Previous Productions

2019

By various composers , Directed by Christine Seitz
Rhynsburger Theatre

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

By Book by William F. Brown, Lyrics by Charlie Smalls , Directed by Joy Powell
Rhynsburger Theatre

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

Rhynsburger

$17

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 theatre.missouri.edu

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).

Rhynsburger Theatre

505 Hitt St. Columbia, MO 65211

By various playwrights , Directed by Heather Carver
Studio 4

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

$7

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 theatre.missouri.edu

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).

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St. Columbia, MO 65211

Funny House of a Negro / A Movie Star has to Star in Black and White
By Adrienne Kennedy, Obie Award Lifetime Achievement winner , Directed by David Crespy
Studio 4

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

$17

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 theatre.missouri.edu

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).

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St. Columbia, MO 65211

By Terrence McNally Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty , Directed by Dr. Joy Powell
Rhynsburger Theatre

Join us for a special showing of Ragtime the Musical at 6:00 pm on July 13, 2019 when we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre. A reception will follow the show.

Ragtime the Musical

Book by Terrence McNally, Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Dr. Joy Powell
Music director, Christine Jarquio Nichols

Set in the ever-changing landscape of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together. – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus
6:00pm: July 13   7:00pm: July 11 - 12, and July 18-20
2:00 pm: July 14, 17, 21

Tickets:  Rhynsburger Theatre box office, Mon - Fri, 2p - 5p
(573) 882-PLAY (7529) or online at theatre.missouri.edu

MU Theatre information:

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

BOX OFFICE:

Please check box office hours at theatre.missouri.edu. The MU Theatre box office is in the Rhynsburger Theatre lobby, open from 2-5 pm, Mon. – Fri and one hour before show times.

Or call 573-882-PLAY (7529) or purchase online at theatre.missouri.edu

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).

By Terrence McNally Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty , Directed by Dr. Joy Powell
Rhynsburger Theatre

Ragtime the Musical
by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Dr. Joy Powell
Music director, Christine Jarquio Nichols

Set in the ever-changing landscape of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together. – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

Rhynsburger Theatre, 505 Hitt St.

All Tickets: $16
All seats are general admission.

2pm: July 14, 17, 21
7pm: July 11 - 13, 18 - 20

Tickets online at theatre.missouri.edu

Group discounts available.
Please call 573-882-PLAY
(573-882-7529).

Prince Snow
By Lainie Vansant , Directed by Derek Munson
Studio 4

Comedies in Concert

In less than eight hours, Mizzou actors, directors and playwrights read, rehearse and stage a new comedy! Can they do it? Without losing lines, props, costume pieces, and their minds?!! Join us for an evening of comic mayhem with new comedies written by our Kennedy Center award-winning playwrights.

7:00pm: June 11

PRINCE SNOW by Lainie Vansant, directed by Derek Munson, Adapted from the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”  all Ages!Adapted from the Brothers Grimm’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” by Lainie Vansant, Directed by Derek Munson

Setting: Once upon a time in a land far away. Different locations are suggested by minimalistic props and set pieces.

Synopsis: Snow leads a sheltered life in his castle until his jealous stepfather unwittingly thrusts him into a kingdom-wide rebellion.

Studio 4, 672 Hitt St.
MU Theatre information:

Tickets $6 at the box office or at the door.

BOX OFFICE:

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

Or call 573-882-PLAY (7529). Online at theatre.missouri.edu

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS: No early bird discounts are available for Comedies in Concert

Buy tickets online.

By various , Directed by Dr. Kevin Brown
Rhynsburger Theatre

A.L.I.C.E., directed by Dr. Kevin Brown

Theatre meets virtual reality in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass." This production explores Alice's journey as an allegory of "going down the rabbit hole" of technology, all the while staying true to the original story as a metaphor for growing up and finding one’s true self.

7:30 pm: Apr 18 - 20 and 25 – 27

2:00 pm: Apr 28

Rhynsburger Theatre

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

Attention, please note: Strobe lights and rapidly moving images will be used in this production.

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 theatre.missouri.edu

 

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

38.945716, -92.325851

  

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.943452, -92.325174

By various , Directed by Dr. David Crespy, Artistic Director
Studio 4, McKee Gymnasium, 672 Hitt St.

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.

Special performances in this year's Mizzou New Play Series include Dr. Crespy’s 2018 Fall Fulbright Project in Thessaloniki, Greece, City of Miracles and Wonders and Golgota by Shmuel Refael, directed by David Crespy, featuring performer Aaron Krawitz, discussion with MU scholar John Zemke and Dr. David Crespy on Ladino and Sephardic Jewish Culture, Fulbright Project 2018 in Greece.

7:30 pm: Apr 3 – 6       

2:00 pm: Apr 6 - 7

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

Tickets are $5 purchased at the door.

BOX OFFICE:

MNPS Tickets ARE NOT PRE-SOLD! All MNPS tickets will be $5.00 and are only available AT THE DOOR (Studio 4) of each performance beginning 1 hour before curtain.
We can accept cash, check, and student charge with a valid student ID for all MNPS tickets.
(For Comp Tickets needs please visit the box office during regular hours or contact Jabarbara Jennings, jenningsja@missouri.edu, by email for questions)

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS: Early Bird discounts are NOT available for this show.

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

Each performance is a different play! First come, first seated.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:30PM

The Wall by Al Dabiri, directed by David Crespy

All The Roses by Curt Wohleber, directed by Taylor Sklenar     

Uber* by Taylor Sklenar, directed by David Crespy                    

Fission* by Taylor Sklenar, directed by Lainie Vansant             

 

Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:30PM

City Of Miracles And Wonders by David Crespy, directed by Al Dabiri
Dr. Crespy’s 2018 Fall Fulbright Project in Thessaloniki, Greece

 

Friday, April 5, 2019 7:30PM

The Omnilvx Method* by Taylor Sklenar, directed by Cat Priamos

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019 2:00PM

Marvin by Lainie Vansant, directed by Kate Busselle

Petrified! by Kate Busselle, directed by Lainie Vansant

The White Bovina* by Blake Willoughby, directed by Al Dabiri

Driving With Dad by Zahria Moore, directed by Kaylin Jones

Almost Shakespearian by Megan Fair, directed by Kasey Lynch

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019 7:30PM

A Beautiful Death on 34th and 5th by Kaylin Jones, directed by Blake Willoughby

 

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2:00PM

Finished by Katrin Hunter, directed by Kasey Lynch                    

Missing Parts* by Taylor Sklenar, directed by Cat Priamos

I Was Just Gaming Around: Part 2 by Blake Willoughby, directed by Kate Busselle

Redemption* by Taylor Sklenar, directed by Kate Busselle

The Gender Reveal* by Kaylin Jones, directed by Blake Willoughby         

Hard-Bound Killer by Abby Land, directed by Katy Troha

Overqualified by Laine Vansant, directed by Katy Troha             

                        

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 7:30PM

Golgota by Shmuel Refael, directed by David Crespy, featuring performer Aaron Krawitz, discussion with MU scholar John Zemke and Dr. David Crespy on Ladino and Sephardic Jewish Culture, Fulbright Project 2018 in Greece.

*Denotes Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award-winning Script

By Samuel Beckett , Directed by Dr. Suzanne Burgoyne
Studio 4, McKee Gymnasium, 672 Hitt St.

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, directed by Dr. Suzanne Burgoyne

Beckett’s famous fable: A country road. A tree. Evening.  Two homeless tramps play games and perform vaudeville acts while waiting for the mysterious Godot to arrive and give their lives purpose.

7:30 pm: Mar 13 – 16

2:00 pm: Mar 17

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

 

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 theatre.missouri.edu

 

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

38.945716, -92.325851

  

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.943452, -92.325174

By various , Directed by Dr. Claire Syler
Rhynsburger Theatre

The Every 28 Hours Plays, directed by Dr. Claire Syler,
part of MU Theatre's World Theatre Workshop

The Every 28 Hours Plays is a national performance project that takes its name from the shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a Black person is killed in the US by police or vigilante. Originally developed in St. Louis with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The One-Minute Play Festival, and in association with theatre makers from across the country, it features multiple short plays and a post-production talkback. Come join the conversation.

7:30 pm: Feb 20 – 23

2:00 pm: Feb 24

Rhynsburger Theatre

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

 

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 theatre.missouri.edu

 

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 Every 28 Hours Plays are executive produced by CALLING UP. They were co-created and produced by Claudia Alick of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and Dominic D’Andrea of The One-Minute Play Festival (1MPF), with participation from St. Louis artists and community members, as well as playwrights and guest artists throughout the nation. Originally created and produced in St. Louis, the project swelled into a coordinated series of readings and engagements all over the country, sponsored and presented by our partnering theatres. Written By: Aaron Jafferis, Aaron Posner, Aleshea Harris, Amina Henry, Anu Yadav, Ari Roth, Aurin Squire, Basmin Red Dear, Brian "Dyalekt" Kushner, Chelsea Gregory, Chisa Hutchinson, Claudia Alick, Colman Domingo, D'Lo, Darius Stubbs, David Henry Hwang, Dominique Morriseau, Elaine Romero, Emma Sherman-Goldman, Eric Coble, Florinda Bryant, Gisla Stringer, Grant Harris, Heidi Van, Idris Goodwin, Ike Holter, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Jake Margolin, Jerome Parker, Jim McManus, Joan Lipkin, Joe Wilson Jr., Jonathan Norton, Josh Wilder, Keith Josef Adkins, Kelley Weber, Kevin R Free, Kirsten Greenidge, Kristoffer Diaz, Larissa FastHorse, Leilani Chan, Lily Junker, Lisa Loomer, Liza Jesse Peterson, Lynn Nottage, Mariah L. Richardson, Marshal Jones III, Marty K. Casey, Matthew R. Kerns, Migdalia Cruz, Nambi Kelley, Nancy Bell, Neil LaBute, Nikkole Salter, Olivia Medina, Ova Saopeng, Paul Tully, Prince Gomolvilas, Psalmayene 24 (greg morrison), Rasheedat Bandejo, Rick G. Trumble, Robert Maesaka, Robert Schenkkan, Shishir Kurup, Shruti Purkayastha, Sigrid Gilmer, Stephen Peirick, Steven Maurice Page, Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Stew, Syd Stewart, Tarrel McCraney, Zakiyyah Alexander. For more information on the original artists who created this body of work, please visit: www.every28hoursplays.org

The Rhynsburger Theatre

505 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.945716, -92.325851

  

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.943452, -92.325174

2018

By Show-Me Opera , Directed by Christine Seitz
Rhynsburger Theatre

Show-Me Opera presents two evenings of Opera Scenes, directed by Christine Seitz

The World Premiere performances of “A Certain Madness” by MU student composer Hans Bridger Heruth.

Based on the novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Certain Madness" sees Sherlock and Watson attempt to solve a murder with the help of an unlikely ally - a medium! The program will also include selected scenes from a wide range of operatic repertoire.

Tickets: $5 available at the MU Theatre Box Office; free to all MU Students with ID

7:30 pm: Nov 9 – 10

Rhynsburger Theatre

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the box office, free to all MU Students with ID.

 

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 theatre.missouri.edu

 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS: Early bird discount is not available for this event.

The Rhynsburger Theatre

505 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.945716, -92.325851

  

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.943452, -92.325174

Fever/Dream
By Sheila Callaghan , Directed by Lainie Vansant
Rhynsburger Theatre

Fever/Dream by Sheila Callaghan, directed by Lainie Vansant

Segis is yanked out of his dismal corporate dungeon one day, only to discover that he is the heir to a major business empire. Join us for this quirky, magical, modern-day journey through Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Spanish golden age classic, Life is a Dream.

7:30 pm: Oct 31 - Nov 3

2:00 pm: Nov 4

Rhynsburger Theatre

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

 

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 theatre.missouri.edu

 

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

38.945716, -92.325851

  

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.943452, -92.325174

By Jason Robert Brown , Directed by Dr. Joy Powell
Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Dr. Joy Powell

It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice or take a stand or turn around and go back. This moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World.

7:30 pm: Oct 11- 13 and Oct 18 - 20

2:00 pm: Oct 14

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium
 

Tickets are $16 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

 

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 theatre.missouri.edu

 

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

38.945716, -92.325851

  

Studio 4 in McKee Gymnasium

672 Hitt St.

Columbia, MO 65211

38.943452, -92.325174

 

Here's an interview with the director: https://www.kopn.org/programs/speaking-of-the-arts/

 

By David Lindsey-Abaire Music by Jeanine Tesori , Directed by Dr. Joy Powell
Rhynsburger Theatre

Music by  Jeanine Tesori

Book and Lyrics  by David Lindsay-Abaire

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

Shrek the Musical takes us on a journey with an unlikely hero who finds himself on a quest to regain his home from a cavalcade of fairy tale misfits. Along for the ride is a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. This funny and heartwarming fairy tale teaches us that curses are meant to be reversed, monsters can get the girl and princesses are beautiful in all shapes and sizes.     family friendly!

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