Laughter, inspiration, and a little well-placed cathartic rage — we return to our theaters with a 2021-2022 season that embraces all of those and more as we reckon with the past 18 months and look toward the future. The plays scheduled for our season explore how to make art in a way that honors our artists and expresses hope for a stronger way forward for our community, including our beloved audience members. We can’t wait to get started!
Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 youth, students, and seniors, and can be purchased in advance online at the Fine Arts Center Box Office or by calling 1-413-545-2511.
Before you purchase tickets, please read our Patron COVID Safety Policy to ensure you are prepared. Patrons who are unable to meet the requirements WILL be turned away at the door.
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Oct 15, 16, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Rand Theater
"You're dying, Everybody. And you're dying alone."
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play, written before the pandemic, proves a prophetic boon in bringing an audiences an opportunity to deal with the fear and grief that we will probably still carry long after we put away our masks. EVERYBODY offers a funny and cathartic confrontation with Death (who is just trying to do their job, after all) through an adaptation of a 14th century morality play. Death comes for Everybody on what should have just been a fun night at the theater, and Everybody must confront the limits of friendship, family love, material comfort, and the human body itself in an attempt to determine the one thing that they can bring with them as they leave this world.
Content advisory: Strong language, discussions of death
by Clare Barron
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams
Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Rand Theater
Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at Nationals in Tampa Bay. An ensemble of dancers of different ages, races, ethnicities, body types, and gender presentations examines the challenges and triumphs of growing up in this play about ambition, coming of age, and finding one’s soul in the heat of it all. Dance Nation interrogates what “womanhood” is, and embodies a powerful release of rage, joy and liberation.
Content Advisory: Nudity, gore, coarse language, depictions of self-harm, simulated masturbation and descriptions of masturbation, sex and sexual violence
SPRING SEMESTER OPENING SHOW TBA
Shhhh! It's a secret. We're not yet allowed to share the title and details of our spring semester opening production. Check back later this semester for the announcement.
Feb. 25, March 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Curtain Theater
OLVIDADOS: A MEXICAN AMERICAN CORRIDO
by Elisa Gonzales
Presented in partnership with Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble (www.breathoffire.org).
Directed by Sara Guerrero
Musical arrangement and composition by Moises Vázquez
Join us for a FREE staged Zoom reading on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.; click to sign up to receive the Zoom link.
And then join us for the FULL PRODUCTION:
April 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at 2 p.m. in the Curtain Theater
Inspired by the classic structure of a corrido, a traditional Mexican song style that draws on storytelling, folklore, and oral history, Olvidados: A Mexican American Corrido, is a new, musically-driven, theatrical re-imagining of the many untold stories of the Mexican Repatriation of the Great Depression, where over one million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were illegally and unconstitutionally deported, or repatriated to Mexico. We see the Repatriation and its effects unfold through the eyes of four women, including the playwright’s grandmother and great-grandmother, who were repatriated to Mexico in 1931, the effects of which still echo through the Mexican-American community today.
Content advisory: Use of racial slurs, and discussion of a child’s death
FRINGE FEST ‘22
A celebration of varied projects, featuring UMass New Play Lab
To be presented April 21 to May 1 at multiple venues, details to be announced
One festival, dozens of pieces to view. Every year, in classes and indie productions, our students, faculty, and staff explore so much theater. This year, we’re gathering them all into a festival of low and no-cost events showcasing everything from outrageous experimental work to shining new voices to expertly-rendered productions of classic scenes. The Fringe Fest will be anchored by our UMass New Play Lab, a graduate student-driven project that explores various facets of new play development. This year, a collective of graduate students from various theater disciplines will collaborate to cultivate brand-new work in a nimble and flexible process that’s responsive to the needs of each individual project.
Tickets on sale now!
Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 youth, students, and seniors with the exception of our TBA Fringe Festival, and can be purchased in advance online at the Fine Arts Center Box Office or by calling 1-413-545-2511.
Fringe Festival will include events with discounted or free admission, details to be announced as dates approach.
Subscription and group discounts available. Please note: because Fringe events are still being set and will have varying price points, Fringe Fest '22 is not part of any subscription package.
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UMASS THEATER PATRON COVID SAFETY
To keep patrons, performers, and our staff and crew safe, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Theater, in its continued commitment to maintaining the health and safety of the UMass community and patrons of the arts, is requiring patrons to be fully vaccinated to attend performances. Our students and staff are required to be fully vaccinated per University Policy.
To attend an in-person performance or event please be prepared to:
1. Present proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof may be the original CDC vaccination record card, a copy of said record, or a mobile photograph of the card.
2. Present a matching photo identification card with the same name as the COVID-19 vaccination card. This may be a University of Massachusetts UCard, or a state/federal photo ID.
3. Any individuals who are not fully vaccinated, or cannot locate their vaccination record, may instead produce a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with the negative test result and collection date and time stamp within 72 hours of the event.
4. Face masks must be worn at all times indoors while attending an event by all patrons, regardless of vaccination status.
5. Patrons under the age of 12, who cannot be vaccinated, must wear a mask at all times.
If you are unable to provide requested documentation to enter a performance or event, you will be turned away.
If you have tickets to an event or performance and are feeling ill, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been designated as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; DO NOT ENTER THE THEATER. Please contact our Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (413) 545-2511 to arrange a refund, ticket exchange, or to donate your ticket cost.
Thank you for keeping our theaters safe!