2017-2018 Season

Picture of the Jelkyl drama center, berea college

All Berea College performances are held in the McGaw Theatre in the Jelkyl Drama Building (behind Draper) and begin at 8pm. Student tickets have been paid for by student fees, but they must have a ticket for admittance. Student tickets must be picked up in person with a valid student ID (one ticket per ID, please). Box office hours are M-F, 1-5pm and one hour prior to every performance. All other General Admission, Senior, Non-Berea College Student, Child, and Group tickets range in price from $5 to $10.

To reserve your tickets, please call our box office at 859-985-3300 or fill out our online form.

Please contact Ami Shupe for additional information.

Fall Semester

The colored museum
Directed by Adanma O. Barton

8pm October 13, 14, and 18-21

This play has agitated and delighted audiences of all colors, redefining our ideas of what it means to be black in contemporary America. Its eleven “exhibits” unearth black stereotypes old and new, and return to the facts of what being black means. Said Frank Rich of The New York Times, “Mr. Wolfe is the kind of satirist who takes no prisoners. The shackles of the past have been defied by Mr. Wolfe’s fearless humor, and it’s a most liberating revolt!”

poster of american idiot play
Directed by Jessica Green

8pm November 10, 11, and the 15-18

American Idiot, the rock musical that “gives voice to the disenfranchised suburban underclass of Americans who feel wholly unrepresented by the current leadership” (Joe Colapinto, Rolling Stone), opens November 10. A critical success on Broadway and in London, the two-time 2010 Tony Award winning musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before.

Spring Semester

Poster of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson
Directed by Deborah G. Martin

8pm February 16 & 17 // 2 pm February 18

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom both celebrates a musical legend  and also calls attention to the racist conditions in which she flourished. Featuring an all-alumni cast of current theatre professionals, this story takes place in 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago. Famed blues singer Ma Rainey is recording a new version of an old favorite. What really happens in this musical session is a riveting portrayal of rage, racism, self-loathing, and exploitation. “Wilson has lighted a dramatic fuse that snakes and hisses through several anguished eras of American life.” Frank Rich, The New York Times.

poster, A mid summer night's dream, william shakespeare
Directed by Deborah G. Martin

8pm April 13, 14 and 18-21

Concluding Berea’s Mainstage season is William Shakespeare’s magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play filled with fantasy and wonder. One of the most produced of Shakespeare’s plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is complete with love, fancy, betrayal, and misdirected affection – all controlled by the fairies who populate the forest. This is a play for lovers and dreamers of all kinds.