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DePauw Theatre

DePauw Theatre students use the unique advantages of the liberal arts environment to craft individualized paths to a professional life in the arts. We offer hands-on experiences for students to work their way up to design, produce and direct during our main stage season. DePauw Theatre produces five mainstage productions each year, including musicals, 2-3 student productions, a festival of original plays, an improv/sketch comedy troupe and insomniac theatre.

2015-16

Spamalot

A NEW MUSICAL LOVINGLY RIPPED OFF FROM THE MOTION PICTURE MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle

Directed by Andrew Hayes
Steven Linville '06, Music Director
Deb Grammel, Choreographer

OCT. 1-3 | 7:30 P.M.
OCT. 4 | 3 P.M.

Why do those knights say “Ni”? Can rabbits really kill? Can cows fly? See this and more when King Arthur and his entourage travel far and wide in search of the Holy Grail. SPAMALOT is Monty Python’s loving stage tribute to their classic 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This show is much more than a bland Disney-like adaptation. The razor-wit and dry English humor of one of the word’s most famous comedy troupes is turned on the theatre and the conventions of the modern American musical. Come see a fresh take on your favorite moments from the film and a few comic surprises.


Arcadia 

by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Amy Hayes

NOV. 19-21 | 7:30 P.M.
NOV. 22 | 1 P.M.

Tom Stoppard's absorbing play takes us back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life; "the attraction which Newton left out."

"Stoppard's warmest and most affecting play.... A prodigiously smart piece of theatre that touches on fractal geometry, gossipy speculation about Lord Byron, contemporary academic backbiting and the physics of uncertainty."
-San Francisco Chronicle


Seminar

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by M. Susan Anthony

Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 | 7:30 p.m.

Seminar, a dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, explores the lives and loves of four young aspiring writers, Jeffrey, Kate, Izzy and Martin, each of whom antes up $5,000 to pay for a private writing seminar with Leonard, a brilliant and acerbic celebrity author. As they struggle with Leonard’s unusual teaching methods and often vicious criticism, they must deal with their own insecurities, fluctuating power relationships and sexual betrayals. Described as a “sparkling cocktail of ambition, power, and lust,” Seminar premiered on Broadway in 2011.

Recommended for mature audiences.


Original Plays by DePauw Student Playwrights

directed by steve timm

APRIL 14-16 | 7:30 P.M.
APRIL 17 | 1 P.M.

DePauw Theatre's long tradition of encouraging and developing student written plays goes mainstage with these original student works. During Fall 2015 plays are conceived, written and rewritten and finally selected for production. A collaboration with faculty playwright and director Steve Timm, this evening of exciting new works celebrates the process of creating art from the germinal idea to a fully staged production.


Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare

directed by gigi jennewein fenlon
May 7 | 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m.

In its 6th year, the Spring Spectacle is a partnership between DePauw University and Putnam County schools. The program trains DPU students to direct local middle and high school students in the mounting of fully staged 90-minute Shakespeare plays.  The Spring Spectacle is inspired by and produced in association with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.