Theatre/Dance Season

Bright Star

JOHNSON THEATRE

BRIGHT STAR

Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin; Music, Lyrics & Story by Edie Brickell; Directed by Deborah Kinghorn; Music Direction by John Berst; Choreography by Mary Beth Marino
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When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives. (In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets to the cancelled performance will be honored at a special performance on Oct. 6 at 7pm.)

DATES: 10/2/19 at 7pm | 10/3/19 at 7pm | 10/4/19 at 7pm | 10/5/19 at 7pm | 10/6/19 at 2pm
PRICE: General Public: $18 | UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $15 | Youth (17 and under): $8

The Odyssey

JOHNSON THEATRE

THE ODYSSEY

Written and Directed by David Richman
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A new dramatization of the oldest and greatest story of homecoming. When Odysseus went to war twenty years ago, his son was an infant and his wife was a vibrant, hopeful young woman. Now his son is a young man plagued by doubt, and his wife has endured years of loneliness and grief. Has war and the long terrible journey home changed him so much that he can no longer fit into his home? And has his home changed so much that it is no longer the haven he seeks? This is the complicated story of a complicated man: war hero and war criminal; adulterer and loving husband; absent father and cherished, good father. Odysseus meets many famous monsters on his journey, but is the worst monster the one he is carrying within himself? (In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets to the cancelled performance will be honored at a special performance on Nov. 3 at 7pm.)

DATES: 10/30/19 at 7pm | 10/31/19 at 7pm | 11/1/19 at 7pm | 11/2/19 at 7pm | 11/3/19 at 2pm
PRICE: General Public: $16 UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $14 Youth (17 and under): $8

The Undergraduate Prize Plays

HENNESSY THEATRE

THE JOHN C. EDWARDS UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE PLAYS

Written, directed, designed and performed by students
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The John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays are awarded to undergraduate students whose original works will be produced and performed as a part of our main stage season.

This year's winners!

  • There for You by Andrew Knight
  • Suburban Spirit World by Eleanor Langthorne
  • Have A Heart by Allison Musitano 

DATES: 11/20/19 at 7pm | 11/21/19 at 7pm 11/22/19 at 7pm | 11/23/19 at 7pm 11/24/19 at 2pm
PRICE: General Public: $5 UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $5 Youth (17 and under): $5

   
The Gate

JOHNSON THEATRE

THE GATE

Created and Directed by Guest Artists from Japan's Kaso Jogi Theatre Company; a Cultural Stages: Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative production.
Written and Conceived by Saori Aoki and the Kaso Jogi Theatre Company 
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The Gate is a magical rollercoaster noir mystery tour through Japanese folklore. Directed by Saori Aoki, acclaimed for her work in Japan, USA, Canada and the UK. She started the Kaso Jogi (Virtual Ruler) theatre company to spread her unique fusion of traditional Japanese theatre with western influenced musical theatre, around the world. Audiences will be greeted by the striking original songs of Makoto Honda, and a mysterious gatekeeper welcoming “all ye corpses” with the suspect smile of one who might be an angel, a boatman on the Styx, or an emissary from hell. Breathtaking physical dance-theatre set to original music. This performance will be the world premiere English translation of this raucous adventure. (In the unlikely event that a performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, tickets to the cancelled performance will be honored at a special performance on Feb 23 at 7pm.)

DATES: 2/19/20 at 7pm 2/20/20 at 7pm 2/21/20 at 7pm 2/22/20 at 7pm 2/23/20 at 2pm
PRICE: General Public: $16 | UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $14 Youth (17 and under): $8

STUDENT-PRODUCED WORK & SPECIAL EVENTS
Student Showcase

 

STUDENT SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES

The culmination of our students' hard work is presented in the form of a showcase performance open to the public at the end of each semester.   Come join us and share our students' enthusiasm and excitement as they present their work.  Tickets are $5.
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  • Musical Theatre Showcase: 12/3/19 at 6pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Aerial Dance Showcase: 12/4/19 at 7pm in the Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall
  • Puppetry Showcase: 12/5/19 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Dance Showcase: 12/9/19 at 7pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
Student Capstone Performances

 

STUDENT CAPSTONE PERFORMANCES

All students pursuing a degree in Theatre & Dance must complete a capstone project which embodies the training they have received throughout their years at UNH.  The performance majors appreciate the public's support at these events:  

  • Knight/Soucy: 9/20/19 & 9/21/19 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • McCarron: 10/25/19 & 10/26/19 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Burke/Wagner: 2/28/20 & 2/29/20 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
Special Events

 

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

The UNH Theatre & Dance department frequently hosts special guests and performances covering a wide array of topics.

Avner the Eccentric: Exceptions to Gravity: Feb 4, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Johnson Theatre
TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE FREE. There will also be a workshop on Sat Feb 8 from 1-4pm. There will be a sign-up sheet posted for that. Avner Eisenberg in Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Avner Eisenberg was described by New York Magazine as “a clown for the thinking man.” His show Avner the Eccentric was a hit of the 1984-1985 Broadway season. He appeared again on Broadway in Ghetto and The Comedy of Errors. Avner is widely known for his scene-stealing portrayal of the holy man in the Michael Douglas film The Jewel of the Nile. Avner studied with Jacques Lecoq from 1971 to 1974. Since then, he has developed a unique physical approach to comedy and acting that he teaches in workshops around the world. Avner continues to tour his one-man show internationally and has won awards at the Edinburgh Festival, the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, and the Festival Internacional de Pallassos in Barcelona. He won the “Snow Star” for comedy in Switzerland, and the “Lachmesse” award in Germany.