Each academic year, Emerson Stage strives to present a diverse body of work to suit the educational needs of a wide variety of degree programs. The Emerson Stage Season Selection Committee works each year to discuss the upcoming season, and is inclusive of Performing Arts student representatives, faculty, and staff.

This season includes six plays, two musicals, and new works festival designed to offer Emerson College Performing Arts students hundreds of performance, design, production, and management roles, as well as countless opportunities to build their skills in preparation for a career in the industry. This season at Emerson Stage we’re asking: what are you trying to build? Please join us as we showcase the artists of tomorrow on stage today. 

photo credits: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Men on Boat Poster

Men On Boats

By Jaclyn Backhaus
Co-Directed by Maureen Shea and Sarah Hickler
September 25 to 27, 2020
Live Online Performance: Transmedia Platform TBA

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men On Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI

The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI

By Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Timothy Douglas
October 15 to 18, 2020
Live Online Performance: Transmedia Platform TBA

Using a wide range of parody and pastiche—from Al Capone to Shakespeare’s Richard III and Goethe’s Faust—Brecht creates a comic and darkly condemnatory allegory which warns of the persistence of fascism.

Corduroy Poster


Annual Theatre for Young Audiences Production

Based on the books by Don Freeman
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Melia Bensussen
Movement Direction by Nathaniel Justiniano
October 29 to November 1, 2020
Live Online Performance: Transmedia Platform TBA

This tender, enduring story about longing, determination, and true friendship stirs up the stage with a rumpus of action, pathos and joy.


This Golden Day

A Virtual Musical

Conceived and created by Annie G. Levy and Devanand Janki
Directed by Devanand Janki
November 19–22
LIVE Online performance

Presented in partnership with Live & In Color! Featuring songs written by Masi Asare and Tia DeShazor; Rona Siddiqui; Sevan and David Dabbon; Joshua Bentacourt and Trent Jeffords; Jaime Lozano and Nancy Cheser; Kim Jinhyoung and Marcus Perkins; Erato A. Kremmyda and Maggie-Kate Coleman; Jessica Wu; Paulo K Tiró; and Yan L

Everybody Poster


By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Annie G. Levy
January 28 to 31, 2021
Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater

In celebrated playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "very meta and saucy adaptation" (TONY) of Everyman, the 15th Century morality play, an unprepared Everybody must make sense of life's greatest mystery, the very meaning of living, before their time runs out.

Marisol Poster


By José Rivera
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo
February 18 to 21, 2021
Semel Theater

With the apocalypse well under way, the angels have traded in their wings for Uzis and Marisol Perez, a young Latinx woman, finds herself in the middle of a nightmare journey into this new war zone taking place on the streets of New York.

NEWFEST: New Works Festival

NEWFEST: New Works Festival

A three-week celebration of creativity

NEWFEST: Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship Production (Title TBD)

By Rod Parker Award Winner (TBD in fall 2020)
Directed by Joe Antoun
March 11 to 14, 2021
Greene Theater

The student winner of the 2020 Rod Parker Playwriting Award sees their play taken from page to stage in this fully produced performance.

NEWFEST: Readings and Sorts

March 16, 18, 20, 2021
Semel Theater
FREE admission

A collection of short plays and readings written, directed, and performed by Emerson students.

NEWFEST: New Play Workshop

Directed by TBA
March 25 to 28, 2021
Greene Theater

Emerson Stage presents a workshop production of a new play in development by an established playwright.

Spring Awakening Poster

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
April 15 to 17, 2021
Cutler Majestic Theatre

Based on Frank Wedekind's play of the same name, Spring Awakening depicts a dozen young people making their way through the thrilling, complicated, and mysterious time of sexual awakening.