Our Country's Good
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Andrew Kahl
November 7-9 @7:30pm, November 10 @2pm
Tickets go on sale: October 29th
Set in 1787, Our Country's Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts transported to Australia as a punishment for their crimes. Survival is by no means certain in this strange, unfamiliar world, yet an officer inspires them to rehearse and perform a play. Facing opposition, supply shortages, abuse and the threat of hangings, the odds are seemingly stacked against them.
The Exception and the Rule
By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Dr. John McCaslin-Doyle
February 22-23 @7:30pm, February 24 @2pm
February 26-28 @7:30pm
Tickets go on sale: February 11th
This 1931 play by renowned German Playwright Bertrolt Brecht, tells the tale of a profit-seeking merchant who desires to cross the Yahi Desert. The merchant’s harsh treatment of his social inferiors shows the dark underbelly of human nature, particularly in the context of the capitalist system. The play reveals the inequities between the well-off merchant and his lower-class worker, in terms of both wealth and protection under the law.
9 to 5 The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Kiara Pipino
April 17-19 @7:30pm, April 20 @2pm
Tickets go on sale: April 8th
Co-workers Violet, Judy, and Doralee form a strong female triumvirate through their mutual dissatisfaction with workplace conditions and especially obnoxious office boss Franklin Hart, Jr. After fantasizing about making things better, the women work together to help improve both their personal and professional situations. Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.
Mask & Hammer Productions
Productions by the Mask & Hammer theatre club are entirely student produced and directed.
A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Sapphira Koerner
October 11-13 @7:30pm, October 14 @2pm
Tickets go on sale: October 1st
Ever since Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959, the play has resonated with Americans grappling with persistent racial bigotry and injustice. The play’s title is taken from Harlem, a poem by Langston Hughes, which examines the question “What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?” The play revolves around the Youngers, a black family living in a tidy but time-worn 1950s Chicago apartment. The family's matriarch, Lena, is expecting a large insurance check following the death of her husband, and the family members have their own dreams for how they'd like to spend it.
The Shadow Box
By Michael Cristofer
Directed by Lisa Bianco
March 21-23 @7:30pm, March 24 @2pm
Tickets go on sale: March 11th
A Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three terminally-ill cancer patients who face physical and emotional challenges as they approach the end of life. The three are attended and visited by family and close friends: Agnes and her mother Felicity, estranged further by the latter's dementia; Brian and Beverly, whose marital complications are exacerbated by Brian's new lover, Mark; and Joe and Maggie, unready for the strain of Joe's impending death and its effect on their teenage son.
Free with a student ID
$10 general admission for the musical
$5 general admission for all other shows
Mask & Hammer Productions
$3 with a student ID
$5 general admission
Tickets are available at the box office in the Fine Arts Center one hour before each scheduled performance
Students that are required to attend department productions for their classes should reserve tickets as early as possible; faculty will not make exceptions because performances are sold out
Directions & Parking
Directions to campus are available on the college website. The theaters are located in the Fine Arts Center at the north end of campus, near the intersection of Ravine Parkway and Bugbee Road.
A parking map is also available on the college website. Visitors that have no affiliation with the college may park on campus in any non-residential lot during “open” hours from 6pm to 2am on weekdays and from 6am to 2am on weekends. The parking lots across from the Fine Arts Building are all non-residential lots. At all other times, visitors must obtain a parking permit per the campus parking policy, with which they may only park in designated visitor or commuter (yellow) lots.
Campus and community groups often use the theaters for events. The Theatre Department does not advertise or sell tickets for non-departmental events. Events that are open to the public are listed on the Campus Events Calendar. For more information about a non-departmental event it is recommended that you contact the producing organization directly.
All SUNY Oneonta students are encouraged to audition for department productions.
For a listing of past productions see the department’s Production Archive.