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2018-19 Season

MainStage Productions

Directed by Leah Lowe, Associate Professor of Theatre

Oct 5, 6 @ 8pm, Oct 7 @ 2pm, Oct 11 @ 7pm, Oct 13 @ 8pm, Oct 14 @ 2pm

George, a linguist who specializes in dying languages, can’t figure out what to say to Mary, his wife, to keep her from leaving. Emma, a student of languages, doesn’t know how to tell George she loves him. Alta and Reston, the last speakers of their language, struggle to remain on speaking terms. Quirky and wryly comic, The Language Archive explores what is lost and what is found in the gaps between what we mean and what we say.


Directed by Steve Moulds, Coe Artist in Residence
Nov 2, 3 @ 8pm, Nov 4 @ 2pm, Nov 8 @ 7pm, Nov 9, 10 @ 8pm 

In a claustrophobic suburban landscape, everyone’s playing the new video-game sensation, Neighborhood 3. Teenagers are desperate to hack their way through an army of zombies. Parents, on the other hand, are frantic about their children’s growing addiction. Hilarious and haunting, this horror-comedy hybrid blurs the line between the virtual and the real.


TWELFTH NIGHT,  by William Shakespeare
Directed by Santiago Sosa, Coe Artist in Residence
Feb 15, 16 @ 8pm, Feb 17 @ 2pm, Feb 21 @ 7pm, Feb 22, 23 @ 8pm

Twelfth Night is the quintessential Shakespearean play that manages to capture the comical and, often, farcical nature of human behavior; combining beautiful, poetic verse and dynamic prose to tell the story of the far off land of Illyria and it’s inhabitants, following a shipwreck that separates a pair of twins and the death of a Countesses two family members, that a young Duke pines away for. This romantic comedy explores themes of sexual ambiguity, double-identities, grief, and the trifles that come with unrequited love. 


THE SUPPLIANTS, by Aeschylus
Directed by Jonathan Vandenberg, Senior Lecturer of Theatre

April 4, 5, 6 @ 8pm, April 7 @ 2pm

Facing oppression in their homeland, a father and his daughters sail to Greece seeking asylum. The Greek leader expresses security concerns. The premise of this Ancient Greek drama could be taken from today’s headlines. Aeschylus, author of the world’s oldest extant dramas, explores dislocation and community through the timeless figure of the refugee.



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Student Productions

Throughout the academic year, there are opportunities for student directors, actors, designers, and technicians to collaborate on performances that supplement the department’s four mainstage productions. The First Year Showcase, directed and designed by upperclass VUTheatre students, is cast from the incoming first year class. The annual 24-Hour Production is an opportunity for VUTheatre students to write, stage, and perform new plays in a single day and night. The Senior Seminar, a capstone course, culminates in an original devised work developed and performed by graduating senior majors at the end of the academic year. The Fred Coe Playwright in Residence program offers students a chance to learn from and collaborate with professional playwrights on readings and performances.

Directed by Kat Ko and Michael Maerlender, Senior Theatre Majors
November 29 & 30 @ 8pm
One act plays featuring incoming students to Vanderbilt University Theatre, directed and designed by current Theatre students.

Presentations featuring the works of students from playwriting and screenwriting courses. 


Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence Program

The Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence Series brings theatre professionals to Vanderbilt to perform, direct plays, teach classes, and contribute to departmental productions in a variety of ways. It provides students with direct exposure to professional theatre artists from all areas of theatrical practice. We are excited to bring several theatre artists to campus in 2018-19.  



The Man Who Came to Dinner