Theatre makes a difference—taking you to new places, introducing new ideas. Join us this year for an engaging mix of history, mystery and humor, sure to provoke everything from laughter to thoughtful introspection! See you at the show!

Life and Literature Series 2017

Artistic Director, Dr. Heather Carver

The 15th annual Life and Literature Performance Series features cutting-edge original and adapted works by MU student authors, giving voice to emerging talent by staging a diverse body of new scripts. Come see an evening full of stunning solo performances, poetic and ethnographic works, original and even some classics with a twist. FREE, first come, first seated, doors at 7PM.

7:30 pm:  Sept 13 -15
Corner Playhouse

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, book by John Gordon, directed by Dr. Cat Gleason

For 50 years this musical has been delighting audiences all over the country, bringing to life Charles M. Shultz’s comic about a boy and his dog. The Peanuts gang brings us some of their most memorable and beloved moments – Lucy’s five-cent psychiatry, Snoopy’s flights of fancy, and much more.

7:30 pm: Sept 27 – 30
2:00 pm: Oct 1
Rhynsburger Theatre

By the Bog of Cats

by Marina Carr, directed by Natalie McCabe Tartière

A haunting play by prominent Irish playwright Marina Carr that loosely adapts Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy Medea into a surreal modern tale fraught with murder, abandonment, and prophesies surrounding Irish Traveller Hester Swane. Set on the mystical site of a bog, ghosts of the past converge with spirits of the present and test the limits of a motherless mother’s undying love.

7:30 pm Oct 4 – 7
2:00 pm: Oct 8
Corner Playhouse

Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3

by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Dr. Cheryl Black

A story from America’s past with profound contemporary relevance, this poetic, irreverent, blues and hip-hop infused riff on Homer’s Odyssey from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright follows a brave young slave named Hero who journeys with his master to the battlefields of America’s Civil War and returns a changed man in a changed world.

7:30 pm: Nov 8 – 11
2:00 pm: Nov 12
Rhynsburger Theatre

Mizzou New Play Series

Artistic Director, Dr. David Crespy

Be in the front row as our talented playwrights spin tales of daring, drama, and desperate desire! Each spring brings a festival of exciting new plays to the MU stage, developed during MU’s nationally recognized Missouri Playwrights Workshop, which has received over 90 awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

7:30 pm: Feb 7 – 10
2:00 pm: Feb 10 – 11
In the new black box theatre, Studio 4

The Green Duck Lounge

by Michelle Tyrene Johnson, directed by Dr. Claire Syler

The Green Duck Lounge explores how the contemporary #BlackLivesMatters movement parallels the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s by focusing on the life of Leon Jordan, a Kansas City police officer, MO legislator, and civil rights activist. The play is a swift sixty-minutes with a first act set in 2015, a second act set forty years earlier, and a third act comprised of a post-play discussion. 

7:30 pm: Feb 21 – 24
2:00 pm: Feb 25
Rhynsburger Theatre

The Drowning Girls

by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic, directed by Sarah Senff

Bessie, Alice and Margaret rise from watery graves to prosecute their murderer in this morbidly funny play. Based on the true story of one of England’s most notorious serial murderers, the audience becomes judge and jury in the trial of George Joseph Smith, looking at violence against women then, with resonance to now. Shocking and delightful, The Drowning Girls will take your breath away.

7:30 pm: Mar 14 – 17
2:00 pm: Mar 18
In the new black box theatre, Studio 4

The Rimers of Eldritch

by Lanford Wilson, directed by Dr. David Crespy

This haunting and lyrical Midwestern murder mystery, written by Missouri’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lanford Wilson, digs into the dark, decaying heart of American mid-western hypocrisy. The production celebrates the publication of “Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, & Poems,” published by University of Missouri Press, and featuring visits by Wilson’s Tony Award-winning director, Marshall W. Mason, and Tanya Berezin, artistic director of Circle Repertory Theatre.

7:30 pm: Apr 25 – 28
2:00 pm: Apr 29
Rhynsburger Theatre

Box Office will reopen on September 5, 2017.


Rhynsburger Theatre Lobby 2p-5p Mon-Fri
and one hour before performance

(573) 882-PLAY (7529)

Ticket Prices

Tickets $15
Mizzou New Play Series $5
Group discounts available, please call.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the box offices below.


  • Paid ticket orders received within one week of the performance date will be held at the box office.
  • Tickets may be exchanged on a space available basis.
  • All Sales Are Final. NO REFUNDS.
  • Exchanges are limited by our ticket exchange policy, available at the Box Office.
  • No children under the age of five will be admitted.
  • Cameras and all other recording devices are prohhibted in the theatre during performances.

How to Order

Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the box offices below or by phone at 573-882-PLAY(7529).

MU Theatre box office in the Rhynsburger Theatre lobby
from 2-5 pm, Mon. – Fri and one hour before show times.
573-882-PLAY (7529)    

Ticket Prices
Tickets - $15
Mizzou New Play Series $5 at the door
Group discounts available, please call.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS: $2 discount on tickets purchased one week or more ahead of show at either box office. Early Bird discount is not available online. Group discounts available only at the Rhynsburger box office, please call (573) 882-PLAY (7529).

BY PHONE: Phone purchases can be made with payment by Visa/Mastercard/Discover Card. Call (573) 882-PLAY. (NOTE: If you receive the answering machine during regular box office hours, our workers are assisting other customers. Please, leave your name, phone number, the show you wish to attend and the number of tickets you will need. A box office employee will return your call at the first available opportunity.)

ONLINE: Please check back for online access after Labor Day.

BY MAIL: Mail your ticket request to Rhynsburger Theatre, 129 Fine Arts Building, Columbia, MO 65211.

IN PERSON: THE MU THEATRE BOX OFFICE is located in the Rhynsburger Theatre lobby in the Fine Arts Building on the MU campus located at the southwest corner of Hitt Street & University Avenue. We have a 15-minute parking space for ticket buyers on the west side of the Rhynsburger Theatre. Call the Box Office at (573) 882-PLAY to verify opening hours and days.

Curtain Times

All evening performances, unless otherwise noted, are at 7:30 PM
Matinees are at 2:00 PM

Request a Brochure

If you would like a brochure, please contact us to request a copy:
MUTheatreUpdate@missouri.edu or
(573) 882-2021
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