Theatre and Dance Department


LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

October 20-23, 2022 | Callahan Theater

Romance, revelry and enchanting music ignite in this contemporary yet lovingly faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. Using the original text, Love's Labour's Lost reunites Obie Award winner Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and two-time TONY Award nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) as they bring their one-of-a-kind sensibility to the immortal words of the Bard.

The King and his best buds decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off the joys of women. But when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they’re forced to reconsider all of that nonsense! Add in an outlandish Spanish exchange student, a performance art-loving professor, - and love and devotion are put to the test with hilarious results.

Smart, sexy, outrageous, and irreverent, Love's Labour's Lost is a madcap celebration of true love and coming of age. Featuring an ensemble cast and an infectious pop score, this is a perfect choice for any group looking for a fresh, clever, and outrageously fun modernized classic.


CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS

November 17-20, 2022 | Callahan Theater

The setting is a farmhouse in the American West, inhabited by a family who has enough to eat but not enough to satisfy the other hungers that bedevil them. The father is a drunk; the mother a frowzy slattern; the daughter precocious beyond her years; and the son a deranged idealist. As the family decides to sell the house to raise money, the mother talks of running off to Europe or Mexico; the father sobers up and tries to take control; the daughter is blown up in the family car; and the son is left brutalized and bloodied. In the end the characters become a metaphor for the underside of American life—benighted innocents pursuing a dream that remains beyond their reach.


COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES

February 16-19, 2022 | Callahan Theater

Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a small hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.”


CURTAINS

March 30-April 2, 2022 | Callahan Theater

A musical mystery comedy with a book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. Based on the original book and concept of the same name by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts and follows the fallout when Jessica Cranshaw, the supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan, to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself. Cioffi also dreams of being in musical theater. The show opened on Broadway to mixed reviews, though several critics praised the libretto and the character of Lieutenant Cioffi, who critic Ben Brantley called "the best damn musical theatre character since Mama Rose in 'Gypsy', and the best role of David Hyde Pierce's career."


SPRING DANCE CONCERT

April 21-22 | Callahan Theater

A showcase of Nazareth College's student dance talent.

Tickets

For tickets to the production season shows, contact the Arts Center Box Office at 585-389-2170.

For tickets to all other performances, contact the Theatre and Dance department, 585-389-2603.