Ole Miss Theatre

Ole Miss Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre Arts. Ole Miss Theatre produces 4-5 shows a year, ranging from musicals to one acts and full-length plays and musical revues. Join our mailing list.

We are grateful for the support of our patrons and donors. You can support Ole Miss Theatre and the work of our student actors, designers, and crew members by becoming a season ticket holder or Ole Miss Theatre Friend, Sponsor, Patron, Angel , or Benefactor. Contact the UM Box Office for more information.

Ole Miss Theatre auditions are open to the university and local community. There are two auditions, one for the Fall Semester shows and one for the Spring Semester shows. Both are usually held the Saturday before the semester starts.

Ole Miss Theatre 2013-2014 Season

Beyond Boundaries

The Laramie Project

Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Rory Ledbetter

September 26 – September 29; October 1 – October 6 at 7:30pm
September 28 – September 29; October 5 – October 6 at 2:00pm
Meek Auditorium

Our season kicks off with The Laramie Project in Meek Auditorium. "A month after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, which has become one of the most performed plays in America in the last decade. The company later made the play into a film for HBO. The play and the movie combined have been seen by more than 50 million people around the world."

Astonishing. Not since Angels in America has a play attempted so much: nothing less than an examination of the American psyche at the end of the millennium.
— Associated Press

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Music by: Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Book by: Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
Directed by Rene Pulliam

November 1 – November 2 at 7:30pm
November 2 – November 3 at 2:00pm
Ford Center for the Perfoming Arts

Our second production, Hairspray, is a musical based on the 1988 film by John Waters. Set in 1962 Baltimore the show follows the story of plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. Through Tracy and her friendship with the African-American student population at her high school the musical explores issues of self-image and racism in the 1960s. Hairspray will be performed in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

If life were everything it should be -- that is, if life were more like the endearing ''Hairspray''... -- your every waking thought would be footnoted by a chorus of backup singers of early 60's vintage. — New York Times

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José Rivera
Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan

February 20 – February 22; February 25 – March 1 at 7:30pm
Febraury 22 – 23; March 1 – 2 at 2:00pm
Meek Auditorium

In February we open Marisol in Meek Auditorium. Written by Jose Rivera, this show is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a war in heaven spills over into New York City, reducing it to a smoldering urban wasteland where giant fires send noxious smoke to darken the skies, where the moon has not been seen in months, where the food has been turned to salt, and water no longer seeks its level. Alone, without her guardian angel, Marisol begins a nightmare journey into this new war zone.

…Rivera's play is angry, fearsome, fantastic, and poetically frenzied, without surrendering either its sanity or its mordant sense of humor…It's a cry from the poet's heart. — Village Voice

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Six Characters in Search of an Author

Luigi Pirandello
Directed by Joe Turner Cantú

April 10 – April 12 at 7:30pm
April 13 at 2:00pm
Fulton Chapel

We close our season with Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author in Fulton Chapel. An absurdist metatheatrical play about the relationship between authors, their characters and theatre practitioners, this show explores the lines between reality and fiction, time and timelessness. In a world where these lines are blurred, how does one find meaning in anything?

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Ole Miss Theatre is Proud to Support the Following Productions

Mississippi: The Dance Company

Mississippi: The Dance Company

Created by Jennifer Mizenko

November 20 – November 22 at 7:30pm
Meek Auditorium

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UM Cinema Festival

April 24 – April 26 at 7:00pm
April 26 at 2:00pm
Overby Center

The department is pleased to present student-written and student-produced short films and the winning entries of the fourth annual UM Cinema Competition.

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