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Saint Louis University Theatre and Dance has produced the finest in academic theater for 78 years. SLU students form the company and production team, mentored by expert faculty and staff.
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SLU Theatre and Dance students in Dreaming of Lear, an original devised piece created and directed by Associate Professor Lucy Cashion in March 2024 at The Kranzberg. Photo by ProPhotoSTL.

2024-2025 Theatre and Dance Main Stage Season

A Raisin in the Sun | by Lorraine Hansberry

October 3-5, 2024
7 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
1 p.m., Friday and Saturday

The Grandel

Directed by Kathryn Bentley

Set on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry's celebrated play concerns the divergent dreams and conflicts in three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. Hansberry's portrait of one family’s struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

“A Raisin in the Sun” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc., www.concordtheatricals.com.

Three Sisters | adaptation by Lucy Cashion

November 14-17, 2024
7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday
10 a.m., Friday
2 p.m., Sunday 

Xavier Hall, Main Stage Theatre

Adapted and directed by Lucy Cashion

Sponsored by Tom and Kathy Day

This original adaption follows the lives of Olga, Masha and Irina, who yearn to return to Moscow. Set in a small Russian town, the play delves into their struggles with unfulfilling relationships and the passage of time. Despite their dreams, the sisters find themselves stuck, reflecting the broader sense of disillusionment in Russian society at the time. Through rich characters and poignant dialogue, Three Sisters offers a timeless exploration of human longing and the quest for purpose.

Secret Order | by Bob Clyman

February 27 to March 2, 2025
7 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

The Kranzberg, Black Box Theatre

Directed by Gary Wayne Barker

Sponsored by Marianne Muellerleile

A young, idealistic cellular biologist with a brilliant new idea for curing cancer is recruited from relative obscurity to a major cancer research institute by its charismatic director with the offer of his own lab and all the resources he will need to pursue that idea. As the pressure to show publishable results begins to build, his research suddenly hits a snag. He is faced with having to choose between full disclosure of the problem, which would jeopardize the funding he needs, and making the more expedient decision to bend the rules just a little, which will buy him enough additional time to solve the problem.

Secret Order is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC www.broadwayplaypublishing.com.

Ride the Cyclone | book, music, and lyrics by Jacob Richmond & Brooke Maxwell

April 24-26, 2025
7 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
1 p.m., Friday and Saturday

The Grandel

Directed by Nancy Bell
Choreographed by Sara Rae Womack

In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other — the chance to return to life. This popular musical is a funny, moving look at what makes a life well-lived! 

Ride the Cyclone is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC., www.broadwaylicensing.com.

Tickets go on sale in July.

Season ticket holders can mix and match performances for a discounted price of only $35!

Auditions and Tech Interviews

Participate in Upcoming Productions

Auditions and technical interviews for A Raisin in the Sun and Three Sisters will take place 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 22, in Xavier Hall. Actors should prepare a one- to two-minute contemporary monologue or poem.

Sign Up to Audition

For more details, please contact the Production Office at produce.theatre@slu.edu. All SLU community members are invited to audition. You do not have to be a Theatre major or minor to get involved!

Theatre and Dance Parking

The Xavier Hall Main Stage is located in Xavier Hall on the Saint Louis University campus at 3733 West Pine Mall, one block east of Vandeventer Boulevard and one block south of Lindell Boulevard. Parking for performances at this venue is available in the Queen's Daughters Hall lot at 3730 Lindell Blvd.

Parking for Kranzberg Arts Foundation venues is as follows:

  • The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square — public garage or street parking
  • Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand Ave. — public garage or street parking

Safety Precautions

We will follow the health and safety protocols set up by our University in line with the CDC and St. Louis City guidelines. All precautions regarding ticketing, masking, distancing, etc., are subject to change based on these guidelines.