MFA Lab Series

2015 MFA Lab Series

The MFA Lab series matches excellent young theatre directors from Northwestern’s MFA program with emerging designers from its partner MFA program in stage design for exciting and unexpected collaborations. These artists are the next wave, given the freedom to create together on bold, risk-taking productions of plays by today's most groundbreaking writers. The series is presented in the intimate Wallis Theater, a flexible black box performance space perfectly designed for contemporary plays.


Feb  6 – 8  | Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
At once outrageously funny and deeply moving, Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary farce is a playful reminder of the dangers of isolation and the transformative power of communal sadness.

Feb 27 – Mar 1  | Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
Sam Shepard’s ludicrous comedy about two brothers who encounter each other after five years of no contact and begin a battle for supremacy in which they rip apart each other, themselves, and their mother’s suburban southern California kitchen.

HIT THE WALL                                             
Apr 17 – 19 | Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
A  dangerous cocktail of grief, drugs, booze, and heat at the underground gay nightspot The Stonewall Inn, erupts into a full-scale three-day riot following a routine police raid in Ike Holter’s howling an theatrial play  about the turmoil of the impetus of the modern gay rights movement.