Main Stage Productions

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

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.

MICHAEL GANIO scenic designer
LAURIE CHURBA costume designer
STACEY DEROSIER lighting designer
JANE SHAW sound designer
PAUL WEST fight choreographer

MainStage Production, Spring 2020: The Wolves

The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe

May 15-16, 22-23 @ 8 pm
May 17 & 24 @ 2 pm
The Moore Theater

A Theater Department MainStage2 Production**
Tickets available at the HOP Box Office

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.


**A pilot program, MainStage2 brings a new perspective to the Department of Theater's existing MainStage season. Directed and designed by a team of visiting professional artists, MainStage2 productions will develop a unique, streamlined aesthetic while maintaining a tight focus on the essential elements of storytelling and performance.


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?”

MainStage Production, Fall 2017: Cabaret


Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

November 3-5 & 9-12
The Moore Theater

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

Kander and Ebb’s brilliant musical, first produced on Broadway in 1966, is stunningly relevant in today’s political climate. The show focuses on the loves and losses of a group of artists and performers who struggle to live in a world on the brink of fascism.

Fall 2016: Intimate Apparel

By Lynn Nottage

November 4-5, 10-12 @ 8 p.m.
November 6 & 13 @ 2 p.m.
The Moore Theater

A Dartmouth Mainstage Production

Lynn Nottage’s deeply moving portrait of a skilled middle-aged African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York who creates dreamy undergarments that, she hopes, are her ticket to a fulfilled life. With rich characters, subtle period details and an O. Henry twist, Intimate Apparel “offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one’s dress – and of course, skin – determined whom one could and could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public.” (Variety)

Directed by Tazewell Thompson
Scenic Design by Michael Ganio
Costume Design by Laurie Churba
LIghting Design by Stephen Quandt
Sound Design and Original Music by Fabian Obispo
Stage Management by Spencer Jorgensen '17