2016-2017 Shows

Directed by David Kaye
Before there was Hamilton, there was Andrew Jackson. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson the rock musical that is! With pulsing rhythms, driving guitar and biting lyrics, our season opener reveals  the real story of the man who could show Donald Drumpf or Bernie Sanders how populism really works.  From abject poverty to the White House, this Off Broadway smash charts Jackson’s unlikely journey that also set the United States of America on a path of Manifest Destiny which would shape our future forever. Fusing outrageous comic satire with the realities of Jackson’s meteoric rise, this production is as much an examination of our current state of American politics as it is of the past. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson isn’t your typical piece of musical theatre, this fast paced show is filled with punk rock sounds and a rock show feel will have you shouting the songs aloud as the curtain comes down.

Directed by Raina Ames
The same words, the same situation, the same circumstance. All the same, except when the difference is Man vs. Women. Can a women really expect to have the same rights, wants, goals, responsibilities as a man? The world judges harshly, and when gender comes into it assumptions do get made. Frank Ware is an aspiring novelist in a young century. Its 1910 and she is documenting the world of the lower class. Independent and intellectual, lovingly fostering an orphan boy, standing in the forefront of art and social awareness. She has always been able to rise above the petty assumptions and stereotypes reserved for her gender—until she can’t anymore. 

Directed by Students, Designed by Students, Performed by Students
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.

Directed by Deborah Kinghorn, featuring a performance by Prof. David Richaman
One of the three Theban Plays by Sophocles. This story is the second chronologically. Oedipus, now old as well as blind, seeks refuge with his two daughters. He asks Theseus King of Athens for protection from his sons. Theseus gladly grants this protection before things start to get violent. Each of the sons try to come for Oedipus but each are denied. This dramatic tale calls for an ending that lives up to its beginning. Wars pitting brothers against brothers, Love that threatens to end lives, and a Death shrouded in Secrecy, all for the good of the world. 

Choreographed by; Assaf Benecherit, Gay Nardone, Mary Beth Marino
Every year the UNH Dance Company presents two acts of dance. One act is a ballet, sometimes new, sometimes based on classic choreography. The second act is a piece composed of Jazz and Tap styles as well as including Aerial Dance.

Directed by Aimee Blesing
At this point there is little known about this project besides that it will be a collaboration between Mask & Daggar and UNH THDA

Directed by John Berst
When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?