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Die Fledermaus
OCT 17-19 | 7:30pm & OCT 20 | 2pm

Music by Johann Strauss, directed by Alice Pierce and conducted by Rudy Perrault.

“It's best to blame it all on the champagne.” A practical joke. A secret rendezvous. One man's elaborate plan for revenge leads to a rousing evening of mistaken mishaps and identities, a comedic masquerading operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to an English libretto by Ruth and Thomas Martin.

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove
NOV 7-9 & 12-16 | 7:30pm & NOV 10 | 2pm

Written by Jane Chambers, directed by Tom Isbell

In the summer of 1980, Eva Margolis leaves her husband and winds up in Bluefish Cove, not knowing she’s stumbled into a community of lesbians. What happens next will forever change her life – and the lives of those around her. Important in the history of lesbian theatre as being “the first mainstream quality literary piece of its kind,” Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is a haunting love story that equally balances comedy and drama, provoking laughter one moment and tears the next.

Compleat Female Stage Beauty  
DEC 5-7 & 11-14 | 7:30pm & DEC 8 | 2pm

Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Kate Ufema. This show has a special feature called Page to Stage and it's free! Dylan Rugh(Performing as Emilia, Lelly in the show) and Wesley Erickson will be discussing historical context, the play's themes, and would be willing to answer any questions you may have about the show. Page to Stage starts at 6:50 before all of the performances, excluding opening night.Please come early and enjoy this wonderful opportunity.

“She was the first of her kind. He was the last of his.” It’s 1661 the moment in time when women assumed their rightful place on the Shakespearean stages of England. King Charles II decreed that male players were no longer permitted to perform women’s roles, and the torch was passed. Jeffrey Hatcher’s historically based script places us in the minds and hearts of the people, and illuminates a brutal, rocky road of change.

Dance Concert:Off the Record  
FEB 20-22 | 7:30pm & FEB 23 | 2pm

Each piece brings its own twist to the choreographer/musician collaboration. Some pieces feature music specially composed for the dance, others draw on existing songs in the musicians' repertoires. The musical styles range from Celtic, to Afro-Cuban, to indie pop, to experimental and the dance styles encompass ballet, modern, jazz, body percussion, and tap. Choreographers include faculty members Ann Aiko Bergeron, Rebecca Katz Harwood, Kelly Grussendorf, and Lila Coates White; students Grace Holden and Alana Tingelhoff; alumni guest choreographer Amber Burns; and nationally recognized tap dancer/choreographer Max Pollak who will also be performing as a guest soloist. In addition to several current UMD students, musicians include Jim Oftshun, Sue Spencer, Ed Willett, the band Red Mountain, Adam Sippola, and singer/songwriter Marty Winkler.

Buried Child  
MAR 13-15 & 25-29 | 7:30pm | MAR 30 | 2pm

Written by Sam Shepard, directed by Jenna Soleo-Shanks

“You can't force a thing to grow.” Achieving national fame with this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sam Shepard offers a macabre view of a Midwestern American family in a drama that revolves around a dark and terrible secret. The work conveys a mystical and cannibalistic pull that binds the family even as its most essential ties unravel. Could digging up the past deliver them from their sins or will it drive them even further over the edge?

Damn Yankees  
APR 24-26 & APR 30-MAY 3 | 7:30pm & APR 27 | 2pm

Written By George Abbott & Douglass Wallop Music By Richard Adler & Jerry Ross Directed & Choreographed By Ann Aiko Bergeron, Conducted by Rudy Perrault

“Play ball!” UMD Theatre presents the classic baseball-themed musical comedy Damn Yankees. A passionate Washington Senators fan sells his soul to the Devil - and the Devil's seductive assistant - in order to be transformed into a star outfielder who can lead his beloved team to a victory against those damn Yankees. Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost The Pennant and featuring music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, Damn Yankees features such hit songs as "Heart," "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" and "Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo."


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