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Patrick Finlon

The Department of Drama’s 2015/16 season features six productions, including three musicals, starting in October with the Cole Porter classic "Kiss Me, Kate." Second in the season is "Agamemnon," the haunting Greek classic, followed by a co-production with Syracuse Stage, "Peter Pan." After winter break, the season continues with "Punk Rock" and the country-flavored musical "The Spitfire Grill." Closing the season in May is the comedy "A Flea in Her Ear."

Housed in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (SU:VPA), the Department of Drama (SU Drama) is a premier undergraduate theater training program, recently ranked #13 in the world by the Hollywood Reporter. Alumni from the Department include familiar names like Aaron Sorkin ’83, Vanessa Williams ’85, Taye Diggs ’93, Vera Farmiga ’95, and recent Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller ’05.

SU Drama has achieved its status as a leading undergraduate training program by striving for professional level artistry in its productions and aided largely by its unique relationship with Syracuse Stage. Regular interactions between students and working professionals include hands-on learning, work opportunities, and mentorships.

Department of Drama productions are held in the Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex, 820 East Genesee Street in Syracuse. "Kiss Me, Kate" and "Peter Pan" will perform in the larger Archbold Theater. All other shows will perform in the Storch Theater.

Six-play season tickets for the 2015/16 season range from $89-$99 and are now 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 for "Kiss Me, Kate" and "Agamemnon" are also now available and range $17-$19. Single tickets for the remainder of the season will go on sale September 21.

For more information on SU Drama’s 2015/16 visit vpa.syr.edu/drama.

UPCOMING SHOWS
Kiss Me, Kate

October 2-10, 2015
Opening Night: October 3
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
Directed by David Lowenstein
Musical direction by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith

The joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theater, onstage and off, are celebrated in this heralded musical that can be rightly called a Broadway treasure. Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, "Kiss Me, Kate" follows the antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring production of "The Taming of the Shrew." Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs — including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” — "Kiss Me, Kate" epitomizes the Broadway musical comedy at its irresistible best. A love song to the theater.

Agamemnon

November 6-15, 2015
Opening Night: November 7
By Aeschylus
Directed by Rodney Hudson

Fire in the night signals the return of Agamemnon from 10 long years of war in Troy. Triumphant and with a captive slave, the prophetess Cassandra, in tow, the warrior king arrives home and is welcomed by Clytemnestra, wife and mother who seethes with a vengeance born of the slaughter of their daughter Iphigenia. Revenge begets revenge; fate will be fulfilled. The first great play of Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, "Agamemnon" delivers a visceral and haunting theatrical experience.

Peter Pan

November 28, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Opening Night: December 4
Co-Produced with Syracuse Stage
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie
Directed by Paul Barnes
Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Choreographed by Anthony Salatino

Journey to Neverland in the high-flying family musical "Peter Pan." “All children grow up, except one.” So begins the magical adventure that has been delighting youngsters (and oldsters) for more than 100 years. With such songs as “I’m Flying”, “I Won’t Grow Up”, and “Never Never Land”, "Peter Pan" delivers a musical and adventurous treat for the holiday season. Paul Barnes ("Irving Berlin’s White Christmas," "The Miracle Worker") directs with choreography by Anthony Salatino.

Punk Rock

February 19-28, 2016
Opening Night: February 20
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Robert Moss

Propelled by an anxious momentum, "Punk Rock" is an honest and unnerving chronicle of contemporary adolescence at the breaking point. In a private school outside of Manchester, England, a group of highly articulate 17-year-olds flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for their A-Level mock exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can forestall the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the play moves from comic beginnings to a serious and troubling conclusion. Playwright Simon Stephens’ ("The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time") ear for teen conversations, shifting alliances, and fundamental fears is spot-on. Gripping, insightful, and excitingly theatrical.

The Spitfire Grill a Musical

April 1-10, 2016
Opening Night: April 2
Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Ralph Zito
Musical direction by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith

A soul-satisfying, country-flavored work of theatrical imagination, "The Spitfire Grill" glows with an abundance of warmth, spirit, and goodwill. A feisty parolee named Percy follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. Aged and troubled, Hannah would like to sell the Grill, but there are no takers in the forgotten town of Gilead. A simple idea proposed by Percy brings new life to the Grill and renewed hope to the people of the town, including one long gone but not so far away. A graceful and compelling story buoyed by soaring and instantly infectious melodies.

A Flea in Her Ear

May 6-14, 2016
Opening Night: May 7
By George Feydeau
Directed by Stephen Cross

In French playwright Georges Feydeau’s famous bedroom farce an insurance salesman wrongly accused of infidelity by his wife becomes entangled in a web of misunderstanding, intrigue, jealousy, and mistaken identity as ridiculous as it is complicated. Played at break-neck comic speed, this explosively funny delight rollicks with antic, pell-mell humor complete with slamming doors, revolving beds, and wildly amiss gun shots. Mon Dieu!