Hello all, you may have noticed that Rhinoceros will be in the Philbin at the end of the month. You may ask, “What is Rhinoceros?” and “Isn’t that dangerous?” Well let’s find out!

Here is FTT’s official press release on their 2017-18 season. Many great shows to look forward to:



Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces four productions for its 2017/18 theatre season, with two comedies, including the beloved The Importance of Being Earnest; an absurdist classic relevant to the current political climate; and Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening.

Kicking off the season will be ND Theatre NOW! (September 28 – October 8), a slot in the mainstage season which annually features a production realized entirely by student artists.  This year, FTT presents Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist classic Rhinoceros, directed by FTT senior Abbey Schnell. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in the streets. Then another. One by one, townspeople succumb to an epidemic that transforms them into rhinos, until only one resists. Inspired by the rise of European fascism in the 1940s, Ionesco’s exploration of conformity and resistance remains uncomfortably relevant in 2017.

Later in the fall, FTT revisits one of the theatre’s most enduring comedies, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (November 8-12). In Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people,” both ladies and gentlemen concoct elaborate fictions in order to evade the burdensome conventions of polite society – and hilarity ensues. FTT welcomes alumnus Mark Seamon (’98) as guest director.

The spring semester kicks off with Karen Zacarías’s good-natured comedy Native Gardens (February 22 – March 4), directed by FTT Director of Theatre Kevin Dreyer. When Pablo and Tania buy a house in an historic Washington, D.C. neighborhood, they’re welcomed warmly by next door neighbors Frank and Virginia. But soon the couples are embroiled in a dispute over their backyard property line that threatens to uproot Frank’s meticulously cultivated garden and forces both sides to confront deeply ingrained notions of race, class, and privilege.

The season will culminate in April with the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening (April 18-22).  Based on the 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, the musical features book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. It won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2007.  Pulsing with adolescent angst and repressed sexuality, this R-rated production will be directed by Matt Hawkins, who joins the FTT faculty this fall. A musical theatre specialist and professional fight choreographer, Hawkins will lead the department’s efforts to develop a new focus in musical theatre.

“Programming our season is always a challenge,” says FTT Director of Theatre, Kevin Dreyer, “because we’re striving to meet the artistic and academic needs of our students while representing a diversity of voices and creating an exciting season for our audiences. This year we were able to program several plays originally proposed by our students. We’re very pleased to offer them this season.”

FTT’s 2017/18 Theatre Season Schedule

ND Theatre NOW:  Rhinoceros 
By Eugène Ionesco. Translated by Derek Prouse.

September 28 – October 8, 2017 in the Philbin Studio Theatre

No one believes they’ll turn into a rhinoceros…until they do.


The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

November 8-12, 2017 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre


A trivial comedy for serious people.


Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías

February 22 – March 4, 2018 in the Philbin Studio Theatre


Good fences make good neighbors…or do they?  A good-natured comedy about a backyard border wall.


Spring Awakening

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

April 18-22, 2018 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre


A musical explosion of adolescent angst and repressed sexuality. (Mature audiences)


CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Sorin: A Notre Dame Story!

We had a few events this summer that gave a mini-preview of the new play Sorin: A Notre Dame Story. The play is part of the celebration of Notre Dame at 175 years. Wow! 175! Notre Dame, you don’t look a day over 150! Anyways, the play, made by Notre Dame alums, centers around the life of Notre Dame founder Edward Sorin and will have its premiere run in our own Decio Mainstage Theatre!

Performances are scheduled throughout the semester to coincide with home football games. The premiere on August 30th will be for Holy Cross priests and will have a special start time of 6:42 PM. Why?…well, because 6:42 PM is 18:42 in military time, 1842 being the year Notre Dame was founded. There you go!

The rest of the shows will have a normal start time. Every Thursday before a home game weekend will have a special showing for Advisory Council members and VIP guests. These shows will start at 7 PM.  There are a few home gameFriday performances open to the public: September 8th , October 20th and November 17th. These will be at 7:30 PM as to give people time to get here after the pep rally.

We’re expecting solid crowds for all of these and looking forward to being the main home for the show this semester. Next year they’re taking the show on the road to cities across the United States.

The website for the show is up and has some info on the talent behind the play. Check it out at:

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival at DPAC!

Soon the NDSF events begin in our building! We kick off with Explore: Much Ado About Nothing on Wednesday August 2nd. The NDSF- Cabaret with the multi-talented Angela Ingersoll will be on Monday August 7th. Then the main event: Much Ado About Nothing runs from August 15th to the 27th in the Decio.

Here is the info on these great events:

Explore Much Ado About Nothing with Director Drew Fracher

Wednesday, August 2nd Tours at 6:00pm and 7:00pm

Decio Mainstage Theatre

Go “Beyond the Stage” with director Drew Fracher and members of the Much Ado cast and design team. Talk with actors, touch the costumes, and tour our star-spangled stage. (Only 50 tickets available for this exclusive event.)



Angela Ingersoll Cabaret

Monday, August 7th at 7:30pm

Decio Mainstage Theatre

“Simply magnificent.” – Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune. Join the astonishing Angela Ingersoll for an evening of live music with members of our 2017 company. Ingersoll, fresh from an acclaimed turn as Judy Garland in Porchlight Music Theatre’s End of the Rainbow, will be playing Beatrice in this summer’s production of Much Ado. Catch this rising star in an intimate cabaret performance.


Much Ado About Nothing

2017 Professional Company/ Directed by Drew Fracher

Tuesday, August 15th– Sunday, August 27th

Decio Mainstage Theatre

“…then there was a star danced, and under that was I born.” When men come home from war, marriage is on their minds, but will all end well in Shakespeare’s much-beloved comedy?

Actors Theatre of Louisville regular Drew Fracher sets the play to the tunes of the mid-1940s, drawing on popular big band music of WWII. Our star-spangled production of Much Ado will keep your toes tapping and bring tears to your eyes, but “how much better is it to weep at joy, than to joy at weeping?” Featuring Angela Ingersoll as Beatrice and Cameron Knight as Benedick.

NON-CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 2017 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival…elsewhere!


This weekend is the official kick-off for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. DPAC is not involved, but that’s okay! They’ll get to us soon enough! We have our many events for the festival, but there is some off-site fun to be had as well.

Tonight Shakespeare After Hours kicks off the festival at 9:00 pm at LangLab (1302 High St, South Bend). Here is the info:

Enjoy Shakespeare at his bawdy, boozy, bloody best. Local civic theatres and dance companies present scenes intended for a mature audience. Raise a glass (literally) as we toast the Bard’s scandalous side at South Bend’s LangLab.

Sounds like a good time…maybe too good of a time!


Tomorrow (July 15th) at 2:00 pm at Washington Hall is the annual ShakeScenes performance.

Here is the info:

Ten 10-minute scenes performed by young actors from throughout Michiana. Family-friendly takes on Shakespeare’s greatest hits.


On Sunday (July 16th) the Touring Company begins its run of Twelfth Night in Valparaiso. The company will perform throughout the area at outdoor venues and end right back here at Notre Dame in front of the Main Building 6:30 pm on Monday August 21st.


New to the festival is Shakespeare in the Streets, which runs Wednesday July 26th to Saturday July 29th at 7 pm at Fremont Park in South Bend.

Here is the info:

Shakespeare in the Streets is a nine-week program involving community-based organizations in South Bend. Focused on the city’s west side, the effort will allow young people to work directly with adults to create, rehearse, and perform a theatre production inspired by Shakespeare.

 Feel free to check out these events around town. Should be a great time!

CENTER HIGHLIGHT: Saturday 7/22 Season Launch Party 7 PM- 10 PM!

Just wanted to extend an invite to all of you for our Season Launch Party on July 22nd. This is a chance to get together and celebrate the coming year. It will be a great evening of music, food, drinks and fun! Many of you are working it, but don’t worry, you’ll have fun too!

If you’re free on this evening, please click on the link below to RSVP and come on down for the good times!

ANOTHER CENTER HIGHLIGHT: ANDkids Festival August 3rd to August 5th!

On the Listing of Events for August there are titles for many films from August 3rd to August 5th. These are all part of our annual ANDkids Festival. We look forward to another year of gems from around the world. Here is what’s in store (Note that the titles that are highlighted can be clicked and you can watch the trailer for the film):

Thursday, August 3 at 11am

Family Time Shorts Program (2017)

Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd, Northwest Film Forum

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 69 minutes, BluRay

English and English Subtitles for Belarusian, French, and Chinese/Hakka Dialogue

Countries Represented: USA, Belarus, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, France, UK Poland, Taiwan

In these animated and live action shorts, we see how very different kinds of families can share the same bond of love. By looking for the sun, chilling with hippos, learning a new song, dancing with cats, and drinking from a cool glass of color in these mini-movies, we can rediscover what family means to each of us.

Thursday, August 3 at 1pm

Seasons (2015)

Directed by Jacques Perrin, Jacque Cluzaud

Rated PG, 95 minutes, BluRay

French with English Subtitles

Countries Represented: France

Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, nature directors known for Winged Migration, filmed lush green forests, which formed millennia ago when when glaciers retreated and the cycle of seasons was established. Nature’s changes are front and center in this awe-inspiring tale of the long-shared history that binds us with our surroundings.

Thursday, August 3 at 3pm

The Eagle Huntress (2016)

Directed by Otto Bell

With Daisy Ridley (Narrator), Aishoplan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv

Rated G, 87 minutes, DCP

English and English Subtitles for Kazakh Dialogue

Countries Represented: Mongolia, Kazakhstan

This documentary follows thirteen-year-old Aisholpan Nurgaiv as she trains to become the first female eagle trainer in twelve generations of her Kazakh family.  Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, and coming of age.

Thursday, August 3 at 5pm

Foley Workshop

Our very own Kevin Krizmanich will demonstrate the art of putting sounds into the movies.

Thursday, August 3 at 7pm

A Town Called Panic: Double Fun (2016)

Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 60 minutes, DCP

Countries Represented: Belgium

This stop-motion animated film follows the zany and surreal adventures of three plastic toys (Cowboy, Indian, and Horse) in two different shorts. In Christmas Panic, the trio’s antics lead to Santa cancelling Christmas, which the friends must in turn save. In Back to School Panic, a shrinking potion allows the friends to access the brain of a brainy classmate to see if they can find the answers to an important assignment.


Friday, August 4 at 11am

Save the Earth Shorts Program (2017)

Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd, Northwest Film Forum

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 58 minutes, BluRay

English and English Subtitles for Spanish Dialogue

Countries Represented: USA, Iran, Russia, Australia, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Latvia, Ireland, Finland, Argentina

In this series of animated and live short films, you will travel through forests, the vast cosmos, animated dreamscapes, goofy animal adventures, and stories about scientists, just to end up back at home, ready to help the Earth green and healthy.

Friday, August 4 at 1pm

Let’s Get the Rhythm: The Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack (2014)

Directed by Irene Chagall

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 53 minutes, DVD

Countries Represented: USA

Guided by three eight-year-olds from diverse cultural backgrounds on inner-city playgrounds in New York City, this documentary is a charming survey of clapping games with universal insight into the budding social mind and their empowering impact on the lives of children, in particular young girls.

Friday, August 4 at 3pm

Tesoros (2017)

Directed by Maria Novaro

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 95 minutes, DCP

English subtitles for Spanish dialogue

Countries Represented: Mexico

In the town of Barra de Potosí, a small community on the Mexican Pacific coast, a group of children are certain that collectively (and with the right map) they will find a pirate’s treasure that for centuries has been hiding somewhere nearby. What they are about to find is something far more valuable than a treasure.

Friday, August 4 at 5pm

Foley Workshop

Back by popular demand! Kevin Krizmanich will have a 2nd foley session this year.

Friday, August 4 at 7pm

Ocean Waves (1993/2016)

Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki

PG-13, 76 minutes, DCP

Countries Represented: Japan

A Studio Ghibli classic from two decades ago that has been remastered and just rereleased.  As a young man returns home after his first year away at college, he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down.


Saturday, August 5 at 11am

Shine On! Animated Shorts Program (2017)

Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd, Northwest Film Forum

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 64 minutes, BluRay

English and English Subtitles for Russian and Slovak Dialogue

Countries Represented: Russia, UK, Japan, Germany, Lebanon, France, Lithuania, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Slovakia, Sweden

The characters in these sweet and funny animated films all have special qualities that make them glow. Join them as they play with their friends and families, discover new things about themselves, and take journeys into outer space.

Saturday, August 5 at 1pm

Longing and Belonging Live-Action Shorts Program (2017)

Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd, Northwest Film Forum

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 66 minutes, BluRay

English and English Subtitles for Arabic, Brazilian Sign Language, Farsi, Korean, and Yup’ik Dialogue

Countries Represented: Malaysia, Brazil, Ireland, Iran, USA

Hop around the world as you meet other children who dream about their homelands, kids passionately drawn to the arts, best friends who must overcome bullying, a boy who learns a big lesson about his parents, and an Alaskan Yup’ik teen who competes for both himself and his whole community.

Saturday, August 5 at 3pm

Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race (2015)

Directed by Rasmus A. Sivertsen

Not Rated (Recommended for All Ages), 78 minutes, DCP

Countries Represented: Norway

When Louis the Magpie hears about the traditional Cheese Race, he is immediately hooked. Carried away by his enthusiasm to win, he places a huge secret bet on his team’s victory: the entire house and the amazing workshop of this friend, the brilliant inventor Alfie. With his best buddy Luca the Hedgehog and clever Alfie on his team, Louis races against the competition, including a wacky comedian and a fierce gorilla.

Saturday, August 5 at 7pm

My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

Directed by Claude Barras

Rated PG-13, 80 minutes, DCP

Countries Represented: France

After his mother’s disappearance, a boy (nicknamed Zucchini) is befriended by a police officer, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange and, at times, hostile environment. Yet with his new-found friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and goes on the hunt for true love.  This stop-motion animated coming-of-age story was nominated for a Best Animated Film Oscar last year.