The Performing Arts Office produces and presents several main stage and second stage productions each year. The main stage productions consist of the Pioneer Performance Series, FallFest, and STEW. The second stage productions consist of Dinner Theatre and Acting Out.We encourage students of all majors, backgrounds, and talent to try out for any and all of our productions.The Performing Arts Office also hosts a number of community events throughout the school year, giving students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to come together and enjoy entertainment either on or off campus.
This peer educational theatre troupe explores provocative campus issues such as safer sex, alcohol and drug use, date rape, and sexuality. Through a series of original skits, this group of students stimulates awareness of the highs and lows of college life.
Presented primarily during Summer New Student Orientation, Acting Out!'s performances are a blend of hip attitude and informative facts. Acting Out! is Suffolk students teaching Suffolk students, sharing real-life experiences that have people talking for days afterward.
Past performances included fall 2009's "Murder at Cafe Noir," a spoof on the film noir genre in the vein of the "Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca," and spring 2009's "Murder on the Creek," a spoof of teen drama "Dawson's Creek" written by Suffolk graduate Gustave Cadet.
Tickets are $10 a piece, and are available at The Hub in the lobby of the Donahue Building each fall. Student meal plans are accepted in lieu of cash by presenting your student ID at the time of purchase.
FallFest is Suffolk's annual variety show presented over Family Weekend. This show provides a venue for Suffolk students and staff to display their hidden (and not so hidden) performing arts talents as part of an exciting musical extravaganza.
Past FallFests such as "The Unofficial Suffolk Tour" took an insider look at various departments on campus and explored just what makes this University tick.
A new theme is explored each year, from the 30th anniversary show - featuring students, faculty and alumni - to the fantastical songs of Broadway musicals, to a journey back in time to the USO shows of the 1940s.
Pioneer Performance Series
The Pioneer Performance Series the centerpiece of the Performing Arts Office's spring semester programming, bringing faculty, students and staff together through theater to set the stage for meaningful community dialogue. This can mean tackling difficult and relevant topics, exploring new, innovative or groundbreaking works, working with established and emerging local playwrights, directors and designers, and developing ancillary programming to deepen the experience of the creating and/or viewing the production.
Past productions have included The Laramie Project, Songs for a New World, the Vagina Monologues, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Painted Alice, Urinetown: The Musical, The Exonerated, Reefer Madness: The Musical, Epic Proportions, and Bare: A Pop Opera.
Summer Theatre Ensemble Workshop (STEW)
Each summer, the Performing Arts Office provides an opportunity for Suffolk students remaining in the Boston area a chance to flex their acting muscles for the incoming first-year class during New Student Orientation. The plot of the production differs from year to year, but it's always original and always fun.
Performances in recent years have included Reality STEW, which asked the question, "What happens when seven Suffolk students are picked to live in a house and have their lives taped?"; Alphabet STEW, which took audiences on a comic and musical journey through the ABCs; and "Saved by the STEW," a gleefully irrevernt spoof of "Saved by the Bell" set during the last week of school for the seniors of Harborside High.
Popular Ticket Series
Each year, the Performing Arts Office purchases a block of tickets to an in-demand musical in Boston and offers tickets to the Suffolk community for a deeply discounted price. Past shows have included "Wicked", "Hairspray," "Avenue Q," and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."