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2021-2022 Season

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19th Annual Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration

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  • José Rivera Tribute

    September 3, 2021

    Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

    Directed by Jerry Ruiz


    Playwrighting Workshop with Virginia Grise

    September 4, 2021


    Power to the Queendom

    By ShaWanna Renee Rivon

    September 4, 2021

    Performing Arts Center Recital Hall


    Bed of Stone

    By Joe Campa

    September 5, 2021

    Performing Arts Center Recital Hall

     

     

  • Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

    By Tanya Saracho

    Directed by Anna Skidis Vargas

    Set amid the explosive drug wars in present-day Northern Mexico, El Nogalar is the story of the Galvan family's struggle to hold on to their homestead—and their precarious social status—before it slips away. The play shadows the family's housekeeper, Dunia, as she watches the family matriarch Maite and her daughters squander their money and risk losing everything to a local drug cartel. Despite warnings from friends and family, Maite ignores her dwindling fortune as stubbornly as she ignores the sinister capos simmering at her doorstep. 

  • Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
    Created and Conceived by Texas State Opera Theatre and Opening Door Dance Theatre 
    Directed by Marc Reynolds and LeAnne Smith

    Opening Door Dance Theater and Texas State Opera Theater collaboratively present ReWritten, an exploration through artistic expression of this year's Common Experience theme; Compassion.

    Follow the story of 4 couples from literary history, hear beloved musical theater works, and experience groundbreaking modern opera as ReWritten negotiates the wonder and spark of new love, the tragedy and hurt of heartbreak, and the ways relationships can open us to new depths of humanity.

    Join Texas State students, faculty, and guest artists for these exciting new performances of ReWritten October 21-24! 

  • Theatre Center’s Mainstage

    By Kang-Baek Lee

    Translated by Kee-Yoon Nahm

    Directed by Yong Suk Yoo

    In a battered inn in the middle of a barren field, the guests repeat a gruesome cycle of class warfare every night. Everyone ends up dead before the sun rises. Sick of the murder and madness, the kind-hearted Third Sister decides to leave the cursed place once and for all. But her malicious sisters offer a deal too good to pass up: prevent one death tonight and the inn is yours. Can the Third Sister save at least a single person? Or are the haves and have nots doomed to fight forever? This dark comedy from one of South Korea’s most venerated playwrights is a stunning allegory about how modern society has become all too divided along economic and generational lines.

  • PSH Foundation Studio Theatre


    Teen Dad by Adrienne Dawes

    Directed by Stacy Hawking

    November 10 at 7:30pm

    November 12 at 7:30pm

    November 13 at 2pm

    November 14 at 7:30pm

    Abby, a precocious emo-goth teenager, orchestrates a surprise reunion for her mother Tanya and birth father Tom, with the help of her mom's fiancé/healer John. Hoping to provoke long-lasting reconciliation between her parents before her high school graduation, Abby's plans completely derail when Tom arrives with his new girlfriend Alisha. Can this family confront their past traumas,"deal and heal?” Teen Dad subverts popular regional theatre "kitchen-sink beach house dramedy" to share a heartfelt, comedic exploration of generational trauma and recovery in a mixed-race Black and Latinx family.


    Pa Fuera, Pa Fuera, Pa Fuera by Marvin González De León

    Directed by Jess Hawthorne Fiene

    November 9 at 7:30pm

    November 11 at 7:30pm

    November 13 at 7:30pm

    November 14 at 2pm

    Ana has the perfect apartment. There’s only one problem: Her long-time boyfriend, Brean, who refuses to leave after she breaks up with him. The more Ana tries to get him to leave, the more he doubles down on staying. Pa’ Fuera Pa’ Fuera Pa’ Fuera is a modern horror comedy that asks to what lengths a woman would go to achieve their freedom from the ultimate monster: a gaslighting ex-boyfriend who just won’t go away.

  • Evans Auditorium
    Artistic Director Ana Baer

    Texas State University’s Division of Dance presents their annual B.F.A in Performance and Choreography showcase. The production is an exposé of works choreographed and developed by auditioned seniors in the dance division receiving a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography. 

  • Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

    Book & Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado

    Music by Galt MacDermot

    Directed by Neil Patrick Stewart

    Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius" living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War.

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Father Comes Home From the Wars Part 1 & 2 (February 3-6)

  • PSH Foundation Studio Theatre

    By Susan-Lori Parks

    Directed by 1st Year MFA Students

    Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise. As his decision brings him face-to-face with a nation at war with itself, the loved ones Hero left behind debate whether to escape or wait for his return…only to discover that for Hero, free will may have come at a great spiritual cost. Father Comes Home From the Wars is an explosively powerful drama about the mess of war and the cost of freedom, with all three parts seen in one night. Part 1 introduces us to Hero. In Part 2, a band of rebel soldiers test Hero’s loyalty as the cannons approach

  • Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

    By William Shakespeare

    Directed by Martin Jason Asprey

    Macbeth is the story of a loyal, life long, battle weary soldier, who is shown a future to becoming king and so is tempted to be so. His childless wife then tips his temptation into a reality through murder and deceit and the dark forces begin to close in on them both.

Merge Dance Company

Merge Dance Company (February 24-26)

  • Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

    Merge Dance Company is a faculty directed student dance company. We are committed to presenting interdisciplinary performances with an aesthetic that weaves social, political and communal dialogues with innovative approaches to artmaking for the University, and the community at large. The company consists of dedicated and gifted students who are seeking a career in the performance and choreography arena.

    Since its inception in 2009, Merge has been providing pre-professional performance opportunities to our students, exposing them to current movement and choreographic influences from around the world, with most recent residencies in Port of Spain, Trinidad, and London, England. Merge produces a yearly concert at the Harrison Theatre, and showcases work by local, regional and internationally renowned guest artists and faculty.

CIM TEYA presents STREAM in Motion 7.0

CIM TEYA presents STREAM in Motion 7.0 (February 28-March 1)

  • Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre
    Artistic Director Kaysie Seitz Brown

    An interactive dance performance for young audiences which simultaneously builds dance literacy while demonstrating basic curricular and social & emotional themes. Choreographed works include repertoire: #shakeitoff, Flocking, Anyone Can Dance, and Symmetry/Asymmetry.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (March 3-6)

  • PSH Foundation Studio Theatre

    Based on the novel by Mark Haddon adapted by Simon Stephens

    Directed by Stacy Hawking

    Fifteen-year-old math whiz Christopher Boone lives with his divorced dad in Swinton, a working-class town west of London. After being falsely accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, Christopher—who is brilliant but has difficulty dealing with the sounds and stresses of everyday life—decides to investigate the crime. The secrets he unearths prompt him to leave his trusted teacher and the familiar streets of his hometown for a life-changing train trip to London. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling and heartwarming adventure story featuring an unforgettable young hero

Student Dance Concert

Student Dance Concert (March 31-April 2)

  • Theatre Center’s Mainstage

    By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

    Directed by Jess Hawthorne Fiene

    GLORIA is a dramatic comedy written by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins focusing on the lives of working Americans and dynamics in the workplace. The play made its debut Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2015, after being developed by the same theatre.

  • Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre

    Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

    Music by Stephen Flaherty

    Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

    Directed by Ryan Scarlata

    Picture, if you will, a busy street. Perhaps a jungle made of concrete? 

    And thousands of people with their noses to the grind. 

    And a young kid named JoJo who feels left behind. 

    Throughout this reimagining of Seussical, JoJo battles shame while trying to conceal their uniqueness in the busy, conformist, and oppressive world around them. With encouragement from The Cat in the Hat, JoJo learns to accept and love themself, and shows the adults that when they truly open their minds, they can together create a world where anything’s possible.

Choreographers’ Showcase

Choreographers’ Showcase (April 21-23)