Saint Louis University theater and dance program announces the 2021-2022 performance season
The University of Saint Louis Theater and Dance Program of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts has announced its programming for the 2021-2022 varsity theater and dance season. This season’s selections consist of traditional and contemporary works, as well as original works by university students. Plays range from avant-garde comedy to beloved classics, thought-provoking drama to creative artistic expressions. In addition to welcoming a special guest director, our productions for the 2021-2022 season will be led by the Faculty of Theater and Dance at the University of Saint Louis, which continues to provide students with cutting-edge educational experiences throughout. by offering exceptional programming to our audience.
The season begins in October with Kenneth Lonnergan’s black comedy nominated for the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Cover of a Play This is Our Youth, conducted by Associate Professor Tom Martin. The second production of the season, directed by Associate Professor Lucy Cashion, will be a new take on William Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which explores magic, mischief and love. The closing show for the 2021-2022 season will be the first dance concert featuring original dance works choreographed by dance students from Saint Louis University and conducted by Assistant Professor Holly Seitz-Marchant.
The SLU Theater & Dance Program is delighted to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch, which will debut in February 2022, will be directed by guest artist and St. Louis theater tour de force Carl Overly Jr. SLU is proud to continue its partnership with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation to present two of the four performances in their spaces at the Grand Arts Center. The Rimers of Eldritch will perform February 24-27 in the Kranzberg Black Box at the Kranzberg Arts Center. The Grandel Theater will be the site of the Dance Concert from April 22 to 24. This is Our Youth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place on the SLU campus in the Mark Wilson Studio Theater and Xavier Hall’s Main Stage Theater, respectively.
Season tickets and season tickets for the 2021-2022 Theater and Dance will begin selling on August 2, 2021. All tickets and subscriptions must be purchased through MetroTix.com or at the University Campus Box Office, located at Xavier Hall, the week preceding each performance. All venues are generally unallocated seats.
The University of Saint Louis is a Missouri ArtSafe Certified Organization and will follow the health and safety protocols put in place by our university in accordance with CDC and City of St. Louis guidelines. Any ticketing, masking, distancing, etc. is subject to change based on these guidelines.
2021-2022 Saint Louis University Theater & Dance Season
This is our youth
By Kenneth Lonnergan
Directed by Thomas Martin
Mark Wilson Studio Theater, Xavier Hall | 3733 West Pine Shopping Center
October 1 – 10, 2021
In 1982, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the wealthy, articulate, weed-smoker teens who were young children in the ’60s grew into young adults in a country that has just blatantly rejected everything they do. were raised to believe. The last wave of New York liberalism of the 1960s has come of age, and there is nowhere left to go. In meticulous, hilarious, and scary detail, THIS IS OUR YOUTH follows forty-eight hours of three young souls much lost in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan era: Warren Straub, a despondent nineteen-year-old who steals fifteen thousand dollars from her abusive lingerie mogul father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic domineering drug dealer friend who helps him put money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxious and insightful young woman Warren aspires to. Funny, painful and compassionate, THIS IS OUR YOUTH is a vivid snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood when many young people go out on their own for the first time in the world, armed only with the ideas and techniques they have developed as teenagers ideas and techniques far more sophisticated than their parents ever realized and far less effective than they can imagine themselves.
A Midsummer Night’s dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lucy Cashion
Xavier Hall’s Main Stage Theater, Xavier Hall | 3733 West Pine Shopping Center
November 18 – 21, 2021
Mischief is in the air when the Fairy King and Queen argue and Puck finds himself in charge of the love potion. Four young people get lost in the woods on a summer night. Will they find each other and true love, or will Puck’s meddling leave them heartbroken and alone? A band of players prepare to entertain the Duke of Athens. But now that the fairies have made their main man a donkey, will Quince and the others ever be able to play their part? Do we have time to put everything back in place before this magical night is over?
The Rimers of Eldritch
By Lanford Wilson
Directed by Carl Overly Jr.
Kranzberg Black Box, Kranzberg Art Center | 501 N. Grand Boulevard
February 24 – 27, 2021
As Martin Gottfried comments: “It’s simple. A mystery, really. A man has been murdered. The mystery is who he is, who murdered him and under what circumstances? And to solve it, Wilson looks outside. and inside his small town in the Middle Western. He looks at a middle-aged woman who falls in love with the young man who comes to work in his cafe. He watches a rude, mean woman abuse her senile mother, who is obsessed with visions of Eldritch being evil and heading for blood. He watches a tender relationship between a young man and a dreamy, paralyzed girl. But Wilson sees more than that. It captures the very fabric of Bible Belt America, with its morality tagline (“virgin”, “God fearing”) and its ability to be vicious. He feels the rhythm of his life and the cruelty it can impose. He understands the speech patterns of his loveless gossip, his sex-hungry boys, his uncompassionate preachers, his car-conscious blondes. ”Ultimately Wilson’s portrayal of Eldritch is complete, and the truth of its revelations will be pondered long after the stage lights have gone out and the play is over.
Directed by Holly Seitz Marchant
Choreographed by dance students from Saint Louis University
Le Grandel, 3610 Place du Grandel | 501 N. Grand Boulevard
April 22 – 24, 2021
The program of the Department of Fine Arts and Entertainment, Theater and Dance of the University of Saint Louis presents the first dance concert of the minor in dance, with a collection of new works choreographed and performed by dance students of the ‘University of Saint Louis. Please join us for an evening of dynamic, stimulating and original works of art.