary Drama

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT 2043)

Acting Company 48 and the Theatre Design/Technology program present two brilliant modern works by master playwrights in intimate new productions.

Fucking A

Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Cezar Williams

Friday, October 20 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 21 @ 1:30pm
Thursday, October 26 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 28 @ 7:30pm

Parks’s 2000 remix of The Scarlet Letter finds Hester providing necessary but risky care to the women in her repressive community.

Fucking A is partially supported by a gift from Robert Wiener.

Content Disclosure: Fucking A contains blood and gore effects, gun violence, and a scene of sexual assault. Recommended for mature audiences.

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

Written by Will Arbery
Directed by James Dean Palmer

Saturday, October 21 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 25 @ 7:30pm
Friday, October 27 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 28 @ 1:30pm

2019’s Pulitzer finalist finds alumni of a Wyoming Catholic college reuniting to battle out their political disagreements and personal dramas.

How To Defend Yourself

Written by Liliana Padilla
Directed by Ash Marinaccio

CMFT Performance Theater (CMFT 0061)
Friday, November 3 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 4 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, November 4 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 8 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, November 9 @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 10 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 11 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, November 11 @ 7:30pm

Set in a self-defense class initiated by college students after their classmate is assaulted, this play — fresh from its New York premiere last spring — is a compelling contribution to the discourse about consent, safety, and patriarchy.

Featuring the work of students in the Theatre & Performance program in collaboration with the Theatre Design/Technology program.

Content Disclosure: How To Defend Yourself contains graphic dialogue about sexuality and sexual violence. Recommended for mature audiences.

Purchase Performance Lab: A Festival of Senior Projects

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT 2043)
Thursday, November 16 @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 17 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18 @ 7:30pm

Bold, experimental, and moving works produced as capstone projects by students in Theatre & Performance.

Room for Growth

By Jorin Clougherty & Olivia Perrone

Purchase Retold

By Alexis Taylor & Chris Walker


Written by Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by A. Dean Irby

The Performing Arts Center’s Repertory Theater
Friday, November 17 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, November 18 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 29 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, November 30 @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 1 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 2 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, December 2 @ 7:30pm

Nelson’s 2019 drama brings the trial of Socrates to thrilling life in the present! Accused of corrupting the youth of Athens and rejecting state-sanctioned religion, Socrates argues for his life in a new production that makes the most of theatrical technology and the immediacy of performance. Featuring the work of Acting Company 49 and the Theatre Design/Technology program.

Socrates is partially supported by a gift from Robert Wiener.

Sanctuary City

Written by Martyna Majok
Directed by Kailee-Jade Berrios
Featuring Gabriel Bodas & Cayla Mercado

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT 2043)
Thursday, November 30 @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 1 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 2 @ 7:30pm

In Pulitzer-winner Majok’s 2021 play, two undocumented teens contend with the racism and surveillance of post-9/11 New York City, and find home with one another.

Produced as a capstone project by seniors in Theatre & Performance.


Written by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Budi Miller

CMFT Performance Theater (CMFT 0061)
Friday, December 1 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 2 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, December 2 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 6 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, December 7 @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 8 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9 @ 7:30pm

Widely named among the best plays ever written, the classic of feminist and Expressionist drama is as incendiary in 2023 as it was in 1928. Based on the case of real-life convicted murderer Ruth Snyder, a young woman struggles against the expectations of capitalism and ends up an enemy of the state. This new production, directed by international master-teacher Miller, features the work of Acting Company 48.

Machinal is partially supported by a gift from Robert Wiener.

New Plays Now

Directed by Cezar Williams

CMFT Performance Studio (CMFT 2043)
Friday, December 8 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 9 @ 1:30pm
Saturday, December 9 @ 7:30pm

A festival of short works written by students in the Playwriting program, featuring Acting Company 49!