Festival Playhouse


TICKETS for Festival Playhouse Productions can be found at festivalplayhouse.ludus.com

New TN PosterTwelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The Playhouse, 129 Thompson St., Thurs.-Sat., May 16-18, 7:30pm and Sun., May 19 at 2:00pm. 

Directed by Karen Berthel.

Synopsis below. 


Season 55: Theatre of Assumption and Confusion

Fall 2018: 

Senior Performance Series. Oct. 18-21. spells/signed by the heart by Robert Davis '19, directed by Kate Kreiss '19. Beauty's Daughter by Dael Orlandersmith, performed by Karishma Singh '19, directed by Aly Homminga '20. Don't miss the work of some of our best and brightest. Dungeon Theatre. Contains mature content.

It Can't Happen Here. Nov. 1-4. After demagogue "Buzz" Windrip is surprisingly elected president on a promise to "restore America to its former greatness and prosperity," journalist Doremus Jessup explores themes of the responsibility and freedom of the American press. Based on Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel and directed by Guest Artist Marissa Harrington, the Michigan premiere of this funny and prescient warning couldn't be more timely. Nelda K. Balch Playhouse. Contains mature content.


Winter 2019: 

The 9th Annual Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival. Feb. 8-9. Featuring new plays written, performed and directed by local theatre artists including K-students. Judy Jollife Theatre in the Epic Center, Downtown Kalamazoo. The work of Ynika Yuag '21, Eleanor Hughes '21, and Robert Davis '19 will be featured. Auditions for the New Play Festival will be held Sun., Nov. 11, 5-7pm, QTK Theatre at the First Baptist Church, 315 W. Michigan Avenue downtown. Check Theatrekalamazoo.org for more details.

Senior Performance Series. Feb. 14-17. The Exception and The Rule by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Mitch Herr '19; Realm of the Dead by Hunter Himelhoch '19, directed by Louise Thomas '19. Dungeon Theatre.

Student Body by Frank Winters. The Playhouse, 129 Thompson St., Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 21-23, 7:30pm and Sun., Feb. 24 at 2:00pm. On a typical college campus, ten students gather to decide what they should do when they discover a video of a sexual encounter between a young woman and a man at a party. Has a sexual assault occurred? Whom should they tell? What is their responsibility to the truth? Directed by Guest Artist and visiting faculty member Bianca Washington. Talkbacks following each performance:

Thursday, Feb. 21- Ellen Lassiter-Collier, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Gender Equity.
Friday, Feb. 22- Dramaturg Ynika Yuag '21 and Assistant Director Karishma Singh '19. KCACTF Respondent Derik McNish of Michigan State University will also provide a critique of the show after the talkback.
Saturday, Feb. 23- Kenlana Ferguson, Director of the Counseling Center, and Becky Hall, Director of Athletics
Sunday, Feb. 24- Sherry Brockway, Director of Response Services, YWCA Kalamazoo.

Join us for the Michigan premiere of this contemporary drama.  The Playhouse.


Special event: "Why We Create" Community Reflection, Fri., Feb. 22, 11:00 a.m. Join us for reflections on why students at K pursue art, music and theatre--and hear from an alumna on how her K-Plan shaped her career. Due to ongoing renovations in the Chapel, we will gather in The Playhouse, 129 Thompson St.


Spring 2019: 

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. May 16-19. One of Shakespeare's liveliest comedies, this is also one of his most provocative and complex forays into love and gender identity. Who really loves whom? Will the right lovers end up with each other at the end of the play? Twelfth Night delightfully exemplifies Theatre of Assumption and Confusion. Directed by Ren Berthel. Nelda K. Balch Playhouse. 


Audition Information for Current K Students

Festival Playhouse is a proud member of Theatre Kalamazoo (TK), a consortium of theatres from Kalamazoo County. TK demonstrates that collectively we can achieve much more than we can as individual theatres--and together, we promote the very things that define what is truly special about being alive in the world, interacting with one another to celebrate humanity at large.

Theatre that is always provocative. Theatre that is always thoughtful.

Festival Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation.