Department Chair:
Matthew Wright

Phone: 440 7758152
Fax: 440 7758340

Warner Center 100
30 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Mainstage 14|15

Mainstage 14|15




Pericles By William Shakespeare


Prince Pericles of Tyre doesn't set out looking for trouble -- he sets out looking for a wife. Soon, he is fleeing for his life across the Mediterranean pursued by a servant of the incestuous King of Antioch who wants him dead. The paths he and his loved ones tread spider-web across the sea, peril never far behind. But, with the aid of kings, lords, nuns, fishermen, pirates and prostitutes - the horrors of death, famine, lost loves, and attempted murder don't prove quite so intimidating. One of Shakespeare's late romances, this is the story of Pericles' journey of self-discovery, adventure and hope.


 Directed by Paul Moser

Hall Auditorium

December 4, 5, 6 - 7:30pm

December 7 - 2pm



Dessa Rose Music by Stephen Flaharty, Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens


In a Pre-Civl War America, passionate and innocent Dessa Rose is a young slave who is faced with a barrage of hardships because of her skin color. Ruth is a young, white mother who faces a barrage of hardships because of her gender. Through a series of turns ranging from comical to tragic to ultimately uplifting, these two women become unlikely and lifelong friends. Affecting, harrowing, and touching, it explores an array of emotions unmatched by most other musicals. Audiences will leave unanimously in awe of the musical's powerful message which transcends race, gender, and age.


                                                         Directed by Caroline Jackson-Smith

Hall Auditorium

February 5, 6, 7 - 7:30pm

February 8 - 2pm



Caucasian Chalk Circle By Bertolt Brecht


"Terrible is the temptation to do good!" warns Bertolt Brecht's amiable narrator. But good is all that Grusha, the simple kitchen maid, knows. And so, in the midst of a revolution, she cannot help but come to the aid of a poor defenseless infant. Their subsequent misadventures across her war-torn country become the heart of Brecht's playful parable, which calls into question our basic assumptions of right in a world that has gone wrong.


                                                             Directed by Heather Anderson Boll

Hall Auditorium

April 16, 17, 18 - 7:30pm

April 19 - 2pm