Current Season

We are thrilled to announce the 2021-2022 live, on-campus FDU Theater season!

Please Note: For safety reasons, the university requires proof of Covid vaccination OR a recent negative PCR test for admission to the productions. Please have proof of one of the above ready to present upon entry in order to be admitted. Audience members must also wear a mask at all times while indoors attending the performance. 

We will have a touchless box office system so all tickets must be purchased in advance and NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

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2021-2022 FDU Theater Season:

Tartuffe

An Adapted Workshop Production by Moliere, translated by Richard Wilbur
Adapted & Directed by Stacie Lents

A gender-bent, feminist take on the classic farce, this production will be set in the 1980s!  The comedy takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe—a fraud and a pious imposter—has insinuated himself. He succeeds through underhanded means in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house and then tries to take over by marrying Orgon’s daughter, seducing Orgon’s wife, and scrounging the deed to the family home. Tartuffe nearly gets away with it, but not quite… Ultimately, duplicity is exposed and punished. The play mercilessly and humorously examines the evil that people can commit in the guise of righteousness and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Lighting Design by David Landau. Set Design by John Ehrenberg. Costume Design by Bettina Bierly.

October 1 & 2 at 7:30 PM
October 2 & 3 at 2:30 PM

Dreyfuss Theater, Florham Campus

First Date

Adaptation by Austin Winsberg, Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
Directed by Christopher Núñez & Cindy Thole Loewus

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real-time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own; other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers, and potential conversational landmines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Our production will feature an expanded cast. Choreographed by Cindy Thole Loewus. Musical Direction by Dimitri Nakhamkin. Set Design by Maiko Chii.

November 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 PM
November 14 at 2:30 PM

Dreyfuss Theater, Florham Campus

Single Black Female 

By Lisa B. Thompson
Directed by Marshall Jones III 

Single Black Female is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes that explore the lives of African American…middle-class women in urban America as they search for love, clothes and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amongst a parade of stereotypical images. SBF 1, an English literature professor, and SBF 2, a corporate lawyer, keep each other balanced as they face their fears of rejection, hopes for romance, and reminisce about Black girlhood wounds. While embodying a variety of characters, the girlfriends discuss the absurdities of interracial dating, the lure of recreational shopping, and the merits of college reunions for bolstering one’s self-esteem. After reviewing their escapades in past relationships and confessing their own mounting anxieties about commitment and the possibility of motherhood, the pair realize their best chance at love may be found closer than they ever imagined. Set Design by Yoshinori Tanokura. Lighting Design by David Landau. Costume Design by Samantha Lewis and Miranda Graves.

February 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 PM
February 27 at 2:30 PM

Barn Theater, Florham Campus

Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton
Directed and Choreographed by Cindy Thole Loewus
Musical Direction by Allen Cohen

The first FDU production of the Broadway hit, the classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Costume Designer Bettina Bierly will use costumes based on the Broadway production to help bring the magic to life. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics By Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 PM
April 3, 10 at 2:30 PM

Dreyfuss Theater, Florham Campus

The Children’s Hour

By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Chris Clavelli

This renowned play is considered a great success of this distinguished writer and groundbreaking work. The play tells the story of two women who run a school for girls and of what happens when they are accused of a homosexual relationship at a time and in a community that is anything but accepting. The play explores the meaning of “scandal” as well as the meaning and import of love. FDU will present a modern, avant-garde workshop-style production that will focus on the actors’ performances and the themes. 

April 29, 30 at 7:30 PM
May 1 at 2:30 PM

Dreyfuss Theater, Florham Campus

Also Playing

Fairleigh Dramatics’ Fall Production

December 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 PM
December 5 at 2:30 PM

Barn Theater
For information and tickets:

fairleighdramatics@gmail.com

Children’s Theater Reading

By Jordan Rubio and Brant Sennett
For further information contact:

cthole@fdu.edu

Winter Concert

December 6

Dreyfuss Theater
Musical Direction by Allen Cohen
Featuring the FDU Chorus, Chamber Choir, and Band
For information:

alcmusic@fdu.edu

Performance by Fairleigh Dance Project

December 7

A Little Night Music, Dreyfuss Theater