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Productions

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

Fall 2018


Gone Missing

By Steve Cosson (book; with The Civilians), Michael Friedman (music & lyrics)

October 4–13, 2018

Gone Missing—a wonderfully theatrical and deliciously idiosyncratic musical—speaks to our shared experience of finding ourselves in the things we lose.  Written by one of the most important musical composer/lyricists of the 21st century, Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and by Steve Cosson and his multi-award-winning theatre company, The Civilians—a company that "interrogates our lived experience, questions and tests the stories that shape our world, and awakens new thinking and perceptions”—Gone Missing is funny, quirky, guaranteed to make you think, and will charm your socks right off.

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URPerforming! The Talent Edition

October 19–20, 2018

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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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

By Alice Birch

November 29–December 8, 2018

A ferocious call for revolution. A sharp and irreverent assault on language.  Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., Alice Birch’s extraordinary contemporary play about the ways in which the words we use to talk about love, sex and daily life shape the behavior, expectations of, and relationships to women, is both a call to action and a challenge to upend all preconceptions. Birch, the winner of the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and one of the UK’s most celebrated young playwrights, has written that rare work that will change the way you view the world.

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Spring 2019


Cardenio

By Stephen Greenblatt, Charles Mee

February 1–2, 2019

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our production of Cardenio has had to be canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Join us in March for ToddX and in April for Maria Irene Fornes's The Conduct of Life!


ToddX

March 22–23, 2019

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From actors to naval commanding officers to billion-dollar business entrepreneurs, theatre at the UR has produced extraordinary alumni who have made their mark over a diverse and fascinating range of fields.  We’re bringing 10 of them back to campus for a weekend of talks, masterclasses, panels, conversations and presentations. So, explore the physicality of special effects motion capture with Noshir Dalal (Call of Duty: Black Ops III); hear about hip-hop branding, designing book covers, and envisioning interactive sales locations for Microsoft from design and marketing guru, John Fulbrook III; find out what it takes to produce new media news at BuzzFeed News, or take command of a naval warship for the first time, or perform in a hit musical in London’s West End…and more.  It’s all FREE and coming to Todd in ToddX, March 22-23!

Registration is now closed, but all events are still open and available to the public (the motion capture workshop can be observed, but participation is full; events that include food may not be able to provide meals to the un-registered).

FULL SCHEDULE

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and OPEN TO ALL

Please note: We recommend registering for events with food (food is not guaranteed without registration); registration for certain masterclasses/workshops is required.  REGISTER HERE!

Download a full schedule of events here.  Get a poster here.

Friday, March 22

  • Panel Discussion | 8-9.20pm | Todd Theatre

with US Navy commanding officer, Cdr. Jean Marie Sullivan; actor Andrew Polec (Bat out of Hell The Musical); Broadway & TV costumer Alex Rozansky (The Band’s Visit and Late Night with Seth Meyers); BuzzFeed News executive producer, Patrick McMenamin; and automated lighting programmer, Jeff EnglanderModerated by Nigel Maister (Artistic Director, UR International Theatre Program)

  • Champagne Reception | 9.30pm-10.30pm | Todd Theatre Lobby

Mingle, network, and enjoy the company of all ToddX participants!

 

Saturday, March 23

  • Working in New Media News | 9am-10.50am | Todd Theatre Lobby

Have breakfast with BuzzFeed News Executive Producer, Patrick McMenamin, and find out the ins and outs of working in new media news.  Free breakfast served 9am-9.20am *pre-registration recommended, register HERE!

  • The Joys & Mysteries of Working with Automated Moving Lights 9am-11.20am | Todd Theatre

Discover the possibilities of, and explore how to work with automated moving lighting fixtures with expert, Jeff Englander (Broadway, NY Fashion Week).  Free breakfast served 9-9.20am *pre-registration recommended, register HERE!

  • Motion Capture Workshop* | 10am-1pm | Spurrier Dance Studio

Explore motion capture movement training with actor, stuntman & mo-cap specialist, Noshir Dalal (Spider Man PS4, Call of Duty: Black Ops III). *pre-registration required, register HERE!

  • Design Thinking, Branding, and 360° Marketing in an Age of Experiences | 11.30am-12.45pm | Todd Theatre

Designer and multi-platform branding expert, John Fulbrook III, talks about creating a successful career in advertising from designing book jackets to hip hop branding, and more.

  • Backstage on Broadway and Beyond | 12.45pm-2.15pm | Todd Theatre Lobby

Enjoy a free lunch conversation with Broadway and television costume & wardrobe expert, Alex Rozansky (The Band’s Visit; Late Night with Seth Meyers) and emerging theatre oproducer, arts manager, and artistic director, Becca Weiss (Spicy Witch productions; Symphone Space, NYC) *pre-registration recommended, register HERE!

  • The Young Actor’s Life | 2.30pm-3.45pm | Todd Theatre

What’s it like to earn a living and start out as an actor in NYC or LA?  And what’s it like to get your big break and star in a hit musical, or to create your own celebrated one-woman show?  Join the discussion with Andrew Polec (Bat out of Hell The Musical) and Liz Femi (Netflix’s Love;Parks and Recreation;Ratched).

  • Women at the Helm: How to Take Command of a Modern Naval Warship | 3.15pm-4.30pm | Todd Theatre Lobby

US Navy commanding officer, Cdr. Jean Marie Sullivan (USS Whidbey Island) shares her experience of being a woman in the armed forces, and her career journey from NROTC to taking command of a US Navy dock landing ship (the “Workhorse of the Navy”).

  • Making and Selling a Billion Dollar Business | 4pm-5.30pm | Todd Theatre

What’s it like to build a business and then sell it big?  Businessman and entrepreneur, Mark Perlberg talks about his experience of growing a business and selling it for $1.2B.

  • Panel Discussion | 8-9.20pm | Todd Theatre

with business entrepreneur, Mark Perlberg; actors Liz Femi and Noshir Dalal; artistic director and producer, Becca Weiss; and marketing savant, John Fulbrook IIIModerated by Nigel Maister (Artistic Director, UR International Theatre Program

  • Dessert Reception | 9.30pm-10.30pm | Todd Theatre Lobby

Mingle, network, and enjoy the company of all ToddX participants!


The Conduct of Life

By Maria Irene Fornes

April 25–May 4, 2019

Cuban-American playwright, Maria Irene Fornes’s Obie-award-winning drama explores political, sexual and social relationships of power, corruption, and abuse in a work that is simultaneously terrifying and tender; subtle and didactic; funny and frightening; poetic and brutal.  Fornes’s landmark aesthetic that combines a deep sensitivity with the disenfranchised and an acute understanding of human and political nature, exposes a vision of the world that feels curiously appropriate and chillingly contemporary.

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