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21/22 Season FAQs + What to Expect


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Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled performance time. Performance venues will open for seating approximately 20 minutes prior to curtain.

Torch Song Artwork by Garrett Harrison-Marcum

Torch Song

By Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Michael Hatton
Music Director: Damon Stevens

Sept. 29-Oct. 9, 2021 | Stauss Theatre

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Torch Song is the two-act revival of Harvey Fierstein's Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. The life of Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing, Jewish drag queen living in New York City, is dramatized over the span of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Told with a friendly, human voice, Torch Song follows Arnold's odyssey to find happiness in New York. Along the way, Arnold experiences love, loss, and misadventure. A visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.

Torch Song is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Noises Off Artwork by Garrett Harrison-Marcum

Noises Off

By Michael Frayn

Directed by Ken Jones

Oct. 14-24, 2021 | Corbett Theatre

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Noises Off has been called "the funniest farce ever written" and takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called "Nothing's On." Doors slamming, falling trousers, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant plate of sardines all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

Noises Off is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Artwork by Garrett Harrison-Marcum

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

By Rupert Holmes

Directed by Jason Danieley
Music Director: Jamey Strawn

Nov. 12-21, 2021 | Corbett Theatre

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In the small town of Cloisterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. Based on Charles Dickens' final unfinished novel, Holmes' award-winning musical is an interactive whodunit mystery which invites the audience to enter the action. Staged as a show-within-a-show at the Music Hall Royale, this charming and inventive show is sure to intrigue any musical or mystery lover.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals Company.

Jason Danieley, Guest Director

Multiple award-winning and critically acclaimed Broadway actor, singer, concert performer, and recording artist Jason Danieley has delighted audiences around the country and world with his incredible performances. In his New York directorial debut Broadway World called his talents as a director as 'remarkably impressive'. For a complete biography visit

The Lightning Thief Artwork by Ellen Barlage

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

By Joe Tracz

Directed by Jamey Strawn
Music Director: Damon Stevens

Feb. 18-27, 2022 | Corbett Theatre

Regional premiere

As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control and mythological monsters and Greek gods on his trail. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Now he and his friends must embark on an epic quest to find Zeus' missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods. This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan's bestselling book is an action-packed, mythical adventure that will thrill everyone in the family.

YES Festival 20

Artwork by Ellen Barlage
Logo by Maddy Kunkel

YES Festival of New Plays - 20th Anniversary

The Year End Series (YES) Festival is NKU's new-play festival, the oldest collegiate new-play festival in the country. For the 20th Anniversary, the School of the Arts will host four world-premiere plays, including the first regional collaboration.

Falstaff and the Endless Machine

By Jared Michael Delaney

Directed by Michael Hatton

March 31-April 10, 2022 | Corbett Theatre

Young Jack Falstaff is eager to join the army and prove himself worthy of becoming a knight, both to himself and to his friends at the Boar’s Head Tavern. After he signs up, however, he is given duties that he didn’t expect and don’t exactly sit right with him. How can he decide between friendship and duty? Love and honor? Justice and the law? Falstaff explores how the most famous drunken coward in literary history became who he became.

Jared Michael Delaney is a stage/screenwriter and actor. Playwriting credits: Full productions: The Hand of Gaul, 2013 Inis Nua Theatre; Noli Timere (Don't Be Afraid) 2017 Theatre Conspiracy; Voyager One, New Jersey Repertory Company, 2019 (named Top 10 Productions in New Jersey, Newark Star-Ledger); They’ve All Gone & We’ll Go Too, Jersey Fringe, 2019. Readings: Paint It Black,You Devil, Strange Sun Theatre, Best Medicine Rep; Child of Lions, HRC Showcase Theatre, New Works of Merit; The Cannibal of Ajax, Best Medicine Rep., Vintage Theatre Comedy Festival; Voyager One, N.J. Rep., Khaos Theatre Co., 5th Wall Productions; Short Plays: Fortune’s Fool, Aberrant Theatre, NJ Rep’s Theatre Brut (published, related anthology); Pontiff Blues; The Shoes;RGDG?, FringeArts. Training: M.A. Theatre, Villanova University; M.F.A. Stage/Screenwriting, Queens University of Charlotte.

New Year's Eve at the Stop-n-Go

By Samantha Oty

Directed by Mike King

April 1-10, 2022 | Stauss Theatre

A group of friends confront their changing lives and each other at a convenience store on Dec. 31, 1999.

Playwright Samantha Oty graduated from Radford University with a degree in English, technical editing and writing. She received her master's degree in publishing from The George Washington University in 2017. Her first play, Demolition Lovers, was written in her sophomore year of high school and won the 2010 New Voices playwriting contest and has been writing plays ever since.

Lost in Little Egypt

By Lexi Rigsby, BFA Playwriting '21

April 2-10, 2022 | The Henry Theatre

A true story of the psycho-killer physician, Dr. John Cavanass, who ran the Southern Illinois region. How far are these natives willing to go to protect their hometown hero?

Lexi Rigsby is a writer in American theatre and business. Her most notable writing credits include Precipice: What Took Us Over The Edge, Scouts: A New Musical, A Surrender From Hell, and Floating. They have had pieces featured in the NKY/OH region as well as virtual theaters. They go forward with the intention of uplifting and inspiring voices in their artist community. They intend on being an ally for the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community in any means necessary. Whether that is through volunteering, marketing services, or simply listening. She recognizes the obstacle of reshaping who and what makes our theatre and welcomes it for a time of healing and revolution for all. Website IG: lex.rigsby

A New Play (TBA)

By D. Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Artistic Director

Directed by Brian Robertson

April 1-16, 2022 | The Carnegie - Covington, KY

For the 20th Anniversary of the YES Festival, the School of the Arts will have its first regional collaboration. The Carnegie and NKU SOTA will work together to produce a new play by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s Producing Artistic Director, D. Lynn Meyers. The Carnegie will debut this world premiere script as the closing show in its 21/22 theatre season and kick-off the 20th anniversary of the YES Festival. Visit for more information.

Presented in partnership with the Carnegie Theatre of Covington.

Dance 22 Artwork by Ellen Barlage

Dance '22

Artistic Directed by Tracey Bonner

April 22-24, 2022 | Corbett Theatre

Featuring a company of our best young dance artists, along with new and innovative works created by faculty, guest artists, and nationally renowned choreographers, Dance '22 has something for everyone – theatre dance, contemporary and classical ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and world dance.