2019-2020 Open Door Series

A  student-focused program designed to explore content that is meaningful and relevant to college students as they navigate relationships with each other and the broader world. The OPEN DOOR SERIES explores a broad range of play texts, styles and genres. Projects invite partnerships with other NC State organizations and foster community connections through theatre. Contact Rachel Klem or Mia Self for more info or to establish a partnership connection.


January 29 | Audition Orientation for Student Shorts

Student Shorts is an evening of 3 short plays directed by NC State students and guest director Lormarev Jones.

➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE

January 30-31 | Auditions for Student Shorts TBD

Will be held Thursday and Friday evening at 7:00pm in the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre located in Frank Thompson Hall. Auditions are open to all currently enrolled NC State students. A perusal script is available to be read in the lobby at Thompson Hall. Please check back for audition sides and other pertinent information as it is added.

February 3 | Group read thru of Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson

(Formerly scheduled for Feb. 10)

This one-act play glimpses at the people and events surrounding the 1986 Challenger disaster. Defying Gravity asks us to examine our need to reach beyond ourselves and investigate our aspirations, regrets, and fascination with outer space.

➢ Room 150, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE

March 18-22 | ODS Performance: STUDENT SHORTS: Three Plays About Identity.

Small windows into different perspectives on identity and being human, Student Shorts is an evening of three short plays directed by students and guest director Lormarev Jones. Performance time is approximately ninety minutes.

HAIKU by Kate Snodgrass
In this play about family, a mother invites home an estranged daughter to visit her sister with severe autism who has found a new and extraordinary way to communicate.

A chance encounter between two former high school acquaintances forces them to come to terms with their life choices.

21 CHUMP STREET by Lin-Manuel Miranda
A 15 minute musical about a nerdy but confident high schooler who falls for the new girl at school – but the new girl has a secret of her own.

➢ Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Frank Thompson Hall, 7:30pm, FREE ADMISSION for NC State students*

*Tickets must be picked up from Ticket Central box office