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Department of Theatre and Dance

2017-2018 Production Season: "Finding Freedom"

Since the beginning of the American experiment, the pursuit of freedom has been central to our national identity.  Lady Liberty and her inscription to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” have been a beacon, welcoming others to share in the freedom that we hold so dear.  But just what does it mean to live free?

The 2017-2018 University of Wyoming Theatre and Dance production season offers six works that speak to the struggle — bitter, funny, or glorious — required if we are to preserve the possibility of liberty for all.


Dance Theatre of Harlem (BALLET)

Choreographed and performed by Dance Theatre of Harlem

September 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Arts and Sciences Auditorium

The UW Theatre and Dance season opens with a Gala Concert by the 2017-2018 Eminent Artists-in-Residence, the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), in which the Company will premiere an original work. DTH artists will remain in residence during the fall semester to teach, lead workshops, and set repertoire on our dance students.

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comedy of errors

Other Desert Cities (DRAMA)

Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Patrick Konesko

October 10 - 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
October 15, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Thrust Theatre

Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” uses a fraught family homecoming to explore the ways in which secrets, extremism, and American political ideology can tear apart a once close family and, by extension, a nation. 

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Book by William Missouri Downs
Music & Lyrics by Seán Stone
Directed by William Missouri Downs and Kevin Inouye

November 14 - 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
November 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage

This new, in-your-face political satire from Sean Stone and William Missouri Downs, the creators of ANGRY PSYCHO PRINCESSES, celebrates freedom of speech in an increasingly politically correct world.

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fall for dance

Fall For Dance (COMEDY)

Choreographed By Dance Theatre of Harlem

December 1&2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
December 3, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage

This evening-length dance concert features works from the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) repertoire, as well as works presented as an outgrowth of the Company’s residency.

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bright room

A Bright Room Called Day (DRAMA)

By Tony Kushner
Directed by Kevin Inouye

February 16 - 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Thrust Theatre

Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner’s powerful portrayal of individual dissolution and resolution in the face of political catastrophe during the rise of the Nazi party in 1930’s Germany poses timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity.

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 tender land

The Tenderland (OPERA)

Music by Aaron Copland
Libretto by Horace Everett
Directed by Seán Stone
Conducted by Dr. Michael Griffith

March 7 -10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage

A vivid portrait of life, love, and community in the Midwest during the Great Depression, Aaron Copland’s opera “The Tender Land” is richly painted with Copland’s quintessentially American harmonies.

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six songs

Six Songs From Ellis (Dance?theatre))

Created and choreographed by Marsha Knight
Directed by Leigh Selting and Marsha Knight

April 24 - 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
April 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m. 

Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Main Stage

This collaborative dance/theatre piece explores the experiences of the immigrants and refugees who passed through Ellis Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as they uprooted from their place of origin to pursue their own dreams of finding freedom.

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Special Events

Musical Theatre Workshop


The Musical Theatre Workshop presents a collection of pieces cabaret-style.

 One Acts

Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival


This always-popular event features the best one-act plays produced by our student directors and actors.


Irene Ryan Showcase

TBA, February 2017

Join us for an evening of scenes and monologues presented by our top acting talents !

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1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-5100


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