On Stage

See what’s on stage in spring 2022.

MFA New Works Series:

Variety Show the Musical Play 

by Theresa Columbus

May 12, 13, 14 at 8pm

Center for the Arts Studio Theatre

This theater piece consisting of short plays, performance art, and songs was created by Theresa Columbus and six performers: Izaak Collins, Cliff Doby, Ruby Fulton, Myles Hamilton, Caitlin Weaver, and Jacob Zabawa. Their process challenges the traditional roles of writer/director and actors. The play creates the effect of a surreal vaudevillian variety show, even though several narrative and formal through-lines connect the “variety” of pieces. Different theatrical forms bump up against and expand each other, splashing into the poetry of everyday conversation.

Student Studio Production

[Title of Show]

Music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell

Directed by Arianna Costantini

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan and Heidi. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival's deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] follows Hunter, Jeff, and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression and their definition of success. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre -- a uniquely American art form -- and to the joy of collaboration. 

May 11-14 

Center for the Arts Ruth Marder Studio Theatre