Theatre/Dance Season

2021-2022 MAIN STAGE SEASON

UNH plans a fully open and in-person fall semester. Some precautions may remain in effect such as decreased density as recommended by the CDC and state public health officials. Any precautions affecting Theatre & Dance Department performances will be noted on our website prior to each performance at https://cola.unh.edu/theatre-dance/calendar.

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Twelfth Night: or What You Will

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by David Richman & Julia Sommer
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Love abounds, though maybe in the wrong places. He loves her, but she loves a different him, who is actually a her that loves the him that loves the her that loves him/her… get it? Mistaken identity and unfortunate love triangles run rampant in the island country of Illyria. This fast-paced comedy is full of pranks and surprises as servants play tricks on each other, and masters swoon. The only one who seems to have it all together is the Fool, who may be the wisest of them all.

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DATES: 11/3/21 at 7pm  |  11/4/21 at 7pm  |  11/5/21 at 7pm  |  11/6/21 at 7pm  |  11/7/21 at 2pm
LOCATION: Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $16 General Public  |  $14 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+  |  $8 Youth (17 and under)

 

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She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Raina Ames
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She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, tells the story of Agnes Evans grappling with her own personal monsters in the aftermath of the untimely death of her teenage sister, Tilly. Saddened that she would never get to truly know her sister, Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and dives into an unplayed campaign where she can battle some monsters of a different sort. She finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. This production will be presented via online video streaming.

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DATES: 11/18/21 at 7pm  |  11/19/21 at 7pm  |  11/20/21 at 7pm  |  11/21/21 at 7pm
PRICE PER STREAMING DEVICE: $12 General Public  $8 UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+/Youth (17 and under)

 

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The John C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays

Written, directed and performed by UNH 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.

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DATES: 12/1/21 at 7pm  |  12/2/21 at 7pm  |  12/3/21 at 7pm  |  12/4/21 at 7pm  |  12/5/21 at 2pm
LOCATION: Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $5

 

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Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Thomas Alsip
Choreographed by Mary Beth Marino
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Happily Ever After is only the beginning... The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

DATES: 2/23/22 at 7pm  |  2/24/22 at 7pm  |  2/25/22 at 7pm  |  2/26/22 at 7pm  |  2/27/22 at 2pm
LOCATION: Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $18 General Public  |  $15 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+  |  $8 Youth (17 and under)

 

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The 2022 UNH Dance Company presents SPLASH

Directed by Gay Nardone and Assaf Benchetrit
Choreographed by Assaf Benchetrit, Susan Endrizzi, Mary Beth Marino, and Gay Nardone
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The ocean is vast and full of creatures that are both beautiful and fearsome. From the largest of mammals to the smallest of fish, the beauty and wonder of the water remain a mystery to behold. It may seem small, but the impact of throwing that piece of trash can last a lifetime. Two dancers discover the effects of littering together when they go beneath the waves to swim with the turtles and amazing sea creatures. Along the way they are followed by the frightening trash creatures, created by the waste that humans leave behind. They experience first-hand the devastation that plastics and other waste have wrought on the fragile habitats that exist there. The Ballet and Jazz, Tap, Aerial companies come together to tell this dynamic and important story.

DATES: 3/31/22 at 7pm  |  4/1/22 at 7pm  |  4/2/22 at 2pm  |  4/2/22 at 7pm  |  4/3/22 at 2pm
LOCATION: Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $16 General Public  |  $14 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+  |  $8 Youth (17 and under)

 

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Salim Salim

Winner of the 2021 Woodward International Playwriting Prize 
Written by Stav Palti Negev
Directed by David Kaye
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When Palestinian Salim Abyad is released from an Israeli prison, the Israeli authorities mistakenly bring him to the Gaza border crossing while his family awaits his return on the other side of the country, in the West Bank. Salim knows that if he enters Gaza, he might never see them again. Stranded on the border, Salim has to find a solution before the Israeli soldiers make a choice for him.

UNH plans a fully open and in-person fall semester. Some precautions may remain in effect such as decreased density as recommended by the CDC and state public health officials. Any precautions affecting Theatre & Dance Department performances will be noted on our website prior to each performance at https://cola.unh.edu/theatre-dance/calendar.

DATES: 4/20/22 at 7pm  |  4/21/22 at 7pm   4/22/22 at 7pm  |  4/23/22 at 7pm  |  4/24/22 at 2pm
LOCATION: Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $16 General Public  |  $14 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+  |  $8 Youth (17 and under)

SPECIAL EVENTS

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Staged Readings of the finalists in the Woodward International Playwriting Competition

The Cultural Stages: Woodard International Drama and Dance initiative is an extensive program designed to promote a greater understanding of world cultures through theatre and dance, made possible through the generous support of Ellis Woodward, UNH Class of '74. The Woodward International Playwriting Prize is a global competition that seeks unproduced plays or unproduced English translations of produced plays, that focus on cultures outside the US.

Meyerhold by Laura Lewis-Barr, Oct 23, 2021 at 7pm, Streaming Event, Admission: FREE

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The second runner up is Meyerhold by Laura Lewis-Barr. The play explores the life of the brilliant and influential Russian theatre director, Vsevolod Meyerhold, who studied under Constantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting. Rejecting Stanislavski’s drive for realism, Meyerhold opened his own anti-realistic theatre and became the toast of the 1920-30 theatrical world, only to be killed by Stalin's forces for refusing to compromise his artistic vision. This play also explores Meyerhold's life through the means and aesthetics he made famous. The play will be given a public reading as part of the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2021/22 season.

The Shaking Earth by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Feb 12, 2022 at 7pm, Streaming Event, Admission: FREE

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The first runner-up of the Woodward Internation Playwriting Competition for 2021 is The Shaking Earth by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. The play takes place during the three days of anti-Sikh massacres that occurred in the wake of the assassination of India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. The play also takes place in the present, as a refugee mother and her politically-minded daughter continue to carry their traumas in a post 9/11 America. The play explores the transmission of trauma across generations, and looks at history with a queer lens, seeing how being a woman and being a gay man have changed from 1984 India to the present, and how sometimes the most frightened among us become the greatest of heroes. The play will be given a public reading as part of the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance’s 2021/22 season.  (Streaming Performance; Admission FREE)

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The Elephant in the Room

Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:30pm to 3:30pm
Paul Creative Arts Center, Hennessy Theatre

The Elephant in the Room is a one-woman show written and performed by Priyanka Shetty. The play is about her experiences as she ventured on a long and strenuous journey from India to America. It’s a 15-hour flight, and that’s never fun. Admission is FREE.  Co-sponsored by Theatre & Dance and UNH Global Center.

 

 

STUDENT WORKS

Admission: $5

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  • December 7, 2021: Musical Theatre Showcase, 7pm, Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center (Live Stream Option)
  • December 8, 2021: Aerial Dance Showcase, 7pm, Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall
  • December 9, 2021: Puppetry Showcase, 7pm, Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center 
  • December 13, 2021: Dance Showcase, 7pm, Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • May 3, 2022: Musical Theatre Showcase, 7pm, Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center (Live Stream Option)
  • May 4, 2022: Aerial Dance Showcase, 7pm, Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall
  • May 9, 2022: Dance Showcase, 7pm, Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center