Taylor Theatre Performance Schedule

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September 28, 29, 30 - 8:00 pm
October 1 - 2:00 pm
Jason Francis Memorial Scholarship Production

Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris
Director: Tracy Manning
Set and Lighting Design: Kevin Gawley

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry's piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago's northwest side that features at the center of A Raisin in the Sun.

In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood's first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground.

Produced in conjunction with the Office of Intercultural Programs, and University faculty.

October 6 - 9:00 pm
October 7 - 1:30 pm
Taylor Theatre Dance Production


Director/Choreographer: Kory Browder
Set Design: Terrance Volden
Music Director: Dr. Conor Angell

A chronological journey through dance and song with exciting performances in tap, jazz, and ballet by Taylor University Students studying within the dance program. Performances will be highlighting past work done in the classroom and on stage as well with original broadway choreography, student works, and choreography by resident dance instructor of Taylor. Also enjoy a sneak peak into future work being prepared for Pirates of Penzance and Mary Poppins. This dance kaleidoscope will be an event you don't want to miss.

November 10, 11, 17, 18 - 7:30 pm
November 12, 19 - 2:00 pm

cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand
Director: Terrance Volden
Set Design: Erin Gautille

Eternally dashing, proud, and romantic, Cyrano is one of the theatre's most memorable figures and his story is one of the best loved. Known throughout Paris for his personal bravery and the charm of his verse, poet Cyrano de Bergerac has one problem: he has been cursed with a giant nose. During the age of gallant Musketeers, this beautiful soul, is damned by his marred appearance. Cyrano joins forces with the handsome but slow-witted soldier, Christian, to woo Roxane, the woman they both love. Convinced he could never be loved by Roxanne because of his appearance, Cyrano writes love letters to his beloved, and allows tongue-tied Christian to take the credit. Will Roxanne ever discover the secret? Edmond Rostrand's classic verse play has been translated and adapted many times, and is one of the most popular romances to ever grace the stage.

February 16, 17, 23, 24 - 8:00 pm
February 18, 25 - 2:00 pm

Grasping the thorn:

The Story of the white rose martyrs

A new play by William Gebby
Director: Tracy Manning
Set Design: Cory Rodeheaver
Lighting Design: Kevin Gawley

We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will not leave you in peace. (from The Fourth Leaflet of The White Rose)

During the darkest days of WWII, a handful of Germans--armed with typewriter, hand-cranked duplicating machine, and courage--distributed thousands of anti-Nazi leaflets and worked toward unifying resistance across Germany. Their ultimate goal: remove Hitler from power. Their name: The White Rose. Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie, their friends Alex Schmorell, Christoph Probst, and Willi Graf were students, intellectuals, romantics. Most importantly, they were Christians. Their belief in God compelled them to fight a regime that was anti-Christian and, therefore, anti-human. That fight cost them their lives. William Gebby's play celebrates these brave young people who were and will not be silent.

April 27, 28, May 4, 5 - 7:30 pm
April 29, May 6 - 2:00 pm

Disney and cameron Mackintosh's

Mary Poppins:

The Broadway Musical
Director: Tracy Manning
Set Design: Cory Rodeheaver
Lighting Design: Kevin Gawley
Music Director: Dr. Conor Angell
Conductor: Dr. Patricia Robertson

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it.”