Theater’s It!

Lily Olson ’18, left, and Olivia Whicheloe ’19 perform in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Lily Olson ’18, left, and Olivia Whicheloe ’19 perform in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

UMW Theatre began its 2017-2018 season less than a month after the start of fall classes with Christopher Durang’s comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike followed by the perennial favorite Little Shop of Horrors, Nov. 2 through 19.

The season continues spring semester with:

Feb 15-25 • Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl. A provocative and meditative comedy reveals technology as a catalyst for connecting or isolating us. When Jean answers a persistently ringing phone in a cafe, she becomes entangled in a dead man’s life.

April 12-22 • Medea by Euripides. This powerful play first performed in 431 B.C. reveals the capacity in all of us to do the unthinkable. A gritty, visceral translation by Robinson Jeffers captures the essence of Medea’s rage, jealousy, and pride.

Broadway Weekend, May 18-20, 2018
Producing Director and Professor Gregg Stull will lead patrons on a weekend of Broadway theater, seeing three of the season’s hottest hits. Patrons get to relax and enjoy the city with prearranged, prepaid round-trip train travel from Fredericksburg, two nights in the Times Square Marriott Marquis, a theater walk with Gregg Stull, a dinner, a wrap-up brunch, plenty of free time, and more. Information and tickets at

UMW Theatre Road Trips, Feb. 25 and June 10
Take a chartered bus to Washington, D.C., to see great shows. Typically, the group departs duPont Hall about noon, a faculty member discusses the production and the theater en route, and on the return ride, patrons enjoy a post-performance discussion. Call 540-654-2233 or visit

Familiar by Danai Gurira
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Rowdy and affectionate, Familiar pitches tradition against assimilation when the members of a devoted Zimbabwean immigrant family prepare for the wedding of their eldest daughter during winter in Minnesota.

Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Camelot tells the legendary story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table – including betrayal and unfulfilled love – with a stunning musical score, including If Ever I Would Leave You, I Loved You Once in Silence, and What Do the Simple Folk Do?

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