The University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is back with the announcement of a long-awaited fall season

The recently announced lineup includes a handful of classic works and contemporary shows under the theme of “Return, Restore, Renew.”

Flyers for events canceled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are seen outside the Rarig Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Parker Johnson

Flyers for events canceled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are seen outside the Rarig Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Macy Harder

After nearly two years without in-person performances, the lights are back on for the University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.

The department recently announced the lineup for their fall performance season. The diverse handful of shows, under a theme of “Return, Restore, Renew,” will work to educate students and audience members alike about social issues and human emotion through performing arts. 

There are four shows on the calendar for the upcoming season, which spans late October through early December. 

“JUNK,” a play by Ayad Akhtar, will run in the Kilburn Arena Theatre Oct. 28-31. Presented by the Guthrie BFA Acting Second Year Company, this show gives the audience a riveting inside look into the financial world of the 1980s.

Running alongside “JUNK” in the Kilburn Arena Theatre is “Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues.” This production will take place Oct. 28-31, and centers around a widow who is uplifted by her community during a time of grief.

“She Kills Monsters,” will run Nov. 11-21 at the Stoll Thrust Theatre. Presented by the BA Performance Program, this play by Qui Nguyen depicts a teenager who set out to learn more about her late sister’s life through the fantastic world of Dungeons & Dragons.

The University’s dance major students will close out the fall performance season with the “University Dance Theatre Fall Dance Show.” Running Dec. 3-5 at the Barbara B. Barker Center for Dance, this show will premiere two new dance films, incorporating choreography from Souleymane Badolo and BRKFST Dance Company.