On Stage: Mainstage Productions

2017–2018 Season

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Tartuffe

Tue., Oct. 3–Sat., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium


Molière created literature’s most memorable con artist--and one of the funniest plays ever written--more than 350 years ago. Tartuffe boasts lavishly of his religious piety and moral purity, but everyone can see that his behavior is absurdly hypocritical. Everyone, that is, except Orgon, the all-powerful father of the house where Tartuffe has taken up residence as a smarmy parasite. Orgon becomes ever more willfully receptive to Tartuffe’s scam in spite of his family’s arguments, so they lay a trap for the imposter—but will they catch the baroque sleazeball before he swindles them out of everything they’ve got? Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors and $7.50 students/youth.
Recommended for mature audiences.



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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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Mr. Burns

Tue., Nov. 7–Sat., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

In the wake of an electric grid disaster eight strangers struggle for survival in an America without power. Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns combines nuclear catastrophe, The Simpsons, and the myth making impulse to reinvent contemporary theatre. The play travels more than 80 years into the future as characters journey from entertaining themselves around a fire recounting a half remembered episode of The Simpsons to by the final act performing a post electric musical. The show questions what it means to be human, how we survive tragedy, and why we make art. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors and $7.50 students/youth.

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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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Biedermann and the Firebugs

Tue., Feb. 27–Sat., Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m.
W.M. Turner Auditorium

The play opens with Gottlieb Biedermann, a successful businessman and pillar of his community, muttering about the stupidity of his fellow townspeople, who have allowed strangers to move into their attics and then to set fire to their houses. Enter Sepp Schmitz, an out-of-work professional wrestler who needs a place to spend the night. Before long, Schmitz and his friend Eisenring have moved in, and they seem to be stocking up on sawdust and barrels of gasoline. There’s a little satire mixed into this blend of epic theatre and absurdist comedy. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors and $7.50 students/youth.

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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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A Festival of New American Plays

Tue., Apr. 24–Sat., Apr. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theatre

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s 2018 Festival of New American Plays scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday, April 24 through 28, on the SFA campus.

This year’s festival features “Hot Flashes,” which is SFA Playwright-in-Residence Jack Heifner’s adaptation of the best selling novel by the same name by Barbara Raskin, along with “Sorry, Not Sorry” by S. Denise O’Neal and “… And the Pursuit of Happiness 1994” by Ted Swindley.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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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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