2018-19 Season

Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Ave Lawyer
Presented at The Lucille C. Little Theater, 300 North Broadway on the Transylvania University Campus
Please click desired date for free tickets: Thursday, Feb. 21; Friday, Feb. 22; Saturday, Feb. 23; Sunday, Feb. 24; Thursday, Feb. 28; Friday, March 1; Saturday, March 2; and Sunday, March 3Showtimes are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Presented by The Student Theater Guild
Presented at The Lucille C. Little Theater, 300 North Broadway on the Transylvania University Campus
May 2 - 5, Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 2 p.m.

In May, The Little Theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Produced by the students of Transy, the Guild brings an electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.

Stupid F---ing Bird

By Aaron Posner
Directed by Tosha Fowler
Presented at The Lucille C. Little Theater, 300 North Broadway on the Transylvania University campus
Note: For mature audiences only. Contains mature language and adult content.

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. Stupid F---ing Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness. While the shows are free, tickets are required.

A Staged Reading of The Killing of a Gentleman Defender

By Carlos Murillo
Directed by Bo List
Presented at The Lucille C. Little Theater, 300 North Broadway on the Transylvania University Campus
Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm. 
A talkback and reception will directly follow the reading. This performance is free and open to the public.

In some rooms he’s Martin. In others he’s Martín. Hired by a well-funded arts institution on Chicago’s Northside to create a show with Chicago youth about violence on the Southside, Martín finds himself torn not only by the pronunciation of his name, but by the conflicting needs of the institution and the young people they believe they're “serving,” and by a city in a death struggle with its own divided self. Does Martin/Martín make an exploitative confessional docudrama? Or does he try to find a metaphor? Reaching into his own history, he unearths, with his young ensemble, the story of the 1994 murder of soccer star Andres Escobar in Medellín, Colombia, hoping a past-tense allegory of violence in a deeply divided, faraway city will illuminate violence in the deeply divided Chicago of now. When a very real act of violence hits home, what story will Martin and his youth ensemble tell? Commissioned by the Goodman Theatre, Robert Falls, Artistic Director, 2015.