Our theater village is large.
The Department of Theater community is made up of theater makers committed to creating new work and radical adaptations of classics.
But it also includes you, our audience.
We aim to tell stories that matter to you, stories that illuminate the big issues we’re all dealing with, the ideas that inspire us, and the things that make us laugh and cry and connect to each other.
Be part of our village.
$45 for the 45th! This is our 45th anniversary season, so for this season only, we’re offering a season subscription for only $45. That price includes tickets to all four full productions and both Play Lab staged readings — a bargain by any standard! Student subscription are $25 and include the same events.
Not ready to commit? Buy a single ticket for $15 to Runaways, and if you like what you see, you can put that $15 toward an upgrade to a season subscription. You must contact the Fine Arts Center box office by Nov. 15 to upgrade.
On a budget? Pay only $5 for students and seniors $15 for general admission except for Play Lab, where $15 buys two tickets — one for each play. Student subscriptions are $25. All seating is general admission.
Paying at the door just got way easier! Leave your cash at home! We now take credit and debit cards, as well as UCards, at the door.
All seating is general admission.
Visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office to buy subscriptions, single tickets, and discounts.
Box Office: 1-800-999-UMAS or 413-545-2511
Season Kick-Off Celebration!
Featuring students, faculty, staff, guest artists and more!
Oct. 5 at 5:30
The Rand Theater
FREE and OPEN to all!
We’re so excited to show you our season that we’re throwing a preview party! You’re invited to join us as we raise a glass in the Rand to toast the 2017-2018 season. Check out snippets of the shows planned in our season, get a glimpse behind the scenes, and shake hands with our talented artists. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a lucky few will walk away with prizes. Open to everyone in the community!
Music, lyrics and book by Elizabeth Swados
Directed by Lou Moreno, artistic director of New York City’s INTAR Theatre
Nov. 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
School Matinee: Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.
The Rand Theater
The jittery, desperate energy of youth fuels Runaways, a gut-punch of a musical that deftly blends different musical styles from pop to hip-hop, jazz to reggae. Creator Elizabeth Swados interviewed young addicts, con artists, and victims of sex trafficking —all homeless runaways and orphans— to craft a portrait of what it’s like to be a kid on the edges of society. Their stories — angry, joyful, both childish and grown beyond their years — will stay with you long after the last brilliant note has faded.
UMass New Play Lab
Playwrights selected through a competitive national search
Director/Dramaturg Teams: Gabriel Harrell and Gaven Trinidad & Kim Euell and Judyie Al-Bilali
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 & 9 at 2 p.m.
The Curtain Theater
UMass New Play Lab is a crucible for new work. A professional playwright and a UMass student playwright will be given the opportunity this fall for workshop productions of their newest plays — works that represent fresh voices, big ideas, and envelope-pushing modes of storytelling. Being in the rehearsal room as directors and actors transform a script to action and words, and experiencing audience reactions for the first time helps our playwrights hone their ideas into new, sharper plays. Play Lab projects have continued on to further development in regional and New York theaters. Take part in this grand experiment!
An immersive experience based on the classic play by August Strindberg
Directed by Mary Corinne Miller
Feb. 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Site-specific location to be created by the creative team
What better way to face the absurdity of our own reality than to plunge ourselves into a waking dream? In this site-specific, immersive version of Strindberg’s classic Dream Play, audience members mingle with actors as they weave together a performance encompassing music, dance, and text. Together, they tell the story of Agnes, mischievous daughter of the God Indra, as she journeys to Earth in her quest to understand the human experience in all its messy, wild, joyful glory.
Infants of The Spring
Adapted by Ifa Bayeza from the 1932 novel by Wallace Thurman
Directed by Ifa Bayeza
March 21, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.
March 24 at 2 p.m.
School Matinee: March 30 at 10 a.m.
The Rand Theater
Imagine living in a boarding house during the Harlem Renaissance, elbow to elbow with a vibrant collective of African-American thinkers, writers, artists, musicians, and poets. All of that creative energy births brilliant work about race, gender, sex, class, and gentrification — but can it truly effect social change? And how do these artists balance the calling of their creative muses, their need to support themselves, and their belief in social justice? Ifa Bayeza’s vibrant adaptation of Thurman’s satirical roman a clef challenges us to consider the power of art to effect social change today.
The Lily’s Revenge
By Taylor Mac
Directed by Jennifer Onopa
April 18, 20, 26, 27 at 6:30 p.m.
April 21, 28, & 29 at 1 p.m.
The Curtain Theater
Hold onto your wigs, grab your glitter and get ready to dance! Award-winning playwright and performer Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge is a stunning, five-part, epic journey. It turns traditional story-telling on its sparkly ear and invites us to step into a fantastical world as we follow a torch-singing lily flower determined to wed a human bride against the wishes of the God of Nostalgia. As The Lily embarks on a quest of self-discovery, audiences become part of the spectacle encompassing film, live music, and dance that celebrates radical acts of compassion and love.
Take a Bigger Role
Don’t just be part of our audience! Interested in auditioning, attending workshops, or bringing a group to a student matinee? Please visit our website to learn about all the ways you can get more involved with UMass Theater.
The Rand Theater has a wheelchair-accessible seating area with companion seating.
UMass offers the use of a stairclimber device (pending availability) for patrons who need assistance to reach a performance in the Curtain Theater, Studio 204, or a non-traditional performance space. Please contact disability services to reserve the stair climber for the performance you plan to attend. For a best guarantee of availability, please make your reservation a week in advance of the performance you plan to attend.
The Department of Theater is pleased to offer assistive listening devices for all performances. Patrons who need a device can request one at our box office or from house staff on the night of the show.
We offer American Sign Language interpretation during one performance of each production’s run — please check here or on our Facebook page for an announcement about performance dates that include ASL interpretation.
There is handicapped accessible parking outside the main Fine Arts Center entrance for our patrons.