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Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Into the Woods, a Tony Award-winning musical composed by Stephen Sondheim with book by James Lapine, was presented in Shanklin Theatre in November of 2008.

2014–2015 Shanklin Theatre Season


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the Poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed by R. Scott Lank
Musical Direction by Gregory B. Rike
Choreography by Ricki Newman

After making its premiere at New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000, this racy musical was hailed by The Chicago Tribune as a “tasty stew of jazz, blues, gospel, and Tin Pan Alley…a sexy, sweaty, gloriously disorienting voyage.” In Manhattan during Prohibition, two tempestuous lovers, Queenie and Burrs, collude to throw a party to end all parties. With a guest list chock-full of colorful and evocative characters, the evening of decadence ends in disaster and irreversible violence. The Roaring Twenties were fueled with jazz and gin, and Andrew Lippa’s award-winning and pulse-racing score infuses this glitterati-filled musical with an addictive vibrancy and a passionate and unforgettable finale.

September 26, 27, October 2, 3, 4 @ 7:30 p.m.
September 28 & October 5 @ 2:00 p.m.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by John David Lutz

Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy combines supernatural elements with barbaric ambition, resulting in a keen analysis of human character and a complex examination of the nature of evil. Against the backdrop of the 11th century, the power-hungry Macbeth is tempted by the prophecies of three witches, spurring his overwhelming desire to be the King of Scotland. Along with his frighteningly manipulative wife, this mad desire leads them both into a nightmarish world of evil, deceit, and murder. Monstrous actions run rampant, as he and Lady Macbeth lose themselves to unstoppable urges of savagery and political atrocity.

November 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
November 16 & 23 @ 2:00 p.m.


By Brian Friel
Directed by Diane Brewer

Written by one of Ireland’s most important playwrights, this poignant tale garnered the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play. Inventively told through the eyes of an adult harkening back to memories of his youth, the play centers on the daily life of the five Mundy sisters. On the verge of the Industrial Revolution, the opening of a nearby knitting factory threatens their simple home-based livelihood in the bucolic County Donegal. In contrast to their worries about the future, the family’s first wireless radio allows the sisters to experience a spirit of freedom and an opportunity for expressiveness that was previously missing in their traditional Irish Catholic household. This lyrical story is rich in its portrayal of the complex kinship of sisters and the authenticity of family life.

February 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
February 22, March 1 @ 2:00 p.m.


By Tennessee Williams
Directed by R. Scott Lank

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened on Broadway in 1947 and cemented Tennessee Williams as one of America’s greatest playwrights. In the steamy heat of the French Quarter, Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her younger sister, Stella, with a trunk of old furs and a romantic, yet mysterious, portrait of her life as a Southern belle in Mississippi. The tension between Blanche and Stella’s brutish husband, Stanley, grows as thick as the humid New Orleans’ night air. Ultimately, a mix of desperation and primal passion ignites an explosive encounter resulting in the shattering of the last vestiges of Blanche’s genteel illusions.

April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
April 19 & 26 @ 2:00 p.m.

Season Tickets
$44.00 Adult
$38.00 Senior Adult (65 & over), Any student, UE Faculty/Staff
To purchase season tickets, contact Sharla Cowden, Marketing Director, at 812.488.2747.
For more information or to receive a season brochure, e-mail

May Studio Theatre


By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Aaron R. Johnson, a senior performance major from Floyds Knobs, Indiana

How can good people rationalize destroying others? This 1976 feminist play, by British playwright Caryl Churchill, brilliantly explores gender, class, and relationships in the dangerous and desperate time of 17th century England. Harkening back to the witchcraft trials of 1645, Vinegar Tom deftly combines live music and a vivid storytelling technique to link together questions about attitudes toward women’s roles in modern-day society that persist nearly 400 years later.

October 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
October 26 @ 2:00 p.m.


By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Anna Rhoads, a senior stage management major from Nashville, Indiana.

March 27, 28, 30, 31, April 1, 2 @ 7:30 p.m. March 29 @ 2:00 p.m.