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Current Season

Marion Kleinau Theatre
Performance Season

September 10, 2016
Graduate Student Performance Hour*

New and returning graduate students present work in a variety of performance genres.

September 29-October 1, 2016
Game (Over) Life
Written and directed by Jake Beck
Is a video game ever really over? What happens to the characters we have created when we turn the game off? This performance explores video games' role in identity and the construction of self. Through persona performance and experimental video and audio production, this performance troubles the divide between the digital and corporeal to ask, "Do we ever truly stop playing the game?” MATURE THEMES

October 27-29, 2016
In Quiet Search of a Universal Gesture
Written and directed by Alex Lockwood

Can we reliably relate the content of dreams? Should we even try? A cast of artists works together to translate their dreams into performances and live art pieces, exploring the relationships between dreaming and waking, as well as between artmaking and research. MATURE THEMES

November 14-19, 2016
Artist Residency with Guest Tim Miller

Supported by the Fine Arts Activity Fee

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Written, directed, and performed by Tim Miller

In his new show, internationally renowned performance artist Tim Miller tells stories of family trees and the hidden LGBTQ histories they often contain; the gorgeous perversity of obsessive genealogical research; and what happens when, after long effort, we actually achieve one kind of change (in this case, marriage equality) that allow us to launch new journeys for wider social justice. MATURE THEMES.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Body Maps*
Written and performed by students in Tim Miller’s workshop
Directed by Tim Miller

After completing a week long workshop with Miller, students share individual and group performances weaving their own life stories together.

December 1-3, 2016
Ibis & Olu: An Afrofuturist Comic Book
Written and performed by Caleb McKinley-Portee
Codirected by Caleb McKinley-Portee and Craig Gingrich-Philbrook

Who was your favorite comic-book super hero? How did that character make you feel? This performance asks how we find our place in the context of a super-hero universe and how our experience of such characters reflect identity, privilege, social justice, and self-discovery. While the performance invites us all to ask the question “What does the future hold?”, it uses the literature of Afrofuturism to specifically consider the future for people of color, insisting on a place in the times to come. MATURE THEMES.

December 6, 2016
Performing Culture Spotlight Hour*

Students in the Performing Culture course present their best work, as selected by instructors.

December 8, 2016
Advanced Spotlight Hour*

Students in advanced performance courses, including undergraduates and graduate students, present their best work, offering a sampler of performance studies artistic scholarship.

January 28, 2017
Double Bill:
Guest Artists Benjamin Powell and Brianne Waychoff
Supported by the Fine Arts Activity Fee

Written and Performed by Brianne Waychoff

In Leftovers, Waychoff stitches together remnants from diverse sources: Jean François Millet’s painting, The Gleaners, her Grandmother’s needlepoint rendering of the same work, and Agnès Varda’s 2000 film, The Gleaners and I. The text combines personal narrative and texts from the fields of art history, documentary
filmmaking, performance studies, philosophy, and poetry and its performance methods include elements of Butoh dance and installation. By exposing the partiality of the leftover, whether it be potatoes in a field, a painting, a family memento, or a body remembering, Waychoff reveals gleaning as both her subject of study and a fruitful metaphor for conceiving and composing a performance genealogy.

Station to Station*
Written and Performed by Benjamin Powell
Directed by Brianne Waychoff

In Station to Station, Powell performs a unique collage of texts: letters between his grandfather and great-grandfather sent between 1935 and ‘36, assembled histories of the US Interstate System, an old mapping guidebook, and fragments of memories and music. In doing so, he shows how cartography can be used as a metaphor for better understanding the human experience. Geographic location takes on additional resonance as various maps are created out of unlikely sources and offered as possible answers to the questions: "Where have I come from? Where am I now? Where am I going?”

February 23-25, 2017
In Service of Venus
Written, directed, and performed by Anna Wilcoxen

Our age of digital matchmaking and “hookup” apps—of swiping left or right—and unprecedented growth in service industries denigrates the “worth” of certain bodies: femme and feminized bodies, fat bodies, and disabled bodies. This show uses solo and group performance to reveal connections between digital romance and labor in the service economy, explore the precarious lives of the workers, and demonstrate that the panic to retain a youthful body--or else be deemed worthless--is no longer confined to the world of finding love. MATURE THEMES.

March 23-25, 2017
Greyscale: Performing Across Difference
Written, performed, and codirected by A.B. and Alex Davenport

How can we relate to people with different values? What does it mean to be an ally? Greyscale: Performing Across Difference embraces the visual and performing arts as a means of creating and sustaining community in 11 scenes. Using photographer Ansel Adams’s Zoning System, a way of thinking about greyscale in photography, as an organizing concept, the performers work to create a multi-modal exploration of what it means to relate to one another across difference. MATURE THEMES.

April 27-29, 2017
Stardust Chicken
Written and directed by Craig Gingrich-Philbrook

Join a troupe of performers, far in the future, away from Earth, as they prepare a decidedly surreal show for the annual commemoration of the now extinct chicken. One of the most abused species in human history—particularly, but not exclusively in factory farms, the chicken becomes a case study in domestication, anthrocentrism, empire building, and the ways a space-roaming culture must reflect on the values it brings along as it heads out among the stars. MATURE THEMES.

May 3, 2017
Performing Culture Spotlight Hour*

Students in the Performing Culture course present their best work, as selected by instructors.

May 6, 2017
Advanced Spotlight Hour*

Students in advanced performance courses, including undergraduates and graduate students, present their best work, offering a sampler of performance studies artistic scholarship.

All Shows begin at 8 pm, and there is no admittance once the performance has started. Admission is $7; $5 for students with ID; Shows marked (*) are free.  For reservations, call 618/453-5618. For information, contact

Department of Communication Studies
Southern Illinois University
2nd Floor Communications Building
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(618) 453-5618