Current Season


Stony Brook University Theatre Arts Department presents

As You Like It  by William Shakespeare

A Stony Brook adaptation directed by John Lutterbie and Amy Cook

Staller Center Theater 1

April 7-10 and 14-17, 2016

Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm


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Stony Brook University will present its Theatre Arts Department adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It in the Staller Center Theater 1 on the main campus.  The adaptation, directed by SBU Theatre Arts Chairman John Lutterbie and Professor Amy Cook, features cutting-edge innovative technology and pop music to tell an updated story of love and gender dynamics.  

 “We are a research-driven university, so it stands to reason that our theatre arts department is also research-driven,” says Dr. Lutterbie.  “The themes that Shakespeare uses are timeless, but sometimes the language makes those ideas less accessible to our students.  Our script has been updated through workshops with students, so it speaks their language audibly and visually in many different ways. It is a comedy in blank verse – that’s what Shakespeare is – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be funny.  It is!”

As You Like It runs Thursday-Sunday from April 7-10 and April 14-17, 2016.  Performances are Thursday – Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2pm.  There will be a talkback after the performance on Sunday April 10.

 Tickets are available now by calling the Staller Center box office at 631.632.ARTS (2787). 



Student New Work Festival


The Department of Theatre Arts Inaugural Student New Work Festival is a four-day interdepartmental showcase of student creativity, from new plays to interactive performance, Greek tragedy to newsroom comedy, music and dance concerts to puppetry, ensemble-created performance, and one-man shows.

The Festival runs Thursday April 28 - Sunday May 1.


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Past Seasons


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Tattoo Girl by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Nancee Moes

In this adaptation of Donald Barthelme's short story "Perpetua," a trumpet player and a tattooed pinup girl navigate a chaotic world populated by hops farmers, cathedral builders, and an aging Nadia Comaneci, all in pursuit of a little happiness.

      Location:  Staller Center for the Arts, Theatre 1

Show Times:  November 12, 13, 14, 15/ 19, 20, 21, 22
                     Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

       Tickets:  $10 Students with ID / $20 General Admission
                     Staller Center Box Office (631 632-ARTS


Staller [Off] Center: Jupiter written and performed by Jeremy Pickard and the Superhero Clubhouse

Before retreating to the planet Jupiter, a young tycoon overhauls the entire energy system on Earth. His imposed vision promises to halt climate change, but demands costly sacrifices from all citizens of the world. A duet inspired by Frankenstein and energy policy.

Show Time:  November 18, at 8 pm


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Chair's Message:

I am pleased to announce the Fall season of the Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University.

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
New Translation by Michael Zelenak
Directed by Michael Zelenak and Deborah Mayo

Hedda's married name is Hedda Tesman; Gabler is her maiden name. On the subject of the title, Ibsen wrote: "My intention in giving it this name was to indicate that Hedda as a personality is to be regarded rather as her father's daughter than her husband's wife."

     Location:   Staller Center for the Arts, Theatre 2

Show Times:  October 8, 9, 10, 11/ 15, 16, 17, 18
                      Thursday - Saturday at 8 pm; Sunday at 2 pm

      Tickets:   $10 Students with ID / $20 General Admission
                     Staller Center Box Office (631 632-ARTS

 Look forward to seeing you all in the very near future as we begin a new year of making theatre magic!

John Lutterbie
Chair, Department of Theatre Arts
Center for Embodied Cognition



There will be a Talk-back session for Mysterious Lake directly following the 4pm showing on Sunday, April 19th.  This talk-back will feature professors from the Stony Brook Sustainability Department. 












November 13-15th & 20-22nd @ 8:00pm
November 16st & 23rd @ 2:00pm

Tickets available at the Staller Center Box Office




October 31st @ 8pm
November 1st @ 6pm **NO dinner served**
November 1st @ 8:30pm

Tickets available at the Staller Center Box Office



Science Fair is an opera-singer's love-song to the scientific worldview. Conceived and performed by mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, Science Fair melds Science and Opera into a witty evening of songs, slides, and live experiments. The words of working scientists, writers, and teachers are set to music by contemporary composers and become songs about the phases of the moon, the chemistry behind the baking-soda volcano, the history of the universe, and, above all, the wonder of the scientific worldview.  With music by Matthew Schickele, Stefan Weisman, and Renée Favand-See

Hai-Ting Chinn Performer
Erika Switzer Pianist
Hai-Ting Chinn Bio: American Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn performs in a wide range of styles and venues, from Purcell to Pierrot Lunaire, Cherubino to The King & I, J.S. Bach to P.D.Q. Bach. She was featured in the revival and tour of Phillip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, performed at venues around the world from 2011–2014, and she is currently singing the role of Belle in Glass’s La Belle et la Bête, also on tour. She has performed with New York City Opera, The Wooster Group, OperaOmnia, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Waverly Consort; and on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Mann Center in Philadelphia, the Edinburgh Festival, the Verbier Festival, and London’s West End.
Erika Switzer Bio: Canadian collaborative pianist Erika Switzer performs regularly in vocal recitals in New York, across Canada and in Europe.  She is a founding faculty artist of the Vancouver International Song Institute and a professor at Bard College.  She is co-creator of the art song-devoted podcast and ezine “Sparks & Wiry Cries” with soprano Martha Guth.  Ms. Switzer won first prize for Best Pianist at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Best Pianist award at the Robert Schumann International Vocal Competition.
Send for the Million Men is a gallery exhibition and solo stage performance about the trial and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, two anarchists accused of a payroll robbery in Massachusetts . Using his unique blend of robotics, puppets, and hand made projectors, Silovsky paints the story of these two men and their effect on the world during the turbulent 1920s.

Catherine McRae Sound Designer/ musician
Victor Morales Media designer/ performer
Joseph Silovsky Creator/ prop/set designer/ performer

Catherine McRae is one half of the duo The Quavers.  She has worked with musicians, writers and filmmakers, including Patti Smith, Vic Chesnutt, members of Fugazi, Nick Tosches, Jem Cohen, and Richard Maxwell. With the Quavers she co-creates live scores for films like Danny Williams Factory Films and Sam Green’s The Measure of All Things.
Victor Morales is a director, performer and designer.  He has worked with Chris Kondek, Findlay/Sandsmark, Baghdad Brennt, and the Wooster Group.  He was the A.I.R. at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Austria (2009-2010). His solo performances and design work explores video game engines as simulation environments.
Joseph Silovsky has been creating for theater since 1990, presenting work at St Anne's Warehouse, PS122, and HERE, as well as in Chicago and Rakveres, Estonia.  Joseph has received Yaddo and LMCC Process Space residencies, as well as grants from Art Matters, and the Henson, Axe-Houghton, and Puffin Foundations.



Sept. 18-20, 25-27 @8pm
Sept. 21st & 28th @ 2pm

Tickets available at the Staller Center Box Office
General: $30
SBU Students w/ ID: $15
Student Rush tickets: $7








Staller [Off] Center

March 7th @7:30pm Staller Center Theatre 1




David Ives' THE LIAR

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Photographs courtesy of Metsha A. Renois

The Liar, a wild, effervescent and entertaining romp of a play, will be produced by the Theatre Arts Department in November. According to playwright, David Ives, The Liar explores “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, as refracted in a theatrical fun-house mirror” and is what he calls a “translaptation” of Corneille’s 17th century comedy of the same name (Ives defines translaptation as “a translation with a heavy dose of adaptation”) . The play is packed with:  mistaken identities, serial lying, compulsive truth- telling, love tangles , jumbled jealousies, sassiness ,swagger and  sagacity--something to engage and amuse everyone--and all  in clever,  hilarious, rhyming verse.

THE LIAR plays November 14 - 16 and 21 - 23 at 8pm, November 17 and 24 at 2pm.



Pocket Theatre's The Boy with No Name
November 8th @ 7pm, November 9th @ 2pm & 7pm
Tickets $3; Staller Center Theatre Three



Staller [Off] Center
October 17, 7pm @ Tabler Arts Center




Ken Weitzman

selected for
The Lark Play Development Center's
"Meeting of the Minds"
annually serves six New York writers
over a ten-month residency

Ken Weitzman's

Play Halftime with Don
selected for
PlayLabs at the Playwrights' Center
one of the nation's most in-depth
play development programs
 National Playwrights Festival
 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center

210 Amlent Avenue
Karl Hinze
& Becky Goldberg

New Musical co-created by
SBU Musical Comp. alumnus
& SBU Theatre MFA alumna
 received its first production:
New York
Musical Theatre Festival
July 9th, 2015

Margarita Espada

honored to receive the 
Human Rights
Community Award

for the work of her company,
Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja,
as a tool for social change

Steve Marsh

chosen to serve on the
Drama Desk Awards
nominating committee
2015 Drama Desk Awards

Nominations: April 23
Ceremony: May 31

Izumi Ashizawa

Best of 2014
"Best Directors of a Play
in Professional Theatres"
See images of
Izumi's show Kwaiden

Mallory Catlett

named as recipient of the
Foundation for
Contemporary Arts

2015 Grants to Artists
"Performance Art/Theatre"


Sophie Vanier '05

Best Actress
for her performance in
 UnChained Theatre Festival



Department of Theatre Arts • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5450
Undergraduate Office: 631-632-7300 • Graduate Office: 631-632-7270 • Fax: 631-632-7261
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