Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

Welcome to Butler Theatre's 2014-2015 Season:
Seasons of our lives


Download the season brochure as a pdf. 

Our lives at Butler University revolve around the seasons. Fall brings the students back to campus. Winter envelopes us in a cold that focuses our studies. Spring gives us new hope for the future. And summer lends time for rejuvenation and a chance for new beginnings.

This year, we're taking a closer look at the Seasons of our lives with our mainstage and student-produced work. What are the seasons we pass through as human beings? Which seasons of our own lives are meaningful? And which would we prefer to forget?

In each of our productions, we'll meet fascinating characters who are transitioning from one season of life to another. We'll encounter lovers in 19th century Russia and refugees in modern-day Africa. We'll visit with families in 1980s Romania and connect with children right here in Indianapolis. We hope you'll find these characters-and the seasons of their lives-as compelling as we do. Welcome to Butler Theatre!

Diane Timmerman
Chair, Butler University Department of Theatre

Upcoming Productions

Mad Forest

By Caryl Churchill Directed by William Fisher
Black Box Theatre 168, Lilly Hall

Dates: February 18-21, 7:00 p.m. / February 22, 2:00 p.m. / February 26-27, 7:00 p.m. / February 28, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. / March 1, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 students with ID, $10 seniors, $15 adults
On sale January 26 / TICKETS

A dynamic and daring play, set in 1980s Romania. Renowned playwright Caryl Churchill developed this dark comedy with students, making it a perfect fit for our Butler Theatre actors.


Ticket reservations may be made online at any time.

Box Office:


*Please Note: If you would like to purchase tickets less than 24 hours before the performance, please call the box office directly at 317-940-9247. Any orders placed via the online reservation system less than 24 hours before the performance cannot be guaranteed. 


Crime & Punishment

By Fyodor Dostoevsky Adapted and Directed by Elaina Artemiev
Black Box Theatre 168, Lilly Hall 

Dates: April 8, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.  / April 9-11, 7:00 p.m. / April 12, 2:00 p.m. / April 16, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. / April 17, 7:00 p.m. / April 18, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. / April 19, 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: $5 students with ID, $10 seniors, $15 adults
On sale March 16

Dostoyevsky's classic novel in an exciting adaptation that underscores the passion, guilt, and consequences that haunt a young man after crucial mistake.


2014-2015 Past Productions


The Blizzard

By Alexander Pushkin Adapted and Directed by Elaina Artemiev
Theatre Lab 328, Lilly Hall 

Dates: September 11-13, 7:00 p.m. / September 13, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 students with ID, $10 seniors, $15 adults
On sale September 1

From youthful desire to tragic heartbreak, this romantic tale with a twist is performed by Butler Theatre alumni and current students in a production that celebrates the art of acting, Russian-style. Join our actors up close and personal in our small upstairs black box theatre in Lilly Hall.


The Water Carriers

Written and Directed by Visiting International Theatre Artist Michael Williams
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Dates: November 12 , 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. / November 13, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. / November 14, 7:00 p.m. / November 15, 7:30 p.m. / November 16, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8 students with ID, $13 seniors, $19 adults
On sale October 1

Ancient and contemporary tales of Africa are woven together with song and dance in this lively and entertaining brand new work direct from South Africa.