2021-2022 Theater & Performance Studies Home Season

Makers in the Space:
Making Space

Davis Performing Arts Center Sweet 16th Anniversary
Home Season

Prof. Maya E. Roth, Artistic Director

GU Theater & Performance Studies Program

Thursday, October 21 – Sunday, October 24

Thursday, October 28 – Saturday, October 30

Paperplay! Adventures in Kamishibai

Created by the Student Ensemble with Prof. Natsu Onoda Power

Welcome back to creative play in the Davis Center! This series of short works created by student performer-designer-storytellers and Natsu Onoda Power is inspired by kamishibai, a style of Japanese street performance that uses illustrated paper placards. PAPERPLAY inventively retools the pre-cinema form of kamishibai, when a solo performer would ride a bicycle around towns and then perform, stopping at street corners to mesmerize children with folk tales, intrigue grown-ups with pulp fiction, and sometimes sell candy. Join us for this solo and ensemble performance that moves in and beyond the Davis Center, using kamishibai! 

FREE, Register for Paperplay! on Eventbrite

GU Theater & Performance Studies Program and Nomadic Theatre in collaboration with the GU Music Program

A Fresh Take on a Civic Musical

Wednesday, November 10–Sunday, November 14


Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Directed by Matt Phillips (C’22) 

With Musical Direction by Guest Artist Joe Walsh

Advised by Profs. Maya E. Roth & Michael T. Williams

Produced by Marion Cassidy (C’23)

In a struggling nightclub where outsiders and transgressive life take haven, empire creeps in from Weimar Berlin: Travel with us to a world askew and under siege. With captivating music and a fresh take on this iconic musical about inattention to violence, privilege, and erasure—where the rich and struggling cross paths but do not align—we bring you our immersive staging of Cabaret. Hatched over pandemic, this performance centers student-makers in the space and casts audience members as patrons of the Kit Kat Club. What is the role of art in empire? Whose lens, whose narratives, can be trusted? And where is the line between voyeurism and witness?

FREE, Register for Cabaret on Eventbrite
(tickets available on Oct. 25)

GU Theater & Performance Studies Program in collaboration with Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society and the GU Music Program

Thursday, March 17–Sunday, March 20

Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26


An American Chamber Musical 

With Music by Jeanine Tesori 

Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley

Directed by Margaret Gleason (C’22)

Musical Direction by Guest Artist Tori Pergerson

A Senior Thesis Project

Advised by Prof. Derek Goldman

It’s 1964 in Spruce Pine, North Carolina and Violet Karl, a young woman, is on a mission to take charge of her destiny. Scarred by a childhood accident and feeling like an outsider in her small community, she takes off on a Greyhound bus for Tulsa, Oklahoma — seeking a TV preacher who claims to work miracles. On the road she travels with two soldiers from the Vietnam War —one Black, one White— stirring her to discover that her past is more present than she realized, and that her difference may be a strength, instead of a shame to hide. With rollicking and powerful music from Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori and a witty, engaging book by Brian Crawley, Violet asks us to challenge our perceptions of ourselves, find beauty in the life we’ve been given, and never hide our joy. 

This coming of age chamber musical brings diverse American cultures into intimate focus, providing a vehicle for cross-departmental collaboration and extended community engagement.

GU Theater & Performance Studies Program

Friday, April 8–Saturday, April 9

Davis Performing Arts Center Sweet 16th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate the Sweet 16th anniversary of Georgetown’s arts hub in an exciting array of events with alumni, faculty, and current students!

Please note:
Georgetown University is a vaccinated campus. Events scheduled at this time to be held live are subject to change. We ask that all attendees remain masked indoors, in compliance with the University’s public health guidelines, which may include additional guest registration protocols in effect at the time of the event. The University may limit capacity in certain indoor venues at any time. Attendees should be fully vaccinated, and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 needs to stay home. 

All faculty and student artists working on DPA performances are taking every precaution to adhere to protocols and the latest public health guidelines, and to prioritize the safety and comfort of audience members and the wider community. 

We are committed to the safety of our entire community, and will be monitoring the ongoing pandemic to make adjustments as needed. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to sharing this vibrant season of events with you!

View an archive of past Theater and Performance Studies Seasons.