DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE

The Women Who Mapped the Stars

by Joyce Van Dyke

Directed by Sara Valentine

October 4-October 13, 2019

It's the end of the19th century. Employed for half a man’s salary to analyze astronomical data at the Harvard College Observatory, four courageous women of science pave the way for the next generation of astronomers and astrophysicists, including Cambridge University trained scholar, Cecilia Payne. In this heart-warming and time-bending story taken from true events, we experience the struggles and achievements of these remarkable women who imagined the impossible and changed the way we see the universe and ourselves. A Maine premiere by Boston-based playwright, Joyce Van Dyke.

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The Love of the Nightingale

By Timerlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Rachel Price Cooper

November 15-November 24, 2019

Two sisters are separated by an ocean and reunited through treachery and devastation. Given in return for aid in war, Procne, daughter to King Pandion of Athens, is reluctantly married to Tereus, King of Thrace and taken to live among his people. Missing her spirited sister, Philomele, Procne asks Tereus to return to Athens and bring Philomele to Thrace, triggering a chilling chain of irrevocable events. This striking adaptation of the classic Greek myth explores the troubling cycle of violence and revenge. It is the story of human resilience, tracking a victim’s ability to reclaim their voice and ultimately transform in the face of trauma.

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf

December 9th-12th, 2019 (Stay tuned for exact times and locations.)

In commemoration of the loss of the acclaimed African-American playwright, poet, author and performer, Nzotake Shange (1948 -2018), we are honored to present a special staged-reading of her seminal work. Nominated for the 1977 Tony Award for Best Play and described by Shange as a “choreopoem”, this influential piece shares stories of love, loss, empowerment and sisterhood. Presented with support from the Warren Memorial Foundation, this piece will feature current USM students and alumni and be additionally presented at venues in Portland and Lewiston.

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Dear Edwina

A Collaboration between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre

By Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler

Directed by Joyce Presutti

February 28-March 8, 2020

Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-Palooza Festival. While her siblings both have proof of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. When a talent scout from the festival visits her hometown, she trots out her musical advice, presenting shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. Assisted by her older siblings, quirky friends and friendly neighbors, Edwina sets out to tackle the world's problems in number after hysterical number about everything from birthday party etiquette to proper table settings. This heartwarming musical for all ages celebrates the joys of growing up and singing your own song.

Production sponsor: Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution

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Crimes of the Heart

By Beth Henley

Directed by Tess Van Horn

April 17-April 26, 2020

The three Magrath sisters reunite in their Grandmother's kitchen in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, for the first time in many years: Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after shooting her husband, Meg, the middle is back from LA, while, Lenny, the oldest, just wants to eat her birthday cake in peace. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play takes a hilarious and heart-wrenching look into the lives of three women all ready for a chance at freedom from their current circumstances.

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USM Theatre
2018-2019 Season 

Russell Hall
37 College Ave.
Gorham, ME 04038

Theatre Box Office
(207) 780-5151


Theatre Box Office Hours:
Box Office is closed for summer break. 

Box Office hours will resume September 10, 2018.

For inquiries, please email:
USMTheatreBoxOffice@maine.edu

On performance dates, the Box Office opens 90 minutes before curtain time.



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Janice Gardner 
Outreach Coordinator

(207) 780-5289
janice.gardner@maine.edu



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