STAGE CENTER THEATRE | 2020-2021 Season

FALL 2020

Founded by Jim Blair
Directed by Leslie Hull, CMT Faculty

Prize-Winning Plays:

  • 1st Place: Sean Carey (M.A. '19 Communication, Media and Theatre) for "Departure, Initiation, Return. The Bus" - Prize of $250
  • 2nd Place: Raeghan Draper (CMT major) for "Under Par" - Prize of $200
  • 3rd Place: Charles Sipps (CMT major) for "Chekov's Potato" - Prize of $150
  • Honorable Mentions, $50 prize each:
    • Emily Maso and Raúl Dorantes' play - "El Tres Laredos"
    • Michael Maura (Studio Art major and African & African American Studies minor) - "Somethin' Somethin'"
    • Ata Younan (B.A. '19 Communication, Media and Theatre) - "The United Statesian Nightmare"

Opening Reception: Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Performances: Oct. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

About the Festival: Founded by alumnus and former Northeastern professor Jim Blair to create a platform at Northeastern Illinois University for new playwrights, NUEVAS VOCES is a thrilling launch point for new work from NEIU its vibrant community. Featuring multiple prize-winning short plays selected from an extensive competition, NUEVAS VOCES reveals the complexity of our human experience through the many lenses that make up Northeastern.

by Will Eno
Directed by Dan Wirth, CMT Faculty

Performances: Nov. 12-14 and 18-20 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.

About the Play: Meet Bob and Jennifer Jones and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones, two suburban couples who live in a small idyllic American town nestled near the mountains. But these couples have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. A poignantly funny, witty and moving examination of what lies behind the white picket fences of our efforts to "keep up" and to "thrive," THE REALISTIC JONESES questions the true substance of the "American Dream" and explores the notion that sometimes as hard as we try, that effort may not be enough to overcome the challenge of living.


by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Adam Goldstein, CMT Faculty

Performances: Feb. 18-20 and 24-26 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

About the Play: Penned by the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright and screenwriter of the upcoming film version of IN THE HEIGHTS, Quiara AlegrÍa Hudes' WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is the second in a trilogy of plays that track the re-entry of a Puerto Rican soldier from Philadelphia named Elliot into everyday life following his return from war. The Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL paints an intimate portrait of both a family and the eclectic, yearning members of an online addiction recovery community in an unflinchingly honest, beautiful and touching look at the quest for redemption and connection as we live life day-by-day and spoonful by spoonful.

by Lucas Hnath
Directed by John Bliss, CMT Faculty

Performances: April 15-17 and 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., and April 24 at 2 p.m. 

About the Play: As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman who finds herself in a crisis, still seeking to free herself from the world she thought she left behind. The nation's most produced play during the 2018-2019 season, A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 is a whip smart, bitingly funny "sequel" to the Ibsen classic that brings us back to the Helmer's house and examines a remarkable woman's battle with how societal roles have and have not changed since we last left.