Our Season


Upcoming Events


Guest Dance Artist Residency Performance - Cara Hagan

Featuring Cara Hagan, Dance Film, and Students.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Gruesome Playground Injuries - By Rajiv Joseph

Student director Madeline Keckler presents Gruesome Playground Injuries, produced in repertory with The Last Five Years. Together, these shows explore the connection between happiness and heartache while asking what it means to genuinely care about another person. 

Gruesome Playground Injuries follows Kayleen and Doug over the course of 30 years, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together at the most bizarre moments in their lives.  R-rated - This show is not suitable for children
 
Gruesome Playground Injuries is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 2pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

The Last Five Years - Written and Composed by Jason Robert Brown

Student director Dan Martin presents The Last Five Years, a character-driven musical about two people's journey towards and apart from another. Jamie tells his side of the story in chronological order, showing the events from the romantic beginning to the bitter end. Cathy, however, tells her side of the story in reverse. Somewhere along the way, the audience taps into exactly what happened in this unique, tortured, universal relationship. This show will have live instrumentation, and is a two-person production. 

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Mother Courage and Her Children - By Bertolt Brecht, Translated by Tony Kushner

Thursday - Saturday, November 1-3, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Thursday - Saturday, November 8-10, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Boundless Winter Showcase

The all-student choreographed and performed dance club welcomes you to their annual December show.

Proceeds from ticket sales support the Gonzaga Dance Marathon which benefits local juvenile cancer research.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 4pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead - By Bert V. Royal

Student director Sid Al-Thumali presents Dog Sees God: Confession of a Teenage Blockhead.  Following the tragic death of his dog, C.B. finds himself reflecting on what comes after death. With no insight from his friends, C.B struggles to find closure. But, when he is confronted by the person he has spent years bullying, C.B will discover that his dog’s death isn’t the only problem on his mind.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a dark comedy written by Bert V. Royal depicting the characters of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts in their high school days. Elements of this play may not be suitable for some audiences, including: violence, strong language, sexual themes, drug use, suicide, and alcohol consumption.

Thursday - Saturday, February 8-10, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

A Midsummer Night's Dream - By William Shakespeare

Student director Jaron Fuglie presents A Midsummer Night's Dream, a delightful, dark, and delicious comedy by William Shakespeare. Come and experience the love, the heartbreak, the magic, the terror, and the many laughs in this marvelous play. What is the nature of life? Of love? Are we our own masters or playthings of the gods? Why are we here? 
 
These are the questions we raise before you with wonder and delight. 

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

A New Season

Friday - Saturday, April 5-6, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Friday - Saturday, April 11-12, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, April 13, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Gonzaga University

Student Choreography Concert

Advised by faculty Suzanne Ostersmith, Choreography students present original pieces in a variety of dance styles featuring student performers and lighting designers.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Annual Spring Dance Concert

Artistic Director Suzanne Ostersmith and the dance faculty present the annual Spring Dance Concert featuring a combination of faculty and student choreography, all student performances and lighting design. The concert showcases a variety of dance styles from ballet to jazz, musical theatre to modern and more.

Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Gonzaga University

 

 


Past Events


One Act Festival

Advised by Charles M. Pepiton and Leslie Stamoolis, Directing II students showcase one acts featuring student actors and costume designers.

Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Annual Spring Dance Concert

Artistic Director Suzanne Ostersmith and the dance faculty present the annual Spring Dance Concert featuring a combination of faculty and student choreography, all student performances and lighting design. The concert showcases a variety of dance styles from ballet to jazz, musical theatre to modern and more.

Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Boone Street Hooligans #12

The all student-written, performed sketch comedy group, Boone Street Hooligans, takes the stage for their Fall show. Directed by Nathan Patrick Nelson and Olivia Roberts.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:00pm & 9:00pm
Wolf Auditorium, Gonzaga University

Student Choreography Concert

Advised by faculty Suzanne Ostersmith, Choreography students present original pieces in a variety of dance styles featuring student performers and lighting designers.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Hamletmachine by Heiner Mueller

Student director Nathan Patrick Nelson presents an immersive, multi-media theatre experience featuring the 1977 post-modernist drama, Hamletmachine. Loosely based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, the story unfolds through a sequence of monologues and reflective scenes. The production highlights the tensions in contemporary American culture related to power, criticism, dissent and change.

Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Coming Home: A Soldiers' Project by Kathleen Jeffs

Directed by Charles M Pepiton, our Soldiers' Project is an original play exploring the experiences of what it is like returning from war to Spokane and Gonzaga. It is the story of transition, from base to basketball. Transitions, also, of perception: from service to civilian, how our senses take in and process the new sights and sounds of the university environment. Small moves make big waves - connections are made and unmade. Our construction of the meaning of events, past and present, is made in moments of transition.

Friday-Saturday, February 2-3, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 4, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Thursday-Saturday, February 8-10, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Short Scenes: Directing I Showcase

Advised by Charles M. Pepiton, Directing I students showcase short scenes featuring student actors.

Friday, December 8, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Boundless Winter Showcase

The all-student choreographed and performed dance club welcomes you to their annual December show.

Proceeds from ticket sales support the Gonzaga Dance Marathon which benefits local juvenile cancer research.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Boone Street Hooligans #11

The all student-written, performed sketch comedy group, Boone Street Hooligans, takes the stage for their Fall show. Directed by Nathan Patrick Nelson.

Proceeds from ticket sales support Cup of Cool Water, a local non-profit organization benefiting homeless youth.

Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

tick, tick...BOOM! by Jonathan Larson

Director Courtney Smith brings to stage the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Jon's girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue and, yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.

Everyone will love this youthful, endearing and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life's most difficult challenges.

tick, tick...BOOM! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 @ 2:00pm
Thursday-Saturday, November 9-11, 2017@ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Constellations by Nick Payne

Student director Annika Perez-Krikorian presents a 'splash' production for Zag Fam Weekend with an all-student cast and student designers. From a cast pool, actors will be randomly selected for each performance and meet for the first time on stage when the characters meet for the first time. Art imitating life!

Constellations is a spellbinding romantic journey that begins with a simple encounter between two people... with ideas about physics, parallel universes and the tension between free will and fate.

Constellations is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 & 7, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (ZagLab)

ZagLab, an experimental initiative from Gonzaga’s departments of Art and Theatre & Dance in partnership with Terrain, is envisioned to pursue original interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, encourage artistic risk taking, and foster adventurous creative inquiry among and between students and faculty.

Waiting for Godot is an original, site-responsive production within an immersive ceramic installation by guest artist, J.J. McCracken and GU Art faculty Mat Rude. The installation will depict a melting glacial field and will be located outdoors at Terrain’s Washington Cracker Factory art-space. The audience will join the actors inside the sculptural environment for the production. The installation will be designed to degrade in response to the weather and our local (Spokane & GU) output of waste. The installation will be open to the public from June 8 through September 10.

Beckett’s play humorously depicts the futility of action and inaction. Our two weekends of performances in June and September, marking the beginning and end of the installation period, will respond to the unpredictable nature of the installation and raise questions about our collective response to climate change.

Featuring director Charles M Pepiton with costume design by Courtney Smith and prop design by Abbey Plankey with GU student actors and artists. The cast also features GU alumni actors Talena Laine and Elizabeth Spindler.

The sustainability fair will feature organizations from our community including Spokane Arts, Spokane River Keepers, Fuse Environmental Action Team, and the City’s Environment & Sustainability Office at each performance in June and September.

Constellations is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Friday and Saturday, October 6 & 7, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre, Gonzaga University


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