RU Theatre Current Season

A Midsummer Night's Dream if_right_arrow_476325_white

by William Shakespeare
Directed by: Robert Arbaugh MFA
Show Dates: July 28-30, 2022

Every summer, the Rochester University Theatre Company produces Shakespeare Upon Avon.
Professional actors and directors from around the country come to RU’s campus to perform some  of Shakespeare’s best plays. Past shows include: Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Godspell and As You Like It. Come out and enjoy the Bard in our lovely outdoor theatre space!

Peter and the Starcatcher if_right_arrow_476325_white

A Play by Rick Elice
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions.
Directed by: Courtney Dunbar
Show Dates: Nov 10-13, 17-20

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

RU Ready for Christmas? if_right_arrow_476325_white

Show Dates: Dec 6, 7

Join the Rochester University community and special musical guests as we celebrate the season with a sing-along of all your favorite Christmas carols, some special musical performances, and dramatic readings of some classic Christmas stories.

Songs and Shorts: A Night of One-Acts and Music if_right_arrow_476325_white

Show Dates: Feb 16-19

Enjoy an evening of musical performances and world premiere one-act plays.

Twelve Angry Jurors if_right_arrow_476325_white

By Reginald Rose
Stage Version by Sherman L. Sergel
Adapted from the Television Show of the Same Name Initially presented on Studio One, CBS-TV
Directed by: Robert Arbaugh, MFA
Show Dates: April 13-16, 20-23

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become 12 angry men.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

2022-2023 Events

24 Hour Theatre if_right_arrow_476325_white

Date: TBD

24-Hour Theatre is an annual event where a group of RU students brainstorm, write, direct, design, and perform original oneact plays, all in one day. With just 24 hours to tackle all aspects of production and put together a live performance, it is always sure to be interesting! It’s fun! It’s crazy! It’s all put together in only one day!

Theatrefest if_right_arrow_476325_white

Date: TBD

During Theatrefest, RU Theatre welcomes local middle and high school students to spend a day learning from RU faculty and theatre professionals. Students spend the afternoon in fun-filled and illuminating workshops, choosing from topics like acting, auditioning, musical theatre, and technical theatre. In the evening, students will enjoy dinner and attend a performance of Love’s Labor’s Lost. Theatrefest is perfect for any student who loves theatre and just wants to learn more!