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Current Season

2016-2017 Season

Big Adventure
Four-show subscription series

Children of Eden logo

October 20-23, 2016
"Children of Eden"
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Caird
Directed and choreographed by Guest Artist Wes Drummond
The stories of Adam and Eve, and Noah and the Flood in a beautiful score from the composer of “Wicked.”

Co-produced with the SIU School of Music

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe logo
Dec. 1-4, 2016
"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette
From the story by C.S. Lewis
Directed by J. Thomas Kidd
Through a magical wardrobe, four children visit the mystical land of Narnia and help end the rule of the White Witch.

A Nightingale for W.E.B. DuBois logo
February 23-26, 2017
"A Nightingale for Dr. Du Bois"
Written by Femi Osofisan
Directed by Segun Ojewuyi
Costume design by Guest Artist Chukwuma Okoye, Ph.D
Music, dance and poetry celebrate the life of civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois in the two weeks before his death.

Presented in conjunction with the Center for Inclusive Excellence, Africana Studies and Africana Theater Lab

Peter and the Starcatcher logo
April 27-30, 2017
"Peter and the Starcatcher"
Written by Rick Elice
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by J. Thomas Kidd
Peter, an orphaned boy, teams up with Molly, a starcatcher, to battle a villainous pirate and save the Queen’s treasure in this prequel to “Peter Pan.”

Performances: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. – McLeod Theater
Tickets: Four show subscription - Adults $64, Students $24; Individual tickets - Adults $18, Students $6

Special Productions

September 15-18, 2016
Written by Noah Haidle
Directed by Bobbi Masters
A widow, with the help of a handsome wooer, releases the spirit of her departed husband.

March 23-26, 2017
Big Muddy New Play Festival
Featured production
“Torak the Inadequate”
Written by Rory Leahy
Directed by Susan Patrick Benson

Performances: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. - C.H. Moe Theater
Tickets: Adults $18, Students $6

2017 Big Muddy New Play Festival Readings

Audience and actors on the McLeod Stage. FREE. Limited seating, first-come, first-served. There will be talkback after each reading.

Saturday, March 25, 10am:
“Notes to Self”
by Brooke Oehme
Directed by Kelley Jordan

They say a life lived in fear is a life half-lived. That’s only for people who live one life at a time. Explore the challenges and choices that help one woman face her fears and write herself a new future.

Saturday, March 25, 1pm:
“Vanya on the Plains”
by Jason Hedrick
Directed by Greg Aldrich

Elijah is broken by his job, and distanced from his family by a deep technological divide. As a way to bridge the gap, he casts them in a production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. But, putting on a play in the Plains proves a strange and difficult endeavor, especially since theatre has been long forgotten.

Saturday, March 25, 4pm:
“Devil’s Night”
by David Dudley
Directed by Bobbi Masters

It's Devil's Night in Detroit: a three-day bacchanal wherein arsonists burn hundreds of buildings to the ground. Three friends occupy an abandoned house, hoping to make it their home. Though they strive to protect the house, it may be one of their own who lights the match.

Free Performances/Events

Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m
New Faces 2016
New majors make their departmental debut in an evening of scenes, monologues and songs
C.H. Moe Theater – Free - limited seating

Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 pm
Directing Qualifier – Title TBA
C.H. Moe Theater Free – limited seating

Big Muddy Shorts
Readings of new short plays by SIU playwrights – dates and locations TBA
For information go to the SIU Playwriting Facebook page.

Pre-show Lecture Series
1:30 p.m. before each Sunday matinee performance of the four season subscription productions

Special High School Matinee and Drama Daze

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 10 a.m
“A Nightingale for Dr. Du Bois”
McLeod Theater - $5/student

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m
Drama Daze
McLeod Theater - $5/student

For school matinee reservations please contact Scott Elliott at
For Drama Daze reservations contact Susan Patrick Benson at

Getting tickets is EASY!

Box Office services for SIU Theater are provided by SIU Intercollegiate Athletics. Ordering tickets is easy. You may order tickets BY PHONE, ONLINE, in person or by mail.  Please note that some fees apply.

  • By phone at 618/453-6000
  • In person at McLeod Theater: Monday–Friday, Noon–4:30 pm (while classes are in session, excluding holidays)
  • In person at the Arena box office
  • Online - Click here