The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University has announced the programming lineup for its second season, featuring inventive performances, innovative and classic films, and stimulating conversation with groundbreaking artists. The following offerings will be part of the Fall 2011 Season:


Mortal Terror

Co-produced with Boston Playwright’s Theatre
September 15 – October 2

By Robert Brustein, directed by Daniela Varon, with Stafford Clark-Price, Ken Cheeseman, Michael Hammond, Jeremiah Kissel, John Kuntz, Dafydd ap Rees, Georgia Lyman, and Christopher James Webb.

William Shakespeare, trapped by political intrigue, violence and betrayal, is coerced by King James to create the ultimate instrument of propaganda: Macbeth.

Mortal Terror is the second in a trilogy of plays about the life and work of Shakespeare by Robert Brustein, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University and recent National Medal of Arts recipient.


Co-produced with Goethe-Institut Boston and Non-Event
8 p.m. Saturday, October 15

Boston’s experimental and new music series Non-Event brings us sound artist Robert Hampson’s acclaimed project, Main. This intriguing work includes material derived from field recordings, electronics and pure sound design, mixed with Stephan Mathieu’s beautiful spectral work for stringed instruments, organs and radios.

Doctor Faustus

November 17 – November 20
By Christopher Marlowe, directed by David R. Gammons

Elliot Norton-award-winning director David R. Gammons and Suffolk University students adapt the classic thriller about a demented genius who strikes a terrifying bargain with the devil. Gammons is a visiting lecturer in the Suffolk University Theatre Department.

Casa Patas

8 p.m. Tuesday, November 29

Suffolk University welcomes back Madrid’s premiere presenters of Flamenco and Flamenco fusion, featuring José Barrios and a special guest.


Robert Brustein Presents: Oskar Eustis and Jenny Gersten

6 p.m. Friday, September 23

Inspired by our production of Mortal Terror, Robert Brustein discusses the future of Shakespeare production in America with the artistic directors of two of the country’s foremost theatre companies: Oskar Eustis of New York’s Public Theater, and Jenny Gersten of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Christopher Durang: A Conversation with the Playwright

7 p.m. Thursday, October 6

The Suffolk University Theatre Department welcomes acclaimed playwright and actor Christopher Durang for a conversation with Robert Brustein. Durang’s plays have been produced on and off Broadway as well as nationally and internationally. He is an Obie and Tony award winner as well as a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

A Celebration of David Ferry

7 p.m. Thursday, December 1

The Suffolk University literary community, along with Boston writers, celebrate the life and work of acclaimed poet David Ferry, known for five books of his own poetry and acclaimed translations of the Gilgamesh epic, Horace and Virgil.


The Jazz Singer

Co-produced with the Boston Preservation Alliance
7 p.m. Tuesday, October 18

In 1928 the Modern Theatre was the first Boston movie house to premiere The Jazz Singer, the breakthrough Hollywood “talkie.” The Modern Theatre and Boston Preservation Alliance team up to showcase this classic film as we celebrate the first anniversary of the restored Modern Theatre.

Dead Reckoning -- Champlain in America

Film and conversation with Frank Christopher
7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25

Frank Christopher is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award-winning documentary filmmaker. His film Dead Reckoning – Champlain in America is a fully animated, historical account of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of North America.

Shakespeare on Film: MacBeth

Date to be announced

Audiences who might want a refresher on Macbeth before attending Robert Brustein’s Mortal Terror in September have the perfect opportunity to see Roman Polanski’s classic film on the Modern’s big screen.


Tickets for all events except Mortal Terror go on sale September 1, 2011. For tickets to Mortal Terror, call 866-811-4111 or visit

All is programming subject to change