• Experience HSU Theatre

    2015-2016 Season


    by Nick Jones
    Directed by Colby Savell
    Down Center Stage
    September 3, 4, 5 at 7:30pm and September 6 at 2pm
    -Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly…at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity.


    by Jonathan Rand
    Co-directed by Edna Gill and Braiden Fisher
    Skiles Building, Round Room, 2nd floor, HSU Campus
    September 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm
    -Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse -- until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

    QUILTERS, a musical

    by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
    Directed by Victoria Spangler
    Van Ellis Theatre
    October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm and October 11 at 2pm
    -Quilters captures the depth and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenges and abiding rewards of frontier life. We see the stories of a woman and her six daughters depicted in various quilt "blocks": girlhood, marriage, childbirth, twisters, fire, illness and death. Filled with music, dance and drama, as well as love, warmth, and rich, lively humor.

    POPS AT THE POND—Musical Theatre Showcase

    at the Duck Pond on the HSU campus
    No charge for this event
    October 30, Friday, 5:30pm
    Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an October evening outside as music and theatre students perform hits from Broadway and beyond. It’s the night before Halloween, so expect songs from Jekyll and Hyde, Young Frankenstein, Sweeny Todd, Wicked, Little Shop of Horrors, Phantom of the Opera and more! Presented by the HSU Theatre Department and School of Music.


    by Will Eno
    Directed by Carson McCain
    Van Ellis Theatre
    November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30pm and November 22 at 2pm
    Both deeply moving and funny, Middletown explores the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between. Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play of 2010


    Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
    Directed by Brandon Ray
    Van Ellis Theatre
    February 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30pm and February 21 at 2pm
    -Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but naive courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. . A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.


    by Michael Cristofer
    Directed by Victoria Spangler
    Van Ellis Theatre
    April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30pm and April 17 at 2pm
    -Taking place over twenty-four hours, in three separate vacation cabins on the grounds of a large hospital, three tales unfold, at first separately, and then towards the end of each act, simultaneously. Each tale features a person who is dying. Each person is surrounded by loved ones. All are trying to face and make sense of death. The Shadow Box is a winner of a Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize

    DirectFEST 2015

    April 27, 28, 29, 30 at 7:30pm
    Van Ellis Theatre
    -Directfest— Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU theater students. Three nights of fascinating theater.



    General Admission $8 Military, seniors and students $5 HSU Faculty, staff and students free


    General Admission $10 Military, seniors and students $7 HSU Faculty, staff and students $5

    Purchase tickets at the box office or online at www.hsutx.edu/tickets
    Van Ellis Theatre box office (325) 670-1405

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