2018-19 Season

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
Please click desired date for free tickets: Thursday, May 2; Friday, May 3; Saturday, May 4; and Sunday, May 5Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

In May, Little Theater will transform into a magical big top tent 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 circus mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious clowning 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 hilarious nature of love.

217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

Written and directed by Ain Gordon
Presented at The Lucille C. Little Theater, 300 North Broadway on the Transylvania University Campus
Please click desired date for free tickets: Thursday, May 16Friday, May 17Saturday, May 18; and Sunday, May 19Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Transylvania in May will host an off-Broadway production highlighting the accomplishments of John E. Fryer, a ’57 graduate who helped remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. “217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous” is coming to Lexington and the Transy campus through contributions by Transylvania alumni, JustFundKY, Rainmaker Hospitality, former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, former LexArts President and CEO Jim Clark, the University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources and other individuals and organizations who support equality and civil rights for LGBTQ people. Tickets to these Pick Up Performance Co(s) shows are free, though donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the university’s John Fryer Fund for Diversity and Inclusion. Also donate to the fund here, or text keyword 217 to 859-209-3640. There will be a talk-back session with Gordon after the opening performance on May 16.

 


 Previous 2018-19 performances


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.


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. 21Friday, Feb. 22Saturday, Feb. 23Sunday, Feb. 24Thursday, Feb. 28Friday, March 1Saturday, 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.