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The Department of Theater season is a laboratory for our students. What students learn in the classroom comes to life on our stages, as they work with other students, faculty, staff and special guests. We take that knowledge beyond our doors and into the community with special outreach events including our popular student matinees for local schools. And we welcome the community not only as our audience but as creative participants — our auditions are open to all comers.

Mainstage productions and events for the 2014-2015 season

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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

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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, A” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jared Culverhouse

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

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UMass New Play Lab

playwrights TBA
Directed by Jared Culverhouse

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.

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Dead Man’s Cell Phone

by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Glenn Proud

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

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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.

Download a subscription form (PDF) here.

Cabaret 204

In addition to our mainstage productions, UMass Theater proudly invites community members to investigate Cabaret 204, a new (free!) series of student-produced work.

Learn more about Cabaret 204


We will be scheduling matinees for the coming season over the summer. Please check our outreach page over the summer to learn about the shows in questions. We offer question and answer sessions, study guides, backstage tours, and workshops. Some resources are available in conjunction with events, while others may be accessed at any time.

Learn more about outreach


Auditions for mainstage productions are open to all comers. Information is updated as it becomes available.

Learn more about auditions

LOT 62 Parking note

Construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2015 on the Integrated Design Building in what is currently Red Lot 62, across North Pleasant Street from the Fine Arts Center. The building will house the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and Architecture + Design, plus the Building Construction Technology programs. Parking Services will create a new space for you to park, on the east side of French Hall near Infirmary Way.  (Please check Parking Services for the exact location of the new section of Lot 62.)  Due to the scope of this project, it is expected that most of Red Lot 62 will be closed during construction.  All other parking lots on campus remain open.
Some of the handicapped spaces will continue to be available in the “old” Lot 62.  Additional handicapped spaces are in the plaza area on the south east side of the Fine Arts Center, accessed via the Haigis Mall.



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