MFA Lab Series

2017 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.

All performances are located in the Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater.
(Temporary entrance located at 10 Arts Circle Drive in the Marshall Dance Center)
Tickets: General Public $10 // NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door.

Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
By Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus
Directed by Jeffery Mosser

In this award-winning 90 minute adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary masterpiece Crime and Punishment three actors create a dark psychological portrait of a killer and his search for redemption.  A riveting “conversation on the nature of evil” within the mind of the murderer propels him to relive his actions and explore, through the urging of a detective and a young prostitute, the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime. Speaking directly to the audience at times and putting his case to them, this intimate psychological and spiritual journey seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition.

MARCH 3 - 5

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

Please be advised this production uses cornstarch as large quantities of ash on the stage in the scenic design for the show. The material is perfectly safe.

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Caitlin Lowans

Sarah Ruhl’s acclaimed  Passion Play takes us behind the scenes of three communities attempting to stage the popular dramatization of the death and resurrection of Christ. From Queen Elizabeth’s England to Hitler’s Germany to Reagan’s America, Ruhl takes us on a humorous yet unsettling journey filled with lust, faith, and a lot of fish. This intimate epic journeys through different historical and socials moments where the community of players grapple in different ways with the transformative nature of art, with politics never far in the background.

APRIL 27 - 30
2:00PM SUN

By Anton Chekhov
English version by Sarah Ruhl
Based on a literal translation by: Elise Thoron with Natasha Paramonova and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
Directed by Lee Hannah Conrads

Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sisters—Olga, Masha, Irina— yearn for the cityof their childhood, where they always imagined their dreams fulfilled. As those fantasies are ripped away, the sisters must cope with their despair and find a new way forward. Discover the humor and heartbreak of one of the world’s greatest plays, revealed through the lyricism of a leading voice in contemporary theatre: two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.

MAY 18 - 21
2:00PM SUN
No performance Saturday, May 20