LSU and Swine Palace Seasons 

The School of Theatre is proud to present a full season of Mainstage and Lab Shows in addition to the plays produced by our professional theatre-in-residence, Swine Palace. Here you will find information regarding our upcoming season


LSU Season

 L M N O P the Musical Graphic

LMNOP, the Muzical

October 4, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Based on ELLA MINNOW PEA by Mark Dunn     
Book and Lyrics by Scott Burkell
Music by Paul Loesel
Directed by Richard Holden
Shaver Theatre

When letters fall from a town monument, government officials ban them one by one. Chaos ensues until a determined teenage girl rallies the community to fight for freedom of speech. This unique musical is part romance, part clever word game and part adult fable that reminds us of how precious our liberties are and how quickly unbridled extremism can take them from us. A captivating story you’ll never forget!

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Nickel and Dimed

April 11, 2018 - April 22, 2018

        by Joan Holden
        based on NICKEL AND DIMED, ON (NOT)
        by Barbara Ehrenreich
        Directed by Shana Gold and Amy Herzberg
        Reilly Theatre

"Penetrating clarity and sharp, illuminating humor…succeeds beautifully in creating the wearying reality of dead-end jobs and the people trapped in them."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive, when she suddenly has to make beds all day in a hotel and live on $7 an hour? Maybe. But one $7-an-hour job won’t pay the rent: she’ll have to do back-to-back shifts, as a chambermaid and a waitress. This isn’t the first surprise for famed author Barbara Ehrenreich, who set out to research low-wage life firsthand, confident she was prepared for the worst. Joan Holden’s stage adaptation is a focused comic epic shadowed with tragedy.

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Lab Season


February 20, 2018 - February 25, 2018

by John Cariani
Directed by Joe Carleton
Studio Theatre

A darker cousin to ALMOST, MAINE, John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.

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April 10, 2018 - April 15, 2018

        by Georg Büchner
        Translated by Rob Melrose
        Directed by Kyra Smith
        Studio Theatre

Common soldier Woyzeck is harried by his persnickety, preachy commanding officer, starved on a diet of peas, intrusively monitored by a dedicated scientist and confused by the man-animal acts and hopeless parables of a traveling carnival. He's growing weak. He hears voices and imagines supernatural plots. When he discovers that his beloved Marie, with whom he has a child, is sleeping with another soldier, Woyzeck snaps. This version of Woyzeck promises to be a compelling look at a personality imploding under social and psychological duress

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Dance and Physical Theatre Showcase

April 26 and 27, 2018, 7:30pm

The School of Theatre’s Dance program will present a performance great for the whole family from Paul Fleischman's poetry collection A Joyful Noise with accompanying music of composer Bill Montgomery. The Caldecott award-winning book of whimsical words brings to life the squeaking, buzzing, whirligig world of the insect brethren with whom we share the planet. Rejoice with the Grasshoppers and Fireflies, Honeybees and Beetles, Crickets! (Seriously, you don't want to get the Digger Wasps mad.)

The Physical Theatre portion will feature faculty and student collaborations toward the creation the new work Dream Logos. Nick Erickson, head of the physical theatre program at the School of Theatre, teams up with Jesse Allison, Experimental Music & Digital Media and the LSU School of Music to workshop initial ideas for a summer show which will be toured to France and the United Kingdom. The show will feature a loose narrative filled with staged dreams. The remainder of the evening will be a collection of student driven creations from a dynamic physical theatre perspective.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.


Take 4 Film Festival

April 28, 2018, 7:30pm

Delta Rouge in conjunction with the LSU School of Theatre and the LSU Student Government will be hosting the Take 4 Film Festival, the annual student Film Festival, in the historic Shaver Theatre on April 28th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

The Take 4 Film Festival exists to promote and celebrate the films of all undergraduate/graduate students and alumni from LSU, Baton Rouge Community College, and Southern University. The only eligibility requirements are that you are or were a student from one of these schools, and have completed a film in 2017 or 2018 that is between 30 seconds and 15 minutes in length. The festival judges will award best Directing, Cinematography, Actress/Actor, Editor, and Writer, as well as an overall Audience award winner and Best Alumni Film.

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Swine Palace Season

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The Mountaintop

November 8, 2017 - November 19, 2017

         by Katori Hall
         Directed by Femi Euba
         Reilly Theatre

Winner of the Olivier Award, The Mountaintop is set at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1968, on the night before Martin Luther King is assassinated and on the day he delivered a speech in which he foretold his own fate, “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know that tonight, we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”

Playwright Katori Hall takes this historic date with destiny and weaves a powerful surrealistic fantasy about a conversation between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his past, his legacy and the plight and future of African-Americans. Hall's insight, light touch and lively mood depicts King as a real man with very human foibles who was nonetheless capable of inspiring millions to hope and move toward a momentous societal shift for equality and justice.

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February 14, 2018 - February 25, 2018

by Tom Stoppard
Directed by George Judy
Shaver Theatre

"Stoppard's richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and…emotion. Exhilarating!"
- The New York Times

ARCADIA moves effortlessly between 1809 and the present at the elegant Coverly estate. It is 1809, the brilliant thirteen-year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues while it is also the present, where the Coverly descendants research a scandal involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play explores the nature of truth and time.

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