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Ole Miss Theatre

Ole Miss Theatre is the production arm of the Department of Theatre & Film. Ole Miss Theatre produces 4-5 shows a year representing a variety of forms and eras with at least one production each season being a major musical. The primary mission of Ole Miss Theatre is to bring quality theatre experiences to departmental students, the University community and the area at large through the production of culturally relevant works. Join our mailing list.

We are grateful for the support of our patrons and donors. You can support Ole Miss Theatre and the work of our student actors, designers, and technicians by becoming a season ticket holder (UM Box Office) or Ole Miss Theatre Friend, Sponsor, Patron, Angel , or Benefactor. Contact the department for more information.

Ole Miss Theatre auditions are open to the university and local community. There are two auditions, one for the Fall Semester shows and one for the Spring Semester shows. Both are usually held the Saturday before the semester starts. Additional auditions will be announced as necessary.

Ole Miss Theatre 2018-2019 Season

She Kills Monsters

Qui Nguyen
Directed by Matthew R. Wilson

September 28 – 29; October 2 – 5; October 9 – 13 at 7:30pm
September 29 – 30; October 7; October 13 – 14 at 2:00pm
Meek Auditorium

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Opening Night Reception: September 28 after the performance at the Oxford University Depot

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by René Pulliam

November 9 – November 10 at 7:30pm
November 10 – November 11 at 2:00pm
Fulton Chapel

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force,Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Opening Night Reception: November 9 after the performance at the Oxford University Depot

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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Anne Washburn
Directed by Matthew Shifflett

February 8 – 10 & 12 – 16 at 7:30pm
February 9 – 10 & 16 – 17 at 2:00pm
Meek Auditorium

Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.

A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Opening Night Reception: February 8 after the performance at the Oxford University Depot

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Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Dex Edwards

March 29 – 31 & April 2 – 6 at 7:30 p.m.
March 30 – 31 & April 6 – 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Meek Auditorium

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

Opening Night Reception: March 29 after the performance at the Oxford University Depot

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Fly By Night

Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick, Will Connolly
Directed by Rory Ledbetter

April 26 – 27 at 7:30 p.m.
April 27 – 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Fulton Chapel

A star-crossed prophecy. A lot of music. Just not a lot of light. In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker’s humdrum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the Northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.

Opening Night Reception: April 26 after the performance at the Oxford University Depot

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Ole Miss Theatre is Proud to Support the Following Productions

UM Cinema Festival

October 12 – 13 at 7:00pm
Fulton Chapel

The Department of Theatre & Film is pleased to present a program of short films written and produced by students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the The University of Mississippi community.


Mississippi: The Dance Company

Mississippi: The Dance Company

Created by Jennifer Mizenko

February 22 – 23 at 7:30pm
February 23 – 24 at 2:00pm
Meek Auditorium