Xavier University Theatre - 2016-2017 Season


Lauren Lucas, time traveler, views her attack, the trial, the aftermath, and her life-at-large simultaneously. She sees the woman she will become, the undamaged girl she once was; she learns how far into the future this event will consume her. And then she wakes up in the present, in high school, and she knows the struggles that lay waiting. The Artists' Pick of the 2014 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, SLUT SHAMING is a Time-Travel Rape Adventure that explores how small town communities aggravate teenage sexual assault.

"Slut Shaming reminds us of the power of forcing labels on people to whom absolute labels only rarely apply and of how the truth of a person - of their history and their character - can almost never be found in absolutes." - CityBeat

THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. With classic songs such as "Ya Got Trouble," "Seventy Six Trombones" and "Till There Was You," Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

"If you're a musical comedy buff, THE MUSIC MAN will show you just why." - The New York Times



THE DIVINERS is the story of a mentally disturbed young man and the unlikely, and ultimately life-changing, friendship he develops with a disenchanted preacher in early 1930s Indiana. As the small town of Zion searches to find its way through the economic struggles of the Great Depression, CC Showers seeks to find his redemption through the eyes and trust of Buddy Layman. A story of vulnerability, loss and the redemptive power of faith, THE DIVINERS is a harrowing drama full of humor, heartbreak, hope and love.

"The Diviners.... renders the humor and horror of the hinterlands with staggering accuracy.... Compelling." - New York Magazine

A country on the brink of war. A family torn apart. A son tortured by secrets. What does it mean to live? What does it mean to die? How far will we go to remain true to those we love? Shakespeare's timeless masterpiece, HAMLET remains one of the greatest stories of all time.

"The seminal masterpiece of Western literature." - Newsweek

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: (ABRIDGED) was London's longest-running comedy! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.


Be careful what you wish for ... What if Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and the Baker and his Wife lived in the same story? All must venture into the woods to seek fulfillment of their deepest wish, but what they find there is that dreams are rarely simple and wishes are not often granted free of complications. This charming story is at once hilariously funny and deeply moving, a fractured look at the flip side of the classic fairy tales as only master storyteller Stephen Sondheim (composer of Sweeney Todd and Company) could imagine.

"Blends imagination and playfulness." - Newsday

Two angry young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Circle Mirror Transformation and The Flick, THE ALIENS is a play with music about friendship, art, love and death.

"A gentle and extraordinarily beautiful new play." - The New York Times