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Theatre at Tarleton Live!

2013 - 2014
Four Mainstage Shows. All performances at 7:30 pm
Production Description

September 24 - 28, 2013

Jake's Women
by Neil Simon

7:30 each evening

in the Theater


America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships.  Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crises by daydreaming about the women who have crossed his path.  The play is appropriate for all audiences.

November 12 - 16, 2013

Rashomon by Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin

7:30 PM each evening
in the Theater

A drama based on the famous stories of Akutagawa, who is regarded as the "father of the Japanese short story."  The wife of a Samurai officer is assaulted and her husband killed by a roving bandit.  Contradictory versions of what happened are reenacted at the trial by the bandit, the wife, and the dead husband, who speaks through a sorceress.  This play is intended for mature audiences.

February 26 - March 1

The Sound of Music
by Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse

7:30 pm each evening

In the Auditorium

The final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical.  When a postulant proves too high-spirited for religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain.  Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern captain and they marry.  Upon returning from their honeymoon, they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the captain's immediate service in their navy.  The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre.  This play is appropriate for all audiences.

April 8 - 12, 2013

The Heidi Chronicles

7:30 pm each evening

In the Theater

Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world.  Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place.  This play is intended for mature audiences.

Young People's Series
Programs run for approximately one hour.
Date Time Production Description Location

October 19

performances at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl, adapted by Richard George

The amazing adventures of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape.  Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises.

In the auditorium

Summer Studio
*Martha and Abby Brewster would like to invite you to our matinee performance on July 4 at 2:00 pm. They have some concoctions they make for special guests and would love to meet you during intermission and share their unique hospitality. They are sure it is something you will just die for. Matinee tickets for all seats will be $15.00.
Date Time Production Description Location

June 26, 27, and 28
July 3, 4*, and 5

performances at 7:30 pm, except July 4 which is a special 2:00 pm matinee* Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring

“Look I probably should have told you this before… but you see… well… insanity runs in my family… it practically gallops.” - Mortimer Brewster

In this madcap comedy, drama critic Mortimer Brewster hopes to marry the lovely Elaine Harper… but will she fit in with his quirky, some would say “homicidal” family? His spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity, taking lonely old men into their boarding home. They kill their guests with kindness, humor and… their homemade elderberry wine, laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide!

In the Workshop Theater

Ticket Information

Ticket prices are $10.00 for the general public, and $8.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are also $8.00 for Tarleton staff and faculty (limit 2) and for Tarleton students (limit 1). Remember, you must show your Texan card to qualify for discounted rates.

See photos and a list of past shows