Festival Playhouse Past Productions

For over 50 years, Festival Playhouse has constantly produced theatre that inspires conversation and change in the Kalamazoo community and beyond. We produce a a variety of plays and musicals that speak to important topics and issues in society. Each season has a unique, thought-provoking theme. Our most recent seasons are detailed below.

Our Motto: Theatre that is always thoughtful. Theatre that is always provocative.

57th Season: Our Time Is Now: #ourstories

Fall 2020

October 22-23- Kokoro (True Heart) by Velina Hasu Houston

Directed by Ynika Yuag ’21

November 13- “K” devised by Kalamazoo College Students

Directed by Emilio Rodriguez

Winter 2021

Feb. 25-28- The Compass by Michael Rohd

Directed by “C” Heaps

Spring 2021

May 20-23- Water By the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hughes

Directed by Bianca Washington

56th Season: HERstory: Forgotten Female Figures

Fall 2019

November 7-10- The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq and Fred Alley

Directed by “C” Heaps

Winter 2020

Feb. 27- Mar 1- Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Ren Berthel

Feb. 15-16- Theatre Kalamazoo New Play Festival

Spring 2020

May 14-17- Water By the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hughes

Directed by Bianca Washington

(Rescheduled to Spring ’21 due to COVID-19)

55th Season: Theatre of Assumption and Confusion

Fall 2018

It Can’t Happen Here by Tony Taccone and Bennet Cohen

Directed by Marissa Harrington


Beauty’s Daughter & spells, signed by the heart

Winter 2019

Student Body by Frank Winters

Directed by Bianca Washington


The Exception and The Rule & Realm of The Dead

Spring 2019

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Directed by Ren Berthel

54th Season: Theatre and Making New Families

Fall 2017

Fun Home

Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron ’83

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Directed by Ed Menta

Winter 2018

Fun Home Benefit Performance for ACTF Funds


Mal Ojo, Too Close to the Tracks & Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Spring 2018

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Ren Berthel

53rd Season: Broadway Firsts: Stories of “Outsider” Cultural Landmarks in Theater

Fall 2016

The Rocky Horror Show by Richrad O’Brien

Directed by Jon Reeves

Winter 2017

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Ren Berthel


Gruesome Playground Injuries, Piss and Vinegar, 101 Humiliating Stories & Stuck in Neutral

Spring 2017

In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hughes

Directed by Ed Menta

54th Season: Theatre and the ‘Other’

Fall 2015

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enough by Ntozake Shange

Directed by Ren Berthel

Winter 2016

Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon

Directed by Ed Menta

Spring 2016

The Learned Ladies by Moliere

Directed by Marissa Harrington



Season 53

Fall 2014

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Directed by Todd Espeland

Winter 2015

Good Night Desdemona, (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Directed by Ren Berthel

Spring 2015

Carrie: The Musical

Book by Lawrece Cohen

Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

Composed by Michael Gore

Directed by Ed Menta

Season 52

Fall 2013

A Dream Play by August Strindberg

Directed by Ed Menta

Winter 2014

The Firebugs by Max Frisch

Directed by Nora Hawke

Spring 2014

Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Todd Espeland