2019-2020 Theatre Season

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The Fornés Festival

Staged readings celebrating the legacy of the prolific Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés (1930-2018), in conjunction with the national Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés initiative.

October 2-13, 2019 in the Philbin Studio Theatre

Fefu and Her Friends
Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm  & Sunday, October 13 at 2:30 pm

Eight women meet in the New England home of Fefu to rehearse for an educational fundraiser. The play morphs into an environmentally staged look into the intimate lives and relationships of these women. Winner of the 1977 Obie Award for Playwriting, Fefu and Her Friends explores complex feminism in the early 20th century.

Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 pm & Friday, October 11 at 7:30 pm

Mae lives with Lloyd in considerable rural poverty, but she attends classes and is committed to learning to read. Winner of the 1984 Obie Award for Playwriting, Mud delves into one woman’s desire for education against all odds.

The Conduct of Life
Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm & Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 pm

Orlando, a sadistic army lieutenant, lives with his older wife, Leticia, and their servant, Olimpia, in a private home in an unidentified Latin American country. Winner of the 1985 Obie Award for Best New American play, The Conduct of Life investigates the brutality of a dictatorship and its oppression of women.

The Summer in Gossensass 
Sunday, October 6 at 2:30 pm & Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm

In London in 1891, Elizabeth Robins, a celebrated American actress, and her friend, Marion Lea, a well-known British actress, clamor at the possibility of performing in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Based on a true story, Summer in Gossensass offers meditations on Ibsen’s classic play, the craft of acting, and a life in the theatre. 

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Staging the Daffy Dame

By Anne García-Romero

November 20-24, 2019 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre

A Latina theatre professor employs non-traditional casting while staging a Spanish Golden Age comedy on a present-day college campus, provoking heated conversations about race, class, gender, and immigration. Playwright Anne García-Romero is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. 

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ND Theatre NOW: Two New One-Act Plays

February 20 – March 1, 2020 in the Philbin Studio Theatre

Coats by Henry Stone '21
An absurdist comedy

The Tea on ND by Samuel B. Jackson II '20
An acerbic exploration of class, race, and mental health in the ND community

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Canceled: Jesus Christ Superstar

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

April 1-5, 2020 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre

Tony-nominated rock opera exploring the final week of Jesus' life

Subscription Information

On sale at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office (574-631-2800) or performingarts.nd.edu on August 1, 2019.  

Buy early and save! Discounted presale prices in effect August 1-25.

Students: $20
Faculty/staff/senior (65+): $30
General: $40

Subscription prices (as of August 26, 2019)

Students:  $22
Faculty/staff/senior (65+):  $33
General:  $44

Subscription packages include one ticket to all four shows. Subscribers receive one ticket to the Fornés Festival performance of their choice; tickets to additional Fornés readings are $5.

Subscriber benefits include:

Free Exchanges 

Can’t make your performance? Contact the box office up to 48 hours before your scheduled show and exchange to another performance of the same production for free. 


20% discount to Actors From the London Stage performances, presented by Shakespeare at Notre Dame.

Opening Night Subscription

Subscribe on opening nights at no extra charge and enjoy a post-show reception with the cast.

Single Tickets

On sale August 26, 2019

The Fornés Festival, Staging the Daffy Dame, and ND Theatre NOW:

Students: $7
Faculty/staff/seniors (65+): $12
General: $15

Jesus Christ Superstar:

Students: $9
Faculty/staff/seniors (65+): $15
General: $20