Gruesome Playground Injuries
Gruesome Playground Injuries

Production Season

Our shows are produced in two different ways. Mainstage productions show our students how theatre is produced at a small regional theatre,  while the secondstage productions model the operations of a small storefront theatre – with limited budgets and maximum creativity, allowing beginning student directors and designers to keep focus on the text and performers.


Music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Suann Pollock
Music direction by Stephen Lytle

October 2–5, 8-9 2013, 7:30 p.m.
October 6, 2013, 2 p.m.
MainStage, Studio 88 Theatre 

A unique “unplugged” production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical about a group of artists, many who live with AIDS, struggle to maintain their friendships and their non-conformist ideals in New York's bohemian East Village. This acoustical presentation in our Studio theatre offers an intimate connection to a revolutionary musical that changed the American theatre scene.


by William Shakespeare
Directed by Lewis Magruder

October 30–November 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Movember 3, 2 p.m.
MainStage, Gates-Abegglen Theatre

Shakespeare’s dark and powerful tragedy of murderous ambition plays out in a world of witches and nightmares, making for a Halloween you won’t soon forget! As an exploration of the human capacity for lust and betrayal, the very name of the play's central character has become synonymous with the evils that lurk in the human heart.

Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Robert C. Stimmel

November 20–23, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
November 23-24, 2013, 2 p.m.
SecondStage, Studio 88 Theatre

In this masterful piece by Miami alumn Rajiv Joseph, an accident-prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. 8 year olds Doug and Kayleen meet in a school nurse's office, beginning a lifelong intimacy, revealed through the physical and emotional injuries they sustain over 30 years. Gruesome Playground Injuries tells a different kind of love story through sharp humor and even sharper insights into the human condition.

Crumbs From the Table of Joy

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Paul K. Bryant-Jackson

February 26–March 1 2014, 7:30 p.m.
March 2 2014, 2 p.m.
MainStage, Gates-Abegglen Theatre

It’s 1950 and Godfrey Crump has just lost his wife. Finding solace in Father Devine and the Peace Mission Movement, he pulls up his southern stakes and moves his teenage daughters to be close to the Mission in Brooklyn, NY. Told through the coming of age eyes of his 17-year-old daughter Ernestine, Crumbs from the Table of Joy aims straight at the heart in a story where “we all escape somewhere and take comfort sometimes in things we don’t understand.”

Peter Pan

Adapted from the play by J.M. Barrie, and
Directed by Laura Feldmeyer

April 30-May 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
May 3-4, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
SecondStage, Studio 88

In a fresh and playful look at the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, this unique production utilizes shadow puppetry and other special effects to emphasize the ability of humans to create their own magic.

Ticket Information

For tickets, purchase online or contact the Miami Box Office 513-529-3200. The Miami Box Office, located in the Shriver Center, is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for walk-up purchases. Subscription series are also available at the Miami Box Office.

The Box Office in the Center for Performing Arts lobby is open one hour before curtain for door sales and will-call.

For additional information about the productions please contact the Department of Theatre at 513-529-3053.