Theatre/Dance Season

Current Season

Main Stage

 

IF/THEN

Music by Tom Kitt; Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Directed by Deb Kinghorn; Music Direction by John Berst; Choreography by Mary Beth Marino
PURCHASE TICKETS

Elizabeth, an urban planner, comes back to NYC after a failed marriage eager to start again. Older and wiser, she questions her choices, and wonders what her life would be like "If" she chose one pathway or another. Through the magic of musical theatre, we follow her on both paths and discover that our lives may not be so random after all. 

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. 7 at 7pm.

JOHNSON THEATRE
October 3, 2018 at 7:00pm
October 4, 2018 at 7:00pm
October 5, 2018 at 7:00pm
October 6, 2018 at 7:00pm
October 7, 2018 at 2:00pm

PRICE
General Public: $18; UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $15; Youth (12 and under): $8

 

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

Written by Brian Friel; Directed by Aimee Blesing
PURCHASE TICKETS

This extraordinary play is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in 1936. We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large. The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him: his mother and four maiden aunts. He is only seven in 1936, the year his elderly uncle, a priest, returns after serving for twenty-five years as a missionary in a Ugandan leper colony. For the young boy, two other disturbances occur that summer. The sisters acquire their first radio, whose music transforms them from correct Catholic women to shrieking, stomping banshees in their own kitchen. And he meets his father for the first time, a charming Welsh drifter who strolls up the lane and sweeps his mother away in an elegant dance across the fields. From these small events spring the cracks that destroy the foundation of the family forever. Widely regarded as Brian Friel's masterpiece, this haunting play is Friel's tribute to the spirit and valor of the past.

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. 4 at 7pm.

JOHNSON THEATRE
October 31, 2018 at 7:00pm
November 1, 2018 at 7:00pm
November 2, 2018 at 7:00pm
November 3, 2018 at 7:00pm
November 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

PRICE
General Public: $16; UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $14; Youth (12 and under): $8

 

THE IMAGINARY INVALID

Written by Moliere; Adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young; Original lyrics by Oded Gross, Paul James Prendergrast, and Tracy Young; Original music by Paul James Predergast; Directed by David Kaye
PURCHASE TICKETS

A hysterical new adaptation by Oded Gross and Tracy Young of the Moliere classic farce. A wild array of desperate lovers, mistaken identity, and hypochondria. Stir them all up with some song and dance and plop the entire mix into the mod 1960s and you have the ingredients to cause you to seek treatment for laughing until it hurts.

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 February 24 at 7pm.

JOHNSON THEATRE
February 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
February 21, 2019 at 7:00pm
February 22, 2019 at 7:00pm
February 23, 2019 at 7:00pm
February 24, 2019 at 2:00pm

PRICE
General Public: $16; UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $14; Youth (12 and under): $8

 

UNH DANCE COMPANY CONCERT

PURCHASE TICKETS

Two dance companies coming together for a single evening (or afternoon) of beautiful dance.

FAIRIES
Choreographed by Gay Nardone & Mary Beth Marino

First, follow the mischievous wanderings of the jazz, tap, & aerial company as they flit, float, & fly across the Johnson theatre stage. Light and nimble, the dancers will take you through this magical dance performance with grace, ease, and maybe a bit of magic. The second act of the evening is a change of pace.

THE ARTIST
Choreographed by Assaf Benchetrit
A collaboration with painter Courtney Sanborn

The ballet company will be presenting The Artist, an original ballet choreographed by Assaf Benchetrit in collaboration with painter Courtney Sanborn. Through the mediums of paintings and modern ballet, this performance will explore the internal states, the vicissitudes, and the emotional journeys that artists go through in their lives. One evening of dance, with two talented companies. This is not to be missed.

JOHNSON THEATRE
March 27, 2019 at 7:00pm
March 28, 2019 at 7:00pm
March 29, 2019 at 7:00pm
March 30, 2019 at 7:00pm
March 31, 2019 at 2:00pm

PRICE
General Public: $16; UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $14; Youth (12 and under): $8

 

MOMOTARO: PEACH BOY HERO

Written by Katie Grotzinger; Directed by Carol Jo Fisher
PURCHASE TICKETS

Winner of the Anna Zornio Children’s Theatre Playwriting Prize, Momotaro, Peach Boy Hero, takes an audience on a journey through a delightful Japanese children’s story. The tale of a boy found in the pit of a giant peach, this small hero must travel large distances in order to save his family! Dazzling puppets and colorful sets are sure to delight children of all ages.

HENNESSY THEATRE
April 17, 2019 at 6:30pm
April 18, 2019 at 6:30pm
April 19, 2019 at 7:00pm
April 20, 2019 at 10:00am and 2:00pm

PRICE
General Public: $12; UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $8; Youth (12 and under): $8

UNH Theatre Underground

Stay tuned here because there is always something happening in the UNH Theatre Underground.  From student capstone performances to studio shows; from clowning presentations to special guests. Join us in the Hennessy Theatre for some truly unique theatre.

 

THE J. C. EDWARDS UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE PLAYS

Written, directed and designed by students
PURCHASE TICKETS

The John. C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays are awarded to undergraduate students whose original works will be produced and performed in the final slot of our main stage season.  This award is made possible through the generosity of Mike O’Malley ’88, a former student of Professor Edwards'.  Mr. O’Malley and Professor Edwards will also sit on the play selection committee to help choose the winning works.

THIS YEARS PLAYS TO BE ANNOUNCED 

HENNESSY THEATRE
November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm
November 29, 2018 at 7:00pm
November 30, 2018 at 7:00pm
December 1, 2018 at 7:00pm
December 2, 2018 at 2:00pm

PRICE
General Public: $5; UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $5; Youth (12 and under): $5

 

STUDIO MUSICAL SERIES: ORDINARY DAYS

Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon; Directed by John Berst
PURCHASE TICKETS

From one of musical theatre's most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.) ORDINARY DAYS tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

HENNESSY THEATRE
April 26, 2019 at 7:00pm
April 27, 2019 at 7:00pm
April 28, 2019 at 7:00pm

PRICE
General Public: $12; UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $8; Youth (12 and under): $8

 

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.
PURCHASE TICKETS 

  • Musical Theatre Showcase: December 4, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Aerial Dance Showcase: December 5, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall
  • Dance Showcase: December 10, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Musical Theatre Showcase: April 30, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Aerial Dance Showcase: May 1, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall
  • Dance Showcase: May 6, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center 

 

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:  

  • December 7 & 8, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • December 14 & 15, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • March 22 & 23, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • May 3 & 4, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

 

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

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

"Lives of Tiresias" (1/25/19 & 1/26/19 at 8pm, 1/27 at 6pm, Hennessy Theatre): This play charts the uncanny and failed career of Tiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes. Written and featuring UNH Professor David Richman.  Directed by UNH alumnus Derek Lucci.

"The American Soldier" (2/2/19, 7pm, Johnson Theatre): This solo show, written and performed by Douglas Taurel, is based on letters written by veterans and their families from 1776 to present day.  It strives to help us understand why it is so difficult for our veterans to re-enter our pedestrian life when they come home after experiencing combat, and examines the incredible sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.

"Hope is the Thing with Feathers" Staged Reading (4/2/19, 6pm, Hennessy Theatre): Imagine finding a diary from 100 years ago that shadows your own life’s circumstances. This is what happens to Chloe, a 14 year old girl, following the death of her own father. She learns of Maggie, a 14 year old servant whose father has passed away as well. “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” is a play about perseverance and taking risks. Follow Chloe and Maggie as they discover the simple joys in life after death. This play is an inspiring piece that will encourage audiences to live life to the fullest.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña: The Most (un) Documented Mexican Artist (4/4/19, 7pm, Johnson Theatre): In his latest solo work, ‘El border brujo’ draws from his 30 year old living archive and combines new and classic performance material to present a unique perspective on the immediate future of the Americas. His-self styled “imaginary activism” invokes performance art as a form of radical democracy and citizenship. With cameo by Balitronica Gómez.