UMass Amherst Theater

May 1-21
Online and locations around UMass campus
Free, some events require or encourage reservations
Details online


The Parable Task
designed by Percival Hornak, Caleb Bailey, Cameron Hoskins, Elie Abramovich, Crow Traphagen, and Luna Barros
Live May 1 – 9 on the UMass campus and over Discord
No reservations required
The Parable Task is an Alternate Reality Game that brings players into the fictional world of Moradna University, where they must join forces with the school newspaper to investigate an increasingly suspicious megacorporation and major funder of the university. 

directed by Fleur Kuhta
May 12, 13, 14 at 7 p.m., May 13 at 2 p.m.
Room 413, Bromery Center for the Arts

Dear Berenson: Isabella Stewart Gardner and her Museum
May 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Room 204, Bromery Center for the Arts
The reading of a work-in-progress, this is a new play set in the late 1880s about the Boston art collector and patron Isabella Stewart Gardner and her working relationship with her art advisor, Bernard Berenson*. This will be an informal event with an opportunity for audience feedback at the end. With Stephanie Carlson, Matthew Suchecki, Rebecca Hicks, Iris Sowlat and other actors.  (*Characters in the play are based on real historical figures.)

The Insanity of Mary Girard
directed by Liv Darling
May 17 & 18 at 7 p.m.
Curtain Theater

Beatrice’s Dragon: A Tavern Tale
written and directed by Claudia Maurino
May 19 at 8 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m. 
Room 413, Bromery Center for the Arts
Reservations strongly encouraged with details TBA
Beatrice’s Dragon is a new play that was written by the director in a playwriting class in the fall of 2022. This performance is part of the longer process of new play development and has come about after edits, revisions, and work with a dramaturg. The play tells the story of three women who work at a tavern in a small town and whose once-stagnant lives are changed forever by the discovery of a dragon egg in the middle of the woods. It is a story both magical and quotidian about finding your path and making your choice —with a healthy dose of fairies, ghosts, evil villains, and restaurant drama sprinkled throughout. 

Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera
directed by Michael Donnelly
May 20 at 8 p.m., May 21 at 4 p.m.
Curtain Theater 

Redefining Resilience
created by Sophia Schweik
May 17-21
The Arts Bridge, Bromery Center for the Arts
No reservations required
An interactive photography gallery showcasing the diverse coping mechanisms of people within the broader Western Mass community.
an installation by Drishti Chauhan, details TBA

Reservations will be encouraged or required for some performances; please visit our Fringe Fest ’23 page for details and links.

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