2014-15 Season

12th Annual Life and Literature Performance Series

Artistic Director Dr. Heather Carver, directed by Prof. Jon Drtina

The 12th annual Life and Literature Performance Series features cutting-edge original and adapted works by MU student authors, giving voice to emerging talent by staging a diverse body of new scripts. Come see an evening full of stunning solo performances, poetic and ethnographic works, and an original award-winning one-act play.

FREE, first come, first seated, doors 7pm

September 17-21
Corner Playhouse

Road Show

by Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman, directed by Prof. James M. Miller

A musical inspired by real life American entrepreneurs, the brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner, who made and lost fortunes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From the Alaskan gold rush to Florida real estate scams, this expressionistic and visionary show takes the brothers across a continent and into the afterlife, reflecting an America grappling with its destiny. Missouri premiere, adult content

October 8-12
Rhynsburger Theatre

The How and the Why

by Sarah Treem, directed by Rachel Bauer

Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's sharp and thought-provoking play about science, family, and the survival of the fittest. On the eve of a professional conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the different choices faced by woman of every generation.

October 29-November 2
Corner Playhouse

The Orphan Sea

by Caridad Svich, directed by Dr. Kevin Brown

This is a story of us, here, now, and also of who we were once. It is a story of those that cross rivers and seas and those that wait for them, of a lover who searches for one lost years ago, and of someone called Penelope, who may be waiting for someone called Odysseus. Told in poetry, song, film and dance, a play for anyone that dares to dream. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

A new, commissioned play by this award-winning playwright.

November 12-16
Rhynsburger Theatre

End Game

by Samual Beckett, directed by Dr. Cat Gleason

“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness” --Beckett

Samuel Beckett's Endgame pares down human existence to what is left after every other option is taken away. Yet this stark absurdist tragicomedy challenges us to find comic moments in the despair of four people facing the end of the world. Don’t miss this meditation on death, dependency and wit.

February 4-8
Corner Playhouse

The Whipping Man

by Matthew Lopez, directed by Prof. Clyde Ruffinn

As the Civil War ends, a wounded Confederate soldier returns to find his plantation home in ruins, occupied by two of his family's former slaves. Bound by history and the Jewish faith they share, the three men are forced to confront the changing social order as deeply buried secrets are revealed that could cost each of them their freedom.

Strong language and explicit physical trauma

February 19-21, 26-March 1
Rhynsburger Theatre


by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Dr. Cheryl Black

Argonautika is a stunningly imaginative, moving, and highly entertaining re-telling of Jason’s quest for the golden fleece and his ill-fated meeting with Medea, the princess and sorceress who betrays her family to aid him. Adapted by Tony-Award winning writer/director of Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman, Argonautika captures the wonder and power of the ancient Greek myth with fresh and contemporary energy.

March 11-15
Corner Playhouse

The Beaux’ Strategem

by George Farquhar, directed by Dr. Suzanne Burgoyne

A rollicking Restoration Comedy, George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Strategem (1707) follows two rascally and charming fortune-hunters who don disguises to woo wealthy women, then find themselves lured by real love. As revised by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig, this updated classic romps through bedrooms, bar rooms, hospital rooms, and sword fights on its way to a happy ending.

April 16-18, 23-26
Rhynsburger Theatre

Mizzou New Play Series

Artistic Director Dr. David Crespy

Be in the front row as our talented playwrights spin tales of daring, drama, and desperate desire! Each spring brings a festival of exciting new plays to the MU stage, developed during MU’s nationally recognized Missouri Playwrights Workshop, which has received over 50 awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

April 29-May 2
Rhynsburger Theatre

Box Office


Online ticket sales start on September 8.
Box Office opens September 29.

Box Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 2:00-5:00 pm and one hour before curtain for all performances

Ticket Prices

General Public $12

Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors $10

Mizzou New Play Series $5

Senior Citizen rates are available for all patrons aged 60+.

Two Complementary tickets per show for retired MU Faculty and Staff. Requires MU ID and signature at Box Office.


  • Paid ticket orders received within one week of the performance date will be held at the box office.
  • Tickets may be exchanged on a space available basis.
  • All Sales Are Final. NO REFUNDS.
  • Exchanges are limited by our ticket exchange policy, available at the Box Office.
  • No children under the age of five will be admitted.
  • Cameras and all other recording devices are prohhibted in the theatre during performances.

How to Order

There are several convenient ways to purchase tickets for an MU Theatre production.

ONLINE: http://theatremissouri.tix.com

By clicking the link above you are leaving theatre.missouri.edu and transactions will be securely handled by tix.com.

BY PHONE: Phone purchases can be made with payment by Visa/Mastercard/Discover Card. Call (573) 882-PLAY. (NOTE: If you receive the answering machine during regular box office hours, our workers are assisting other customers. Please, leave your name, phone number, the show you wish to attend and the number of tickets you will need. A box office employee will return your call at the first available opportunity.)

BY MAIL: Mail your ticket request to Rhynsburger Theatre, 129 Fine Arts Building, Columbia, MO 65211.

IN PERSON: THE MU THEATRE BOX OFFICE is located in the Rhynsburger Theatre lobby in the Fine Arts Building on the MU campus located at the southwest corner of Hitt Street & University Avenue. We have a 15-minute parking space for ticket buyers on the west side of the Rhynsburger Theatre. Call the Box Office at (573) 882-PLAY to verify opening hours and days.

Season Tickets

Season Ticket $75
Reserve seats for all of the great performances in this year’s line up! A Season Ticket includes all plays and one play of your choice from the New Play Series.

Curtain Times

All weekday and Saturday performances, unless otherwise noted, are at 7:30 P.M .

All Sunday performances, unless otherwise noted, are at 2 P.M.

Request a Brochure

If you would like a brochure, please contact us to request a copy:
MUTheatreUpdate@missouri.edu or
(573) 882-2021
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