2016-2017 Season

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

Fall 2016

When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?

By Mark Medoff

October 6–15, 2016

The UR International Theatre Program opens its 2016-2017 season with Mark Medoff's, Obie Award-winning drama, When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?  When a small, sleepy New Mexico diner is visited by a fugitive couple on the run, locals and visitors have their lives upended and their dreams and inner desires confronted.  Tense and gripping, Red Ryder explores the myths of American manhood and heroism with brutality, humor, and nail-biting suspense.  Recommended for adult audiences only.

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URPerforming! The Talent Edition

October 21–22, 2016

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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Circle Mirror Transformation

By Annie Baker

December 1–10, 2016

Called an “absolute feast” and “unheralded gem,” Obie award and Pulitzer prize-winner Annie Baker’s extraordinary, multiple award-winning play, Circle Mirror Transformation, explores the lives of a group of small town Vermonters through the minutely detailed lens of those characters taking an acting class.  While the theatre games and exercises they play begin harmlessly enough, over time, we see tiny wars being waged, hearts being broken, and the yearnings, regrets, and deepest secrets of each member of the class being revealed. With affection, empathy, quiet drama, and the magnificent eye and ear of a detailed miniaturist, Baker lays bare the souls of her characters in this funny and quietly devastating contemporary American masterpiece.

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Spring 2017

That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her

By Jen Silverman

March 2–11, 2017

Alyssa Long is pretty, rich, and lucky enough to have attracted the attention of mysterious newcomer, Felix Maia. But in the wake of her sudden disappearance, frenemies gather and rumors abound.  Described as Gossip Girl meets Lord of the Flies, That Poor Girl... by contemporary playwright, Jen Silverman (who critics have called “a fresh voice who takes chances, but also a playwright who plumbs the depth of humanity without sentimentality”) is a (very) dark comedy that looks at social media and social justice, how far we're willing to go, and who we are when we get there.

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God Has No Country

By Donal Courtney

March 31–April 1, 2017

A special theatrical event, imported from Ireland, God Has No Country tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty's courageous exploits in German-occupied Rome during the Second World War.  Though little remembered today, this unassuming Irish priest used his connections in the Vatican to harbor prisoners of war and Jews and is credited with saving over 6,500 lives. The play follows O'Flaherty's torment as he decides to act in defense of those suffering under Fascist tyranny. It also reflects on his upbringing in Killarney and on how joining the priesthood protected him from involvement in the Anglo-Irish War. Told with great humor and sensitivity, God Has No Country aims to bring the heroic deeds of this extraordinary but unsung man to a wider audience.  Free and open to the public, tickets are available from the Todd Theatre Box Office, on a first-come-first-served basis, from one hour before curtain.

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Buried Child

By Sam Shepard

April 27–May 6, 2017

Sam Shepard's Buried Child won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the career of one of the most important American playwrights of the last decades of the 20th century.  A darkly comic portrait of a family in disarray, Buried Child--haunting, disconcerting, and totally mesmerizing--explores how home is both a place you can never really leave or ever really return to.  Shepard's poetic characters and gothic imagination strip the layers of the American family bare, and take us on a searing journey into the heartland of both the country and of the "ties that bind."

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