Theater preview: exciting events await

Photo: Dow Visiting Scholar & Artist – Jay Torrence.

This year, the SVSU Theater Program has so much to offer to the student body and the surrounding communities. Dave Rzeszutek, the chair of the Theater Department, provided details for the events for this upcoming Academic Year and how students can get involved.

This fall, the Theater Department will host a University Debut performance of Burning Bluebeard. The show, previously shown during the holiday season on Chicago’s stages, features the tragic story of the Iroquois Theater in Chicago and the 600 theatergoers who experienced an unforgettable event.

The playwright for Burning Bluebeard, Jay Torrence, is joining us on campus to partake in a mini residency to work with SVSU students. Torrence will be offering a free masterclass on NeoFuturism and Clown on Sept. 22 from 12-2 pm in the Malcolm Field Theatre. Auditions for Burning Bluebeard begin on Sept. 11 at 7 pm and a prepared 1-minute monologue will be needed for auditions.

SVSU Alumni have also created their own musical which will debut at the Black Box Theater in Curtiss Hall. The musical, The Sanest Person in the Room, was written by Logan Hahn and will begin performing on Nov. 15. The auditions for this musical begin Sept. 18 at 4 pm.

For students interested in getting involved in the Theater Program, Rzeszutek mentioned emailing, calling, or visiting his office (C186). You do not need to be a Theater major or minor to be involved in the program. Students may also get involved in RSOs like “Back N’ Progress”, the on-campus improv group.

The winter term will feature Noises Off, a comedy show about a play where nothing goes right. The winter term will also include columbinus, a tasteful retelling of the tragic events that happened at Columbine University in 1999.  

For more information about auditions and showtimes, please visit

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