• SPRING 2019

    Mr. Burns
    By Anne Washburn

    03/09/19 @7:30p
    03/13/19 @ 7:30p
    03/15/19 @ 7:30p
    03/16/19 @ 1:30p

     What if your phone was never going to work again and all you had left was The Simpsons?  What will endure when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn’s outrageous, enthusiastically acclaimed dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. A meta-tribute to the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.


    Exit Strategy
    By Ike Holter

    03/08/19 @ 7:30p
    03/09/19 @1:30p
    03/14/19 @ 7:30p
    03/16/19 @ 7:30p

     A Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year is the battleground in this taut play about the future of public education. Surprisingly, it’s a comedy. Ike Holter, winner of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize and a fierce new voice in American playwriting, introduces us to a small group of teachers who launch a heroic battle to save their school.  Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their futures and their safety in the hands of a fast-talking administrator who comes on strong, but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.

    Henry VI, part I
    By William Shakespeare

    04/19/19 @ 7:30p
    04/20/19 @ 1:30p
    04/20/19 @ 7:30p
    04/24/19 @ 7:30p
    04/25/19 @ 7:30p
    04/26/19 @ 7:30p
    04/27/19 @ 1:30p
    04/27/19 @ 7:30p

    King Henry V has died. As the English battle the armies of the brilliant and fanatical Joan of Arc, the underage King Henry VI’s courtiers are busy fighting each other instead of the French, thus beginning the Wars of the Roses.  Fast moving and packed with action, this early history play (a source for Game of Thrones) gives us a world burning unawares.  Oh, and swords. Lots and lots of swords.

    Project JIA
    Devised by BA and Arts Abroad Students

    04/26/19 @ 7:30p
    04/27/19 @ 1:30p
    04/27/19 @ 7:30p
    05/01/19 @ 7:30p
    05/02/19 @ 7:30p
    05/03/19 @ 7:30p
    05/04/19 @ 1:30p
    05/04/19 @ 7:30p

    Using Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece Our Town as a point of departure, Purchase students will collaborate with visiting students from China to create a bilingual, devised piece exploring urbanization, migration, community, and belonging in China and the U.S. Over the last two decades, China has experienced the world’s largest urban migration in human history, and the division between America’s cities and rural communities seems larger than ever. Taking its title from the character “jia,” meaning “home and family” in Chinese, this student driven project will integrate moments from Our Town along with original material to explore how we find and build home in a rapidly transforming world. Performed in Mandarin and English with subtitles.

    Showcases of New Dramatic Writing

    New Plays Now (FALL)

    Make It Play (SPRING)

  • FALL 2018

    The Brothers Size
    By Tarell Alvin McCraney

    09/28/18 @ 7:30
    09/29/18 @ 1:30p
    10/02/18 @ 7:30p
    10/04/18 @ 7:30p
    10/06/18 @1:30p

    The writer of Moonlight, 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, unfolds a tour-de-force modern-day story of the Size brothers of San Pere, Louisiana, and an outsider who threatens to transform their world. Playing fast and loose with West African myths, The Brothers Size tells a story that transcends culture and time, in which the audience is at once the community, the witness and the judge.

    By Amina Henry

    09/29/18 @ 7:30p
    10/01/18 @ 7:30p
    10/03/18 @ 7:30p
    10/05/18 @ 7:30p
    10/06/18 @ 7:30p

    In this contemporary re-imagining of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of women move from exercising at the gym to the forest as they attempt to exorcise their demons. Bully is a darkly funny exploration of women’s relationships to each other and the unspoken violence that takes place when a group of women are forced together… in an aerobics class.

    We’re Gonna Be Okay
    By Basil Kreimendahl

    09/28/18 @ 7:30p
    09/29/18 @ 7:30p
    10/03/18 @ 7:30p
    10/05/18 @ 7:30p
    10/06/18 @ 7:30p

    Can we survive the big one? Purchase College Playwriting Faculty Basil Kreimendahl’s play gives us two average American families confronting the looming threat of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  A slyly hilarious, compassionate look at anxiety in America, We’re Gonna Be Okay confronts the fears of the American middle class as two families wrestle with macrame, female empowerment and a shared property line.

    Scenes from Metamorphoses
    Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from the Myths of Ovid

    10/19/18 @ 7:30p
    10/20/19 @ 7:30p
    10/22/18 @ 10:00a
    10/24/18 @ 10:00a
    10/26/18 @ 7:30p
    10/27/18 @ 7:30p

    From a simple, rippling pool of water, Mary Zimmerman conjures the force of Ovid’s Greek myths.  Known for lyrical storytelling, wit, and stunning imagery, this adaptation gives new life to these transformation stories about loss, isolation, redemption, and divinity. 

    Revolt. She Said.  Revolt Again.
    By Alice Birch

    11/02/18 @7:30p
    11/03/18 @ 1:30p
    11/03/18 @ 7:30p
    11/08/18 @ 7:30p
    11/09/18 @ 7:30p
    11/09/18 @ 10:00p
    11/10/18 @ 1:30p
    11/10/18 @ 7:30p

    How do you love learn work mate marry dress think feel fight sleep lose age bleed bake yell? How do you talk about it? Revolt. She Said, a huge success at Soho Rep in 2016, dives headfirst into a whirlwind tour of feminism, patriarchy, and the forces that make up our gendered selves. This powerhouse, 60-minute rallying cry of a play taps into the urgency of the #metoo movement and revolutionizes the language we use to talk about ourselves.

    Earthquakes in London
    By Mike Bartlett

    11/30/18 @ 7:30p
    12/01/18 @ 1:30p
    12/01/18 @ 7:30p
    12/05/18 @ 7:30p
    12/06/18 @ 7:30p
    12/07/18 @ 7:30p
    12/08/18 @ 1:30p
    12/08/18 @ 7:30p

    Apocalyptic questions drive a climate scientist and his three estranged daughters unexpectedly back together in this epic rollercoaster of a play.  From 1968 to 2525 and back again, we move in a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes, and decades as global destruction approaches.

  • SPRING 2018

    By Kate Benson
    Directed by Jonathan McCrory
    Friday 3/9/18 7:30 PM
    Saturday 3/10/18 1:30 PM
    Thursday 3/15/18 7:30 PM
    Saturday 3/17/18 7:30 PM
    The Repertory Theater at The Performing Arts Center $20
    Just when you thought the holidays were over: this play takes us back to lively dynamics of a large holiday gathering in November. Two sportscaster-style narrators weigh in on the low blows, the benchwarmers, and the full-court presses, leading up to a terrifying and unexpected photo finish. The New York Times called the 2014 production a “dizzyingly entertaining work.”

    By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
    Directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke
    Saturday 3/10/18 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 3/14/17 7:30 PM
    Friday 3/16/18 7:30 PM
    Saturday 3/17/18 1:30 PM
    The Repertory Theater at The Performing Arts Center $20
    In this sequel to The Crucible, the girl who initiated the witch hysteria is working as a midwife and nurse ten years later. A powerful and thrilling play about a guilt-ridden woman’s quest for redemption. Can even the worst crimes be forgiven?

    ORESTES 2.0
    By Chuck Mee
    Based on Euripedes ORESTES
    SITI Group Project
    Directed by Gian-Murray Gianino
    Friday 3/16/18 7:30 PM
    Saturday 3/17/18 1:30 PM
    Saturday 3/17/18 7:30 PM
    Thursday 3/22/18 7:30 PM
    Friday 3/23/18 7:30 PM
    Saturday 3/24/18 1:30 PM
    Saturday 3/24/18 7:30 PM
    The Humanities Theatre, Humanities Building $20
     Euripides’ play takes place after the Trojan War; in Mee’s adaptation, set in our contemporary world, veterans return from the Trojan War to find that the disorder and nightmare of war has come home with them. In Mee’s signature collage style, this big, civic-minded work looks at the impossibility of homecoming, and a homeland in ruins.

    By William Shakespeare
    Directed by Chris McCann
    Friday 4/20/18 7:30 PM
    Saturday 4/21/18 1:30 PM
    Saturday 4/21/18 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 4/25/18 7:30 PM
    Thursday 4/26/18 7:30 PM
    Friday 4/27/18 7:30 PM
    Saturday 4/28/18 1:30 PM
    Saturday 4/28/18 7:30 PM
    The Repertory Theater at The Performing Arts Center $20
    A mischievous fairy with a magic flower, an amateur actor transformed into an ass, two lovers running away from their unsympathetic parents all collide in a moonlit forest in one of the Bard’s most beloved and funniest comedies, the world’s greatest work of art on the madness of love.

    Written By Studs Terkel    
    Adapted by Stephen Schwartz, Nina Faso and Gordon Greenburg   
    Directed By David Gideon
    04/27/2018 @ 7:30p
    04/28/2018 @ 1:30p
    04/28/2018 @7:30p
    05/04/2018 @7:30p
    05/05/2018 @ 1:30p
    05/05/2018 @ 7:30p
    The Underground Theater at The Performing Arts Center FREE TO ALL
    Based on Studs Terkel’s interviews, Working portrays the average working American: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman and the homemaker.  Originally produced in 1978, Terkel’s view of the American landscape is still relevant in our contemporary era of income inequality.  New material added for the 2012 revival addresses aspects of 21st Century work life, such as outsourcing, technology, fast-food, caregiving and fundraising.  The music is by Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Micki Grant, Craig Carnelia, Mary Rodgers, and Lin Manuel Miranda.

  • FALL 2017

    By Annie Baker
    Directed by Alex Correia
    Sunday 10/1/17 1:30 PM
    Tuesday 10/3/17 7:30 PM
    Thursday 10/5/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 10/7/17 6:00 PM
    The Humanities Theatre in the Durst Humanities Building $20
    A funny and moving portrait of three small town dreamers with artistic ambitions that expands into a profound meditation on the meaning of friendship and human connection.

    The Maids
    By Jean Genet
    Translated by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton
    Directed by David Bassuk
    Sunday 10/1/17 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 10/4/17 7:30 PM
    Friday 10/6/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 10/7/17 Noon
    The Humanities Theatre in the Durst Humanities Building $20
    Two servants plot the murder of their mistress in this classic play about the intoxication of power and role-playing as practice for revolution. Genet’s masterpiece is considered one of the greatest plays of the last century.

    Blacktop Sky
    By Christina Anderson
    Directed by Maggie Surovell
    Sunday 10/1/17 1:30 PM
    Tuesday 10/3/17 7:30 PM
    Thursday 10/5/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 10/7/17 8:00 PM
    The Underground Theater at The Performing Arts Center $20
    A young black woman befriends a young black homeless man, and their complex relationship threatens her middle class fiancée. A stunning drama of the societal forces that pull us apart and the irrational passions beyond our control.

    The Antigone Project
    By Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage, and Caridad Svich
    Directed by Bonnie Metzgar
    Sunday 10/01/17 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 10/04/17 7:30 PM
    Friday 10/06/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 10/07/17 2:30 PM
    The Underground Theater at The Performing Arts Center $20
    Five short plays by five of the best playwrights working today reimagine the Antigone myth as contemporary, poetic visions. Ranging from comic to shocking, these beautiful playlets unearth the ancient and universal in our present day world.

    The Crucible
    By Arthur Miller
    Directed by Jessi Hill
    Friday 10/20/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 10/21/17 1:30 PM
    Saturday 10/21/17 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 10/25/17 10:00 AM
    Thursday 10/26/17 10:00 AM
    Thursday 10/26/17 7:30 PM
    Friday 10/27/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 10/28/17 7:30 PM
    PepsiCo Theater at The Performing Arts Center $20
    Salem, 1692. A group of girls accuse their fellow townspeople of witchcraft, and innocent men and women must choose to confess or hang. What happens when a government is disposed to believe in lies? Miller’s mid-century masterwork could not be more timely.

    By Claudia Rankine
    Adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs
    Directed by Whitney White
    Friday 11/3/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 11/4/17 1:30 PM
    Saturday 11/4/17 7:30 PM
    Thursday 11/9/17 7:30 PM
    Friday 11/10/17 7:30 PM
    Friday 11/10/17 10:00 PM
    Saturday 11/11/17 1:30 PM
    Saturday 11/11/17 7:30 PM
    The Humanities Theatre in the Durst Humanities Building $20
    After having Rankine as a forceful presence on our campus as the Durst Lecturer in 16-17, many will be familiar with her CITIZEN, an intensely provocative and unapologetic rumination on racial aggression in America. From the shooting of Trayvon Martin, to the tennis career of Serena Williams, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Citizen powerfully explores life in the face of unrelenting and pervasive acts of injustice, whether they are political affronts on the global stage or passing slurs at the local supermarket.

    By Wole Soyinka
    Directed by A. Dean Irby
    Friday 12/1/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 12/2/17 1:30 PM
    Saturday 12/2/17 7:30 PM
    Wednesday 12/6/17 7:30 PM
    Thursday 12/7/17 7:30 PM
    Friday 12/8/17 7:30 PM
    Saturday 12/9/17 1:30 PM
    Saturday 12/9/17 7:30 PM
    The Repertory Theater at The Performing Arts Center $20
    Nigerian playwright and Nobel Prize winner Soyinka’s adaptation of the most tragic of Greek plays tells the story of the god Dionysus’s revenge on a king who disrespects him. Less solemn and in more modern language than other translations, Soyinka’s version highlights political themes like distrust of foreigners and the dangers of tyrannical leadership.