Join us for the 2022-2023 season!
Gallantry: A Soap Opera & Trouble in Tahiti
October 28-30, 2021
Gallantry: A Soap Opera
Music by Douglas Moore, Libretto by Arnold Sundgaard
A surgeon has fallen in love with the anethetist, who in turn loves the patient on the table! Gallantry is a musical farce centering on a television soap opera set in a hospital's operating room. Critical moments are, of course, interrupted by commercials.
Trouble in Tahiti
Music and Libretto by Leonard Bernstein
Trouble in Tahiti tells the story of a day in the life of two married people who appear to have the perfect life, but both are longing for something more.
November 18-20, 2021
By Kate Hamill, Adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott
The heartfelt story of Jo and her three sisters comes to life in this new adaptation by Kate Hamill. This brand-new version honors the spirit of Alcott’s original while freshly interpreting it for a new era. “As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Restrictive gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman?
Cabildo & Cendrillon
February 17-19, 2023
By Amy Beach
A tour group in New Orleans visits where pirate Pierre Lafitte was imprisoned in 1814. Captivated, Mary dreams of the story of Lafitte’s escape. Was love his key to freedom or is that just wishful thinking? Written in 1932 and incorporating folk and Creole influences, Cabildo is the only opera from pioneering composer Amy Beach.
By Pauline Viardot
Cendrillon is a chamber operetta that takes a more lighthearted approach to Perrault's original fairy tale, Cinderella. The evil stepmother is replaced with a bumbling and clueless stepfather and the Fairy Godmother appears as a guest at the party and entertains the guests with a song.
March 24-26, 2023
By Rebecca Gilman
After graduating from a small Wisconsin high school, Sam prepares to head to college on scholarship—but her cousin Jaycee’s future isn’t looking as bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, their local bowling alley becomes a place to celebrate triumphs, confront challenges and forge new identities.
Festival of Short Plays 2023: Commedia dell'arte and Molière
April 20-22, 2023
The Festival of Short Plays will explore the comedic plays of Molière. This is the 20th annual Festival of Short Plays produced entirely by students at Simpson College.