Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts has taken a proactive approach to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the NKU campus and members of the community, including canceling shows.
Now, SOTA hopes to start in-person productions for the 2021-2022 academic season, with events meeting all state guidelines. Additional information on ticketing procedures will be announced at a later date.
The previously announced production range has been adjusted. Rights for Mamma mia were recalled due to a nationwide tour scheduled for 2022 and is no longer on the schedule. Floyd collins was also canceled.
The updated SOTA 2021-2022 academic season productions are:
Torch song by Harvey Fierstein | Directed by Michael Hatton | Musical Director: Damon Stevens | Sep 29-Oct 9
Torch Song is the two-act cover of the Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song trilogy. The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch singer, a Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Told in a human and friendly voice, Torch Song follows the Arnold’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. Along the way, Arnold experiences love, loss and mishap. A visit from his bossy mother reminds him that he needs one more thing: respect.
Torch Song is performed by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
Noises off by Michael Frayn | Directed by Ken Jones | October 14 to 24
Noises Off has been called “the funniest prank ever written” and takes a passionate look at the follies of the theater people, whose vulnerability to uncontrollable egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-powered adventure. risk. This play captures a manic menagerie of traveling actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On”. Slamming doors, falling pants, intrigue on and off the stage, and a wandering herring all feature in the plot of this hilarious and classically comedic play.
Noises Off is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
The mystery of Edwin Drood | Directed by Corrie Danieley and Jason Danieley | Musical Director: Jamey Strawn | November 12-21
In the small town of Chesterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. Based on Charles Dickens ‘latest unfinished novel, Holmes’ award-winning musical is an interactive thriller mystery that invites audiences into the action. Staged like a show in a show at Music Hall Royale, this charming and inventive show is sure to intrigue any music lover or mystery lover.
Co-director Jason Danieley is a Broadway actor, singer, concert performer and recording artist who was recognized in Floyd Collins in 1996. Ben Brantley of the New York Times noted that Danieley (along with others) was “particularly successful.” jasondanieley.com
The Edwin Drood Mystery is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals Company.
Spring music (TBA) | Directed by Jamey Strawn | February 18-27, 2022
YES Festival of new games – 20th anniversary | March 31-April 10, 2022
End of year series festival (YES) is NKU’s new-play festival, the country’s oldest college new-play festival. For the 20th anniversary, the École des arts will host four world premieres, including the first regional collaboration. Carnegie and NKU SOTA will work together to produce a new play by Ensemble Theater Cincinnati’s artistic production director, D. Lynn Meyers. The Carnegie will premiere this script as the closing performance of its 2021-2022 theater season and kick off the 20th anniversary of the YES festival.
New Year’s Eve at Stop-n-Go by Samantha Oty | Directed by Mike King
A group of friends confront their changing lives and to each other in a convenience store on December 31, 1999.
Playwright Samantha Oty graduated from Radford University with degrees in English, Technical Editing and Writing. She received her MA in Publishing from George Washington University in 2017. Her first play, Demolition Lovers, was written in her sophomore year of high school and won the 2010 New Voices Drama Writing Competition and wrote plays since.
The pig farm by Richard Paul Klein | Directed by Daryl Harris
Two young Christian women find their faith in the Lord tested as they attempt to shake off evidence of a recent show of faith by feeding her pigs housed on a rural farm. Caught in the act, these young women find that the evening becomes more and more complex, morbid and dangerous as they meet ordeal after ordeal.
Richard Klein’s plays have been produced or performed in various theaters, rehearsal spaces, living rooms, kitchens and back alleys across the United States. Klein won the John Cauble Prize, the University of Cincinnati Theater Writing Prize, and the Carol & Elton Holman Screenwriting Competition.
YES Festival Show # 3 (TBC) by Lexi Rigsby, BFA Playwriting ’21
YES Festival Show # 4 (TBA) by D. Lynn Meyers, artistic director of the Ensemble Theater in Cincinnati | Directed by Brian Robertson
Presented in partnership with the Carnegie Theater in Covington.
Dance ’22 | April 29-May 1, 2022
With a company of the best young dance artists, as well as new and innovative works created by nationally renowned teachers, guest artists and choreographers, Dance ’22 has something for everyone – theater dance, contemporary ballet. and classical, tap dancing, modern, jazz, and dance of the world.
Seasonal extras include an emerging choreographer showcase on November 22 and a freshman show from December 10 to 12.
For the full range and additional information on SOTA’s offerings, visit nku.edu/sota.