Mainstage Season Features “Falsettos”

As part of the 2017-18 mainstage season, the Truman Theatre Department presented “Falsettos” Nov. 8-11.

“Falsettos” is the hilarious and touching story of Marvin, a New York yuppie who leaves his wife, Trina, for another man. Trina marries her psychiatrist while everyone struggles to understand Marvin’s and Trina’s unusual son Jason. Despite the unorthodox situation, Marvin still strives to maintain a “tight-knit family” but finds that perfection he wants is fleeting. “Falsettos” is filled with laughter and drama with Marvin struggling through love and loss.

The work of playwrights James Lapine and William Finn, Truman’s production of “Falsettos” was under the direction of David Charles Goyette, assistant professor of theatre.

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Theatre Department Presents Theatre Lab Show

The Theatre Department is proud to present the first lab show of the 2017-2018 season, “Stop Kiss” written by Diana Son and directed by Nick Huber.  The play will run March 26-28 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in Ophelia Parrish.

Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.

Tickets will be available starting Monday, October 23, 2017, in the Box Office, located in the Ophelia Parrish lobby. Admission is free, with no exchanges or refunds.

**For out of town reservations only, please call the Box Office for more information.**

Box Office Hours: M-F 11:30 AM-5:30 PM
Phone Number: (660) 785-4515


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Theatre Season Opens with “Good Kids”

The first production by the Department of Theatre for the 2017-18 season will be “Good Kids” by Naomi Iizuka.

The show opens Sept. 27 and runs through Sept. 30 at the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. Shows begin at 8 p.m. each night, and tickets can be purchased for $5 each at the theatre box office, located in the atrium of Ophelia Parrish. The box office is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 7 p.m. on performance evenings.
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Upcoming Theatre Productions

The Theatre Department at Truman is gearing up for a number of productions throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Check out this preview of upcoming performances:

Good Kids
By Naomi Iizuka
September 27-30, 2017
8 pm, Severns Theatre
Directed by Dana Smith

Stop Kiss
By Diana Son
October 26-28, 2017
8 pm, Black Box Theatre
Directed by Nick Huber

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
November 8-11, 2017
8 pm, Severns Theatre
Directed by David Charles Goyette

Freshman Showcase
November 28, 2017
8pm, Severns Theatre

Director’s Showcase
December 7-9, 2017
8 pm, Severns Theatre

By William Mastrosimone
February 21-24, 2018
8 pm, Severns Theatre
Directed by Randy Bame

She Stoops To Conquer
By Oliver Goldsmith
April 18-21, 2018
8 pm, Severns Theatre
Directed by Dana Smith

Theatre Festival Showcases Collaboration

The Department of Theatre will present the 10-Minute Play Festival at 7 p.m. May 9 in Severns Theatre.

Nine students in David Charles Goyette’s upper-level playwriting course were assigned to draft, critique and revise a 10-minute play, knowing at the end of the semester the play would be performed. The finalized scripts were handed off to Dana Smith’s staged readings course where students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the contents and bring the plays to life.

While some students were enrolled in both courses simultaneously, others were only enrolled in one course. The process resulted in camaraderie and the strengthening of the theatre community.

Below are the nine plays to be performed.

“A Broken Arm”
By: Mitchell Flottman
Directed by: Dakota Heer

“April Showers”
By: Violet X Odzinski
Directed by: Nicholas Huber

By: Natalie Cohen
Directed by: Seth Betzler

“The Death of Marat”
By: Lawrence Jennings
Directed by: Keaton Richey

“The Gramps Gambit”
By: Dakota Heer
Directed by: Francis Kemper

“No Cell Phone Policy”
By: Montana Carlson
Directed by: Michaela Duing

By: Keaton Richey
Directed by: Lexi Diaz

“Risk of Danger”
By: Nicholas Huber
Directed by: Mitchell Flottman

“Secret Admirer”
By: Catherine McMahan
Directed by: Cameron Smith

Admission is free, and there is no ticket required for admission. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some plays contain strong language, violence and adult themes.