MFA Lab Series

2016 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.

Shows

EQUIVOCATION
By Bill Cain
Directed by Michael Cotey

February 12-14
Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston

England 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate the King and blow-up Parliament with 36 barrels of devilish gunpowder foiled! Now playwright William Shagspeare receives a royal commission to write the “true history” of the plot in order to create a new soul for his bitterly divided and chaotic country. But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe rehearse the King’s version, they discover that the government’s version might, in fact, be a cover-up. Now Shag, the greatest writer of his time and of all times, must navigate the dangerous politics between writing a lie (and losing his soul), or writing the truth (and losing his head).

Showtimes:  8:00PM FRI & SAT | 2:00PM SAT & SUN

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EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT
By Mark Schultz
Directed by Susan Bowen

May 13-15
Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston

Charlotte is fifteen and grieving over the loss of her beautiful mother. Her relationship with her father is put to the test as she discovers sex, ambition and "beauty products." Inspired by Euripides but with its sights set firmly on contemporary America, Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy charts a teenager's mind-bending odyssey to escape her childhood and fill the gaping hole that's been hollowed out by grief.

Showtimes:  8:00PM FRI & SAT | 2:00PM SAT & SUN

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MIDDLETOWN
By Will Eno
Directed by Sonny Das

May 27-29
Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston

Mary Swanson has just moved to Middletown - ready to start a family and eager for a small-town community. But life here is complicated: neighbors almost strangers, strangers almost friends, and moments of connection both sincere and fleeting. In a world where you are defined by your role, what happens when you no longer know what that role is, or perhaps never did? Deftly painted by Pulitzer finalist Will Eno, MIDDLETOWN is the playful, poignant portrait of a town with two lives.​​

Showtimes: 8:00PM FRI & SAT | 2:00PM SAT & SUN

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