ARTS @ Oswego

October 2015 – April 2016

German Movie Series: In July (Im Juli) @ Room 132, Marano Campus Center Auditorium
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm

In July

When a shy teacher travels across southeastern Europe to meet the woman he loves, he picks up a hitchhiker who has feelings for him. What follows is a series of comedic adventures and misadventures, including a solar eclipse, a special ring, a dead body, a van driven by a temptress and much more.

In German with English Subtitles
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Official Movie Trailer

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Bacchae” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 2:00 pm


The Bacchae, directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson and adapted from Euripides by Matthew Gasda, is considered to be Euripides’ greatest tragedy. Author Matthew Gasda updates this classic for the next generation in this world premiere. Gasda’s adaptation integrates the chorus into the plot, and the god is not a distant presence but rather, a character.

“A great script; intense, poetic, bloody, sexy, intellectually provocative and authentic,” states NYC based and Oswego State director Christopher Carter Sanderson, The Bacchae will awaken your appreciation for classic Greek theatre.

October 22 • 2PM
October 23, 24, 29, 30 • 7:30PM
October 31 • 2PM

Dorrance Dance Performance: “SOUNDspace” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm
Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield Photography

Photo Credit: Lois Greenfield Photography

Michelle Dorrance is one of the brightest stars in contemporary tap dance. A featured choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow for the past two summers, she will re-stage one of her most original and exciting works— SOUNDspace— in SUNY Oswego’s Hewitt Union Ballroom. She’s paid her dues with popular touring shows like STOMP, and now leads her own gifted company. An exciting treat for the eyes and ears!

“Inventive, imaginative take on tap!” —Boston Globe

“Michelle Dorrance is not only a dynamo in tap shoes but a compelling, imaginative choreographer as well. She and her company… performed… works that stretch the boundaries of tap.”
-Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

“Ms. Dorrance makes full use of tone, timbre, volume, tempo and, of course, rhythm, constructing patterns that lock together thrillingly…The main emotion that “SOUNDspace” produced was excitement: excitement about sounds, and about the development of this talented choreographer, the most promising one in tap right now.”
-Brian Seibert, The New York Times

Michelle Dorrance named 2015 MacArthur Fellow “Genius Award” Winner. Watch Interview and Dance Video

Dorrance Dance “SOUNDSPACE” Excerpts
Dorrance Dance Website

Michelle Dorrance Website


Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Stone Age” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm


The Stone Age is a devised theatre project with the University of Calcutta, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and International Education and Programs. Directed by Aditya Sengupta with Assistant Directors Kheya Chattopadhyay and Jonel Langenfeld, it is an intercultural production written, produced and cast by visiting scholars from the University of Calcutta, India.

The performance centers around five Asian youth who move to New York City and their struggle to cope with a new culture, social mores, and bullying. When displaced youth turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with their insecurities the group discovers the answers are in self-acceptance, kindness and that everyone faces challenges regardless of skin color or nationality.

Oswego State Theatre Presents “The Mouse Trap” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm


The Mouse Trap, written by Agatha Christie and presented by Student Association, Blackfriars & Oswego State Theatre, is a student honors production directed by Anna Richardson. It tells the story of a group of strangers stranded in a lodge during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. Suspects include the newly married couple housekeepers, a spinster with a curious background, an architect, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, who no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed.

A classic “who done it” by one of the world’s most famous mystery writers. Produced under arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

March 3, 4, 5, 11, 12 • 7:30PM
March 13 • 2PM

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo: “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm

Buckminster Fuller

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green presents his multi-media homage to the visionary architect, engineer and philosopher of sustainability, Buckminster Fuller. Accompanied live on stage by legendary indie band, Yo La Tengo, Green weaves video from Fuller’s extraordinary life into an engaging evening of “live cinema”.

The documentary project premiered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has played at creative venues and festivals from The Kitchen in New York City to the Barbican in London.

“…a movie being born as you see it and hear it – as alive as music.” Writer, historian & activist Rebecca Solnit

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Oswego State Theatre & Music Departments Present “Pirates of Penzance” @ Hewitt Union Ballroom
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – May 1 @ 2:00 pm


The Pirates of Penzance host a sherry party to celebrate the Frederic’s status of full-blown Pirate King upon his 21st birthday, whereby Frederic abruptly declares his distaste for the pirate’s life and intent to leave. Having spent his youth aboard the ship, Frederic has only laid eyes on his maid, yet now has fallen head over heals for Mabel the songbird daughter of Major General Stanley. A modern score filled with wit and whimsy, this classic by Gilbert and Sullivan is a delightful comedic romp.

Stage Direction by Christopher Carter Sanderson
Music Direction by Todd Graber

April 21, 22, 23, 29 • 7:30PM
May 1 • 2PM