Current Season

University Players

2019-2020

61st Season

 

Othello

By William Shakespeare

September 27 - October 6, 2019

Join us for one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated tragedies. Othello, a Moorish. acclaimed general, marries his fair-skinned love, Desdemona - much to the dismay of her father. Othello’s most trusted aide, Iago, feels he has been wronged by him and begins a revenge plot against Othello. Iago’s masterful manipulation sends the other characters into a frenzy as they try to decipher who they can trust and if what they’re being told is true. A tragic tale of trust, betrayal, and the pursuit of the truth.

The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe

November 1-10, 2019

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE AND MATURE THEMES (AGES 14+)

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their stretch circle, nine girls navigate and question the world around them with the determination of warriors. This provocative play, nominated for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, captures the profound beauty of adolescence and paints a nuanced portrait of  young women navigating the game, their lives and a growing understanding of a complicated world.

Beauty and the Beast

By Laurence Boswell

November 29 - December 8, 2019

Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by this dramatic retelling of the classic tale through movement and music. Here we encounter two worlds - the domestic world of Beauty's family in mid-eighteenth-century France, safe and familiar - and another world, first stumbled upon by her merchant father: a place of great riches and disturbing nightmares, dominated by the fearsome and tragic Beast. Uniting the two is Beauty's humility and sense of duty, which slowly matures into transforming love.

The Cassilis Engagement

By St. John Hankin

January 31 - February 9, 2020

A period comedy in 4 acts. Young Geoffrey Cassilis, the widowed Mrs. Cassilis’ only son and heir to a vast country estate and fortune, has fallen in love with Ethel Borridge, a lowly shopgirl he met during an omnibus accident in London.  Mrs. Cassilis’ friends and relations in the country around the family seat at Milverton are appalled both at the engagement and at Mrs. Cassilis’ seeming approval of it.  “Seeming” is indeed the key word.  Mrs. Cassilis is afraid that if she were to let her true feelings of opposition be known and object openly to the engagement, Geoffrey might marry the girl out of spite.  Instead, Mrs. Cassilis’ strategy is to invite Ethel and her mother to stay with them in the country to see if the lowborn city girl can really stand the dull kind of life her fiancé will live.

Morning Sacrifice

By Dymphna Cusack

February 28-March 8, 2020

Morning Sacrifice is set in the staff room of a girls high school, on the eve of the second world war. Cusack's skill at characterization and the creating of escalating tension make the play a fascinating study in day to day routine which is stripped away to reveal a hall of horrors, nastiness and hypocrisy. The action alternates between comedy and horror as the teachers battle tooth and nail for the good of the pupils and the reputation of the school.

Stag and Doe

By Mark Crawford

March 27-April 5, 2020

Bonnie and Brad are having a party to raise money for their upcoming wedding—the cost of which has secretly gotten out of control. Their wisecracking Maid of Honour, Dee, is still getting over being left at the altar seven years ago—and now she has to come face-to-face with her ex. Bridezilla Mandy and her doting groom Rob are getting married today—even though their big white tent blew away in last night’s storm. And oh yeah…single dad Jay just found out his entire catering staff is in jail! It’s all happening at the same time, in the same community hall kitchen, in the same small town.

Taking place over one eventful Saturday in June, the two couples strike a deal to share the local reception hall for their Stag and Doe and wedding. Among the unset Jell-o shots, a missing wedding cake, and a disastrous first dance, past relationships are examined, current couples are put to the test, and new romance blossoms.

By turns wildly funny and unexpectedly touching, Stag and Doe offers a look at a distinctly rural Canadian prenuptial tradition…and shines a light on the nature of love, marriage, and weddings.