Department of Drama Studio Series

Our mainstage season is augmented by a number of smaller-scale productions throughout the year. These studio projects – many of which are student produced and/or student directed – are presented in smaller venues such as the Sutton Pavilion and the Loft Theatre and are offered free of charge.

Check this page frequently for updated information about new projects and ticket availability.

Additional Studio Projects will be announced at the start of the spring semester.

For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf

By Ntozake Shange
Directed by Rodney Hudson
September 27, 28 October 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m. 
September 29 at 2:00 p.m.

Loft Theatre

For ticket information, contact student producer Daisha Abdillahi daabdill@syr.edu.

From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award–winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange’s words reveal what it meant to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975, when it was praised by The New Yorker for “encom­passing . . . every feeling and experience a woman has ever had,” for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them

By Halley Feiffer
Directed by Crystal Heller
November 7, 8, 9 (curtain times TBD)
Sutton Pavilion

For ticket information contact student producer Amanda McCormick amccor01@syr.edu.

An extremely dark comedy about three young women as they journey from childhood to adulthood and grapple with addiction, codependency, and the cyclical nature of abuse.

"Feiffer is building a reputation for fearlessness, and it’s on full display here.” —The New York Times. “Great stuff.” —Time Out New York. “If you’re gonna go weird, you have to commit to it. Thank God for the warped creative mind of playwright/actress Halley Feiffer, who harnesses the weird to full, gory effect in HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND THEN KILL THEM, an uproarious and deeply unsettling…dark comedy. This one embraces the weird and manages to make the audience squirm in gleeful horror.” —TheaterMania.com.

Everybody

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Matthew Winning
December 5 at 8 p.m.
December 6 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
December 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Loft Theatre

For ticket information, please check back after November 1.

This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living.

Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. “This is theatre rather unlike anything you might have seen…unusual, unconventional and eye-opening…Everyman is no barrel of laughs, being a morality play about death. EVERYBODY tells the same tale, with equal emotional heft; but it is not only provocative and involving, it is also funny. Wildly funny, in fact.” —Huffington Post. “…[a] very meta and saucy adaptation…” —Time Out NY. “[EVERYBODY] fills the heart in a new and unexpected way.” —The New Yorker.