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Threepenny Opera

2018–2019 Mainstage Season

We are Still Tornadoes

Adapted from the novel by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

by Lou Harry

This play is produced staged reading-style and focuses on the love story between Scott and Cath. These best friends grew up across the street from each other and stay in touch via letters—it’s 1982!—when Cath goes off to college and Scott stays home to work in his father’s store. Based on a best-selling young adult novel, this 2-person play was workshopped at Butler Theatre with playwright Lou Harry last spring. The novelists are expected to attend this first-time presentation.

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 7 PM
  • Thursday, August 30, 2018, 7 PM

Venue: Eidson Duckwall Recital Hall

FREE (no tickets required—seating is limited)


The Servant of Two Masters

by Carlo Goldoni

Adapted and directed by Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist Marco Luly

This hilarious 90-minute comedy of mistaken identity is directed by one of the world’s foremost experts in commedia dell’arte, Marco Luly, who will be in residence at Butler Theatre for the fall 2018 semester to direct Servant and teach classes. Our production will feature authentic commedia masks from Italy and lots of broad, physical comedy and fun. 

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7 PM
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7 PM
  • Friday, November 2, 2018, 10 AM and 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7 PM
  • Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2 PM

Venue: Schrott Center for the Arts

Tickets on sale late summer 


The Wolves

by Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Courtney Elkin Mohler

A brand-new script featuring an all-female cast, The Wolves was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The play follows the hilarity and heartbreak of a high school women’s soccer team and received rave reviews when it premiered in NYC last year. Our 90-minute production features hip, contemporary language and situations, and is not recommended for those under 17.

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7 PM (preview)
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7 PM
  • Friday, November 30, 2018, 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018, 1 PM and 7 PM
  • Sunday, December 2, 2018, 1 PM

Venue: Lilly Hall Studio Theatre

Tickets on sale late summer 


The Nameless Star

by Mihail Sebastian

Directed by Elaina Artemiev

This charming love story, set in a European village in the 1940s, explores the humor that ensues when a big city woman meets a small town man. Written by Hungarian Jewish writer Mihail Sebastian, this 90-minute bittersweet comedy about a mismatched pair provides a great vehicle for Butler Theatre students’ acting skills to shine in the intimacy of our Studio Theatre space.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7 PM (preview)
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7 PM
  • Friday, March 1, 2019, 7 PM
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019, 2 PM and 7 PM
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2 PM

Venue: Lilly Hall Studio Theatre

Tickets on sale late summer 



by Peter Brook, based on the best-selling book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks

Directed by William Fisher

Based on the runaway bestseller that connected the general public with the world of neuroscience, this evocative performance piece brings to life the humor and complexity of the human mind. Our production will feature unique sound and video components, and Butler University’s Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor faculty will provide a panel discussion after our Thursday, April 18th performance

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7 PM (preview)
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7 PM
  • Friday, April 19, 2019, 7 PM
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019, 7 PM
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7 PM
  • Friday, April 26, 2019, 7 PM
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7 PM

Venue: Lilly Hall Studio Theatre

Tickets on sale late summer 


Voicescape 2019

This brand-new 20-minute devised voicescape created by Butler Theatre students is an entirely aural performance piece that will take place in the dark in our Lab Theatre 328. Experience the sounds of human voices in new and exciting ways!

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 5 PM, 6 PM, and 7 PM

Venue: Lilly Hall 328

FREE (no tickets required—seating is limited)