Main Stage Productions

Spotlight on "The Sweet Science of Bruising"

The winter 2020 MainStage production of The Sweet Science of Bruising opens on February 21; the production will run through March 1, on the Moore Theater stage. An American premiere of a new work written by award-winning British Playwright Joy Wilkinson, the play delves into the real-life historical sub-culture of Victorian women's boxing. The story focuses on a group of women who find themselves inextricably linked through their struggles to navigate a male-dominated sport and a correspondingly male-dominated world.

MainStage Production, Winter 2020: The Sweet Science of Bruising

The Sweet Science of Bruising

By Joy Wilkinson

February 21-22 and 27*-29 at 8 pm
February 23 and March 1 at 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Department of Theater MainStage Production
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office
*Thursday February 27 will be an open-captioned performance

In a world controlled by men, four Victorian women discover unexpected freedom in the underground subculture of women’s boxing - and struggle against the limitations of that freedom. Based on historical research into 19th century women’s boxing, Joy Wilkinson’s electrifying new play examines gender, class, violence, and the balance of power in a corseted world. An American premiere.

Read more about the production HERE!

Get Involved with Theater this Winter!


Wednesday January 15
6:30 pm
in the Bentley Theater 

Held at the start of every term, the Department of Theater Showcases are information sessions that give students a chance for students to hear directly from faculty, staff, and/or student directors about that term's upcoming productions.

Students will hear from faculty, staff, and/or student directors about their projects and productions, and learn how they can get involved onstage and/or behind the scenes. Auditions for any and all student and productions will be announced, design and technical theater opportunities discussed, and news about other upcoming events shared. Whether onstage or behind the scenes, in the Moore or the Bentley, there is a place for every interested Dartmouth student to get involved in theater this winter!

Upcoming Auditions: The Sweet Science of Bruising, Winter 2020


MainStage Production, Winter 2020: 

The Sweet Science of Bruising
by Joy Wilkinson

Sign up to audition HERE!


Wednesday January 8: 7:00-10:00 pm

Thursday January 9: 7:00-10:00 pm
Friday January 10, Callbacks: beginning 7:00 pm

MainStage Production, Fall 2019: The Living

The Living

By Anthony Clarvoe

November 8-9 and 15*-16 @ 8 pm
November 10 & 17 @ 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Department of Theater MainStage Production
Originally produced by the Denver Center Theater Company
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office

SEARCH: ...London, 1665. In the midst of a terrifying and inexplicable epidemic that will ultimately kill over 20% of the city’s population, a handful of residents struggle to respond to the cataclysm that threatens to engulf them. Heartbreaking, bitterly funny, and deeply moving, The Living celebrates the power of courage and compassion to combat a climate of overwhelming fear and darkness.

MICHAEL GANIO scenic designer
LAURIE CHURBA costume designer
DAN KOTLOWITZ lighting designer
DAVID REMEDIOS sound designer
CATHERINE DARRAGH '13 stage manager

MainStage Production, Spring 2020: The Wolves

Please note: in light of current public health concerns, the spring 2020 term MainStage production of "The Wolves" has been postponed. Please check back for more information, or email Department Administrator Milena Zuccotti with any questions.

The Wolves
By Sarah DeLappe

The Moore Theater

A Theater Department MainStage Production

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a high school girls’ soccer team navigates the chaos of self-discovery, confronting big questions and waging tiny battles with the ferocity of a pack of adolescent warriors. An incandescent portrait of nine nuanced, individual young American women forging their personal identities and moving into adulthood at warp speed.

MainStage Production, Winter 2019: Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

February 22-23, 28, March 1-2 @ 8 pm
February 24 & March 3 @ 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Department of Theater MainStage Production
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office

A timeless and deeply relevant Tony Award-winning musical, and one of Sondheim's most inventive works. This sophisticated fairy-tale mash-up tells the story of a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two embark on a journey to change their fate. Many wishes are granted - but as the characters discover, every wish, and every individual action, can have far-reaching consequences. 

MainStage Production, Fall 2018: Eclipsed


By Danai Gurira

November 2-3 and 8-10 @ 8 pm
November 4 & 11 @ 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Theater Department MainStage Production
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office

This gripping play unearths the wreckage of war and celebrates the women who navigate and survive the most hostile of circumstances. Their lives set on a nightmarish detour by civil war, the captive wives of a Liberian rebel officer form a hardscrabble sisterhood, drawing on their reserves of defiance, wit, and compassion to ask the question: when the fog of battle lifts, could a different destiny emerge? A chilling, humanizing, and surprisingly funny portrait of survival, transformation, and renewal.

MainStage Production, Winter 2018: 1984


Based on the novel by George Orwell
Adapted for the radio by Milton Wayne
Adapted for the stage by Peter Hackett

February 16-18 & 22-25
The Moore Theater

A Theater Department MainStage Production
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office

Buoyed by “misinformation” and “alternative facts,” the current political regime’s attacks on our democratic institutions have thrust George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984, onto the bestseller list once again. This fast-paced, mixed-media adaptation investigates Orwell’s 20th-century prophecy in the context of 21st-century America, and asks the question: “Are we there yet?”