2014-15 Season

Four productions and musicals on the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Stage, and two more in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, with a multitde of performances throughout the year!


The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop

On September 25 at 8 p.m. the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University premiers “The Mountaintop” on The Eva Marie Saint stage. This production is a re-imagination of the events the night before King’s assassination in Memphis, Tenn. Playwright Katori Hall’s compelling drama, recently produced on Broadway, provides a controversial portrait of the civil rights icon.

The production runs from Sept. 25-28 at the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m., with additional 2 p.m. matinees Sept. 27 and 28. All tickets are $15.  The performance contains strong language and is not appropriate for young audiences.

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Night of the Living Dead

The dead rise up in the iconic 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead.” They rise again onstage at Bowling Green State University Oct. 23-26 in a BGSU theater production.

The reenactment retains the gore of the film, making it even bigger and “not so delicate,” according to faculty member Kelly Mangan, who oversees scenic art, prop design and construction. “You might see entire spleens as opposed to just small pieces falling off.”

Widely regarded as the beginning of the modern zombie genre, the film and now the play focus on the testing of personal relationships, according to Thomas. “For some people, those monsters were nothing but a catalyst,” revealing the way relationships and families are affected when stress is introduced.

The show is not suitable for young children.

The zombies will strike at 8 p.m. Oct. 23, 24 and 25, with additional performances at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

All seats are $15. To purchase tickets, visit BGSU.edu/Arts or call the box office at 419-372-8171.

Night of the Living Dead

Book of Days

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On November 13 at 8 p.m. the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University premiers “Book of Days” on the Eva Marie Saint stage.

The sleepy town of Dublin, Missouri has always been dominated by the hymns of the local fundamentalist congregation and the whistle of the nearby cheese factory. While Ruth Hoch has never quite fit in, she has had success working at the latter and avoiding the disapproval of the former—until a starring role in a local production of Saint Joan and the suspicious death of a distinguished resident thrusts her into the center of small town intrigue, politics, and morality.  

The production runs from Nov. 13-16 and 20-22 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m., with additional 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 15, 16 and 22. All tickets are $15.

To purchase tickets, visit www.bgsu.edu/arts


Memory of Water

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The pain, laughter and bickering of siblings who remember family instances quite differently is at the heart of  Shelagh Stephenson’s “The Memory of Water,” onstage at Bowling Green State University Feb. 19-28 in a BGSU Theater production.

On the eve of their mother's funeral, three sisters return to the family home on the Yorkshire coast of England. There, while a winter storm rages, the sisters wait for the day of the funeral, attend to their mother's final affairs, revisit memories of their childhoods, and reflect upon their futures. Because their memories have been diluted by time and fantasy, they are incapable of agreeing on any interpretation of the past; it is clear, however, that after the events of their two days together, each of their futures will be forever altered.  “The Memory of Water” received the Laurence Olivier Award for best new comedy in 2000.

Department of Theatre and Film faculty member Lesa Lockford directs the play, with graduate student Kevin Calcamp as assistant director.


Urinetown: The Musical

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A side-splitting tale of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold, “Urinetown, the Musical” comes alive on the Donnell Theatre stage, April 23 – 26.

Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, “Urinetown” is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, “Urinetown” provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!