NIU School of Dance and Theatre releases an outlook on spring shows


Bayan Abuihmoud

The narrator, played by Sophomore Madigan Balfe, introducing the setup to the story at the beginning of the play on stage at the O’Connell Theatre in Oct. 2022. (Bayan Abuihmoud | Northern Star)

By Colin Kempsell and Abigail Lamoreaux

Come one, come all! NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance has announced its Spring 2023 season featuring plays, actor showcases and a dance concert.

Productions will begin Feb.10 going until April 30 in the Corner, O’Connell and Sally Stevens Players Theatres, located in the Stevens Building on campus.

Students interested in attending any show must reserve their free tickets on the College of Visual and Performing Arts website. Tickets for non-students are available starting at $7 per person.


Set amidst a war between Spain and Poland, the Spanish king puts his imprisoned son to a test to see if he is worthy of inheriting the throne. There are romantic subplots and moments of fierce comedy in this Spanish language play translated to English.

Performances begin Feb. 10 to Feb. 18. in the Sally Stevens Players Theatre. For more information, click here.

Written by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Translated by Harley Erdman and Lauryn E. Sasso. Directed by Stanton Davis. Choreography by Maya Paletta.


Nothing is as it seems in this three-person play about a mother named Fiona mourning the loss of her son. Every word carries new meanings and memories are rose-tinted for Fiona, who just wants closure with her son.

Performances begin Feb. 24 to March 4 in the Sally Stevens Players Theatre. For more information, click here.

Written by Lauren Yee. Directed by Kay Martinovich and Emily Vitrano.


Two women, Karen and Martha, are accused by one of their unruly students to be romantically involved with one another during a time of hostility toward the LGBTQ community. The show follows Karen and Martha as they each struggle against the accusation in their own ways, as they desperately try to not let the lie ruin their lives.

Performances begin March 31 to April 8 in the O’Connell Theatre. For more information, click here.

Written by Lillian Hellman. Directed by guest director Andrea J. Dymond.


Showcase performances and reels of BFA acting students.

Performances begin April 12 to April 15 in the Corner Theatre. For more information, click here.


50 sisters from Greece take refuge in Italy from their 50 cousins who have been betrothed to them since birth. The one-act play explores love, sex, violence, misogyny and patriarchal ideals, all set in the lavish backyard of a wealthy Italian man’s mansion. Can the sisters escape their fate? Or are they doomed to go through with this marriage, which not all of them want?

Performances begin April 14 to April 22 in the Sally Stevens Players Theatre. For more information, click here.

Written by Charles Mee. Directed by Bethany Mangum. Content suitable for ages 18+.


Performances begin April 27 to April 30 in the O’Connell Theatre. For more information, click here.

For more information, email or call 815-753-1334.