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2012-2013 Season

Marvin's Room

by Scott McPherson

Marvin's Room is "one of the funniest plays of the year as well as one of the wisest and most moving", said the New York Times when the play opened Off Broadway in 1991.  The words are as true today.  How can a play about family, illness and death be so incredibly funny and so extraordinarily moving?  It simply is.  Join the newly reunited sister, Bessie who has chosen to care for Marvin, their elderly, ill father and their elderly, ill Aunt Ruth, and Lee, mother of two sons, one Hank, a disturbed teenager and Charlie, his younger brother.  What brings them all together-Bessis's diagnosis of leukemia and the possibility that one of them may be a match for a transplant.  A laught a minute, right?  Right!  Because the playwright has an uncanny empathy and a fierce sense of humor, human frailty is revealed in an hilarious light.  Marvin's Room is being presented as part of the 2012 URI Colloquium on healthcare:  Healthcare Change? Health, Politics & Money.  Marvin's Room won the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the John Gassner Award for Best New American Play.  Scott McPherson's original voice teaches us much about love.

Robert E. Will Theatre

October 11-13 & 18-20, 2012 at 7:30pm

October 14 & 21, 2012 at 3:00pm

$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $12 Students


Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by George Furth

From Stephen Sondheim's 2010 book, FINISHING THE HAT which reveals his delicate art of writing lyrics..........

The Notion

A man with no emotional commitments reassesses his life on his thirty-fifth birthday by reviewing his relationships with his married acquaintances and his girlfriends.  That is the entire plot.

Company....a Musical Comedy

J Studio

November 29-December 1 & December 6-8, 2012, at 7:30pm

December 2 & 9, 2012, 3:00pm

$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $12 Students


by Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman's play Metamorphoses, based on Ovid's fifteen-volume work of transformation myths, juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image.  Images snag on the edges of thought, stirring up fragments of half-remembered dreams.  A door opens to reveal a dead lover, alive again and yet not quite the same.  A man looks over his shoulder and fails to see the familiar face he was sure was behind him.  Metamorphoses is a grand tour of ancient mythology that speaks is as affecting today as in days past.

"...Zimmerman's lovely, deeply affecting work...shows that theater can provide not just escape but sometimes a glimpse of the divine"--

Time Magazine

J Studio

February 21-23 & February 28-March 2, 2013 at 7:30pm

February 24 & March 2, 2013 at 3:00pm

$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $12 Students

Much Ado about Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Much about Nothing is a titillating comedy in which two of his best characters, the intelligent, witty Beatrice matches wits with the droll, cynical Benedick.  Their duel of love, a verbal sparring match, engages us throughout a love story involving Beatrice's cousin Hero and Benedick's friend Claudio that goes awry when Hero is falsely accused of betrayal.  It takes the comic Constable Dogberry and his hilarious troops to uncover the truth.  And it takes true love for Benedick to believe in Beatrice's loyalty to Hero and to commit himself to her course of action.  Much Ado may seem to be about nothing, but it is essentially about the attractions of a woman's mind and character on a perennial bachelor.  It is a lighthearted romp rooted in the depth of the battle of the sexes.

Robert E. Will Theatre

April 18-20 & 25-27, 2013 at 7:30pm

April 21 & 28, 2013 at 3:00pm

$20 General, $15 Seniors, URI Faculty/Staff, $12 Students

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Apr. 17-19 & 24-27, 2014

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Feb. 20-23 & Feb. 27-Mar. 2, 2014

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Nov. 14-17 & 21-24, 2013

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Oct. 10-13 & 17-20, 2013


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