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Let us entertain you with a diverse selection of faculty-directed live productions! Performances take place in Bush Theatre, Townsend Kiva, and Theatre-on-the-Side, which are all located close to the Bush Theatre ticket windows on the CMU Campus.  For information on our smaller-scale, free, Studio Theatre and other sponsored productions, follow us on social media or visit our Events and Activities webpage.

The 2020-2021 University Theatre Season

We’re pleased to announce our revised Fall 2020 theatre season: a collection of smaller-scale shows that are particularly appropriate to our times. With safety being our primary concern, auditions, rehearsals, and live-streamed performances will follow the latest health and safety guidelines from the University and the State of Michigan.  

Our students are excited to make the most of the challenges and opportunities of the year, and we believe that our audiences will be just as inspired, challenged, and entertained as ever by our live-streamed presentations. We hope to perform our Spring productions in an in-person setting but will make a final decision when more timely information may better guide our decisions.




Performance Details (Click title for more information)

Written by Anna Deavere Smith and directed by Steve Berglund 

Acclaimed as “an American masterpiece” (Newsweek), TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 is a stunning work of “documentary theatre” in which Anna Deavere Smith uses the verbatim words of people who experienced the Los Angeles riots to expose and explore the devastating human impact of that event. “Extraordinary…haunting.” —People Magazine.  (Includes mature language)

  • Live-streamed performances: October 8-10 at 7:30 pm and October 11 at 2:00 pm 
  • Purchase tickets now showtix4u.com/events/cmutad
    • Individual tickets: $5 and Group tickets: $10 (Plus fees)
    • Streamed performance tickets and Fall play information will not be available through CMU Ticket Central staff

Written by Pearl Cleage and directed by CMU Student Yasmeen Duncan (Faculty Advisor, Elaine DiFalco Daugherty)  

“Pearl Cleage’s A SONG FOR CORETTA, a lovely, image-soaked testament to the civil rights icon seen through the random eyes of a handful of fictional mourners who have lined up to say goodbye to the beloved Mrs. (Coretta Scott) King…brims with wit, personality and life-affirming energy.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

  • Live-streamed performances: October 22-24 at 7:30 pm and October 25 at 2:00 pm 
  • Purchase tickets now at: showtix4u.com/events/cmutad
    • Individual tickets: $5 and Group tickets: $10 (Plus fees)
    • Streamed performance tickets and Fall play information will not be available through CMU Ticket Central staff

Written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Keeley Stanley Bohn   

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. 

  • Live-streamed performances: November 5-7 at 7:30 pm and November 8 at 2:00 pm 
  • Purchase tickets now at: showtix4u.com/events/cmutad
    • Individual tickets: $5 and Group tickets: $10 (Plus fees)
    • Streamed performance tickets and Fall play information will not be available through CMU Ticket Central staff

Artistic direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee, Assistant Direction by CMU students Alynne Welch and Rachel Napier, Original musical composition by CMU School of Music student, Joshua Daniels

This dance film features performances and choreography by CMU Dance Studies Majors and Dance Minors, set to music from a CMU School of Music student

  • A free Facebook Premiere and watch party will be available on December 3 at 7:30 pm at www.fb.com/cmutheatre

Written by Robert O'Hara and directed by Steve Berglund

"Searing and sensationally funny... As raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative."—The New York Times  "This is a look at an America where real-life behaviors take their cues from reality TV."   Hollywood Reporter

  • Bush Theatre (Tentative) | February 10-13 at 7:30 pm and February 14 at 2:00 pm
  • Includes mature themes and language
  • Tickets: Due to the pandemic, tickets will only be available once we're able to make a final decision on the nature of our Spring 2020 productions.

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Nancy Eddy

HamletShakespeare’s masterpiece, is the story of a young prince from Denmark searching for the proof that will clearly implicate his uncle, Claudius, for the murder of his father.  It is a tale of power, revenge, spying, betrayal, illusion, corruption, and murder. Is Hamlet driven forward by his fate or by the choices he makes?  This production will feature an actress in the role of Hamlet.  

  • Bush Theatre (tentative) | March 23-27 at 7:30 pm and March 28 at 2:00 pm
  • Includes violence and mature themes
  • Tickets: Due to the pandemic, tickets will only be available once we're able to make a final decision on the nature of our Spring 2020 productions. 

Artistic direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee

Experience an exhilarating and creative dance production by the UT Dance Company! 

  • Bush Theatre (tentative) | April 22-24 at 7:30 pm and April 25 at 2:00 pm
  • Tickets available starting August 1st through CMU Ticket Central online, by phone at 989-774-3045, or in person at the CMU Events Center


Streamed Performance Ticketing
Tickets for all  live-streamed performances are available through our ShowTix4U production page.  
  • Purchase: Tickets are available online only at ShowTix4U.  Note: CMU Ticket Central will not have tickets for live-streamed performances.  
  • Attending:   Single-use tickets will be delivered by email.  Simply follow the link in the email to attend the show.   (Hint: Please check your junk mail folder if tickets do not appear in your inbox quickly)
  • Prices: $5 individual | $10 group  | Plus a small fee (just over $2)
  • Refunds: Refunds of the ticket price are available through a link on the ticket.  Note that ticketing fees cannot be refunded. 
  • Problem?   You can use the CHAT service to talk with a ShowTix4U representative online on weekdays through 8:00 pm.  Messages sent during off hours will be serviced on the next weekday.  You may also email jim.hickerson@cmich.edu for assistance.  As with all streamed performances, the faster your internet connection speed, the better quality presentation you can expect.  The streaming product works with all manner of computers, tablets, and mobile devices.  If you're having trouble, consider restarting  your device as a first troubleshooting step.

In-Person Ticketing and Tips
This information relates only to live performances taking place on our campus, which are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Advance purchase tickets are available at a reduced price through 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 before each performance.  

We recommend purchasing tickets well in advance for any musical or any performance scheduled for the Townsend Kiva or Theatre-on-the-Side. 

CMU Ticket Central

    • School year: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    • Summer: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Parking

Free performance parking is available in lot 33N or 33S which are located off from East Campus Drive between Preston and Broomfield Roads.  Here is a map to Bush Theatre, which is very near all of our performance spaces. 

Past Productions

Here's a look at our last few seasons:

2019
California Suite and Ken Ludwig's A Fox on the Fairway
Ragtime
Punk Rock
*Our Town
*UTDC Spring Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: *Sylvia and *Red Herring
*Performances cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
 
2018
The Great Kooshog Lake Fishing Derby and Self Help
Shakuntala
Shrek the Musical
The Whipping Man
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: The Fox and the Fairway - California Suite
 
2017
LOVE/SICK
The Other Project
Spring Awakening
Fool for Love
A Country Wife 
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: The Great Kooshog Lake Fishing Derby and Self Help
 
2016
Shady Business
Shooting Star
A Chorus Line
Pericles
Doubt, A Parable
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: For the Love of Juliet, LOVE/SICK, and Twain by the Tale
 
2015
One Slight Hitch
Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike
Oklahoma!
Mother Hicks
Marvin's Room
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: Dearly Departed, Marriage is Murder, and Shady Business
 
2014
The Complete World of Sports (Abridged)
Oakton High Homecoming Dance 1999 (Original)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Hundred Dresses
A Streetcar Named Desire
UTDC Dance Concert
Summer Theatre: Don't Dress for Dinner, One Slight Hitch and Jerry Finnegan's Sister