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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
A comedy
September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, October 2 & 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. 
Spotlight Theater | Bliss Hall

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 
A musical
November 18, 19 and December 2, 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, November 20 and December 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. 
Ford Theater | Bliss Hall
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart

Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero. Of course, it can't be that simple, as everything begins to go wrong.


No More Peace
By Ernst Toller
A play with music
February 24, 25 and March 3, 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, February 26 and March 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 
Spotlight Theater | Bliss Hall

Ernst Toller’s No More Peace! is a sharp, witty, biting satire with music.  Peace has broken out on Earth; in Heaven, Napoleon bets Saint Francis of Assisi that he can prove humanity loves nothing so much as it loves the romance and danger of war. One fake telegram later, chaos ensues! Toller’s comedy explores heady questions about the nature of truth, the impulse to follow the loudest voice, and the dangerous ways in which enemies get defined. No More Peace! remains as funny, startling, and ultimately relevant as it was when it was written in 1935.


The YSU Dance Ensemble in Concert
April 6, 7 and 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Ford Theater | Bliss Hall

The 26th annual dance concert, featuring the YSU Dance Ensemble, directed by Christine Cobb, will offer up an enthusiastic performance presenting a dance repertoire of a variety of dance genres including ballet, tap, contemporary jazz and modern, among others. This high-energy performance is the culmination of the year-long efforts of students who are both Dance majors and non-Dance majors. All seats for this production will be General Admission.

From Mozart to Menotti
Featuring two one-act operas

April 21 and 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Ford Theater | Bliss Hall

The Impresario by W. A. Mozart
An opera producer finds himself refereeing a battle between two rival prima donnas for roles in his upcoming season. Mozart's one-act musical-play shows us how he successfully arbitrates between the two sopranos and their egotistical attitudes that have exploded into extreme examples of "diva-tude!"

The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti
A phony "medium" scams money from grieving parents with her sham "séances" through fake voices and "apparitions." She becomes the victim of her own illusions when they begin to haunt her guilt-ridden conscience with fatal consequences. This one-act dramatic opera was Menotti's first success when it became a surprise hit on Broadway.




2015 - 2016
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Music and Lyrics by Wiliam Finn
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Tartuffe: by Moliére
Cosi fan tutte: by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
25th Anniversary YSU Dance Ensemble


2014 - 2015
The Spitfire Grill: A Musical: Music and Book by James Valcq, Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley
A Steampunk Christmas Carol: Adapted by Scott R. Irelan
Out of This Furnace: by Andy Wolk
Die Fledermaus: by Johann Strauss, Jr.
YSU Dance Ensemble 


2013 - 2014
 by Mark Milo Kessler
Celebrating 50 Years of University Theater: A Musical Celebration  
Holiday Cabaret
Twelfth Night in 2014: A Newly Devised Production Based on Works by William Shakespeare   
Crazy Like Love: An Evening of One Act Plays
Gendermat: by Mark Dunn
The New Mrs. Jones: by James Armstrong
YSU Dance Ensemble


2012 - 2013
Dark Matters: By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Cherry Orchard: By Anton Checkhov
Rent (Musical): Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson 
Dog Sees God: By Bert V. Royal
Broke-ology: by Nathan Louis Jackson
Gemini: by Albert Innautato
Hansel and Gretel: by Englebert Humperdinck
YSU Dance Ensemble


2011 - 2012
Reasons to be Pretty: by Neil LaBute
A Streetcar Named Desire: by Tennessee Williams
The 1940s Radio Hour:  by Walton Jones
Riff Raff: by Lawrence Fishburne
Medea: by Euripedes
Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille: by Bruce Graham
La Serva Padrona by Pergolesi; and Dido and Aneus by Purcell and Tate- two one-act operas
YSU Dance Ensemble


2010 - 2011
Love Song: by John Kolvenbach
Leading Ladies: by Ken Ludwig
Once on This Island: Music by Steven Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Love and Understanding: by Joe Penhall
The Crucible:  by Arthur Miller
Blossoms and Bliss (an Original Musical Revue)
La Perichole, an Opera Bouffe by Jacques Offenbach
YSU Dance Ensemble


2009 - 2010
How I Learned to Drive: by Paula Vogel
Around the World in Eighty Days: by Mark Brown
The Baker's Wife: Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by Joseph Stein
The Shape of Things: by Neil LaBute
As You Like it: by William Shakespeare
The Cripple of Inishmaan: by Martin McDonagh
The Mikado, an Operetta: by Gilbert and Sullivan
YSU Dance Ensemble


2008 - 2009 
Dearly Departed: by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
How His Bride Came to Abraham: by Karen Sunde
Little Women: The Musical Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Book by Allen Knee
Almost Maine: by John Cariani
The Servant of Two Masters: by Carlo Goldoni
Miss Julie: by August Strindberg
The Tender Land, an Opera: by Aaron Copeland
YSU Dance Ensemble


2007 - 2008
The Mircle Worker: by William Gibson
Murder in the Cathedral: by T. S. Elliot
Urinetown: The Musical Music an Lyrics by Mark Hollmann, Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
An Evening of Two One-Acts
The Nature and Purpose of the Universe: by Christopher Durang
Roulette: by Douglas Hill
The Rivals: by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Lobby Hero: by Kenneth Lonergan
Amelia Goes to the Ball, an Opera: by Gian Carlo Menotti
YSU Dance Ensemble


2006 - 2007
Love of a Pig: by Leslie Caveny
Flatspin: by Alan Ayckbourn
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert and Frank Loesser
Proof: by David Auburn
Hamlet: by William Shakespeare
Theophilus North: by Matthew Burnett, based upon the last novel of Thornton Wilder
Secrets Evert Smart Traveler Should Know, a musical review by various artists
YSU Dance Ensemble


2005 - 2006
The Effect of Gamma Rays
On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds: by Paul Zindel
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress: by Alan Ball
The Miser: by Moliere
Polish Joke: by David Ives
Suessical: The Musical: by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
J. B. : by Archibald Macleish
The Golden Apple: by Jerome Moross and John Latouche
YSU Dance Ensemble


2004 - 2005
D Romance in D: by james Sherman
Side Man: by Warren Leight
The Comedy of Errors: by William Shakespeare
All Over: by Edward Albee
Anything Goes: by Cole Porter, Timothy Crouse, John Wiedman, et. al.
Spinning Into Butter: by Rebecca Gilman
The Priates of Penzance: by Gilbert and Sullivan
YSU Dance Ensemble


2003 - 2004
The Prisoner of Second Avenue: by Neil Simon
Noises Off: by Michael Frayn
Good Thing: by Jessica Goldberg
Company: by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
Zastrozzi: by George Walker
Hansel and Gretel: by Englebert Humperdinck
The Underpants: by Steve Martin
YSU Dance Ensemble


2002 - 2003
Overtime: by A.R. Gurney
Doctor Faustus: by Christopher Marlowe
Praying for Rain: by Robert Lewis Vaugn
Side Show: by Bill Russell and Henry Krieger
Stop Kiss: by Diana Sun
Madama Butterfly: by Giacomo Puccini
Moon Over the Brewery: by Bruce Graham
YSU Dance Ensemble


2001 - 2002
Communicating Doors: by Alan Ayckbourn
A Fitting Confusion: by Georges Feydeau
Betty's Summer Vacation: by Christopher Durang
Sweet Charity: by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Painting Churches: Tina Howe
The Old Maid and The Thief: by Gian Carlo Menotti
Gun Shy: by Richard Dresser
YSU Dance Ensemble


2000 - 2001
Lend me a Tenor: by Ken Ludwig
Oedipus Rex: by Sophocles
Memory of Water: by Shelagh Stephenson
Into the Woods: by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Two Rooms: by Lee Blessing
Xerxes: by George Frideric Handel
YSU Dance Ensemble

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