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Theatre Productions

Principia College theatre productions offer opportunities for current students to share and cultivate their talent on stage.

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Spring 2024

It Can't Happen Here


It Can’t Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffitt

A cautionary tale about the rise of American fascism, based on the 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis.

Spring 2023

Importance of Being Earnest


Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, directed by Chrissy Calkins Steele
March 2 – 4, Davis Black Box Theatre
A trivial comedy for serious people.

Fall 2022

Midsummer Night's Dream


A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Chrissy Calkins Steele
November 18 – 19, Davis Black Box Theatre
Performed by the UK Abroad students.

Spring 2022

You Make My Frame Shake


You Make My Frame Shake by Luigi Jannuzzi, directed by Trish Brown
March 3 – 5, Davis Black Box Theatre
An off-the-wall comedy about art.

Fall 2021



Cinderella Waltz by Don Nigro, directed by Chrissy Calkins Steele
November 11 – 13, Duvall Theatre in the McVay Center for the Performing Arts
…not the fairy tale you remember …



Airness by Chelsea Marcantel, directed by Jordan Coughtry
October 21 – 23, Davis Black Box Theatre
Everything we need to rock is already inside us.



By Lee Blessing
Directed by Trish Brown

“The secret of flying lies in the assurance that we are worthy of flying.”

Taming of the Shrew


The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Chrissy Calkins Steele
Presented by the Fall 2020 Arts Block

A dark comedy about the silencing of women and the masks we hide behind.

Spring 2021

Almost, Maine


Almost, Maine
By John Cariani
Directed by Trish Brown

“The bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost….”

Spring 2020


The Wild Goose Circus by Russell Davis, directed by John O’Hagan

“A beautiful allegory of seeking and finding … and circus acts.”

Fall 2019


Fish Eye by Lucas Kavner, directed by John O’Hagan

“…nothing means everything, and everything means nothing, and the entire world shrinks down to a single moment…”


Rogues, Rebels and Rock conceived and directed by Trish Brown

Rogues, Rebels, and Rock, an original musical review, showcased some of the most iconic production numbers from great rock musicals throughout the decades. From Hair, to Spring Awakening, to The Greatest Show the ensemble sang and danced their way through an 80-minute performance filled with energy and spectacle. This show was also the first Theatre production in the Robert Duvall Theatre in the new McVay Center for the Performing Arts at Morey.

Spring 2019


Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, directed by Chrissy Calkins Steele 

Blue Stockings follows four young women and their professors at Girton College, the first college in Britain to admit women, as they fight for their right to an education, a diploma, and love in the late 19th century. 


Identity Crisis 2019 created by the ensemble, directed by Karen Montanaro

Identity Crisis 2019, a piece of theatre devised by students under the direction of guest artist Karen Montanaro, explores how our relationship with technology defines our self-image, our connections with each other, and our place in the world.

Fall 2018


Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, directed by John O’Hagan, music direction by Joe Van Riper 

This musical farce is a side-splitting send-up of greed, love, revolution, and musicals themselves in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.


The Shape of Things

Spring 2018


Treasure Island adapted by Bryony Lavery, directed by John O’Hagan

A ripping good reinterpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale that recognizes that girls need adventures too.

Fall 2017


7 Ways To Say I Love You

Adam Szymkowicz’s script 7 Ways to Say I Love You gives us a look into seven different aspects of love.  The lenses from which we view love are broad and varied.  From a young man coming into a pizza shop daily to see the girl he has fallen for, to a conversation between a woman and her cat, to a strange and volatile encounter between two young people rejected by society - this play examines many types of love with humor, compassion, understanding, wit, and absurdity. 


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, directed by Chrissy Calkins Steele

The Merchant of Venice takes place in a world of risky ventures and money, of love sought and betrayed, and of hatred simmering under the surface. This chillingly relevant play was brought to life by students who spent the semester immersed in the world and works of Shakespeare on the England Abroad. 

Spring 2017


Godspell composed by Stephen Schwartz, book by John-Michael Tebelak, directed by Trish Brown, music direction by Joe Van Riper 

Inspired by compelling stories from around the world and set in a dark time in our country’s future, Principia’s production of the classic musical Godspell tells the story of Jesus through songs and parables based on the Gospel of Matthew. 

Fall 2016


Pride and Prejudice adapted by Jon Jory, directed by Chrissy Calkins Steele 

A lively adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 classic novel of romance, class, family, and pride.