seasonstrip.jpgLet us entertain you with a diverse selection of faculty directed plays which are performed in Bush Theatre or Theatre-on-the-Side on the CMU Campus.  Tickets for each season are available beginning in August through CMU Ticket Central.

We also sponsor numerous free, smaller-scale, Studio Theatre productions every semester. Additional performance details are available online at cda.cmich.edu/news and on Facebook.  

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The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby

Written by Norm Foster and directed by Elaine Daugherty
Investment banker James Bell gets stuck in the sleepy town of Kooshog Lake during their annual fishing derby.  A quirky comedy complete with romance, broken hearts and a shark attack.  (includes mild mature content)

  • Bush Theatre: 
    • 7:30 p.m.: Friday, June 22, Thursday July 12 and Saturday, July 14
    • 2:00 p.m.: Sunday, June 24
    • Tickets available now through CMU Ticket Central (see below)
  • Beaver Island Community Center Theatre:

Self-Help

Written by Norm Foster and directed by Elaine Daugherty
A first-rate comedy from internationally renowned playwright, Norm Foster, in which a married pair of second-rate theatre actors cast themselves as nationally renowned self-help gurus. Their lives unravel in a farce as they try to conceal a body and hold on to their falsely won fame. (Includes mature content)

  • Bush Theatre: 
    • 7:30 p.m.: Thursday, June 21, Saturday, June 23, and Friday, July 13
    • 2:00 p.m.: Sunday, July 15
    • Tickets available now through CMU Ticket Central (see below)
  • Beaver Island Community Center Theatre:


THE 2018-2019 UNIVERSITY THEATRE SEASON

Two comedies returning from CMU Summer Theatre 2018:
Self-Help

  • Written by Norm Foster; Directed by Elaine Daugherty
  • Bush Theatre/ September 6 & 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Description: A first-rate comedy from internationally renowned playwright, Norm Foster, in which a married pair of second-rate theatre actors cast themselves as nationally renowned self-help gurus. Their lives unravel in a farce as they try to conceal a body and hold on to their falsely won fame. (Contains mature content.)

The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby 

  • Written by Norm Foster; Directed by Steve Berglund
  • Bush Theatre/ September 7 at 7:30 p.m. and September 9 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Description: Investment banker James Bell gets stuck in the sleepy town of Kooshog Lake during their annual fishing derby.  A quirky comedy complete with romance, broken hearts and a shark attack.

Shakuntala

  • Written by Kalidasa; Directed by guest director (Fulbright scholar), Satyabrata Rout; Assistant Directed by Annette Thornton
  • Theatre-on-the-Side/ October 4-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and October 7 & 14 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Description: This 5th century CE play tells the love story of the woodland maiden Shakuntala and King Dushyanta. Written as visual poetry, the play portrays humans’ responsibility and contribution for building a healthy society. Performers use classical Indian theatre – dance and drama – to tell the story and create a stylized portrait of life through metaphors and symbols.

Shrek the Musical

  • Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; Music by Jeanine Tesori; Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn; Musical Direction by TBA; Choreography by Heather Trommer-Beardslee
  • Bush Theatre/ November 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and November 10 - 11 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Description: Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.

The Whipping Man  

  • Written by Mathew Lopez; Directed by Nancy Eddy
  • Bush Theatre/ January 30 – February 2 at 7:30 p.m. and February 3 at 2:00 p.m.  
  • Description: It is April, 1865. The Civil War is over and throughout the south, slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home and in Jewish homes, the annual celebration of Passover is being celebrated. As three men wait for signs of life to return to the city, they wrestle with their shared past, the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the reality of the new world in which they find themselves. Deep-buried secrets from the past refuse to be hidden as the play comes to its shocking climax. (Contains mature language)

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play

  • Written by Sarah Ruhl; Directed by Steve Berglund
  • Bush Theatre/March 20 – 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2:00 p.m.  
  • Description: "Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling...one of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years...In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys — or grown men who wish they were still sniggering teenage boys — but for adults with open hearts and minds."  The New York Times

University Theatre Dance Company Concert

  • Artistic Direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee
  • Bush Theatre/April 11  – 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2:00 p.m.   
  • Experience an exhilarating and creative dance production.  Genres range from ballet to hip-hop, and modern to theatrical story dance. 


Ticketing and Tips

Advance purchase tickets are available at a reduced price through our partners at CMU Ticket Central.  If the production doesn't sell out in advance, remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the Bush Theatre ticket window starting one-hour prior to each performance.  

We strongly recommend advance purchase for our musical and all performances scheduled for Theatre-on-the-Side.



For more information, please contact:

Steven Berglund, Director of University Theatre, Professor
Office: Moore 134 - Phone: ​(989) 774-3961
Email: ​bergl1s@cmich.edu​​​​​​​​​​​​​​