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 at Emerson Stage we’re focusing on the great shift we are all collectively experiencing. We’ll present five plays, two musicals, and a 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. Please join us as we showcase the artists of tomorrow on stage today.

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The Late Wedding

The Late Wedding

September 23, 2021 to September 26, 2021

The event location is

Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


By Christopher Chen
Directed by Javier Hurtado

In a series of disjointed vignettes of marriage and workworn love, The Late Wedding travels through space and time (quite literally) to depict the core of what makes a successful partnership and what subtly chips away at its foundation.

The Late Wedding was originally commissioned and produced by Crowded Fire Theater Company, San Francisco, CA, Marissa Wolf, Artistic Director.

The Late Wedding is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

October 7, 2021 to October 16, 2021

The event location is

Robert J. Orchard Stage (Paramount Center)

By Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Pascale Florestal
October 7–9 & 16, 2021

Three young sisters are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made—one sister walks one way to find purpose, one the other to find adventure, and the third stays right where she is to create a home.

Baltimore

Baltimore

October 28, 2021 to October 31, 2021

The event location is

Semel Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


By Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Timothy Douglas

Shelby Wilson, a Black resident adviser for a group of first year students at a college in New England is focused on rebuilding her résumé. But when a racist caricature is drawn on the dorm door of one of her residents, she is forced to reevaluate her naive belief that she lives in a post-racial society.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

November 18, 2021 to November 21, 2021

The event location is

Greene Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


By David Adjmi
Directed by Annie G. Levy

This revolutionary take on the life and downfall of the Queen of France displays the vapid early days of her monarchy and its deterioration as the revolution brews in her country, all while providing the richest insight to one of history’s most potentially misconstrued events.

Marie Antoinette is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Poster of Next to Normal

Next to Normal

January 27, 2022 to January 30, 2022

The event location is

Greene Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara
Music Direction by Jonathan Goldberg

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal.

Next to Normal is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Poster of As You Like It

As You Like It

February 17, 2022 to February 20, 2022

The event location is

Semel Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Eddie DeHais

In this radically queer version of As You Like It, our main characters run away from home in order to become who they really are. In the Forest of Arden, you're just as likely to fall in love with someone else as you are to fall in love with yourself, as each character leans into what makes them happiest.

Poster of NewFest: New Works Festival

NewFest: New Works Festival

February 27, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to March 27, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

The event location is

Greene and Semel Theaters

NewFest is a celebration of creativity, featuring a new full-length play by the winner of the Rod Parker Playwriting Award, a workshop production of a new play by a professional playwright, and other short plays written, directed, and performed by Emerson students.

Poster for Into the Woods

Into the Woods

April 14, 2022 to April 16, 2022

The event location is

Cutler Majestic Theatre

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Scott LaFeber
Music Direction by Jonathan Goldberg

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse.

Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com