2013-14 Mainstage Season

For ticketing information, reservations, and directions to our theatres, please contact the Cornell College Box Office.


Birth Witches

By Jennifer Fawcett
Directed by Guest Artist Leda Hoffmann

Plumb-Fleming Studio Theatre
Oct. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
Co-produced with Riverside Theatre

It's 1606 and the witch craze has come to London. King James is on the throne and we are privy to the birth of the profession of Physician and witness to its clash with the traditional forms of medicine practiced by midwives. Superstition, science, religion and politics all meet in the birthing room where accusations of witchcraft overturn hundreds of years of tradition as the new male doctors fight to replace the old female midwives. While some were afraid of the unknown, others were embracing and encouraging the dawn of the Scientific Revolution. Birth Witches explores the ongoing battle over the politics of birth that began over 400 years ago and continues today.

This world premiere is mounted as a co-production with Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre. This production is intended for mature audiences.


The Elephant Man

By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Jim Van Valen

Kimmel Theatre
Feb.21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.

Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Play, Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century and was exhibited as a "human curiosity" named the Elephant Man. The play explores the relationship between Merrick, a victim of rare skin and bone diseases who has become the star carnival attraction in traveling side shows, and Frederick Treves, the celebrated young physician at London's Whitechapel hospital, who takes him under his care. Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a fully expressed and complete human being.

The Elephant Man offers an examination of the lines between charity and exploitation, a melding of the spiritual and physical worlds, and a challenge to us to find beauty in all its many forms. This production is intended for mature audiences.


Here and Now – A Devised Piece

Collaboration guided by Janeve West and Caryn Shebowich
Written by the ensemble

April 25, 26 and May 2, 3 at 7:00  and 8:30 p.m.
May 4 at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m
Location: The Brackett House (Alumni Guest House)

This immersive experience invites 25 audience members per performance to physically explore a world created by the performers.  Set in the atmosphere of an upscale party, an ensemble of hosts will guide the audience as they explore the rooms, halls and doorways and watch performances that offer a variety of perspectives on the topic of identity and identity construction. Written by the ensemble, this production was inspired by conversations, poetry, technology, dance, film, news reports, blogs and music and offers a night of reflection that is filled with poignancy and humor. This is a free performance, but space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged.  Reservations can be made by calling (319) 895-4293 or by sending an e-mail to boxoffice@cornellcollege.edu.