Current Season | Theater | SIU

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Current Season | Theater | SIU



College of Liberal Arts

stage lighting for HAIR scene

Current Season

2014-15 Season

SIU Department of Theater

4 show Subscription Series –$56/$24

Individual Tickets - $16/$6

Performances –Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m Sunday at 2 p.m.


October 2 – 5

Book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes.

Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone.

A stage-struck detective tries to solve a backstage murder and fix an ailing Broadway show in this musical Show-biz murder mystery send-up by Kander and Ebb, the composing team of “Chicago” and “Cabaret.”

Co-produced with the SIU School of Music.

Directed and Choreographed by Erica Gould. 

Miss Gould is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

McLeod Theater

Clybourne Park

November 20 - 23

By Bruce Norris

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

In 1959, a white neighborhood is up in arms about the eminent sale of a house to a black family. In 2009, the situation is reversed in this feisty and funny look at race relations and real estate in a changing America.

Winner of the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play.

McLeod Theater

The Whipping Man

February 26 - March 1 (Note: These are new dates as of September 4, 2014)

Harrowing secrets unfold in this riveting story of a Jewish man and two freed black Jewish slaves struggling to adapt to a new world at the end of the Civil War.

McLeod Theater

The Children's Hour

April 23 - 26

By Lillian Hellman

A young girl’s lie destroys the lives of two private school headmistresses.

McLeod Theater

Special Productions

Individual Tickets $16/$6

Performances — Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

October 23 – 26

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson

This smart and steamy take on Stevenson’s suspenseful tale of a man’s inner battle between good and evil casts multiple actors as Mr. Hyde.

C. H. Moe Theater

Chamber Opera – Double Bill

Captain Lovelock

February 6 – 8

By John Duke. Based on Ludvig Holberg's comedy "The Changed Bridegroom"

Daughters conspire to prevent their widowed mother from wedding a young army officer by presenting her with a new paramour, her maid disguised as a man.


The Music Shop

By Richard Wargo. Based on Anton Chekhov's comic short story "Forgot."

Music shop clerks try to help a bumbling husband who has forgotten the song his domineering wife has sent him to purchase.

Co-produced with the SIU School of Music.

Seating and performance on the Shryock Auditorium stage

Note: There is no Thursday performance.

Big Muddy New Play Festival  - NEW and UPDTAED information (March 4, 2015)

March 26–29

New works by SIU playwrights.

The Festival includes one fully-mounted production and several staged readings of new plays.


March 26-29

Last Seen Alice

By Jaclyn Grogan
Directed by Susan Patrick Benson

Alice, living in a magical RV park, plans to return to her former self at the red-rock river. Her plans are aided or impeded by an ever-changing environment, her big-haired landlady and the arrival of two park newbies.

Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
C.H. Moe Theater
$16 adults/ $6 students, general admission, seating is limited.


Friday, March 27, 4 p.m.

Lewis and the House of Cards

By Rebekah Durig
Directed by Marla Schultz
A polite, mild-mannered man sent to a mysterious island must find his inner Casanova to survive.

Saturday, March 28, 1 p.m.

Response Scenario

By Rory Leahy
Directed by Patrick McGregor
A charismatic and progressive President must confront an unfolding biblical apocalypse and try to save the world.

Saturday, March 28, 4 p.m.

Girls with Bodies

By Kirsten Easton
Directed by Bobbi Masters
In this coming-of-age play, six women explore their experiences and relationships with their bodies.

All readings are FREE, open to the public and will be in the C.H. Moe Theater. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

Free Performances/Events

For more information about upcoming free events, click here.

New Faces, Saturday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.

An evening of scenes, monologues and musical numbers performed by new Department majors.

C.H. Moe Theater

Big Muddy Shorts – Dates and location vary

Readings of short plays by SIU playwrights

For information check out the SIU Playwriting Facebook page.

Pre-show Lecture Series

There is a pre-show lecture at 1:30 p.m. before each of the Sunday matinee performances.

Note: The special pre-show lecture before The Children’s Hour will begin at 1 p.m.

Drama Daze 2015

Two sessions:
Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 & 16, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
McLeod Theater - Communications Building – SIU Campus.

An action packed day of theater workshops and performances.
For more information, click here.

Special Guest Artists

Mike Bernardin

International director, teacher and artistic director of Berlin-based Actors Space, conducts a two week intensive training session on Meisner acting technique beginning January 21,2015, and culminating in a public performance on Monday, February 9 in the C.H. Moe Theater.  The intensive is open to anyone by audition.

Robert A. Schanke

Well-known theater historian and gay rights activist conducts a special class about LGBTQ issues and the social impact of the 1936 production of The Children’s Hour, April 23–27, 2015. Mr. Schanke will give a special pre-show lecture at 1 p.m. before the Sunday matinee performance of The Children’s Hour, April 26.

Pre-show Lecture Series

There will be a pre-show lecture at 1:30 pm in the MCMA Dean’s Conference Room before each of the Sunday matinee performances*.  Free.

Funding for Department productions is provided in part by the Students’ Fine Arts Activity Fee.

Getting tickets is EASY!

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

  • By phone at 618-453-6000
  • In person at McLeod Theater: Mon. – Fri., 12 – 5:00 pm (excluding holidays)