University Theatre announces 2020-21 Mainstage season lineup

Darkside, Detroit '67, Dracula, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Electricidad, Spring Awakening

While the method of presentation is yet to be determined, the Department of Theatre and Dance is excited to be able to offer a diverse lineup of theatrical work in these challenging times. As more decisions for the upcoming academic school year are made, we will solidify the method in which this season will be presented.

*Season subject to change

Darkside - Inspired by Pind Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Written by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Kathleen McKinley. October 2 - 10, 2020. John Wright Theatre.


Oct. 2 – 10
Directed by Kathleen McKinley
John Wright Theatre

“Darkside” is a live-action, multi-media radio play inspired by Pink Floyd’s psychedelic masterpiece rock album, The Darkside of the Moon. The play is written by Tony Award-winning British playwright, Tom Stoppard, author of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern…”, “The Real Inspector Hound”, and “Arcadia”, and follows the existential journey of a college student through various disaster scenarios, both real and imagined.

Detroit '67. Written by Dominique Morisseau, Directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis. October 30 - November 7, 2020. Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre

Detroit ‘67

Oct. 30 – Nov. 7
Directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis
Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre

In 1967 Detroit, Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the ’67 riots.

Dracula - Based on the Classic Novel by Bram Stoker. Adapted by William McNulty, Directed by Brad Myers. December 4-12, 2020 John Wright Theatre


Dec. 4 – 12
Directed by Brad Myers
John Wright Theatre

In this version of “Dracula”, Victorian propriety meets sensual hunger in this classic gothic tale of the iconic Transylvanian count. This fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation drips with suspense and blood. . . And more blood. . .Then even more blood.

Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Artistic Director Kenneth Balint. February 12-20, 2021. John Wright Theatre

Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Feb. 12 – 20
Artistic Director Kenneth Balint
John Wright Theatre

The Contemporary Dance Ensemble concert is titled “Directions: One Breath at a Time” A contemporary Dance concert of six danceworks ranging from a tribute to the postmodern 60’s, to the technology inspired movement motifs of 2021.

Electricidad - A modern LatinX adaptation of Sophocles' Electra. Written by Luis Alfaro, Directed by Gina Sandi-Diaz. March 19-27, 2021. Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre


March 19 – 27
Directed by Gina Sandi-Diaz
Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre

“Electricidad” is a modern Latinx adaptation of Sophocles’ “Electra”. Alfaro adapts the murder-for-justice motif of the play to the context of contemporary gang violence among Cholos in East LA. The play premiered in 2003 at the Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and has been produced successfully at venues such as the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

Spring Awakening - The Broadway Musical. Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, Based on the play by Frank Wedekind, Directed by J. Daniel Herring. April 20 - May 8, 2021, John Wright Theatre

Spring Awakening

April 30 – May 8
Directed by J. Daniel Herring
John Wright Theatre

“Spring Awakening” is the Tony Award-winning rock musical that tells the story of teenagers navigating the journey from adolescence to adulthood while discovering the inner and outer turmoil of human sexuality.

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