Statement regarding Mr. Burns:
Even if we return to campus in early April, it is impossible for our artists to feasibly mount a fully produced show. We have therefore canceled the scheduled main stage public run of “Mr. Burns” for this April. We will relaunch the same production in the fall, with the same artistic team and same company to the extent possible. A fully produced “Mr Burns” will be the opening show of our 2020-21 season. We will contact ticketholders about ticket refund and transfer options at a future date.
In 2014, Professors Gina Kaufmann and Harley Erdman reimagined The Trickster of Seville, a classic Spanish play that launched the legend of Don Juan (and served as the basis for Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni), as a musical. More than five years later, Donny Johns has been retitled Legacy Boy.
When she came to UMass Amherst, Sound Design Lecturer Amy Altadonna planned to teach her students about her medium by tackling sound design for theater — she is a faculty member of the Department of Theater, after all.
Things didn’t quite turn out that way. Altadonna’s Sound Design II course attracts students from a diverse set of majors, not to mention a wide range of experience.
Ecstatic dance and music fuel political uprising in Soyinka’s adaptation of Euripides’ classic play about a god and the despot who attempts to control him.
Free audition workshop
Ecstatic celebrants in Ancient Greece. Fleeting moments of community at a Japanese water station. A racist incident on a college campus a lot like UMass Amherst. A future society careening towards a new kind of operatic form based on The Simpsons.
The plays selected for the 2019-2020 UMass Theater season span the globe but hit close to home as they each illuminate some facet of how we connect, conflict, and celebrate with the people around us.
When a racist incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the controversy mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams.
Dr. Priscilla María Page ‘00G uses the Feinberg Innovation Space to close a gap in theater scholarship
Dr. Priscilla María Page ‘00G made creative use of technology to help her students gain access to artists through a Feinberg Innovation Grant that allowed her class to use teleconferencing facilities.
Sometimes UMass Theater students drift away from their roots once they’ve graduated. Take Alissa Mesibov, for example: “You look at where I started, studying dramaturgy, being a Shakespeare nerd, and here I am now fundraising for civil rights. It’s a bit of a left turn.” But the transition from Shakespeare to social justice did not come out of nowhere — in fact, there's more of a connection than it might seem at first.
Auditions for Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden