2018-2019 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.

Non-Berea Student Prices

General – $12 ; Seniors – $10 ; Students (Non-BC) – $8; Children – $5

Season Tickets are $30 each.

Groups are asked to contact Deborah Martin in advance at (859) 985-3419 or via email: deborah_martin@berea.edu

** prices include all applicable sales taxes.

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 Season

Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Directed by Student Director Miranda Weckman

This award-winning, darkly comedic, play by one of the most exciting female playwrights of our time explores how technology can both unite us and divide us.  A young woman answers the incessant cell phone of a man who has died of a heart attack while sitting beside her.  She becomes involved in his life and tries to comfort his family members and friendsprofessing that while she only knew him a short while, she loved him, “in a way.”  Ruhl’s “affection for the unexpected phrase, the kooky observation, the unlikely juxtaposition is essential to her central belief that the smallest and most trivial things in life…can be charged with meaning.”  Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.   

8pm October 4, 5, 6 // No Convocation Dates

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
The Seagull
Directed by Deborah Martin

Written by one of the greatest playwrights of any age, Chekhov gives us a unique vantage point into the lives of an oddly dysfunctional family – none of whom is happy, all are dissatisfied with life, all are searching for something outside of themselves.  And yet, the absurdity surrounding them is simultaneously wildly funny and heartbreaking.   Chekhov said himself the comedy in three acts was about literature and conversation, and “tons of love.” The Seagull “flies on the wings of humor and heartbreak that made it a Chekhov classic in the first place.”  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.   

8pm November 9, 10, and 14-17 // Convo Performances: Nov 14 & 16

Spring Season

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Adanma Onyedike Barton

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 2015, this searing, topical drama looks at Islamophobia and Muslim identity during a dinner party with four very different people.  The conversation turns heated when politics and religion become the conversation focus.  Playwright Akhtar reveals prejudice even within the most progressive of communities.  The brilliance of the play is the way in which identity and perception are shown to be complexly and unpredictably related. Characters often fulfill stereotypes, but they also undermine them.  Nobody can be summed up by demographic data alone.” Charles McNulty, LA Times.  

8pm February 15, 16, and 20-23 // Convo Performances: Feb 20 & 22

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
She Kills Monsters
Directed by Shawn Bruce

She Kills Monsters introduces us to Agnes Evans who is reeling from the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.  When Agnes stumbles onto Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, she undertakes a journey of discovery and imagination that was Tilly’s refuge.  This tragic comedy is ultimately life-affirming, galvanizing Agnes to uncovering the true nature and life of her sister. Full of Dungeons and Dragons Cosplay figures, the play comes complete with grisly sound effects. No less impressive, however, are the play’s depictions of the more conventional wounds of adolescence, the ones that come from loving and not being loved in return. The whole enterprise is kind of dopey, and kind of invigorating, and kind of remarkable. It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.”  Eric GrodeThe New York Times.  

8pm April 5, 6, and 10-13 // Convo Performances: April 10 & 12