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2021-2022 Productions and Events


The following information represents the most important opportunities to see our students' work throughout the year. For more detailed schedule information, please consult the Doane University Calendar of Events. You can also follow the department on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for up-to-date announcements about productions and other theatre department events.                        


September 30-October 2, 2021

7:30 p.m. Curtain  

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A play by Simon Stephens

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Based on the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of fifteen-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.


Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a truly remarkable theatrical experience that will change how you experience everyday life.


*Masks will be required as per Doane's masking policy for indoor spaces.

Reserve tickets online or call 402.826.8664.

November 18-20, 2021      7:30 p.m. Curtain 

The Humans



The Humans

By Stephen Karam

Irish-American Erik Blake has brought his wife and his mother for Thanksgiving at the new home of his daughter and her boyfriend. His mother (affectionately referred to as “Momo”) is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and his other daughter Aimee has recently been the victim of a nasty breakup. The parents are disappointed that their daughters have left home to struggle in New York City, and worried that they are abandoning their values.


The Humans tells the story of the quintessential family reunion: a group of people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: old age, abandonment, poverty, and death. Filled with equal parts humor and hurt, The Humans is a Tony-award winning play from popular playwright Stephen Karam.


Reserve tickets online or call 402.826.8664.


April 28-30, 2022

7:30 p.m. Curtain

the bacchae





The Bacchae

By Euripides

In Euripides’ tale of hubris and tyranny, a disguised Dionysus descends on the city of Thebes to prove Zeus is his father and settle a score with his mortal adversary King Pentheus. His attempts to tear the people’s loyalties away from the king cause a frenzy of emotion that lands Dionysus in prison. But Pentheus’ misguided attempt to suppress the god’s influence tests his leadership and threatens to bring his family to ruin.


Euripides’ final play is a violent warning against defying the gods. The Bacchae dramatizes the battle between opposing forces in the human psyche, the rational and the frenzied, and the horrific consequences of honor and recognition coming too late.


Reserve tickets online or call 402.826.8664.

April 14-15

7:30 p.m. Curtain
April 16
2:00 p.m. Curtain
7:30 p.m. Curtain

reefer madness the musical




Reefer Madness the Musical

Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney

Music by Dan Studney

Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

There is a new menace sweeping the nation, ready to ensnare and seduce the youth and drag them down into a life of sin: REEFER MADNESS! Inspired by the original 1936 instructional film of the same name, Reefer Madness is a hilarious, over-the-top musical comedy that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to the “leafy green assassin,” leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with debauchery, sin, theft, and, eventually murder.

You won't be able to resist it’s spoofy fun! The addictive, clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes and Vegas-style numbers. Reefer Madness is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary full of camp, hilarity, mayhem, and madness.

Reserve tickets online or call 402.826.8664.

REEFER MADNESS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Originally directed by ANDY FICKMAN and produced by STEPHANIE STEELE for DEAD OLD MAN PRODUCTIONS.

Orchestrations by David Manning & Nathan Wang.



Monday, November 22, 2021

Visit our campus and see why Doane’s Theatre program is heralded as one of the best in the region! On our visit day you’ll talk with our award-winning faculty and students, learn about our performance and tech opportunities, get tips from our mock audition, and watch scenes from a Doane Theatre production. Come see how getting involved with Doane Theatre will let you learn it all! For more information and to register, visit


Wednesday, March, 23, 2022

High school students and their parents are invited to visit campus to learn how theatre and music collaborate at Doane. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend a performance of our choir, band, and theatre programs, talk with faculty and current students, attend music and theatre classes, and tour our beautiful campus. For more information and to register, visit