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All performances are held in Todd Theatre on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

Fall 2017

In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

By Heinar Kipphardt (translated Ruth Speirs)

October 12–21, 2017

Heinar Kipphardt’s celebrated docu-drama, drawn from the actual transcripts of the infamous Oppenheimer security hearings, is a timely and provocative exploration of the individual’s conscience and the power of the state.  How should an individual’s morality respond to the power and needs of national security institutions, and what happens when the product of the mind's creativity and exploration yields both good and evil?  How do you escape your past, and is "guilt by association" really guilt at all?  In the Atomic Energy Commission’s hearings against the “father” of the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, a mirror is held up to our collective conscience in ways that seem hauntingly relevant in our current political dystopia.

***Join us after the Saturday, October 14 performance for a panel discussion with Professors Robert Westbrook (History), Jonathan Tresan (Philosophy), Regina Demina (Physics), and Theatre Program Artistic Director and production director, Nigel Maister, for a panel on the play, its protagonist, and the many questions it raises. (est. start time: 10.15pm; FREE and open to the public)***

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URPerforming! The Talent Edition

October 27–28, 2017

Celebrate extraordinary performers from all disciplines in this UR’s Got Talent-format evening of student artists. Celebrity judges, "audience choice" award, and more! Free! (Tickets available at the door on a first-come-first-served basis from one hour before event start.)

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By Seneca

November 30–December 9, 2017

Octavia is a play ripped from the headlines— from the year AD 62.  Attributed the Roman stoic philosopher, Seneca (which would have been extraordinary, as he himself is a character in the play), it chronicles the dissolution of the marriage between the Nero, the unstable, narcissistic emperor, and Octavia, his popular wife.  Questions about the right conduct of a ruler, laments about a woman’s place in the world, and musings on the degeneration of the world commingle to make the rarely-staged Octavia a startlingly relevant document.

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Spring 2018

We Don't Live on Mars Yet

By Talya Chalef & Cast

March 1, 2018

We Don't Live on Mars Yet is a supremely timely newly devised work commissioned by the UR International Theatre Program.  Helmed by Australian-South African director, writer and theatre artist, Talya Chalef, and created with an ensemble of UR students, …Mars asks the questions: why do we insist on calling some people "alien" and why is society so afraid of them?  How do we conceive of "home" and what does the notion of “sanctuary” mean to us? With We Don’t Live on Mars Yet, Chalef and her talented cast have developed a thought-provoking and experiential theatrical piece reflecting the history of Rochester, and the aspirations of and challenges facing students in thinking about refugees and their place in our lives and our place in theirs.  World premiere.

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19th Annual One-Act Play Festival

By Students

March 23–25, 2018

Join us for an evening of short, student-written, directed, designed, and acted plays by budding young playwrights and directors!  One of the highlights of the season, the One-Act Play Festival never ceases to delight!  Tickets are first come-first served, only available at the door, one hour before performances.  Seating is limited, so get there early!


The Pinter Plays (The Collection & The Lover)

By Harold Pinter

April 26–May 5, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Harold Pinter, one of the seminal figures of 20th century drama, is a master of the minimal and the malevolent. The Collection and The Lover are two of his most unnerving and, yes, funny, one-acts.  In both plays, couples deal with fidelity and infidelity that may (or may not) have happened; in both the undercurrents of violence—sexual and social—are exposed, toyed with, and ultimately left for the audience to wrestle with; and in both, Pinter leaves us keenly aware of something in the universe having shifted in an intangible and deeply unsettling way.