Forbes Center Open House

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

SAT, SEP 7
FORBES CENTER VENUES

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Forbes Center Open House

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

SAT, SEP 7
FORBES CENTER VENUES


The Forbes Center is opening its doors to the community to celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season with an open house on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm. The event is free of charge to the public. Open house highlights include backstage tours every 15 minutes as well as educational workshops and mini performances in the venues throughout the day. Free parking available in Warsaw Parking Deck. More


Forever You and Guys

By Luke McCoy

A Studio Theatre Production

THU-SUN, SEP 19-22
STUDIO THEATRE

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Forever You and Guys

By Luke McCoy

A Studio Theatre Production

THU-SUN, SEP 19-22
STUDIO THEATRE


In the suburbs of Long Island’s South Shore, a modern-day family comes face-to-face with a change in their family dynamic. Justin and Patrick, parents to 16 year-old Rowan, encounter the battle of expectation versus reality when their son invites a “person of interest” over for dinner. Through an absurd turn of events, the parents must learn how to put their convictions aside and accept something they never thought they could—their son being straight. Adult content, adult language and sexual content. More


Everybody

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

TUE-SAT, SEP 24-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Everybody

Everybody

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

TUE-SAT, SEP 24-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


What happens when Death comes knocking? A 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, Everybody is a modern riff on the 15th-century play Everyman about Christian salvation and how to achieve it. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers.” (The New York Times) Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Twelfth Night

A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub

WED-SUN, OCT 9-13
STUDIO THEATRE

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub

WED-SUN, OCT 9-13
STUDIO THEATRE


Named one of the best theatrical productions of 2018 by Time, The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post, Twelfth Night is a rousing contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


Whose Live Anyway?

FRI, OCT 11
WILSON HALL

Whose Live Anyway?

Whose Live Anyway?

FRI, OCT 11
WILSON HALL


The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour Whose Live Anyway? The show is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song, all based on audience suggestions, featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray. More


The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

By Peter Handke
Translation by Meredith Oakes

A Studio Theatre Production

THU-MON, OCT 24-28
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

By Peter Handke
Translation by Meredith Oakes

A Studio Theatre Production

THU-MON, OCT 24-28
STUDIO THEATRE


The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other takes place in a city square where more than 400 characters pass by one another without speaking a single word. In the silence of the square, Handke journeyed to the brink of speech: Who is that person passing by? Is she on her way, or is she coming back? Is her story ahead of her, or is it behind? The gift of speech—the magic of telling a story—is left to the spectator in this “extraordinary piece of epic mime.” (The Guardian) Contains nudity (partial).  More


Vinegar Tom

By Caryl Churchill

TUE-SAT, OCT 29-NOV 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Vinegar Tom

Vinegar Tom

By Caryl Churchill

TUE-SAT, OCT 29-NOV 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Set in rural England during the 17th century, Vinegar Tom tells the story of four non-conforming women tried for witchcraft and a village of accusers desperately trying to keep them in their proper place. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Faust

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust, Part One

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Faust

Faust

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust, Part One

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


From Marguerite’s celebrated “Jewel Song” to the beloved “Soldiers’ Chorus,” Gounod’s searing and sumptuous score propels Goethe’s tale of redemption and damnation into a dizzying dance with the devil that is impossible to forget. More


Wiley and the Hairy Man

By Susan Zeder

A Studio Theatre Production

MON-SAT, NOV 11-16
STUDIO THEATRE

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Wiley and the Hairy Man

By Susan Zeder

A Studio Theatre Production

MON-SAT, NOV 11-16
STUDIO THEATRE


In the wild swamps of Louisiana, Wiley lives with his Mammy. Wiley wants to spend his time as carefree as possible—playing with Dog, sleeping when he wants, learning a bit of magic from Mammy. But after a nightmare and an argument, Wiley is sent to the swamp where he encounters the Hairy Man. The big, bad boogie man of the swamp, the Hairy Man got his Daddy. Will he get Wiley too? More


Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Taj Express

Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


An electrifying fusion of film, dance and music, Taj Express is an international sensation that captures the expressive spirit of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people for generations. A feast for the eyes and ears, this pulsating production featuring nearly 30 performers donning over 2,000 costumes will have you dancing in the aisles! More


Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Aquila Theatre's 1984

Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


One of the great novels of the 20th century—George Orwell’s 1984—is brought to life in an evocative and timely production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 envisions a future dystopia where people are under constant control and surveillance by the government. How does Orwell’s nightmare compare to today’s society? Aquila’s “classically trained modernly hip troupe” (The New York Times) explores this question and more in this page-to-stage cautionary classic. More


Walls

Conceived by Paul Holland and developed by Ingrid De Sanctis

FRI-SUN, JAN 17-19
STUDIO THEATRE

Walls

Walls

Conceived by Paul Holland and developed by Ingrid De Sanctis

FRI-SUN, JAN 17-19
STUDIO THEATRE


When newly-engaged Abigail and Carver receive DNA tests as a wedding gift, they interrogate what it means to marry someone of a different race. As they grapple with their identities from midnight to dawn, family legends and stories interrupt their idealized future together. Can Abigail and Carver overcome the past and forge a new story together? This world premiere features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Wilde Creatures

Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A captivating crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ new show, Wilde Creatures, a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond direct from London’s West End. Founded in 1997, England’s Tall Stories is internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling, original music, and laughs. More


Opera Spotlight: Hot Latin Nights

TUE-WED, FEB 11-12
RECITAL HALL

Opera Spotlight: Hot Latin Nights

Opera Spotlight: Hot Latin Nights

TUE-WED, FEB 11-12
RECITAL HALL


Be swept away by the romance of hot Latin breezes in this enchanting evening of scenes and arias from your favorite operas! JMU Opera Theater students will perform songs from Massenet’s Don Quixote and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, “Granada” and “Tico-Tico no fubá,” as well as others by Granados, Rodrigo, and more. Join the cast members for Latin-inspired desserts and coffee in the lobby following the performance! More


Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Side Show

Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Violet and Daisy Hilton shared a rare bond: they were literally attached at the hip. The conjoined twins are the real-life inspiration behind the 2014 Broadway musical revival Side Show, which follows the story of the English entertainers and their search for love and acceptance amidst exploitation and fame in the 1930s’ side show, vaudeville and Hollywood communities. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

MUMMENSCHANZ

MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Swiss-based theatre troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for over four decades, pioneering a mesmerizing and joy-filled form of visual theatre. It latest program, you & me, is a visually-stunning spectacle featuring life-size puppets, masked characters and awe-inspiring optical illusions. More


Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

THU-FRI, APR 16-17
CONCERT HALL

Iolanthe

Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

THU-FRI, APR 16-17
CONCERT HALL


Brimming with a lush score, compelling plot and brilliant wit, the hilarious and satirical operetta Iolanthe is a send up to Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy world of misalliances, contradictions, and English political peculiarities. Passions are ignited, lovers are thwarted and then reunited, and in true G&S style, irreconcilable differences vanish with a pencil stroke and the wave of the Fairy Queen’s magic wand. More


The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

By Cherríe Moraga

TUE-SUN, APR 21-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

The Hungry Woman

The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

By Cherríe Moraga

TUE-SUN, APR 21-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In the apocalyptic play The Hungry Woman, feminist author and Chicano playwright Cherríe Moraga uses mythology and intimate realism to describe the embattled position of Chicanos and Chicanas, not only in the United States but in relation to one another. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Llama Llama - Live!

Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


After a full day of fun adventures at school and the store, Baby Llama can’t wait to put on his red pajamas. But where’s Mama? This hilarious new musical will warm every Llama and Llama Mama’s heart. Wear your pajamas and join us for a pre-show reception and crafts at 6 pm! Founded in 2004, Bay Area Children’s Theatre reaches 125,000 children and adults per year in the San Francisco Bay Area. More



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