Upcoming Events this Season
The Seven Ages of Shakespeare: A Shakespeare Review
Join us for an evening of Shakespearean monologues, soliloquies, sonnets, songs and scenes.
As Shakespeare famously observed, "all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." He went on to say that these actors play many parts, and that their acts are the “seven ages."
Mixing Shakespearean monologues, soliloquies, sonnets, songs and scenes, this festive outdoor presentation will trace Shakespeare’s seven ages, from infancy to the "second infancy" of extreme age. This staging will aim to capture the unique size, scope and power of Shakespeare's language while also honoring his works' vision of human nature. Indeed: "What a piece of work is man."
The works of William Shakespeare that are presented in this performance were compiled and edited by the Department of Theatre & Dance.
Bread and Puppet Theater Performances
Please join us for a performance presented by the Bread and Puppet Theater.
The Bread and Puppet Theater will be in residency with Dickinson's Department of Theatre & Dance Oct. 20-24. The residency will end with two performances at the Dickinson College Farm (Oct. 23 and Oct. 24).
Founded by Peter and Elka Schumann in New York’s Lower East Side in 1963, Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest nonprofit, political theatres in the United States. During its five-day residency at Dickinson, the troupe will work with students to present the company’s circus-style performance on two afternoons at the Dickinson College Farm. The College’s Arts Award will be presented to the company after the Oct. 23 performance.
A command performance highlighting the theatrical skills of the class of 2025.
Last year, for the first time in more than four decades, there were no Freshman Plays at Dickinson. But this year, the class of 2025 is back! Dickinson sophomore theatre students will present a command performance of one-act plays that highlight their skills.
Moving Histories, Dancing Futures: A Festival of Dance
Join us for an afternoon of dance through history.
Join Dance Theatre Group members as they celebrate a return to live performance in Moving Histories, Dancing Futures: A Festival of Dance. As part of the celebration, Dance Theatre Group has invited stellar professionals from the area to perform as part of the concert. Featured guests include Brian Frazier (hip-hop), Ruby Cameron (Irish step dance), Ananya Kurup, and Shivani Venkatesh. Also joining the production is Ohio University Professor Emeritus Bebe Miller. As part of her Ewing Funded residency, Miller will expand our knowledge of dance and its many functions as a site of transformation and celebration. Dance Theatre Group is under the direction of Sarah Skaggs and Erin Crawley-Woods.
Enjoy an evening of short plays presented by our first-year theatre students.
September brings us a new group of Dickinson students, and December brings us the exciting and unpredictable Freshman Plays! These one-act plays feature members of the first-year class, both onstage and backstage, under the direction of Dickinson’s Advanced Directing class. This Dickinson tradition is sure to provide an evening of theatrical adventure. Performances will take place in our Cubiculo black box theatre. The Cubiculo is located on High Street between Hanover and Pitt streets, above the Carlisle Theatre. The entrance is immediately to the right of the Carlisle Theatre's main entrance.
Senior Project: Proof by David Auburn
When her father—a prominent mathematician—dies, Catherine is faced with significant challenges, including what to do with her own mathematical ambitions. David Auburn’s play combines humor, night and intellect to present a story of work, family, and what a real legacy is. Join our senior majors who are showcased in this contemporary play that was a success both on Broadway and across America.
February 25, 2022: 7:30 PM, The Cubiculo
February 26, 2022: 7:30 PM, The Cubiculo
February 27, 2022: 2:00 PM, The Cubiculo
Little Shop of Horrors
Based on the movie directed by legendary B-film director Roger Corman, the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” brilliantly theatricalizes the horror of the original through satirical songs and outlandish situations. A kind of Faust legend for the common man, this musical comedy presents the predicament of Seymour, a simple flower shop worker, who must decide between his plant’s want for blood and his own passion for the seemingly unattainable Audrey. Set in Skid Row, “Little Shop” is filled with outlandish characters, including a Motown style Greek chorus, a musical score that blends classic rock and classic Broadway and a story that is poignant, darkly comic and uproarious. First produced in 1982, “Little Shop” is currently enjoying a revival run on Broadway. The NYT described the show as “leaving the audience…feeling just like Audrey II between victims- ravenous for more.” The NY Post commented “This horticultural horror will have you screaming with laughter.”
April 7, 2022: 7:00 PM, Mathers Theatre
April 8, 2022: 7:00 PM, Mathers Theatre
April 9, 2022: 7:00 PM, Mathers Theatre
April 10, 2022: 2:00 PM, MAthers Theatre
FRESHWORKS: an evening of student choreography
Student choreographers in collaboration with Dickinson's student dance company, the Dance Theatre Group (DTG), present an evening of new choreographic research both on and off the Mathers stage. This year's show promises to be personal, political, and poetic. Dance Theatre Group is under the direction of Sarah Skaggs, dance program director, and Erin Crawley Woods, assistant professor of dance.
April 29, 2022: 7:30 PM, Mathers Theatre
April 30, 2022: 7:30 PM, Mathers Theatre
May 1, 2022: 2:00 PM, Mathers Theatre
To view all upcoming events related to The Arts at Dickinson, please check out our Calendar of the Arts
From Sondheim to Shakespeare, the Dickinson theatre experience is rich and varied.
Experience our production history through the photographs of our plays & performances:
2014 to Present
2020 Spring: (Canceled season-Covid 19)
2019 Fall: We Are Pussy Riot (or) everything is P.R.
2019 Spring: Oh What A Lovely War
2018 Fall: Mr. Burns
2018 Spring: Buried Child
2017 Fall: The Grapes of Wrath
2017 Spring: Next to Normal
2016 Fall: Three Sisters
2016 Spring: Big Love
2015 Fall: Pocatello
2015 Spring: Our Country's Good
2014 Fall: Fiddler on the Roof
2014 Spring: The Burial at Thebes
2010 to 2013
2013 Fall: A Flea in Her Ear
2013 Spring: The Conference of the Birds
2012 Fall: The Spitfire Grill
2012 Spring: The Arsonists
2011 Fall: Much Ado About Nothing
2011 Spring: The Caucasian Chalk Circle
2010 Fall: Lucky Stiff
2010 Spring: Noises Off
2004 to 2009
Special Event: The Mermaid Players Reunion Plays (June 12 & 13, 2009)
2009 Spring: Machinal
2009 Fall: Finding Don Quixote
2008 Fall: A Little Night Music
2008 Spring: Tempest
2007 Fall: The Ballad of The Sad Cafe`
2007 Spring: The Visit
2006 Fall: Urinetown
2006 Spring: An Enemy of The People
2005 Fall: Spinning into Butter
2005 Spring: Ondine
"2004 Fall: Merrily We Roll Along"
"2004 Spring: Right You Are! (If You Think You Are)"
Additional Past Productions
2003 Fall: The Love of the Nightingale
2003 Spring: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
2002 Fall: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2002 Spring: Julius Caesar
2000-2001: Hamlet, Hotel in Colorado, Cabaret, The Heidi Chronicles, and Oleanna (Oleanna Students Reaction)
1980 to 1999
1998-99 Misalliance, Sunday in the Park with George, Dance Alloy (Full Program)
1998 (June 12 & 13) Special Event: The Mermaid Players Reunion Plays (Full Program)
1997-98 Dancing at Lughnasa, Twelth Night, Fool for Love (Images) (Student Impressions)
1996-97 Arcadia, Balm in Gilead, The Durang Plays
1995-96 A Flea in her (R)ear, Coastal Disturbances, The Winter's Tale
1994-95 Three Sisters, Into The Woods, Our Town
1993-94 Romance Language, King Lear, After Magritte and The Real Inspector Hound
1992-93 The Crucible, Anything Goes, The Rimers of Eldrich
1991-92 Lysystrata, Cloud 9, Orchards
1990-91 Les Liasons Dangereuses, A Little Night Music, Six Characters In Search Of An Author
1989-90 Kind Lady, House of the Blue Leaves, As You Like It
1988-89 Noises Off, Life is a Dream, Guys and Dolls
1987-88 The Royal Family, The Diviners, Ah, Wilderness!
1986-87 Loose Ends, Threepenny Opera, The French Have a Word For It
1985-86 Edmond, The Visit, The Misanthrope
1984-85 The Winter's Tale, Once Upon A Mattress, On The Razzle
1983-84 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Chamber Music & The Day the Whores Came Out to Play Tennis, The Way of the World
1982-83 The Importance of Being Earnest, Street Scene, The Gondoliers
1981-82 Seven Keys to Baldpate, Love's Labour's Lost, A Country Scandal
1980-81 Museum, Major Barbara, Kiss Me, Kate
1979-80 Marat/Sade, Much Ado About Nothing, Once in a Lifetime
1950 to 1979
1978-79 Inherit the Wind, Camino Real, The Comedy of Errors
1977-78 The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beggar's Opera
1976-77 The Haunted House, The Duchess of Malfi, The Hot L Baltimore
1975-76 Fuente Ovejuna, Ondine, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, High Cockalorum
1974-75 Under Milkwood, The Clandestine Marriage, Rashomon, Two Gentlemen of Verona
1973-74 Legend of Lovers, All's Well That Ends Well, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, You Can't Take it With You
1972-73 The Front Page, Spoon River Anthology, Moonchildren, Ten Nights in a Bar-Room
1971-72 The Imaginary Invalid, Adaptation & The Bald Soprano, The Rimers of Eldritch, Rule a Wife and Have a Wife
1970-71 Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, The Time of Your Life
1969-70 Richard III, Lysistrata, R.U.R., The Man Who Came To Dinner
1968-69 The Goodwoman of Setuzuan, The Revenger's Tragedy, A Flea in Her Ear
1967-68 A Man For All Seasons, The Rivals, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum
1966-67 The Chinese Wall, As You Like It, Light Up the Sky
1965-66 The Wild Duck, Sweeny Todd, The Madwoman of Chaillot
1964-65 Our Town, The Devil's Disciple, Endgame & Tom Thumb
1963-64 The Courageous One, Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor
1962-63 See How They Run, The Crucible, A Thurber Carnival
1961-62 Tartuffe, Othello, My Three Angels
1960-61 Arsenic and Old Lace, Crime and Punishment, The Lady's Not For Burning
1959-60 The Miser, Blithe Spirit, Major Barbara
1958-59 The Fan, Twelth Night, Uncle Vanya
1957-58 The Playboy of the Western World, Summer and Smoke, Kind Lady
1956-57 Two Blind Mice, Much Ado About Nothing, The Heiress
1955-56 The Mikado, The Male Animal, The Beaux Stratagem
1954-55 Lo and Behold, Our Town, Two On An Island, Volpone
1953-54 The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone, The Cardiff Giant, The Taming of the Shrew
1952-53 Beggar on Horseback, Anne of the Thousand Days, The Dover Road