2021-2022 Season Announced by Xavier University Theatre

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
Directed by Stephen Skiles
September 17-19, 2021
Gallagher Student Center Theatre

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When they decide to flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. Winner of two Tony Awards, AMERICAN IDIOT is a high-octane, energy-fueled rock opera, featuring every song from Green Day’s album, AMERICAN IDIOT, as well as several songs from its follow-up release, 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN.

Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Dee Anne Bryll
October 21-24, 2021 (Xavier’s Family Weekend)
Gallagher Student Center Theatre

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs sets the story of a daughter’s a quest to discover the identity of her father – all on the eve of her own wedding!
Join us during Xavier’s Family Weekend for this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship – and a bunch of hit songs!

By Aristophanes
Directed by Bridget Leak
November 12-14, 2021
Gallagher Student Center Theatre

On a mission to end the Peloponnesian War, Lysistrata bands together the women of Greece in a pact to withhold sex until the men declare peace. As the women tantalize and tease their way to harmony, a timeless story emerges of sexual politics, political power struggles, and the battle between the sexes. Funny, poignant, and more than a little dirty, Lysistrata celebrates the power of women and reason in the face of destruction.

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Regina Pugh
February 11-20, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Onstage Theatre

Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine in EURYDICE. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Suann Pollock
February 11-20, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Onstage Theatre

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event—when Nora slams the door on everything in her life—instantly propelled drama into the modern age. In A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?

By David Auburn
Directed by Nick Minion
February 11-20, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Onstage Theatre
Following the death of her father, and on the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine finds herself dealing with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find something publishable in the work her left behind. Over the long weekend, a blooming romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?

Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Book by Enda Walsh
Based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney
Directed by Stephen Skiles
March 25-27, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Theatre

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music. Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, this beautiful and captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award.

April 26-29, 2022
Gallagher Student Center Theatre

When a stunning and sudden prophecy begins to come true, an aspiring couple begins to develop a lust for dominion, ultimately leading to betrayal and murder. One of the greatest of Shakespeare’s plays, MACBETH is a psychological and tragic story of the fall from grace when power and fortune begin to outweigh our humanity.

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