Education & Programming

Alternative Programming

Alternative Programming events are free and open to the public, however free-will donations of any amount are crucial to continuing adventurous programming.

2018–19 Season


EDGES

July 9, 2018

by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Staged reading of a musical, Howard Drew Theatre
Director: Kevin Goshorn and Caitlin Mabon
Music Director: Zachary Kloppenborg
This is the first show written by the creative minds behind Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman and La La Land. It is a song-cycle about adults asking classic coming-of-age questions. The songs cover the universal issues of love, commitment, identity and meaning. The characters deal with confronting emotions, escaping expectations and deciphering complicated relationships.


LASSO OF TRUTH

August 27, 2018

by Carson Kreitzer

Staged reading, Howard Drew Theatre
Director: Breanna Carodine
William Marston is a truly improbable character in American history—psychologist, author and inventor of both the lie detector and Wonder Woman. He was also a bondage enthusiast, a passion he shared with the two women he lived with in a large blended family: his wife Elizabeth and Olive Richards, his research assistant. This play tells the origin story of Wonder Woman, not only as an amazon princess and warrior, but as a comic book character and our preeminent female superhero.


DISASTER!

September 24, 2018

by Seth Rudetsky, Jack Plotnick, and Drew Geraci

Staged reading of a musical, Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Director: Mackenzie Dehmer
Music Director: Liz Stinman

Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the ‘70s take center stage in Broadway’s side-splitting homage to classic disaster films. It’s 1979 and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. What begins as a night of boogie fever turns to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters. Featuring songs from Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Chicago, Orleans and more, this absurd sendup of ‘70s disaster flicks is as funny as it is ridiculous.


FROM THE GROUND UP

October 15, 2018

Collaboration with Great Plains Theatre Conference

Special Event, Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Kevin Lawler

Come share in the experience of seeing a workshopped performance of a brand new script. An official collaboration with the Great Plains Theatre Conference, From the Ground Up is a workshop that provides a safe and nurturing playground for artists to develop new work for the theatre. The playwright’s material will be shared with an audience while still in the developmental phase then will continue to be developed to be included in the next Great Plains Theatre Conference.


NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 

October 29, 2018

by George A. Romero and John A. Russo

Staged reading of a play, Howard Drew Theatre
Director: Kaitlyn McClincy

Witness a theatrical adaptation of the classic horror film. Fall out from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach.   
         

BOOK OF WILL

February 25, 2019

by Lauren Gunderson

Staged reading of a play, Howard Drew Theatre
Director: Marie Amthor Schuett

Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, but without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg and band together to get it done. 

DRAGON

April 29, 2019

by Jessica Austgen

Special Event, Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Director: Joey Galda

In this unique comedy, a fledgling drag queen must go through the tests and trials of legendary cosplay divas to find her swagger. An ode to both geek and drag cultures, this refreshingly original piece gives the audience a front row seat to what happens when you combine equal parts fantasy adventure, comic book convention, and drag show.