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Theatre Columbus State

Theatre Columbus State's 2016 – 2017   Season

Fall Semester

The Children's Hour
By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Sonda Staley

November 16 - 19, 2016 at 8pm
November 17, 2016 at 3pm

Originally banned in Boston, Chicago, and London, The Children’s Hours went on to become a huge hit on the New York stage. At the time, it was illegal for homosexuality to even be mentioned on stage; the play, however, was a commercial and critical success, so revered that the law was not enforced. A Children’s Hour is a serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.

Spring Semester

Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Frank A. Barnhart / Sonda Staley

April 19 - 22, 2017 at 8pm
April 20, 2017 at 3pm

Written at the beginning of Shakespeare's career as a playwright, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet  is now considered to be the greatest love story of all time and arguably the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays. This story of “two star-crossed lovers” still resonates with contemporary audiences. The love story of Romeo and Juliet has been adapted numerous times for stage and film and has been called, “the most famous play in the world.”


Summer Semester

A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959
By Robert Bastron
Directed by Frank A. Barnhart

July 19 - 22, 2017 at 8pm
July 20, 2017 at 3pm

Set against the backdrop of the late 1950s and told in the style of the social guidance films of that era, A CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN'S GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE © 1959 follows two young couples from courtship to matrimony, and ultimately to what comes after.

"In retrospect, the 1950s were a lot like Bizarro World: a period when much of what seemed right turned out to be wrong, and much of what was considered bad turned out to be wonderful. That's the very solid foundation for this play, which focuses on two Iowa couples who get married 'by the book' and then live to regret it." —

"A hilariously compelling and earnest story." —

 All performances are held in Nestor Auditorium

dysfunct  A scene from the 2007 production of Dysfunct


   A scene from the 2007 production of Dysfunct

  flying west
A scene from the 2003 production of Flyin West