FAU Department of Theatre and Dance Announces 2023-24 Season

Friday, Aug 11, 2023
Theatre and Dance Season 2023-24

The Department of Theatre and Dance in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced the 2023-24 season, including two musical theatre productions. All shows take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Tickets are available at www.fauevents.com or by calling 561-297-6124.

The Lady from the Sea
By Henrick Ibsen | Directed by Desmond Gallant

Marleen Forkas Studio One Theatre, Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton

9/29: 7 pm  | 9/30: 7 pm  | 10/1: 2 pm  | 10/6: 7 pm  | 10/7: 2 pm + 7 pm  | 10/8: 2 pm
Lady from the Sea is a powerful exploration of human desires, personal freedom, and the complexities of love. We follow the story of Ellida Wangel, a woman torn between her duties as a wife and mother and her longing for the freedom of the open sea. This gripping drama delves into themes of self-discovery, societal expectations, and the conflict between personal happiness and societal obligations. Ibsen’s play is a powerful expression of a woman's search for her own identity, in a world where women are defined by who they are with, instead of who they are or who they could become.

9 to 5
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Book by Patricia Resnick | Directed by Ted DeChatelet 

University Theatre, Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton

11/10: 7 pm  | 11/11: 7 pm | 11/12: 2 pm  | 11/17: 7 pm  | 11/18:  2 pm + 7 pm  | 11/19: 2 pm

Based on the hit 1980 film, this Tony-nominated musical brings together the talents of Dolly Parton (music and lyrics) and Patricia Resnick (book) to create a joyous celebration of friendship, empowerment, and breaking free from the shackles of the daily grind. 9 to 5: The Musical tells the story of three women – Violet, Doralee, and Judy – who find themselves working under a chauvinistic boss at Consolidated Industries. Fueled by their frustrations, they unite and hatch a plan to take control of their workplace and unleash their true potential. Packed with catchy songs, clever humor, and a powerful message, this musical extravaganza resonates with audiences of all ages.

Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble (RDTE)
Directed by Danielle Dale Hancock

University Theatre, Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton

12/8: 7 pm  | 12/9: 2 pm + 7 pm

An evening of dance with professional and regional dance companies.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin | Directed by Lynn McNutt 

University Theatre, Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton

2/9: 7 pm  | 2/10: 7 pm  | 2/11: 2 pm  | 2/16: 7 pm  | 2/17: 2 pm + 7 pm  | 2/18: 2 pm

This Tony Award-winning musical, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, brings the excitement and quirks of a spelling bee to life, blending humor, poignant moments, and catchy tunes into an unforgettable journey. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee revolves around a group of eccentric and endearing young spellers as they compete in a cutthroat spelling competition. Filled with witty wordplay, unexpected twists, and touching moments of self-discovery, the show explores themes of identity, acceptance, and the power of community. Audiences will find themselves rooting for the underdogs and celebrating the triumphs of each unique character.

Twelfth Night 
by William Shakespeare | Directed by: Kathryn L. Johnston

Marleen Forkas Studio One Theatre, Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton

3/15: 7 pm  | 3/16: 7 pm  | 3/17: 2 pm  | 3/22: 7 pm  | 3/23: 2 pm + 7 pm  | 3/24: 2 pm

Twelfth Night is a captivating tale of mistaken identities, unrequited love, and the transformative power of disguise. Set in the whimsical world of Illyria, the play follows the journey of Viola, a shipwrecked woman who disguises herself as a man named Cesario. As the story unfolds, the lines between reality and illusion blur, resulting in a delightful and often hilarious exploration of desire, confusion, and the complexities of human relationships.


One Man, Two Guvnors
by Richard Beanm | Directed by: Lee Soroko

Marleen Forkas Studio One Theatre, Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton

4/12: 7 pm  | 4/13: 7 pm  | 4/14: 2 pm  | 4/19: 7 pm  | 4/20: 2 pm + 7 pm  | 4/21: 2 pm  

A Tony Award-winning play that pays homage to the commedia dell'arte tradition while infusing it with modern humor. Set in 1960s Brighton, the story follows the antics of Francis Henshall, an ever-hungry, bumbling servant, as he becomes entangled in a web of mistaken identities, secret affairs, and outrageous misunderstandings. Filled with slapstick humor, quick-fire dialogue, and brilliant physical comedy, this production promises to keep audiences in stitches from beginning to end.

Dances we Dance
Directed by Nicole Perry

University Theatre, Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton

4/26: 7 pm  | 4/27: 2 pm + 7 pm

Dances We Dance is a capstone experience for students enrolled in all genres and levels of dance at FAU. These students create dances, learn choreography, explore expressiveness, and give thrilling performances of dance in a wide array of genres. Directed by Clarence Brooks.

Tickets are available at fauevents.com or by calling 561-297-6124.