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Performances Suspended at Xavier University Theatre

XUT_logoXavier University, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has moved to remote instruction for the remainder of spring semester.

Unfortunately, we will be canceling our upcoming productions of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES and VOICES FOR CHANGE. Our box office staff will be contacting all patrons that have already purchased tickets to these performances to offer them a refund. This process will begin over the weekend. AMERICAN IDIOT is currently postponed.

As more information comes available about that production, we will again contact our audiences directly. Thank you for your support of the students in the Xavier Theatre program. We wish you all safety and health over the upcoming weeks as we work together to protect our communities!

On March 16, Xavier will move to remote instruction through April 14 due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19). Xavier Theatre will be suspending spring performances through April 14. We are actively engaged in discussions to identify alternative dates for our productions. We will be proactive in contacting our audiences once plans are in place for how we will move forward.

In the meantime, we wish everyone to be safe and healthy in the upcoming weeks as we take the necessary steps to care for our community!

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Xavier University Theatre
April 3-4
Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater [Evanston]

Directed by D. Lynn Meyers

Cast: Emily Jorgenson, Mia Helbig, Olivia Pletcher, Lauren Davidson, Isabelle Trapp, Anna Snyder, Becky Williams& Ally Knizner

Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row. An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.” Adult language and situations.

  • Fri-Sat, April 3-4 at 7:30pm

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SHOOTER! Runs Feb. 28-March 1

XU_Shooter logoSHOOTER!
Xavier University Theatre
Feb. 28-March 1
Gallagher Student Center Studio Theatre [Evanston]

Directed by Aaron Rossini

Cast: Ellie Conniff as Leia, Holland Taylor as Leah, Cat Sholtis as Cookie, Victoria Forbes as Mara, Kelsey Schwarber as Addy, Ellie Deutsch as Amber, Kertu Bell as Tania, Dylan O’Leary as Kristian, Thomas Wehby as Hank, Grant Zentmeyer as Noah, Roman Harris-Richardson as Eric, Paker Culp as Dylan & Steven Lindner as Dean

Professor Leia is befuddled by the task of ushering undergrads into the dramatic principles of playwriting and life lessons simultaneously. When a student brings in a violent play, she suspects him of being a possible school shooter. As Leia’s home life becomes more dangerous, she doubles down on her fear of and aggression toward the potential shooter.

  • Thu-Fri, Feb. 27 & 28 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, Feb. 29 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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Xavier University Theatre Presents HEATHERS The Musical, Jan. 31-Feb. 8

XU_Heathers logo(CINCINNATI, Jan. 21, 2020) – Xavier University Theatre begins 2020 with its production of the off-Broadway hit Heathers the Musical. Written by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy and based on the 1989 cult classic movie starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the show runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 8 in Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center Theatre.

Veronica Sawyer is a brainy, beautiful misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High School. But before she has time to get comfortable atop the teenage food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid, J.D. When the almighty Heather Chandler kicks her out of their group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass … until J.D. suggests a more sinister plan for that bullet. Heathers is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal show based on one of the all-time great teen comedies.

Stage Manager Emi Suarez believes the juxtaposition of the show’s style and unconventional set design will provide a uniquely intimate experience for audiences. “Our production of Heathers is unusual, as we have chosen to perform this big musical using an arena stage,” she said. “As an audience member, it’s impossible to look away from Veronica Sawyer as she battles with her peers to find beauty in her world.”

Senior Gigi Relic, who plays Heather Chandler, agrees. “Seeing the musical in this setting will be eye-opening,” she said. “I hope audiences leave inspired to speak up and be kinder to one another.”

That intimacy is important, according to sophomore Connie Kavensky, who plays Veronica. “It’s a dark yet relatable show,” she said, “that has taught me how we are all capable of being better to each other.”

The cast for Heathers includes first-year students Annalese Cahill, Anna Campise, Anthony Contreras, Faith Macko, Zac Martin, Lillian Reynolds, Liz Sundstrom, and Jenna Treinen; sophomores Elliot Auch, Danielle Jacobs, Connie Kavensky, and Ryan Whitford; juniors Matthew Benedek, Caroline Conard, Andrew Leonard, Julia Olinger, Amara Shroba, and Dylan Van Camp; and seniors Andy Girmann, Emily Jorgenson, and Gigi Relic.

The creative team includes Stephen Skiles (director/producer), sophomore Nick Minion (assistant director), Scot Buzza (music director), Ashley Goos (choreographer), junior Grant Zentmeyer (assistant choreographer), Joe Leonard (set designer/technical director), junior Tatum Mann (lighting designer), and junior Steven Stapleton (sound designer). The stage manager is senior Emi Suarez, and the assistant stage managers are first-year student Sam Sadler and sophomore Josie Daley.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on January 31 and February 1, 6, 7, and 8, as well as at 2 p.m. on February 1. Tickets are available now at the Gallagher Student Center Theatre Box Office. They are $18 each for adults and $13 each for students, as well as Xavier faculty and staff. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.xavier.edu/theatretickets or call 513-745-3939.

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HEATHERS the Musical Runs Jan. 31-Feb. 9

XU_Heathers logoHEATHERS the Musical
Xavier University Theatre
Jan. 31-Feb. 9
Gallagher Student Center [Evanston]

Directed by Stephen Skiles
Music direction by Scot Buzza
Choreography by Ashley Goos

Cast: Connie Kavensky as Veronica, Dylan Van Camp as JD, Faith Macko as Martha, Gigi Relic as Heather Chandler, Julia Olinger as Heather Duke, Amara Shroba as Heather McNamara, Liz Sundstrom as Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom, Andrew Leonard as Ram’s Dad/Big Bud/Coach, Elliot Auch as Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Gowan, Matthew Benedek as Ram, Ryan Whitford  as Kurt, Anna Campise as Stoner Chick, Annalese Cahill as Republicanette, Lillian Reynolds as New Wave Girl, Emily Jorgenson as Geek, Antony Contreras as Hipster Dork/Officer McCord & Zac Martin as Preppy Stud/Officer Milner
Ensemble: Danielle Jacobs, Caroline Conard, Jenna Treinen & Andy Girmann

Based on the 1989 classic film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under. Adult language and situations.

  • Fri, Jan. 31 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Feb. 1 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Sat, Feb. 6-8 at 7:30pm All three performances are SOLD OUT
  • Sun, Feb. 9 at 2pm (Added matinee)

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