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Performances and special events planned as part of our 2014-2015 mainstage season


Join us for a preview performance before our official opening—be the first to see the show and pay only half price!
$8 preview general admission
$4 preview for students and seniors

The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Shakespeare & Co Artistic Director Tony Simotes


Preview night Thurs 10/23  7:30 pm
Sat 10/25  3 pm*
Wed 10/29  7:30 pm
Thurs 10/30  7:30 pm
Sat 11/1  2 pm and 7:30 pm
School Matinee Tues 10/28  10 am
The Rand Theater

*our opening day performance is a special fundraising event and will have assigned seating

To fund his friend’s efforts to court the resourceful lady Portia, Venetian merchant Antonio borrows money from the much-abused Shylock. When Antonio defaults on his loan, Shylock demands his due: a pound of the merchant’s flesh. Shakespeare’s provocative comedy asks tough questions about mercy, justice, and belonging that resonate today. Tony Simotes, artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, returns to UMass to direct alumnus Stephen Driscoll ’73** as Shylock in this production.

**Actors Equity Association

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Our fundraiser!

Some of our best seats will be set aside on October 25 for a special fundraiser to benefit UMass Theater.

Please see the invitation below, and if you'd like to buy our special tickets for this event, please download the RSVP form to place your order or make a donation!

invitation for Merchant of Venice benefit

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A New Brain

Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by William Finn & James Lapine
Directed by Glenn Proud

new brain

Preview night Thurs 11/13  7:30 pm
Sat 11/15  7:30 pm
Tues 11/18  7:30 pm
Wed 11/19  7:30 pm
Thurs 11/20  7:30 pm
Fri 11/21  7:30 pm
Sat 11/22  2pm & 7:30 pm
The Curtain Theater

Who says death can’t be funny? Certainly not William Finn and James Lapine, whose bittersweet comic musical A New Brain strikes chords of exaltation and despair in turn. When blocked songwriter Gordon Schwinn is diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation, the prospect of high-risk brain surgery propels him into a frenzy of composing—but will this newfound creative zeal see him safely through the ordeal he faces? A New Brain treads the tenuous boundaries of life and death with charm, gusto, and a breath of spring in its step.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jared Culverhouse

cat on a hot tin roof

Preview night Thurs 2/26  7:30 pm
Sat 2/28  7:30 pm
Wed 3/4  7:30 pm
Thurs 3/5  7:30 pm
Fri 3/6  7:30 pm
Sat 3/7  2pm & 7:30 pm
School Matinee Tues 3/3  10 am
The Rand Theater

Sixty years after its premiere, Tennessee Williams’s thundering masterpiece has lost none of its impact. An American classic, Cat serves up an explosive Southern cocktail of sex, death, and revelation in the form of its unforgettable heroine, Maggie, and her struggle for dominance on the “hot tin roof” of her marriage bed. As the embattled Pollitt clan gathers to celebrate its dying patriarch’s birthday, will Maggie emerge victorious?

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UMass New Play Lab

playwrights TBA
Directed by Jared Culverhouse

play lab

Wednesday, 3/25 @7:30 pm Play #1
Friday, 3/27 @ 7:30 pm Play #1
Thursday, 4/2 @ 7:30 pm Play #1
Saturday, 4/4 @ 2pm Play #1
Thursday, 3/26 @ 7:30 pm Play #2
Saturday, 3/28 @ 2pm Play #2
Wednesday, 4/1 @7:30 pm Play #2
Friday, 4/3 @ 7:30 pm Play #2
The Curtain Theater

Performances for the two plays selected will alternate. Please check our website for updates about the plays and their scheduled performances. There will not be a preview night. Because this is a staged reading, all performances will be half price to encourage patrons to attend performances of both plays.

Now in its second year, the UMass New Play Lab exists to develop exceptional new plays in collaboration with visionary playwrights. This nationally-recognized playwriting festival will showcase two innovative, challenging new works in staged readings that follow ten intensive days of rehearsal with the authors in residence. Raw, unpredictable, and fun, the UMass New Play Lab will redefine how you experience theater.

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Dead Man’s Cell Phone

by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Glenn Proud

dead man's cell phone

Preview night Thurs 4/16  7:30 pm
Sat 4/18  7:30 pm
Wed 4/22  7:30 pm
Thurs 4/23  7:30 pm
Fri 4/24  7:30pm
Sat 4/25  2 pm & 7:30pm
The Rand Theater

A ringing cell phone, an empty bowl of lobster bisque, and a dead man one table over—so begins Sarah Ruhl’s wildly imaginative Dead Man’s Cell Phone. When Jean answers the phone of a recently deceased stranger, she unwittingly embarks on a transformational journey of family deception, international intrigue, and romantic discovery. By turns touching and harrowing, Ruhl’s play is a whimsical and whip-smart meditation on the pleasures and pains of love in an increasingly digitized world.

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$16 general admission
$8 students and seniors
Except UMASS NEW PLAY LAB, which will be priced at:
$8 general admission
$4 students and seniors
Seating is general admission unless otherwise noted.


Order the full season of 5 shows, or a mini-subscription of 3 shows, at a discount of 20% per individual subscription, or 25% for a couples subscription.

20 for 20: Buy 20 or more tickets, and get 20% off. Call the box office at 1-800-999-UMAS or 413-545-2511.

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