University Theatre announces 2023/24 Mainstage Season

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By Miguel Gastelum

Fresno State University Theatre is pleased to announce the 2023/24 Mainstage Season featuring the annual Contemporary Dance Ensemble Concert, four Fresno premieres and a fully staged musical. The season offers diverse works, from seasoned playwrights to young, up-and-coming playwrights. 

Sept. 29-Oct. 7 | “American Son” by Christopher Demos-Brown | Directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis 

An estranged bi-racial couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to discover what happened to their son. A Fresno Premiere!

Oct. 27-Nov. 4 | “At the Wedding” by Bryna Turner | Directed by Kathleen McKinley 

In this raucous and bittersweet comedy, a woman named Carlo guides the audience through her ex-girlfriend’s wedding to a man and talks to several friends and family members about love, life and how to cope with both. A Fresno Premiere! 

Dec. 1-9 | “Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck | Directed by Brad Myers 

In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive, and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. A Fresno Premiere!

Feb. 9-17 | Contemporary Dance Ensemble” | Artistic Director, Kenneth Balint 

This annual contemporary dance concert highlights contemporary classics, creative innovation and collaborations between students and faculty.

March 15-23 | “Sanctuary City” by Martyna Majok | Directed by Gina Sandi-Diaz 

In post-9/11 Newark, NJ, two teenagers brought to America as children become each other’s sanctuary from harsh circumstances. When G becomes naturalized, she and B hatch a plan to marry so that he may legally remain in the country and pursue the future he imagines for his life. But as time hurtles on and complications mount, the young friends find that this act challenges and fractures the closest relationship either has ever had. A Fresno Premiere!

May 3-11 | “Spring Awakening” Music by Duncan Sheik, Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater | Directed by J. Daniel Herring

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade.” Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

University Theatre Mainstage tickets have yet to be made available for purchase. Please visit to stay updated on when ticket sales go live.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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