Everything You Need to Know About the International Theatre Program on the University of Rochester’s River Campus

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For those visiting Rochester sometime soon, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a wealth of amazing things to see and do here at this time of year.

One of the most charming things about the area is the bustling student vibe, thanks to the world-famous University of Rochester. And – lucky for the residents and visitors of the city – there is an incredible line-up of great theatre shows to experience, again thanks to this university, shown on the River Campus.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite shows that are coming up soon.

Make sure you book your stay with us at our Riverside Hotel early to ensure you don’t miss your top picks! We have a wealth of AAA Hotel Deals Rochester to take advantage of at the moment, from weekend breaks to long stays.

The Grown-Up – by Jordan Harrison

October 3–12, 2019

For those traveling to Rochester next month who have booked into a fabulous hotel near the university, this show is a great choice. And, you’ll be pleased to know that your four-legged friends are welcome at our Pet-Friendly Hotels Rochester NY, too!

You can expect to see a time-traveling talisman and a 10-year-old boy perform a dramatic tour-de-force in The Grown-Up, an impressionistic, free-associating series of fictional scenarios penned by Pulitzer prize-nominated playwright, Jordan Harrison (noted for Marjorie Prime, Maple, and Vine).  The Grown-Up is a story about the fleeting nature of time, a viewpoint that deepens with age, and about the potential of imagination.  It’s a clever, moving, and enchanting comedy-drama directed by attending guest artist, Kate Eminger.

Natalie Hurst ‘74 New Voice Initiative – by Sam Chanse

December 6–7, 2019

Here the UR International Theatre Program selects a new production for the theatre from award-winning playwright, Sam Chanse.  Funded by the university’s alumni, Natalie Hurst ‘74, and refined over the course of the semester with both students and director, Nigel Maister, Chanse’s play will include a staged reading at the end of the Fall term in anticipation for the full production in Spring 2020.

Picnic – by William Inge

February 27–March 7, 2020

Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama and an American classic, comes to life in a revolutionary new version by the director, Osheen Jones (movies include Todd Haynes’s The Velvet Goldmine; Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus).  Osheen examines Picnic’s ideas of eroticism, frustration, and the sublimation through a queer, gender fluid lens that is sure to make even those accustomed to the work see it in a new light, particularly in line with our remarkably contemporary and non-binary, social-media-obsessed world.

URPerforming! The Hop Hop Edition

March 20–21, 2020

Experience and discover extraordinary performers from al artistic disciplines in this UR’s-Got Talent-format evening which celebrates the best student artists in the university. This year (the 18th occurrence) the special edition focuses on hip-hop in all its splendid wonder!

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Don’t delay! Book your stay at Rochester Riverside Hotel and arrange to see one (or more!) of these incredible shows soon.