Each academic year, Emerson Stage strives to present a diverse body of work to suit the educational needs of a wide variety of degree programs. The Emerson Stage Season Selection Committee works each year to discuss the upcoming season, and is inclusive of Performing Arts student representatives, faculty, and staff.

This season at Emerson Stage we’re focusing on the process of finding one’s place in the world. We’ll present four plays, two musicals, one new devised piece, and a new works festival designed to offer Emerson College performing arts students hundreds of opportunities to build their skills in preparation for a career in the industry. Join us as we showcase the artists of tomorrow on stage today.

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The Wolves

September 21, 2022, 8:00 p.m. to September 24, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT

The event location is

Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee show on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.


By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Tonasia Jones

A girls’ indoor soccer team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

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The Wolves is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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The Spitfire Grill

October 13, 2022, 8:00 p.m. to October 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT

The event location is

Robert J. Orchard Stage (Paramount Center)

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday performances at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Based on the Film by Lee David Zlotoff
Directed by Nicholas Vargas '10
Music Direction by Jonathan Goldberg

Inspired by a page from an old travel book, vibrant parolee, Percy, follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin where she finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. The Grill is for sale, but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy convinces Hannah to raffle it off.

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The Spitfire Grill is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Old Jake’s Skirts

November 9, 2022, 2:00 p.m. to November 13, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

The event location is

Semel Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Annual TYA Production
Adapted by José Cruz González
From the Book by C. Anne Scott
Directed by Joshua Streeter

Old Jake is a lonely pumpkin farmer, until he and his dog find an old trunk filled with calico skirts beside the road. They take the trunk home and with every skirt—and the imaginative ways he uses them—color begins to slowly creep back into Jake's world. 

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Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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A New Devised Piece

December 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m. to December 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

The event location is

Greene Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Conceived of and Directed by Lindsay Beamish

A confluence of text, movement, abstract design, and media, this new work will be concerned with the personal and emotional landscape of the human experience, conflating "highly emotional" with the extremely mundane. 

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Paris

January 26, 2023, 8:00 p.m. to January 29, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EST

The event location is

Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


By Eboni Booth
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo

Emmie is one of the only Black people living in Paris, Vermont, and she desperately needs a job. When she is hired at Berry’s, a store off the interstate selling everything from baby carrots to lawnmowers, she begins to understand a new kind of isolation. Paris is a play about invisibility, being underpaid, and how it feels to work on your feet for ten hours a day while trying to preserve your soul.

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The Secret In The Wings

February 9, 2023, 8:00 p.m. to February 12, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EST

The event location is

Semel Theater

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


By Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Annie G. Levy

An adaptation of lesser-known Grimm’s fairy tales that reflects the darker undercurrents of childhood. With Zimmerman’s unique wit and humor fully on display. the story concerns a child and her frightening babysitter who shares with her stories of hope, despair, terror, and resilience.

The Secret In The Wings is produced by special arrangement with Bruce Ostler, BRET ADAMS, LTF., 448 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

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NewFest: Rod Parker Playwriting Fellowship Production

March 2, 2023, 8:00 p.m. to March 5, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EST

The event location is

Greene and Semel Theaters

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


NewFest is a celebration of creativity, featuring a new full-length play by the winner of the Rod Parker Playwriting Award, a workshop production of a new play by a professional playwright, and other short plays written, directed, and performed by Emerson students.

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NewFest: New Play Workshop

March 30, 2023, 8:00 p.m. to April 2, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EDT

The event location is

Greene and Semel Theaters

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


NewFest is a celebration of creativity, featuring a new full-length play by the winner of the Rod Parker Playwriting Award, a workshop production of a new play by a professional playwright, and other short plays written, directed, and performed by Emerson students.

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Cabaret

April 20, 2023, 8:00 p.m. to April 22, 2023, 11:00 p.m. EDT

The event location is

Cutler Majestic Theatre

Showtimes: 

Evening shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee show on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.


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 Ilana Ransom Toeplitz
Music Direction by Sariva Goetz

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Cabaret is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com