2018-2019 Production Season

The Production Committee is pleased to announce the Performing Arts Department’s 2018 - 2019 season.  We are grateful to colleagues and students who submitted titles for our consideration.  The committee is particularly proud to say that two of the four plays chosen were submitted by students. 

The Rocky Horror Show was proposed by Nathan Lamp, a graduate student in the department.  He sees the nearly forty-five-year-old camp musical as having “. . . relevance to questions about gender, sexuality, and desire in our current cultural moment.  Frank N Furter, the gender non-conforming alien mad scientist . . . is a visionary figure, someone who wants to change the way human beings experience sex, sexuality, sexual desire, and gender identity.”  We are inclined to agree with him. 

Kentucky, by Japanese-American playwright Leah Nanako Winkler, is an exciting work from a vibrant new voice.  In her hands, the American “family comedy” gets a fresh and irreverent overhaul.  Here is a fearless writer with a keen comedic eye, determined to confront in the most entertaining and provocative ways the disturbing issues lurking in our homes.

Undergraduate Sabrina Odigie prompted us to consider Angels in America, and we are mighty glad she did.  Millennium Approaches is a stunningly beautiful piece that resonates in new and provocative ways in light of the current political moment. 

We also take pride in the department’s commitment to new work by student writers as the ongoing A. E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival attests. We look forward to seeing how Lucas Marschke develops his exciting new play Florida. 

2018-2019 Performances

T.T.C. Dance Company: Persistence of Memory

Artistic Direction by Ting-Ting Chang
September 26 at 8 p.m.
Edison Theatre

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Choreographer Ting-Ting Chang conceptualizes a convergence of dance and painting, focusing on the idea of moving sculptures, and reexamining Salvador Dali’s drawers and Sigmund Freud’s unconscious mind. The constant emergence of the open drawers in Dali’s work is the key to understanding his art. The dancers’ movement vocabulary depicts the passing and disappearing of time, and the interaction between the dancers and the drawers signifies the surreal existence of memories and secrets.

T.T.C. Dance, is a Taipei based dance company, was established in 2012 to return to the essence of dance, focusing on the body and re-imagining its possibilities. By collaborating with artists from various fields and experimenting with different concepts, they continue to make positive strides towards a dynamic visual spectacle that is equally entertaining and inspiring.

A. E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival 

Tom and Grace
Written by Scott Greenberg
Directed by Andrea Urice
Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

Arriving At
Written by Ike Butler
Directed by Annamaria Pileggi
Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m.

Written by Lucas Marschke
Directed by Jeffery Matthews
Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m.

All productions will be performed in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre.

Producer: Carter W. Lewis
Festival Assistant: TBA
Guest Professional Dramaturg: TBA


The Rocky Horror Show

Book, Music & Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
October 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
Edison Theatre 
Director: Bill Whitaker

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Newlyweds Brad and Janet have blown a tire. They abandon their car and stumble into the Edison Theatre – right into Frank N Furter’s castle in Transylvania. Here their naive notions of sexual identity will be forever changed. Just in time for Parent’s Weekend and Halloween, The Rocky Horror Show will put a sassy musical finish to Washington University’s Frankenstein@200 programming. Come on and do “The Time Warp” with us!



By Leah Nanako Winkler
November 15, 16, 17, 18 
A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre
Director: Ron Himes

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Big sister Hiro has come back home to Kentucky to rescue her sister Sophie from an abusive father and from marrying a born again Christian she only just met! Here’s a “dramedy” with music and talking cats and ethnic and cultural divides as old as the hills. The New York Times asserts that Kentucky “. . . marks the full length debut of a distinctive new voice – mouthy, sly and bourbon sweet, with the expected kick.”


Washington University Dance Theatre: PastForward

Artistic Direction by David Marchant
November 30 & December 1 & 2
Edison Theatre

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In the early 20th century, the concept of “Art” made a radical shift that today remains at the core of the artistic spirit. This shift was not just a change of content, but of form, process and perceptual outlook. Painters, composers and choreographers leapt from being craftsmen to pioneers, from technicians to experimental intellectuals at the vanguard of their medium and contemporary culture. Today artists are innovators, activists and community builders working at the leading edge of their craft. Join the dance artists of the Performing Arts Department for an evening of choreography that aims to build on our avant-garde past and continue to push the leading edge forward.

This annual showcase features diverse work by resident and guest choreographers, performed by select student dancers of the Performing Arts Department.


Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

By Tony Kushner
February 22, 23, 24 & March 1, 2, 3
Edison Theatre
Director: Henry I. Schvey

PLEASE NOTE:  The start time for this production is 7:00 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows.  

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Perhaps Jack Kroll in Newsweek described Millennium Approaches best: “The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least the absconding of God.” 

Contains nudity, strong language, and adult situations which may not be appropriate for children.


The MFA Student Dance Concert: Reel2Real

Artistic Direction by Christine Knoblauch-O’Neal
March 23 
Edison Theatre 

This concert represents the final component of the MFA in Dance Program for the second cohort.  Each section of the concert combines the artistic expression and kinetic innovations of one of the MFA students, Harrison Parker and Rachel Servello.  The evenings concert is at times a portrayal of life with its obstacles and disengagements, or its connections and empathy through passages of interwoven musings and kinetic phrases. The sections unite to form an evening of thought-provoking performance.


WashU Dance Collective: UnTethered

Artistic Direction by Cecil Slaughter
April 5 & 6
Edison Theatre

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Freeing the imagination to soar, through an unbound exploration of inspiration, ingenuity, and creativity.

As the Performing Arts Department’s repertory dance company, WashU Dance Collective comprises student dancers who have distinguished themselves on the basis of ability, technical skill, and performance acumen. We welcome you to join us as we explore the forces and ideas that bring us together in a world which in many ways seems to want to pull us apart.



By Lucas Marschke
April 11, 12, 13, 14
A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre
Director: Jeffery Matthews

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Rudolph, a married man, is a regional project manager for Tupperware and he’s having an affair. Seth gets kidnapped on date night by a couple of hoodlums looking for his roommate. Meanwhile in an RV heading for Florida, Pete, Barbara, Matthew and Bridget are stuck in traffic. These three worlds collide in Lucas Marschke’s smart and mysterious road trip comedy! Marschke’s play will be workshopped in the fall as part of the A. E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival and culminates in this fully staged production.


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