Theatre/Dance Season

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

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

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

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

JOHNSON THEATRE

UNH DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS "SPLASH"

Choreography: Ballet: Assaf Benchetrit and Susuan Endrizzi
Choreography: Jazz/Tap/Aerial: Gay Nardone and Mary Beth Marino 
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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 mystery to behold. It may seem small, but the impact of throwing that piece of trash can last a lifetime. Two dancers discover together that impact 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.  (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 Apr 5 at 7:00pm.)

DATES: 4/2/20 at 7pm 4/3/20 at 7pm 4/4/20 at 2pm & 7pm 4/5/20 at 2pm
PRICE: General Public: $16 UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $14 Youth (17 and under): $8

HENNESSY THEATRE

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Written by Simon Stephens; Based on the novel by Mark Haddon; Directed by David Kaye
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Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret and navigate everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, the play won both the Olivier and Tony awards for best new play.

DATES: 4/15/20 at 7pm 4/16/20 at 7pm 4/17/20 at 7pm 4/18/20 7pm 4/19/20 at 2pm
PRICE: General Public: $16 UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $14 Youth (17 and under): $8

HENNESSY THEATRE

STUDIO MUSICAL SERIES: THE LAST 5 YEARS

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown; Directed and Music Directed by John Berst
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There are two sides to every love story. The Last Five Years is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Meet Cathy, a struggling actress, at the end of her marriage while she looks back to see where things began. Then start with Jamie, a young writer, at the beginning of a love affair that blossoms into a marriage, until it falls apart. The two timelines happen simultaneously in opposite directions, only meeting once in the middle at their wedding.

DATES: 4/24/20 at 7pm 4/25/20 at 7pm 4/26/20 at 7pm
PRICE: General Public: $12 UNH ID/Senior/Group 15+: $8 Youth (17 and under): $8

STUDENT-PRODUCED WORK & SPECIAL EVENTS

 

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
  • Musical Theatre Showcase: 4/28/20 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Aerial Dance Showcase: 4/29/20 at 7pm in the Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall
  • Dance Showcase: 5/4/20 at 7pm 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:  

  • 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
  • Axelrod/Hartwich/Prato: 3/27/20 & 3/28/20 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Bergeron/Hall/D'Amico: 5/1/20 & 5/2/20 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
  • Dammann/Hopwood: 5/8/20 & 5/9/20 at 7pm 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.