Department of theatre announces 2014-2015 season

The laugh-out-loud musical "Avenue Q" by Jeff Whitty caps the department of theatre's 2014-2015 season, which opens with Eve Ensler's "Emotional Creature" and includes the comedy "Communicating Doors" by Alan Ayckbourn, all at Gates-Abegglen Theatre.

"The Little Dog Laughed" by Douglas Carter Beane and "Found a Peanut" by Donald Margulies are the season's Studio 88 productions.

Tickets for all productions are $7 students, $9 seniors and $10 adults. 

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Scene from "Rent," part of the department of theatre's 2013-2014 production season (photos by Scott Kissell).

The 2014-2015 department of theatre season production schedule is:

"Emotional Creature" by Eve Ensler
  • Directed by Rosalyn Benson, assistant dean, College of Creative Arts, and instructor of theatre
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1–4, and 2 p.m. Oct. 5, in Gates-Abegglen Theatre

 In "Emotional Creature" Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues," offers an empowering view of being human and being female. Through a series of stories, songs and monologues, the production celebrates the diversity and commonality of the issues girls and women face across varying cultures and continents.

"The Little Dog Laughed" by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Directed by Carly Mungovan, senior theatre major
  • 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22–25, and 2 p.m. Oct. 25-26, in Studio 88 Theatre

Satirizing the world of tabloid gossip, scandal, Hollywood and celebrities, this Broadway comedy hit centers around a rising young star determined to announce that he's gay as he battles his agent, who desperately wants the closet door to remain locked.

"Communicating Doors" by Alan Ayckbourn
  • Directed by Lewis Magruder, assistant professor of theatre
  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19–22, and 2 p.m. Nov. 23, in Gates-Abegglen Theatre

Fearing for her life, a dominatrix takes refuge in the closet of an upscale London hotel suite. Eventually, she emerges and finds herself in the same hotel suite, except 20 years earlier. Always resourceful, she manages to turn her visit to the past into an opportunity not only to escape present dangers, but also to change the course of her life. The playwright explained, “It’s a mix of 'Psycho' and 'Back to the Future' in the Hitchcock vein — but it’s funny.”

"Found a Peanut" by Donald Margulies
  • Directed by Joshua Horowitz, graduate student in theatre
  • 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25–28 and 2 p.m. Feb. 28–March 1 in Studio 88 Theatre

This coming of age comedy-drama depicts the backyard world of childhood, with its bullies and victims, leaders and outsiders, brats and tattletales, friendships and sibling interchanges and, of course, the games. As the children play, we watch as they suffer the indignities of name-calling, learning responsibility and trying to fit in.

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Scene from "MacBeth," theatre's Fall 2013 MainStage production (photo by Scott Kissell).

"Avenue Q" music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty
  • Directed by Saffron Henke, incoming assistant professor of theatre
  • 7:30 p.m. April 16–18 and April 23–25, and 2 p.m. April 26, in Gates-Abegglen Theatre

Winner of the 2004 Tony Award "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, "Avenue Q" is an adult-themed, coming-of-age parable.  This spoof on Sesame Street revolves around the main character, Princeton, who has just graduated from college and moves into an apartment in New York City on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.

Tickets will be available at the Miami University box office and online, www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice.

A curricular discount price of $5 is available for students required to attend for class; group discounts are also available.

View a slide show of the theatre department's 2013-2014 season, which concluded in May with "Peter Pan."