Department of Drama productions are held in the Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. Purchase season subscriptions ($99) or flexible 4Packs ($60) online or call Syracuse Stage Box Office (315.443.3275). Discounts available for seniors, students, and Syracuse University employees. Drama subscribers will receive vouchers redeemable for tickets to Elf The Musical.
October 12 - 21, 2018
Opening Night: October 13
Book by James Lapine | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Directed and Choreographed by David Lowenstein | Music Direction by Brian Cimmet
A stunningly fresh take on one of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular works, this production nudges the familiar characters of Into the Woods a little further into the fearful, dark forest. Sondheim based his sophisticated musical on the unsettling tales of the Brothers Grimm, populated it with slightly skewed versions of storybook favorites, and set them on a course wherein having wishes granted is not the same as having wishes come true. Good storytellers know unforeseen consequences are always lurking deep in the narrative.
November 9 – 17, 2018
Opening Night: November 10
By Geoffrey Nauffts | Directed by Ralph Zito
There are stories we tell about ourselves and stories others tell about us. Can both perspectives yield truth? A car accident places a young man named Luke in critical condition. As he lies comatose, suspended between life and death, his family and friends slowly begin reckoning with the conflicting stories of his life, the silences and secrets that have kept Luke from integrating his present and his past. Will Luke be given a chance to knit the story of his life into a satisfying whole? In this deeply moving and surprisingly funny play, Geoffrey Nauffts takes the measure of a painful passage and shapes a drama that speaks in a quiet voice of momentous things.
November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Opening Night: November 30, 2019
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin | Music by Matthew Sklar | Lyrics by Chad Beguelin | Directed by Donna Drake | Choreography by Brian J. Marcum | Music Direction by Brian Cimmet | Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum | Co-produced with Syracuse Stage
This holiday season channel you inner elf and join Buddy on his journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his real family. For this journey you’ll need provisions (four food groups recommended: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup), snowballs, and an ability to sing very loud (but maybe wait for the ride home). Most of all, you’ll need family and friends and a desire to spread holiday cheer. Donna Drake (The Wizard of Oz) returns to direct this delightful holiday show.
*Drama subscribers will receive vouchers redeemable for tickets to Elf The Musical.
February 22 – March 3, 2019
Opening Night: February 23
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation
About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915
By Jackie Sibblies Drury | Directed by Gilbert McCauley
Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the rehearsal room when actors are digging ferociously into their psyches to discover a moment of revelation, or arguing heatedly over a character’s motivation? In We Are Proud to Present …, a company of six actors gathers in a rehearsal room to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century—the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, and what seemed a faraway place and time comes all too close to home in this exceptional play about the sensitivities and difficulties inherent in the act of storytelling itself.
March 29 – April 7, 2019
Opening Night: March 30
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa | Based on the Poem by Joseph Moncure March | Directed by Katherine McGerr | Associate Directed and Choreographed by Andrea Leigh-Smith | Music Direction by Brian Cimmet
You’re invited to a party—a wild Hollywood party set in the Roaring 20s. Queenie and Burrs are your hosts. An intoxicating array of beverages will be served , music and dancing will raise the roof, and trouble will most certainly make an appearance. What’s a party without at least a little trouble? Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 narrative poem, The Wild Party is a steamy prohibition tale driven by one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written. When you need to cut loose, how far is too far?
May 3 – 11, 2018
Opening Night: May 4
By Naomi Iizuka | Directed by Holly Thuma
A hard-hitting and clear-eyed look at the troubling aftermath of the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl by members of a high school football team. Based on actual events, Good Kids examines how social media makes private lives public in ways we don’t always anticipate and can’t always control. At the same time, it sheds light on issues that are often treated as isolated incidents – but which, in truth, reflect attitudes and beliefs prevalent in the culture at large.