2023–2024 Butler Theatre Mainstage Season


By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by William Fisher

October 4–8, 2023
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre

This Pulitzer Prize Finalist play is an outrageously funny take on one of the first recorded plays in the English language—Everyman! Find out why this comedy is one of the most-produced plays in the country right now.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo, Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
Directed by Emily Ristine Holloway

November 2–5, 2023
Schrott Center for the Arts

This musical favorite follows wacky kids competing in a spelling bee. Audience interaction, vibrant characters, and irreverent humor make this musical terrific fun for teenagers and adults alike!

Radium Girls

By D.W. Gregory
Directed by Constance Macy

One public performance:
February 21, 2024, 7:30 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

Student Matinee:
February 22, 2024, 10:30 AM

Radium Girls follows the true story of young girls working in a 1920s factory at jobs considered to be prestigious, but which turn out to be lethal. This compelling 70-minute play has been on stages across the US and was the subject of a 2018 movie.

Hedgehog in the Fog and Other Stories

By Sergey Kozlov, Yuri Norstein
Drawings by Francheska Yarbusova
Directed by Elaina Artemiev
April 17–21, 2024
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre (including a matinee for elementary schools on Friday, April 19 at 10:00 AM)
These charming Russian fairytales were made famous by a beloved animated feature film centering on a little hedgehog and his bear friend who learn the meaning of friendship. Full of humor, these delightful stories of love, trust, and forgiveness are enjoyed by children and adults alike.