About The Department of Drama

The Department of Drama in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA) offers conservatory-style training combined with a level of integration with a professional theatre company that is unparalleled among undergraduate programs. Each season Syracuse Stage and the Department of Drama co-produce a show, and during that process students have the opportunity to work with professional actors, directors and designers, and earn points toward membership in Actors' Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers.


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Seating is general admission and Covid safety protocols will be in place. At the door, audience members will be required to show proof of full vaccination, or for those not vaccinated, a negative test result from either an antigen-type test prior to six hours of entry or a PCR-type test prior to 72 hours of entry at the theatre. Masks will be required at all times by everyone regardless of vaccination status, except while eating or drinking in designated areas. More information at https://www.syracusestage.org/covid.php. 

2021/2022 Season

Urinetown the Musical 

 

Music by Mark Hollmann

Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

Book by Greg Kotis 

Directed by Temar Underwood 

Choreography by Kiira Carper-Schmid

Music Direction by Brian Cimmet

October 8 – 17

Opening Night: October 9

 

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom. Winner of three Tony Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself.


In Love and Warcraft 

 

By Madhuri Shekar

Directed by Matthew Winning

November 12 – 20

Opening Night: November 13

 

In this contemporary take on rom-com, Evie Malone - gamer, college senior, and confirmed virgin - has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend; she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who’ve screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It’s all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. That’s what she thinks until she actually falls for a guy. No amount of gaming expertise will help her navigate the challenges of a relationship with a non-virtual and totally real boyfriend.


Matilda the Musical*

 

Book by Dennis Kelly

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl

Directed by Donna Drake

Music Direction by Brian Cimmet

Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith

Co-produced with Syracuse Stage

November 19 – January 2

Opening Night: November 26

 

Children (and grownups) of the world rejoice.Matildais here at last. This Tony Award-winning musical is a captivating treat that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. (There’s also a gloriously vile villain, Miss Trunchbull.) Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and featuring an unforgettable a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic power, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp.

 

*Drama subscribers will receive vouchers redeemable for tickets to Matilda the Musical.


Sender 

 

By Ike Holter 

Directed by Terrence Mosely

February 18 -27

Opening Night: February 19

 

In this witty and razor sharp play, Ike Holter takes aim at a small group of millennial friends who are trying to move past childhood and nights of drunken revelry to contend with the demands of adulthood. All are thrown for an unexpected loop when one friend, presumed long dead, suddenly turns up very much alive. Part of Holter’s series of plays set in a fictional neighborhood in Chicago, Sender asks, in this day and age, what does growing up mean and is it even desirable.


Cymbeline

 

By William Shakespeare

In a Modern Verse Translation by Andrea Thome

Commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and now part “Play On Shakespeare” project

Directed by Christine Albright-Tufts

March 25 – April 3

Opening Night: March 26

 

Princess Imogen’s stepmother wants to kill her. Her father, King Cymbeline, isn’t coming to therescue. Meanwhile, Imogen’s banished love, Posthumus, is convinced she’s cheating on him. What’s a lion-hearted heroine to do? Swap the skirts for pants and escape into the magical wilds of ancient Britain disguised as a boy! In this fantastical work from the zenith of Shakespeare’s talent, the improbable becomes probable as kind strangers, dastardly villains, ghosts, gods, and long-lost princes pave the high road to happily ever after.


Grey Gardens

 

Book by Doug Wright

Music by Scott Frankel

Lyrics by Michael Korie

Directed by Rodney Hudson

Music Direction by Brian Cimmet

April 29 – May 7

Opening Night: April 30

 

Based on the cult classic documentary, Grey Gardens is a tragic, funny, and utterly unforgettable musical about two “staunch” and legendary women: Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale – the infamous aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Once the pinnacle of American high society, Big Edie and Little Edie became tabloid fodder in the 1970’s when they were discovered living alongside feral cats and raccoons in the dilapidated, flea-infested remains of the family’s East Hampton estate. Winner of three Tony Awards and rave reviews on and off Broadway, the musical adaptation of Grey Gardens explores the fine lines between dependency and love, hope and fantasy, and the past and the present.



More to Enjoy

Id

Directed by Ricky Pak

Fall 2021

 

Idis an original devised performance exploring the theme of Identity developed by the ensemble of creators. Working from a basis of Moment Work, a method of devised theater created by the Tectonic Theater Project, along with the guidance of network television writer Teresa Huang, and in collaboration with the Orange TV Network,Idwill be an anthology-style web series of short stand-alone pieces.

 

 

 

New Works, New Voices 

March 1  6, 2022

 

A new initiative at the Department of Drama, New Works, New Voices (NWNV) supports the development of musicals by writers and composers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon.  One new musical will be selected from submissions for development in spring 2022, providing an exciting opportunity for Drama students to collaborate with a professional writing team in residence.  


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