CSU Theatre is excited to announce our 2022-2023 Season — Love in Times of Crisis: A Season of Plays About Gender and Sexuality
Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (2016)
Directed by Saffron Henke
We begin our season outdoors, with a play about the experiences of high school girls at their weekly Saturday morning pre-game soccer warmups. DeLappe’s play covers global politics, social gossip, body image, anxiety and mental health, and the power of human community in overcoming grief and tragedy. Staged outdoors, we hope to draw the CSU campus to theatre with this example of hyperrealism, directed by Prof. Saffron Henke.
Spring Awakening — Music by Duncan Sheik; book/lyrics by Steve Sater (2006)
Directed by Noah Racey
Our musical, which will now occur in Fall to allow for a Spring opera, is a musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about adolescent sexuality, human emotions, and attempts at love. Set in 19th century Germany, in this punk rock coming-of-age story teenagers wrestle with the inner and outer nuances of life as they lose their innocence and come to terms with adulthood.
Showcase: TH451 Acting IV (Class Showcase)
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer (1985)
Directed by Wesley Longacre
Set against the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, this classic AIDS drama is the story of writer/activist Ned Weeks (Kramer), the gay founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. This heartfelt piece of realism explores dissenting tactics used to speak truth to power in the Reagan era and what it means to fall in love in times of crisis.
Machinal by Sophie Treadwell (1928)
Directed by Debbie Swann
We end our season with a gem of an expressionist play by one of the 20th century’s most provocative female playwrights. Inspired by the real-life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder, Treadwell’s play explores the conformist pressures patriarchy imposes on women…and what happens when enough is enough.
On The Brink Reading Series
Curated by Saffron Henke
On the Brink explores works representing a variety of underrepresented voices and perspectives and brings guests artists and students into productive collaboration.