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SIU School of Theater and Dance 2023-2024

Season Information

Four Show Season

Ticket Prices

4 show season ticket (Adults $70) (Seniors $65) (Students $28)

Individual (Adult $20) (Seniors $18) (Student $8)

Black Paradox

Thu-Sat: 7:30 pm, Sun: 2 pm

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Moe Laboratory Theater

Late for a field trip, Shemar, a high school student, is trapped in a forbidden museum hall known as The Black Paradox where Black experiences collide.

By Cameron Noel (3rd Year MFA Playwriting Student)
Directed by Darryl Clark

Philoten and Her Pattern of Painful Adventures

Thur-Sat: 7:30 pm, Sun: 2 pm

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Old Baptist Foundation

Sixteen-year-old Philoten knows exactly who she is not: she is not a leader, she is not a lover, she is not a healer, but she is afraid of who she might be: a destroyer, a traitor, a murderer. After everything she thought she understood burns to the ground, she seeks refuge in her mother's holy shrine and discovers it holds secrets even she could not imagine.

By e.k. doolin (3rd Year MFA Playwriting Student)
Directed by Angela Schultz

Big Muddy Play Festival

STAGED READINGS: (All Free; all in the Moe Theater) See Below for Dates/Times.

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A [Conventional] Found Family
by Alicia Utecht (PhD Candidate, Communication Studies)
4/19 3:30pm
When your favorite author in the world meets the biggest fan convention in the world, it’s guaranteed to be the best weekend of your life!
Before They Fall
By Mikayla Delos-Santos (1st Year MFA Playwriting Student)
Directed by Tricia Matthews, Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA)
4/20 –10am
Four fragile relationships… and a park bench
Dinner at Asphodel
by M Kamara (1st Year MFA Playwriting Student)
4/20 -- 1pm
Unable to process the grief of her mother's death, Mo Lewis travels to the Underworld to find her mom and bring her back.
The Plastic Knife
By Aleksei J. Ellis (2nd Year MFA Playwriting Student)
4/20 –4pm
Super slammer slumber party cut short by plastic! The murders within the dollhouse walls, but which doll is to blame? 
The Banana Slip
by AJ Rice (Undergraduate Playwriting Student)
4/21 – 10am 

Criminal Genius

May 2, 3, 4 - 7:30 pm
May 5 - 2 pm

Criminal Genius play text

McLeod Theater

In this farcical comedy, a bumbling low-life thug and his son have been hired by a Mafioso boss to burn down a restaurant. But instead of torching it, the criminals kidnap the head chef who they discover to be the daughter of the man who hired them. The daughter then attempts to persuade her kidnappers to raid her father’s mansion before he finds them in the motel room where they are holed up and kills all three of them.  Criminal Genius is a timely, fast-paced play about taking responsibility for our lives, or what happens when we don’t.
Directed by Susan Patrick Steinfeldt
Scenic Designer M.K. Hughes
Lighting Designer Jaemin Park
Technical Director Charles Lockridge
Costume Design Aleka Fisher

Ride the Cyclone

Oct. 12, 13, 14 - 7:30 pm
Oct. 15– 2:00 pm

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Co-produced with the School of Music.
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
McLeod Theater
In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a high school choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other: the chance to return to life. This popular musical is a funny, moving look at what makes a life well-lived.
Direction and Choreography by Darryl C. Clark
Scenic Design by guest artist David Goldstein
Lighting Design by Jaemin Park
Costume Design by Aleka Fisher
Technical Direction by Lenny Lively
Music Direction by Angela Shultz

Wedding Band

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 - 7:30 pm
Dec. 3 and 10 – 2:00 pm

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Co-presented by the SIU Office Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Christian Moe Laboratory Theater
Set in Charleston, South Carolina in 1918, Wedding Band is an unsparing tale about the consequences of a decade-long romance between a black seamstress and a white baker.  Julia and Herman have loved each other devotedly, enduring harsh disapproval from whites and scorn from blacks.  As they confront the impossibility of ever living a normal married life, and as Herman falls ill, Julia gradually reaches out to forge affirming bonds of solidarity with her community.
Directed by guest artist Omiyemi Green
Scenic Design by guest artist Tim Jones
Lighting Design by Jaemin Park
Costume Design by Jen Helms
Technical Direction by Thomas Fagerholm

She Loves Me

Feb. 29, March 1, 2 - 7:30 pm
March 3 - 2 pm

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Co-produced with the School of Music.
Music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
Book by Joe Masteroff
McLeod Theater
Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves... and all the twists and turns along the way!  Music by the composers of Fiddler on the Roof, and the book by the author of Cabaret.
Directed by Angela Shultz
Choreographed by Matthew Williams
Scenic Design by Lenny Lively
Costume Design by Haley Saylor
Music Direction by Christopher Morehouse

Getting Tickets Is Easy!

Box Office Services

Box Office services for SIU Theater are provided by the SIU Arena Ticket Office. Ordering tickets is easy. You may order tickets by phone, online, in person or by mail. Please note that some fees apply.

  • By phone at 877-SALUKIS (877-725-8547)
  • In-person at McLeod Theater: Monday–Friday, Noon–4:30 pm (while classes are in session, excluding holidays)