For tickets to all Conservatory of Theatre Arts productions Call 968-7128

Webster Students, Faculty and Staff Free with a valid ID
$12 for Adults
$6 for Seniors, Alumni, and Non-Webster Students
$2 for children 12 and under

Fall 2015

Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul 
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. Film and Screenplay by Bob Comfort
Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 7-11
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Emerson Studio Theatre
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion (

Moody and gorgeous. Wow-worthy ear candy…truly memorable…observant. ‘Dogfight’ seems more likely to yelp and whimper than sing. But sing it does…beautifully.” – New York Daily News

Stage Door
By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Nov. 18-22
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Browning Mainstage Theatre
Stage Door is a comedy about sixteen young women who have moved to New York City in the hopes of pursuing careers in acting. While living in Mrs. Orcutt’s boarding house, they face the challenges of show business to various degrees of success. The ambitious Terry Randall surfaces as the central figure in a lively and colorful cast of characters. As those around her struggle to make it, Terry overcomes disappointment and hardship to conquer the New York stage.

“Each [character] is skillfully introduced, significant and a unique personality that adds to the heart and spunk of this rich play.” – Chicago Theatre Beat

By John Biguenet
Dec. 2-6, Dec. 9-13
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Stage III
In Shotgun, set four months after the collapse of defective levees in New Orleans, a white man and his teenage son, having lost their house to the flood, rent half of a shotgun duplex from an African-American woman, whose father has lost his home in the Lower Ninth Ward and moved in with her. Even living under one roof, though, they find a wall still runs between them (

“It’s the narrow focus of this play that shakes you … Human drama doesn’t have to look huge to be heartbreaking.” – The Orlando Sentinel

Spring 2016

The Miser
by Molière
Feb. 17--21 Feb.24-28
7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Emerson Studio Theatre
Molière’s classic comedy introduces us to Harpagon, a man so consumed by greed that he is set on sacrificing the happiness of his children in marriages of convenience. But Harpagon’s son and daughter, Valère and Mariane, will plot against their father to marry those they love instead. Molière treats the age-old conflict between love and money with unparalleled and sparkling wit.

Directing Capstone Projects
Stage III
Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
By Anne Washburn
April 1-3
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. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. Seventy-five years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theatre, 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 (

“’Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play’ has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas. It has depths of feeling to match its breadth of imagination.” – New York Times

The Cockfight Play
By Mike Bartlett
April 8-10
John has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for a number of years. But when he takes a break, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, filled with guild and conflicting emotions, he doesn’t know which way to turn. As the pressure mounts, a dinner with both parties is arranged, and everyone wants to know what John’s decision will be (

“Exhilarating! Robust and rollicking. Mike Bartlett’s dialogue crackles and pops with the rhetoric of vituperation.” – The New Yorker

The Pajama Game
Book is by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and lyrics are by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Based on the novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell
Apr 20-24
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Browning Mainstage Theatre 
This Tony Award–winning musical tells the story of the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where conditions are anything but peaceful. Sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7½ cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well (

“Delicious…A show that goes down as easily and intoxicatingly as spiked lemonade at a summer picnic… an immortal pop-hit-spawning score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.” – New York Times

Webster University Dance Ensemble
April 29-May2
7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Browning Mainstage Theatre
The dance concert will feature José Limon's classic work, “There Is A Time”, which will be set on the company during an intensive January residency.  Webster University Dance Ensemble also welcomes Faculty Emeritus Gary Hubler for the second year in a row, to re-stage his trio, “Realities”. Maggi Dueker is the featured alumni choreographer, with Michael Uthoff and James Robey choreographing ballet and contemporary works. An invigorating West African dance will be performed for the first time by the Webster University Dance Ensemble.