MU Theatre

2019-20 MU theatre calendar

Fall 2019 -----------

Funny House of a Negro / A Movie Star has to Star in Black and White

By Adrienne Kennedy, Obie Award Lifetime Achievement winner and Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

Directed by David Crespy

Two dazzlingly experimental, dreamlike plays, by one of America’s most adventurous playwrights, which explore the uncomfortable divide between black and white America through the eyes of a young African-American women in a gorgeous, furious burst of poetry, imagery, and sound.

7:30p Sept 25 - 28
2:00p Sept 29

Studio 4


17th Annual Life and Literature Performance Series featuring Climate Change Theatre Action

Artistic Director, Heather Carver

Cutting-edge original and adapted works by our own MU student and faculty authors, presenting short solo performances, poetry, ethnographic adaptations and plays from the Climate Change Theatre Action project. Come join us as we experience new voices speaking about our ancient planet.

7:30p Oct 16 - 19
2:00p Oct 20

Studio 4


The Wiz

The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, winner of seven Tony awards in 1975

Book by William F. Brown, Lyrics by Charlie Smalls, Directed by Dr. Joy Powell

A modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story reflecting contemporary African-American music and culture featuring a multi-cultural cast. After Dorothy gets swept up in a tornado, she finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz. An explosion of magic and heart for audiences of all ages.

7:30p Oct 31 - Nov 2 and Nov 7 - 9
2:00p Nov 3, 10



Opera Scenes

Show-Me Opera presents two evenings of Opera Scenes

Directed by Christine Seitz

Spend an evening enjoying scenes from a wide range of operatic repertory, performed by our talented students, selected to move and inspire you.

7:30p Nov 15 - 16

Rhynsburger Theatre

$7, free with student ID

Spring 2020 -------------

Mizzou New Play Series

Dr. David Crespy, Artistic Director

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 at the Missouri Playwrights Workshop, part of MU’s nationally recognized Writing for Performance Program, recipient of the Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

7:30p Feb 12 - 15
2:00p Feb 15 - 16

Studio 4


Chancellor’s Arts Showcase

Directed by Dr. Joy Powell

A celebration of the arts at Mizzou featuring outstanding student performances.

7:00p Feb 28

Performed at the historic Missouri Theatre, 203 S. 9th St. $7, free with MU ID

Votes for Women

By Elizabeth Robbins, an American version, adapted and directed by Dr. Cheryl Black

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the nineteenth amendment, MU Theatre presents an adaptation of Elizabeth Robbins’s 1906 feminist classic. Our production relocates the action to America, where suffragists marched, preached, wrote, sang, rallied, went to prison and rode horses down Fifth Avenue to win “the free delights of women’s rights!”

7:30p Mar 11 - 14
2:00p Mar 15

Rhynsburger Theatre



By José Rivera

Directed by Xiomara Cornejo

This play by the Puerto Rican playwright earned him the 1993 Obie Award for Playwriting.

In a world where apples are extinct and people turn into mounds of salt, the angels plot an epic battle to save the human race. To survive on her own, Marisol, a Puerto-Rican woman from the Bronx embarks on a magical journey through the apocalypse.

7:30p Apr 29 - May 2
2:00p May 3

Studio 4


MU Theatre information:

Tickets are $17 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

Tickets are $7 for Life and Literature Performance Series, Opera Scenes, Chancellor’s Arts Showcase, Mizzou New Play Series, Comedies in Concert

BOX OFFICE: MU Theatre box office in the Rhynsburger Theatre lobby from 2-5 pm, Mon. – Fri and one hour before show times.

Or by calling 573-882-PLAY (7529) and online at

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS: $2 discount on tickets purchased one week or more ahead of show at box office. Early Bird discount is not available online or by phone. Group discounts available only at the Rhynsburger box office, please call (573) 882-PLAY (7529).

The Rhynsburger Theatre, 505 Hitt St., Columbia, MO 65211

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium, 672 Hitt St. Columbia, MO 65211