December 9–12, 2021

By Sophocles
Adapted by Zora Howard
Directed by Justin Emeka


The body of a Black boy lies mangled in the street, unburied in accordance with official edict. The people of the city avert their eyes, turning instead to a new leader who vows to restore order at any cost.

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Next to Normal

December 16–19, 2021

Music by Tom Kitt
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Emily Newmark ’22

Oberlin College Theater.

A suburban household copes with crisis and the unpredictability of a mother’s worsening bipolar disorder in this contemporary musical, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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January 13–16, 2022

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Zoe Senese-Grossberg ’22
Directed by Zoe Senese-Grossberg ’22

Oberlin College Theater.

A young man returns from college in the wake of a tragedy and finds his home in complete disarray: His father is dead, his uncle has married his mother, and everyone prepares for the holidays as if nothing has happened. Welcome to the worst Christmas party of your life.

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, there will be no public performances.

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February 24–27, 2022

Book and lyrics by Cyril Amanfo ’22
Music by Cyril Amanfo ’22, Max Addae ’21, and Mark Ligonde ’22
Directed by Caroline Jackson-Smith


In this world-premiere production, young people of color recognize their spiritual, mental, and emotional immortality—and in claiming their power, they discover their ability to heal themselves and others.

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Written and directed by Katie
Friedemann ’22

Oberlin College Theater.

J.B. returns home from college over winter break to reconnect with her friends and family, swearing that she will “better herself.” But she finds that the road to redemption is paved with mistakes, distractions, and a few unsavory figures from the past.

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Engaging in Nonsense


Written and directed by Calvin Adkins ’22

Oberlin College Theater.

Off the wall and often absurd, this series of original comedy sketches is full of bold characters, lighthearted humor, and occasional commentary on real life. It aims to center queer, trans, and/or gender non-conforming performers, as well as those with backgrounds in comedy.

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Shayna Punim

April 21–24, 2022

Written and directed by Clara Zucker ’22

Oberlin College Theater.

Ava is a recently graduated college student grieving the loss of her grandmother and learning how to be her true self without the guidance she had relied upon for so long. As Ava and her family set up for her grandmother's shiva, they recall lessons they learned from “Nonnie” while mourning her loss together.

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The Moors

May 5–8, 2022

By Jen Silverman
Directed by Matthew Wright

The Moors.

Jen Silverman’s dark comedy is a love letter to the Brontës and all who wrote about the mystical, liminal world of the English moors: those bleak, wet, non-arable heaths that haunt and feed the imagination.

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Senior Acting Performances

May 23–25, 2022

Supervised by Matthew Wright

Oberlin College Theater.

Graduating acting students will present a range of performances that promise to offer a little something for everyone.

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