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2019-2020 Productions

October 10-12, 2019           

7:30 p.m. Curtain  


Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Love is in the air! Weaving wit, romance and comedy, this production of Much Ado About Nothing set in the 1950’s small town USA is a whirlwind race to the finish line of “happily ever after.”  Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very “merry war” in which they both proclaim their disdain of love.  Claudio and Hero are a sweet young couple who are practically rendered speechless by their love for one another.  While preparing for the wedding of Claudio and Hero, Beatrice and Benedick are tricked into confessing their love!  But, as that plan starts working, so does another scheme…

Love may conquer all, but not without a few battles along the way!  One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Much Ado About Nothing treats the audience to a hilarious battle of wits and words with the original romantic-comedy couple. “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.”

November 14-16, 2019            

7:30 p.m. Curtain





Good for Otto

By David Rabe

Good for Otto by David Rabe is an unflinching portrayal of the world of mental illness and therapy. Drawing on material from the book, Undoing Depression by renowned psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, it is a deeply moving look into the life of a number of patients trying to navigate personal trauma, including the character at the center of it all, Dr. Michaels. From the ghost of one's past, to the urgent need of a troubled youth, to the frustrating roadblocks to healing due to the insurance industry...Good for Otto gives us the breakthrough we all need towards our humanity.

February 27-29, 2020

7:30 p.m. Curtain





The House of Yes

By Wendy Macleod

It's Thanksgiving and it's time to meet the Pascals, an affluent DC family that is stuck in the past and ambivalent about the future. Marty is coming home to introduce his new fiance to his Kennedy-obsessed, boundary-ignoring, twin sister, Jackie-O. This ruins everything. The House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod is an obsidian-black comedy that peels back the careful layers of an absurdly dysfunctional family that serves up itself as the main course for Thanksgiving dinner.

This play contains adult themes and simulated gun fire.

April 30-May 1, 2020

7:30 p.m. Curtain
May 2
2:00 p.m. Curtain
7:30 p.m. Curtain




Big Fish the Musical - CANCELED

Following Doane University's efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Doane Theatre's production of Big Fish the Musical has been canceled.

Book by John August
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Inside moments of true love, you can live forever.

What is it to really know your own father? Edward Bloom has always told his son tall tales filled with beauty, love and imagination, but when his son confronts him about what is truth and what is fiction, they go on a life-affirming journey that will change them forever.

Based on the much-loved novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish The Musical is set to a beautiful score by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party, A Little Princess), with a new book by John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

The musical tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.

Bursting with heart, humor, and humanity, Big Fish will leave you holding on to your family and friends just that little bit tighter. It reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and bigger than life itself.