Tickets and season

Department of Drama productions are held in the Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. Six-play season tickets for the 2014-15 season range from $89-$99 and are available at the Box Office at 820 East Genesee Street from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or by telephone at 315-443-3275. Season tickets for Friday preview performances will be available at the discounted price of $89 for six shows. 

Single tickets are available starting Monday, September 22, 2014 (Hairspray is currently on sale) and may be purchased online or at the Box Office. The link for online ticket purchasing is listed with each show.

Parade

October 10-19, 2014
Opening night: October 11
Storch Theater, Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse

Presented by the Department of Drama
Book by Alfred Uhry
Music by Jason Robert Brown
Co-conceived and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Directed by Marie Kemp
Musical direction by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith

Daring, innovative, and bold, Parade won well-earned Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000. The tragic, true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish man wrongly accused of murder in 1913 Georgia, serves as the basis for a tender love story. As Frank seethes with the injustice of his conviction, his wife Lucille finds untapped reserves of love and strength to become his greatest champion. A passionate and powerful work of musical theater.

Stepping Out

November 14-23, 2014
Opening night: November 15
Storch Theater, Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse 
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Presented by the Department of Drama
By Richard Harris
Directed by Timothy Davis-Reed

This comic gem of a play follows the ups and downs of nine women and one man who meet each week in a church hall for a beginning tap class. Led by Mavis, a patient and talented dancer and accompanied by the acerbic Mrs. Fraser on piano, the students struggle to learn basic tap with varying degrees of success. Throughout, playwright Richard Harris explores the shifts in the lives of the characters as they work together to rehearse and perform a polished routine at a charity fund-raiser. This delightful play ran for three years when it premiered in London in the 1980s and remains an insightful look at friendship and the joy that can be found in Stepping Out, if only once a week.

Hairspray

November 28, 2014-January 4, 2015
Archbold Theater, Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
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Presented by the Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage
Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Directed by Bill Fennelly
Musical direction by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by David Wanstreet
Co-produced with Syracuse Stage

Bubbling with joy and 60s era music and dance, Hairspray delights with the pleasures of a classic American musical. Tracy Turnblad is a teen whose life revolves around dancing on the Corny Collins TV show. Who knew that a sock-hop, teeny-bop TV show could be a catalyst for integration? You can’t stop the beat, and truth be told, you won’t want to once the all-singing and dancing cast takes the stage. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical. Bill Fennelly (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013) returns to direct.

Lips Together, Teeth Apart

February 20-March 1, 2015
Opening night: February 21
Storch Theater, Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
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Presented by the Department of Drama
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Gerardine Clark

Playwright Terrence McNally excels at making wild and witty comedy out of very serious and thoughtful matters. In this 1991 off-Broadway triumph, two couples grapple with the mundane (burgers and kites) and the momentous (illness and infidelity) as they try (very hard) to celebrate the 4th of July at a beach house. A touch of Chekhov with the sly wickedness of McNally. What’s up with that bug zapper?

Measure for Measure

March 27-April 12, 2015
Opening night: March 28
Loft Theater, Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
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Presented by the Department of Drama
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Celia Madeoy

Hypocrites, beware! Such is the matter of this profound and intriguing late comedy by Shakespeare. When Duke Vincentio of Vienna inexplicably hands over power to Lord Angelo, a man of self-professed puritanism, he lays a trap that ensnares the falsely virtuous and rewards the just and true. Like most Shakespearean comedies, the course to the truth is neither smooth nor easy, but it is filled with engaging characters and extraordinary events, and even concludes with multiple marriages—however unlikely that may sometimes seem.

Avenue Q

April 24-May 9, 2015
Opening night: April 25
Storch Theater, Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse
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Presented by the Department of Drama
Music and lyrics, original concept and animation design by Robert Lopez
Music and lyrics, original concept by Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed and musically directed by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh (people), part felt (puppets) and packed with heart. This long-running Broadway hit is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet-surfing monster), Lucy the Slut (and proud of it), and other colorful types who help Princeton finally discover his purpose in life. A little bit naughty, a lot a bit nice, and with enough satire to satisfy the monster in all of us.