The Wolves

WED-SUN, SEP 19-23
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Wolves

WED-SUN, SEP 19-23
STUDIO THEATRE


From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girls’ indoor soccer team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Adult content and adult language. More


Intimate Apparel

By Lynn Nottage

TUE-SUN, SEP 25-30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel

By Lynn Nottage

TUE-SUN, SEP 25-30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A middle-aged African-American seamstress, Esther sews “intimate apparel” for both the wealthy and destitute. Financially independent, Esther dreams of opening her own beauty parlor one day—but mostly, she longs for love. Will Esther’s strength of spirit allow her to overcome obstacles of class, culture and circumstance to find the husband and happiness she so desires? Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult language, adult content and sexual content. More


Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

FRI-SUN, OCT 12-14
CONCERT HALL

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

FRI-SUN, OCT 12-14
CONCERT HALL


A baker and his wife set out on a quest to break a witch’s curse that is preventing them from conceiving. Along their journey, they meet fairy-tale favorites like Cinderella and Jack (of the beanstalk). Venture “into the woods” of this Tony Award-winning musical to learn the fate of its colorful cast of characters. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


The Moors

TUE-SAT, OCT 16-20
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Moors

TUE-SAT, OCT 16-20
STUDIO THEATRE


Out on the bleak and surreal English moors, an old pastor’s house holds two sisters, a dog and a maid all dreaming of love and power. When a naive governess and a simple moorhen arrive, all discover the strange and volatile path laid out before them. Rife with black humor, philosophy and subversion, this Brontë-inspired play asks us what we would like to do with our darkest desires. Adult content, adult language, violence, and sexual content. More


She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen

TUE-SAT, OCT 30-NOV 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen

TUE-SAT, OCT 30-NOV 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeon’s & Dragons’ journal, she stumbles into an imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This dramatic comedy filled with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and ‘90s pop culture offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content and adult language. More


Bare: A Pop Opera

THU-SUN, NOV 8-11
STUDIO THEATRE

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Bare: A Pop Opera

THU-SUN, NOV 8-11
STUDIO THEATRE


Bare: A Pop Opera tells the story of two boys, Peter and Jason, who discover their love for each other in a Catholic boarding school. Battling with their faith and the influence of their environment, the two must decide between conformity and revealing their true selves in the face of adversity. Adult content, adult language, and sexual content.  More


Dead Man Walking

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

FRI-SUN, NOV 9-11
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

FRI-SUN, NOV 9-11
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Hailed as one of the most gripping and important operas of the 21st century, Dead Man Walking recounts the true story of Sister Helen Prejean and her courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his execution. Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theatre since West Side Story.” (The Guardian) Adult language, sexual violence and violence. Parental discretion advised.  More


Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
All 37 plays in 97 minutes!

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

WED, NOV 14
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Reduced Shakespeare Company

Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
All 37 plays in 97 minutes!

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

WED, NOV 14
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter! London’s longest-running comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) played for nine years in the West End’s Criterion Theatre. More


Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FRI, JAN 11
FORBES CENTER VENUES/GRAND LOBBY

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Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FRI, JAN 11
FORBES CENTER VENUES/GRAND LOBBY


This moveable feast includes three distinctive presentations in three Forbes Center venues, plus a reception that will allow you to mingle with other arts enthusiasts. More


Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

Based on the book Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Adapted and written by Patrick McDonnell, Andy Mitton and Aaron Posner

WED, JAN 16
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Me...Jane

Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

Based on the book Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Adapted and written by Patrick McDonnell, Andy Mitton and Aaron Posner

WED, JAN 16
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a treasured toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Join Jane and Jubilee in this brand new musical adaptation that will have you dancing in your seat! With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this poignant production of a very true story is perfect for the young—and young at heart. More


Opera Spotlight: An Evening in Paris

FRI-SAT, FEB 15-16
RECITAL HALL

Opera Spotlight: An Evening in Paris

Opera Spotlight: An Evening in Paris

FRI-SAT, FEB 15-16
RECITAL HALL


Be transported to the “City of Love” for an enchanting evening of French opera. JMU Opera Theater students will perform songs including “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila; “Tu n’es pas beau, tu n’es pas riche” and “Ah, quel diner” (the drinking song) from Offenbach’s La Périchole; “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” from Bizet’s Carmen; and more. Join the cast members for French pastries and coffee in the lobby following the performance! More


Green Day's American Idiot

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

TUE-SUN, FEB 19-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Green Day's American Idiot

Green Day's American Idiot

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

TUE-SUN, FEB 19-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In this two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical, Johnny, Will and Tunny struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. The three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but quickly go in separate ways. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. Adult content and adult language. More


They Called Her Vivaldi

Theatre Lovett of Dublin, Ireland

MON, FEB 25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

They Called Her Vivaldi

They Called Her Vivaldi

Theatre Lovett of Dublin, Ireland

MON, FEB 25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical prodigy, making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world until one night her magical, musical hat “Capello” goes missing. Now she must journey over cobblestones and canals to track down the curious Cat Burglar. One of Ireland’s leading theatre companies, Theatre Lovett brings us a “delightfully smart performance” (The Irish Times) for audiences of all ages! More


Mayumana

Currents

Direct from Israel

THU-FRI, FEB 28-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Mayumana

Mayumana

Currents

Direct from Israel

THU-FRI, FEB 28-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Combining elements of dance, music and theatre with unbridled creativity and energy, internationally acclaimed performance troupe Mayumana will take audiences by storm with its “funky moves and cutting-edge blend of movement and technology.” (Time Out New York) Playing specially made instruments, Mayumana’s 11 gifted performers will bring their diverse talents to Currents, a bold and unforgettable spectacle featuring mind-blowing sights and sounds. More


Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MON-TUE, APR 8-9
CONCERT HALL

The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MON-TUE, APR 8-9
CONCERT HALL


One of the most popular comic operas of all time, The Pirates of Penzance is a treasure-filled musical extravaganza teaming with dazzling damsels in distress, rugged rogues and swashbuckling pirates! More


Sotoba Komachi

By Yukio Mishima

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Sotoba Komachi

Sotoba Komachi

By Yukio Mishima

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Komachi is a 99-year-old woman who meets a young poet in a Tokyo park. Unattractive and wrinkled, Komachi was once a great beauty courted by a handsome general. When she shares her past with the poet, the two enact a tale beyond time, with deadly consequences. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Dallas Children's Theater

Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

TUE, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Dallas Children's Theater

Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

TUE, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly captures all of the whimsy of the wildly popular books in the coolest ever rock-and-roll romp in a bug’s world! Dallas Children’s Theater is one of the top theatres for families in the nation, touring professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart and stretch the mind. More



HIGHLIGHTS


  • The Grammy and Emmy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will sing, dance and drum to deliver a tour-de-force performance!



  • Israeli performance troupe Mayumana presents "Currents," a bold spectacle featuring mind-blowing sights and sounds



  • Featuring Broadway stars, The Doo Wop Project reimagines some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!



  • Staunton dance devotee Pamela McCray wins 2018 Circle of Excellence Award


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