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UMass Theater offers a gutsy 2018-2019 season that takes artistic risks!

We're excited! Over the past few seasons, our focus has been on exploring new works and crafting original takes on classics, sparking vital conversations among artists and audiences alike as we build our community.

The 2018-2019 season connects us as theater-makers and -experiencers not just in the present day, but with others throughout time. Whether they live in the past, present, or future, the characters in our upcoming plays grapple with the same issues that matter to us today, on this campus and in this valley, in ways that clarify our own perspectives and spark reflection.

We hope you come travel through time with us in the 2018-2019 season!


Our prices are low! We offer tickets at $5 for students/seniors, and $15 general admission. Our subscription is $60. 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. Call 1-800-999-UMAS.

Our tickets are available now online at the Fine Arts Center Box Office.

Paying at the door just got way easier! Leave your cash at home! We now take credit cards, as well as UCards, at the door.

All seating is general admission.

Box Office: Click to purchase online, visit in person, or call 1-800-999-UMAS or 413-545-2511

Enjoy a meal before or after the show — visit Dine Best for Less for meal deals at local eateries.

2018-2019 season

Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
The Rand Theater
An amuse-bouche of theatrical experiences to whet your appetite for the season.

By Dustin Chinn
Directed by Gabriel Harrell
Oct. 25, 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
School Matinee Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.
The Rand Theater
A pointed, futuristic comedy in which a cadre of nearly-extinct white hipsters escape the museum exhibit in which they live, bringing a perilous level of Caucasity to the rest of society. 

By María Irene Fornés
Directed by Vishnupad Barve
Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m. | Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
The Curtain Theater
A thrillingly dangerous dystopian vision, presented in four linked short plays that track the desperate characters who try to eke out a precarious living in the city's violent underground. 


Special presentation:
Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Curtain Theater, UMass
FREE, open to all
Cat lover...
Guitar Hero.


By Luis Vélez de Guevara, translated by Harley Erdman 
Directed by Gina Kaufmann
Feb. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. | Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
School Matinee Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. 
The Rand Theater
Written in 1613, this play confronts gender in a way that feels astonishingly of-the-moment.

Swimming Lessons by Jared Sarnie and Shazeb Meraj
Director: Erin Eggers
Dramaturg: Tatiana Godfrey
March 21, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.
March 23 at 2 p.m.

Come My Beloved by Emma Weinstein
Director: Josh Glenn-Kayden
Dramaturg: Shaila Schmidt
March 22, 23, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
March 30 at 2 p.m.
The Rand Theater
Play development is the heart of American theater, and UMass New Play Lab is our contribution to keeping that heartbeat strong.


Special presentation:
April 4 at 7 p.m.
April 6 at 2 p.m.
New Africa House, UMass
FREE, open to all
Presented by MOSAIC, the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee, this annual festival offers student playwrights of color an opportunity to showcase new works. Students whose plays are chosen will workshop them with UMass Theater's Playwright in Residence Nia Witherspoon, and will present them in a pair of staged readings.


By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Gilbert McCauley
April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. | April 13 at 2 p.m.
School matinee April 10 at 10 a.m. 
The Curtain Theater
Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat deftly and unflinchingly examines the complicated ways race, class, and gender intersect in a struggling factory town.


Special presentation:
By Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden
April 17, 18, 24, 25 — 7:30 p.m. | April 27 — 2 p.m.
at New Africa House
Free, open to all
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.
This workshop is a collaboration with the Office for Equity & Inclusion.

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 Community Engagement page 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.

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.

There is handicapped accessible parking outside the main Fine Arts Center entrance for our patrons.