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UMD Theatre 2019–2020 Season

Spelling Bee show graphicThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Award-Winning Musical)
Music and Lyrics by William Finn | Book by Rachel Sheinkin | Conceived by Rebecca Feldman | Additional material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Jenna Soleo-Shanks                                    
October 3–5 & 9–12, 2019 | 7:30 pm
October 6, 2019 | 2 pm
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre  
The Spelling Bee finalists are ready to go in this wacky and heartfelt musical. Come celebrate the triumphs and tragedies of adolescence, with only temporary pauses for puberty and peanut allergies.
 
An Enemy of the People show graphicAn Enemy of the People (a new adaptation)                                
By Henrik Ibsen
A new adaptation by Tom Isbell
Directed by Tom Isbell
November 7–9 & 12–16, 2019 | 7:30 pm
November 10 | 2 pm
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Dudley Experimental Theatre 
When a scientist discovers the town’s water is toxic, the community must choose between jobs or environmental safety. A play as relevant today as when it was written in 1882.
 
DanceWorks 2019 show graphicDanceWorks 2019                                  
Rebecca Katz Harwood, Artistic Director                                                   
December 5–7, 2019 | 7:30 pm 
December 8 | 2 pm
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre 
For DanceWorks 2019, variety once again takes center stage. Kick up your heels and into the holiday season by joining us for new original dances by student and faculty choreographers.  
 
Little Prince show graphicThe Little Prince 
By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar | Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Directed by Ann Bergeron                                                  
February 6–8 & 12–15, 2020 | 7:30 pm
February 9, 2020 | 2 pm
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre 
The classic children’s story that resonates with adults comes to life on stage in a world of beauty and wonder. “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” 
 
Machinal show graphicMachinal 
By Sophie Treadwell                                                              
Directed by William Payne
March 5–7 & 17–21, 2020 | 7:30 pm
March 22, 2020 | 2 pm
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Dudley Experimental Theatre 
Machinal depicts a young woman shackled to the patriarchal systems of the 1920s. This masterpiece of American expressionism weaves poetry and image to craft a 21st century #MeToo moment.
 
Little Shop of Horrors show graphicLittle Shop of Horrors                      
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman | Music by Alan Menken | Based on the film by Roger Corman | Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Melissa Hart                                                  
April 16–18 & 22–25, 2020 | 7:30 pm
April 19, 2020 | 2 pm 
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre 
A young florist gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a singing, carnivorous plant. Troubles soon follow, as he must continuously feed its bloodthirsty appetite.