On Stage: Mainstage Productions

2015–2016 Season

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The Arabian Nights

Mary Zimmerman

Tue., Oct. 6–Sat., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Directed by Scott Shattuck.

The Arabian Nights celebrates the connection between storytelling and life itself. The vast collection that gave us “Sinbad the Sailor” and “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” is also full of stories that are surprisingly sophisticated, sexy and hilarious. They come to life on stage in a visually sumptuous production to kick off our Mainstage Series.

Press release: September 21, 2015
Press release: September 29, 2015
Press release: October 7, 2015

Single tickets: $15 for adult, $10 for senior, $7.50 for student. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS (936.468.6407).
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Macbeth

William Shakespeare

Tue., Nov. 17–Sat., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Directed by Rick Jones.

William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth to please his new king, James I, a Scotsman who claimed to be a descendent of Banquo.¬†Considered to be one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful works, this famous tragedy is simultaneously a clash between ambition and ethics, a psychological drama, a political thriller and—perhaps above all—a ghost story.

Press release: October 27, 2015
Press release: November 18, 2015

Single tickets: $15 for adult, $10 for senior, $7.50 for student. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS (936.468.6407).
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Clybourne Park

Bruce Norris

Tue., Feb. 23–Sat., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

Directed by Zach Hanks.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Clybourne Park was written in response to the classic A Raisin In the Sun (which the School of Theatre produced to enthusiastic audience response in 2010). ¬†In Raisin, an African American family in 1959 is moving to a white Chicago neighborhood called Clybourne Park. The first act of Norris’s play is set at the same time, in the house that the family is buying. The second act is set in the same location 50 years later. The tables are turned (a white family now seeks to buy the house from a black family), but many painful issues are still unresolved. Passionate, balanced, funny and as timely as this morning’s headlines, this is a play for every American to see and to ponder.

Press release: February 8, 2016
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Single tickets: $15 for adult, $10 for senior, $7.50 for student. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS (936.468.6407).
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The Festival of New American Plays

Tue., Apr. 26–Sat., Apr. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 30, 2:00 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

Directed by Jack Heifner.

This biennial play-reading event directed by Jack Heifner, SFA’s playwright-in-residence, showcases the work of some of the most renowned playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival. Each selected new play is presented twice in staged readings featuring SFA theatre students. This is a wonderful opportunity for East Texas audiences to view ‘theatre in the making’ and for SFA students to work with top professional playwrights.

“cul-de-sac”

Three couples search for the meaning of their lives on a dead-end street. From John Cariani, the author of the wildly popular play “Almost, Maine,” and the current star of Broadway’s “Something Rotten,” this funny and touching evening examines love and loss in modern day suburbia.

“Julia & Ellie”

In this adaptation of a 1901 play by Gabriela Zapolska, acclaimed theatre artist Chiori Miyagawa creates an exciting fusion of movement, music and sound. Billed as a comedy and tragedy in every moment, this evening explores the passion of two sisters and a wife for one charismatic man.

“Bury Me In This”

This black comedy by SFA’s playwright-in-residence and the author of “Vanities,” Jack Heifner, is the zany memoir of a boy with nothing but the movies of the 1950s and ’60s to guide him as he experiences life, love, death, sex and survival in a small Texas town.

All plays are recommended for adult audiences.

Press release: March 11, 2016
Press release: March 28, 2016
Press release: April 13, 2016

Single tickets: $15 for adult, $10 for senior, $7.50 for student. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS (936.468.6407).

The Mainstage Series is sponsored in part by:

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Accredited by NAST: National Association of Schools of Theatre