Theater and Dance Season

Admission is free, with a suggested $5 donation, except where noted.

Tickets to all performances are available through the Bates Theater and Dance EventBrite page, linked below. • 207-786-6161





Back to Bates Dance Concert

Saturday, October 6, 12pm
Sunday, October 7, 12pm
-Schaeffer Theater-
Featuring choreography from students and professional artists-in-residence James Graham and Yanira Castro.


By Florence Keith-Roach
Friday, October 12, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 13, 5pm
Sunday, October 14, 2pm & 7:30pm
-Black Box Theater-
In fulfillment of an independent study, Alison Greene ’20 directs this dark two-character comedy about, as the playwright says, “female friendship, fertility, and freaking out.”



Adaptation by Sarah Ruhl

Thursday, November 1, 7:30pm
Friday, November 2, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3, 5pm
Sunday, November 4, 2pm
Monday, November 5, 7:30pm
-Schaeffer Theater-

When Eurydice dies, the heartbroken Orpheus follows her to Hades and persuades
the powers-that-be to return her to life – on one condition.
The New York Times called Sarah Ruhl’s 2003 adaptation of the myth an “inexpressibly
moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pain of memory.”
Dana Professor of Theater Martin Andrucki directs.

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Dance Thesis
Johanna Hayes ’19

Wednesday, November 14, 7:30pm & 9pm
Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm
-Gannett Theater-

Johanna Hayes presents her senior thesis in Dance.



Plavin Fall Dance Concert
Bates Dance Department
Saturday, December 1, 5pm
Sunday, December 2, 2pm
Monday, December 3, 7:30pm
-Schaeffer Theater-
Featuring work by professional choreographers James Graham, Yanira Castro, and Nora Chipaumire during their residencies this fall, as well as Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Julie Fox.

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Voice and Speech Performance
Students of  Kati Vecsey’s THEA 263 class present the culmination of their semester’s work.




Babylon: Journeys of Refugees
Gannett Theater
Friday, January 11, 7:30 pm [tickets]
Saturday, January 12, 5:00 pm [tickets]

An original theatrical work by Sandglass Theater that mixes live actors and puppets. It is about the relationship between refugees, their homeland, both lost and new, and the conflicts that arise in the countries to which they flee.


F.A.B. Dance Showcase at the Gendron Franco Center
Friday, February 2, 7:30pm
46 Cedar Street, Lewiston
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A 360 Night in Black Box Theater

The Way Station
by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill

Directed by Ellie Yguico ’20

The Way Station cast: from left to right and top to bottom: Johnny Esposito ’22 (Actor), Ceria Kurtz ’19 (Actor), Ellie Yguico ’20 (Director), Alex Gilbertson ’22 (Stage Manager), and David Garcia ’20 (Actor).

Lauren’s Call
by Paloma Pedrero
Directed by Luis David Molina Rueda ’20

Lauren’s Call cast: from left to right Maddy Shmalo ’19 (Actor), Noah Pott ’22 (Actor), Olivia Dimond ’22 (Stage Manager), and LuisDa Molina ’20 (Director).

Friday, February 8, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 10, 7:30pm
~~Black Box Theater~~


Ellie Ygiuco ’20 fulfills her Independent Study directing a one-act play about three strangers from different places and times, each pulled out of their travels and dropped off at a mysterious way station.  Before they can continue their travels, each must come to terms with his or her own dark secret. LuisDa Molina ’20 directs a play that portrays and questions sexual identity, taboos, and traditional gender roles in 1980s Spain.


We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

A work by Jackie Sibblies Drury


Thursday, March 7, 7:30pm
Friday, March 8, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 9, 5pm
Sunday, March 10, 2pm & 7:30pm
Monday, March 11, 7:30pm

-Gannett Theater-

Its title may provide insights into this unusual, complex, and darkly comedic depiction of an ensemble of American actors come together to make a play about the little-known first genocide of the 20th century. As the group wrestles with this remote story, their exploration hits much closer to home than anyone ever expected. Tim Dugan directs.


The Wolves
By Sarah DeLappe

Thursday, March 21, 7:30pm
Friday, March 22, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 23, 5pm
Sunday, March 24, 2pm
Monday, March 25, 7:30pm

-Gannett Theater-

A girls’ soccer team performs their daily stretches while navigating conversations that range from adolescent drama to a Cambodian murder. The New York Times praised the “scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence” in Sarah DeLappe’s 2016 play. Directed by Rebecca Berger ’19 in partial completion of a major in theater.


Spring Dance Concert



Friday, March 29, 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 5pm
Sunday, March 31, 2pm
Monday, April 1, 7:30pm

-Schaeffer Theatre-

The focus is on student choreography and design work.

Program A: Friday and Sunday.

Program B: Saturday and Monday.


50th Anniversary Dance Reunion Weekend | April 26th – 29th

Alumni dancers return to celebrate 50 years of dance at Bates.

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By Suzan-Lori Parks

Thursday, May 16, 7:30pm
Friday, May 17, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 18, 5pm
Sunday, May 19, 2pm

-Gannett Theater-

Abandoned by their parents as children, brothers Lincoln and Booth grew up depending on each other. Now in their 30s, they struggle to cope with racism, relationships, and poverty in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer-Prize winning play. Cliff Odle directs.