On Stage

Baylor Theatre produces five mainstage plays and two summer plays each year in which students perform and fill a variety of production positions. These shows include at least one musical theatre offering each year and a wide range of contemporary and period pieces. 

A weekly workshop, attended by the entire department, provides another showcase for student work, one which often encourages artistic risk and exploration. 

 



2021-2022 Season

Baylor Theatre is now open for the 2021-2022 Season.

 

It’s December of 1939. Hitler is invading Poland on the other side of the world and Gone with the Wind is premiering in Atlanta, home of the prosperous southern Jewish family the Freitags.  But this family is more concerned about whether or not they should put a star on their Christmas tree and who has a date to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. As love starts to bloom in unexpected places, the Freitags confront their own feelings about their religious and ethnic heritage. The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a heartwarming romantic comedy about family, faith, and finding the courage to be authentic.

 

Play by Alfred Uhry

Directed by Emily Olson

September 21-24 & 26 at 7:30pm

September 26 at 2pm

Jones Theatre

Program

Audience Guide

 


 

Welcome to the world of competitive Air Guitar!  Nina is a young musician on a mission, but when she befriends some of the charismatic misfits that inhabit this world, her plans change.  This exuberant comedy reminds us to live joyfully, and find our tribe!

 

“The most fun you will have at the theater this year … to call this play a “crowd pleaser” is a drastic understatement.” – Insider Louisville

 

“Unmitigated pleasure… filled with dignity and delight.” – Chicago Reader

 

Play by Chelsea Marcantel

Directed by Lisa Denman

October 13-15 at 7:30pm

October 16 at TBA

October 17 at 2pm

Mabee Theatre

 


 

Join us this semester for CaBEARet: Concert Edition Sunday in the Park with George featuring students from our Musical Theatre Workshop: October 2 & 3

 

 

 


 

When Ren McCormack, a teenager from Chicago who loves dancing, and his single mother move to the small town of Bomont both he and the town are faced with a clash of cultures. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with the influential Reverend Moore, who has issued a ban on dancing.

In this iconic story, made famous by the 1984 movie of the same title, generations collide and a community is forced to reevaluate its ideals, seek healing, and ask what it means to be truly free.

 

Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin

Book by Dennis Kelly

Directed by John-Michael Marrs

November 17-19 at 7:30pm

November 20 at 2pm

November 30- December 4 at 7:30pm

December 5 at 2pm

Jones Theatre


 

Welcome to Treasure Island, a tale you know by Robert Louis Stevenson, but this adaptation by Bryony Lavery introduces us to a crop of blood-thirsty female pirates. Jim Hawkins, a girl at the blush of confusing hormones, seeks adventure, danger, and the glitter of treasure, over the life she’s always been sheltered in. But this treasure is more than coins in a box, it's where we really discover something about ourselves and what matters most in the unmooring of life as we know it. This onslaught of characters mutinies to sea with the good and bad. We will explore conflict, comedy, and ‘scariness’ on the magnificent ship of the Hispaniola. With the stars as our guiding light, we will navigate the world around us as a community, a crew and not feel so shipwrecked or abandoned. As we face the heavy seas let’s get wet, bloody, discover treasure, and all the adventure in between.

 

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Adapted by Bryony Lavery

Directed by Abigail Dillard

February 22-26 at 7:30pm

February 27 at 2pm

Mabee Theatre

 


 

In 1998, a young gay man named Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten to death outside of Laramie, Wyoming.  Moises Kaufmann and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Company went to the town of Laramie six times and recorded interviews with the townspeople about the horrific crime.  The play that emerged was The Laramie Project; a powerful documentary work that asks deep questions about why tragedies occur and how communities respond.  With sixty different characters, the play allows us to travel beyond common stereotypes to see humanity in all our complexity; to see us as both flawed and powerful and to provide hope in times of darkness.

 

Play by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project

Directed by David Jortner

March 23-26 at 7:30pm

March 27 at 2pm

Jones Theatre

 


 

Resting on the ensemble of four Black actors, Moon Man Walk tells the story of a young man named, Spencer, who travels back to Philadelphia for his mother’s funeral. As he seeks to put back the pieces of life by recalling the stories his mother told him, he finds love, a glimmer of hope in his darkest moment, and the truth about his ever-distant father. He’s left to ponder how the past and the present will shape his future. Ultimately, the story reminds us of the gravity of our relationships, while transporting us between the past and the present and between the moon and back.

 

Play by James Ijames

Directed by Sam Henderson

April 27-30 at 7:30pm

April 30 & May 1 at 2pm

Mabee Theatre