NAU Theatre 2014-15


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A Season of Passion and Promise

NAU Theatre heats up the stage with its 2014-15 roster of shows, appropriately titled “A Season of Passion and Promise.”

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. (as noted) in The Studio Theatre and Clifford E. White Theatre on the campus of NAU. Tickets are available at the NAU Central Ticket Office: (928) 525-5661 or (888) 520-7214 or on the Web at For more information, visit 

      In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl

7:30 p.m.: November 14-15, 2014 and November 19- 22, 2014

 2 p.m.: November 16, 2014 and November 23, 2014

Studio Theater

Sarah Ruhl has penned a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity –– provocative, funny, electric. We bring you, “In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play),” a stimulating, hilarious Broadway hit, and winner of the 2010 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play. 




Preshow Mini-discussions of “In the Next Room, The Vibrator Play” by Sarah Ruhl, NAU Theatre.

7 p.m., November 14 & 15, 20 & 21 in The Studio Theater

Join our panels of scholars, artists and practical theatre practitioners for lively mini-discussions of the topics and challenges of Sarah Ruhl’s comedy of love, passion and electricity in turn of the century America – a great way to prepare yourself for the “shocking” experience of live performance and electric laughter.


o 7 p.m., Friday, November 14: 

“Thank god something still flickers … Light & Shadow/Natural & Artificial in The Vibrator Play”

                      Kathleen McGeever, moderator

               Stephen House (Scenic Design)

               Ben Alexander (Lighting and Sound Design)

               Dr. Patricia Marchesi (English Literature)


o   7 p.m., Saturday, November 15:

“For God’s sake why must there be so many buttons ... Costumes and the Actor in The Vibrator Play”

              Kate Ellis, moderator

              Jenn Peterson

              Nancy Parr

              Annie Ballestreos


o   7 p.m., Friday, November 21:

“It is a kind of religious ecstasy to be half blind ... Sexuality in Victorian America”

              Seth Muller, moderator

   Dr. Heather Martel (history)

   Dr. Season Ellison (honors performance)

               Dr. Will Cordeiro (honors, Feminist & Gender Studies)   


o   7 p.m., Saturday, November 22:

“ I lie very still, close my eyes and try not to thin … Love, Marriage and Intimacy in The Vibrator Play”

Ben Grohs, moderator

Dr. Christina Gutierrez

Jan Rominger

Linda Sutera


PANELS:               Ben Grohs, Technical Director, NAU Theatre; Kathleen M. McGeever, director and chair of the Dept. of Theatre; Ben Alexander, Lighting and Sound Designer, NAU Theatre; Steven House, Scenic Design, NAU Theatre; Christina Gutierrez, director and Lecturer, NAU Dept. of Theatre; Jan Rominger, actor, director Theatrikos, Flagstaff; Linda Sutera, actor, director and board member Theatrikos, Flagstaff; Larry Hendricks, Arizona Daily Sun;  Dr. Patricia Marchesi (English Literature); Dr. Heather Martel (history); Dr. Season Ellison (honors performance); Dr. Will Cordeiro (honors, Feminist & Gender Studies)  

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“Angels in America:  The Millennium Approaches,” by Tony Kushner

7:30p.m.: February 27-28, 2015 and March 4-7, 2015

 2 p.m.: March 1, 2015 and March 8, 2015

 Clifford E. White Theater

History, invention, fantasy, laughter and pain … More than two decades ago, Tony Kushner brought a new play to the American Stage, “Angels in America- Millennium Approaches.”  It was 1991 and America has changed, or has it?  NAU Theatre takes on the Pulitzer Prize winning play 22 years after it premiered on Broadway.  


“The School for Lies” (David Ives’ adaptation of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope”)

7:30p.m.: April 17-18, 2015 and April 22-25, 2015

 2 p.m.: April 19, 2015 and April 26, 2015

 Studio Theater

Hilarity and heart bundled in satire … Sassy David Ives takes on the charm and wit of Molière with this spicy adaptation of “The Misanthrope.”  Carefully blending 17th century farce with 21st century vernacular, Ives’ creates a gaggle of naughty characters that banter and chatter in riotous rhyming couplets amid a glistening world of blather, glamour and scandal. “The School for Lies” will leave you dizzy from laughter!


On the Second Stage:

“Touch” by Toni Press-Coffman

7:30 p.m.: February 13-14, 2015

2 p.m.: February 15, 2015

Studio Theater

“A gripping, heart-wrenching, tender drama”

"Toni Press-Coffman's play celebrates the beauty of survival with eloquence and grace." —Portland Oregonian. 

Directed by NAU Theatre Senior, Robert Barnes, TOUCH follows the story of a young man caught between the loss of his greatest love and the Cosmos, dealing with the intimacy and the enormity of the heart.

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