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Performances

2022-2023 Season

Theater at UMass: Once an extra-curricular, then a part of other majors and departments, we officially became the Department of Theater in 1973. We mark the 50th anniversary of our founding with an adventurous season that joyfully explores the wide range of what we do with boldness, imagination, and resourcefulness. Our season has heightened language, epic myths, queer narratives, Afro-Cuban performance, a big-name musical – and dancing flamingos. We offer adaptations drawing inspiration from the past to shape stories for a future that embraces the breadth of global theater. We honor UMass’s tradition of Black artistry. We present productions that showcase the audacity and skill of our designers.

COME CELEBRATE OUR 50TH WITH US!

Event pricing:
Black Playwrights; Orlando; Aurash; and Many Cloths, One Pattern: $15 general admission, $5 students and seniors
Into the Woods: $20 general admission, $10 students and seniors
Flamingo Murmuration and Fringe Fest ’23 events (TBA) are free. 
Tickets for all events EXCEPT Flamingo Murmuration and Fringe Fest '23 are sold through the Fine Arts Center Box Office (call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the website). 
Season and group discounts available through the Fine Arts Center Box Office.

UMass Theater follows UMass Amherst weather cancellation and COVID policies; please visit our website for details.

For details about our events, visit the individual pages:

FLAMINGO MURMURATION
An outdoor performance piece created by designer Anya Klepikov
Directed & choreographed by Rudy Ramirez
Production coordinator Fleur Kuhta
September 17 at 2:00-4pm, with rain dates Sept. 24 or Oct. 1
ILC/Blue Wall lawn (pond side of the Campus Center)
Free, no reservations necessary

BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS: 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EVENT  
Directed by Behnam Alibakhshi, Curated by Dr. Priscilla Maria Page  
October 27 & 28 at 7:30 p.m. 
In the Curtain Theater

ORLANDO 
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Iris Sowlat
November 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
November 19 at 2 p.m.
School matinee Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.
In the Rand Theater

AURASH 
An Iranian epic adapted by Bahram Beyza’ie
Translated/adapted by Soheil Parsa and Brian Quirt
Directed by Behnam Alibakhshi.
February 24, 25 and March 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.
February 25 at 2:00 p.m.
In the Curtain Theater

MANY PATTERNS, ONE CLOTH
A multi-disciplinary performance project led by Dr. Priscilla Maria Page and Professor Judyie Al-Bilali
March 30, 31, and April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
April 1 at 2 p.m.
In the Curtain Theater 

INTO THE WOODS 
by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine
Directed by Rudy Ramirez 
April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m.
May 6 at 2 p.m.
School matinee Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.
In the Rand Theater

FRINGE FEST ‘23
May 17-21
Locations around the UMass Campus TBA
Free, details TBA