Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University


$48 for four events

Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division
Mary Pickford-Stotsenberg Performances

almost, maine 

By John Cariani
Scott Alan Smith, Director

Almost, Maine: It's love ... almost. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights dance in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in John Cariani's delightful midwinter night's dream.

Tuesday, September 29–Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2 PM and 7:30 PM
$10 for Pepperdine students; $12 for Pepperdine faculty and staff
Lindhurst Theatre

No late seating allowed. Join a talkback with the actors and director after the Wednesday performance.



The Luciana and Daniel Forge Fall Musical
Rodgers and Hammerstein's

south pacific

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
Bradley Griffin, Director

One of the most celebrated and beloved musicals of all time, South Pacific combines the sights and sounds of mystical "Bali Ha'i" with a tale of love and lessons learned during America's involvement in World War II. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning show broke box office records in the 1950s, and the cast recording sat at the top of the charts for more than a year. Never before presented at Pepperdine, South Pacific remains fresh and insightful. Whether you're seeing it for the first time or for the first time in a long time, prepare for an "Enchanted Evening" with the student cast and orchestra of South Pacific!

Thursday, November 12–Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:30 PM
Matinee: Sunday, November 15, 2 PM
Thursday, November 19–Saturday, November 21, 7:30 PM
$10 for Pepperdine students
$16 for Pepperdine faculty and staff
Smothers Theatre

Gold, Platinum, and Diamond members of the Center for the Arts Guild are invited to a special backstage tour before the November 19 performance.




By Nicola McCartney
Cathy Thomas-Grant, Director

From Irish playwright Nicola McCartney comes a play that will stir the senses while raising difficult questions. Canada, 1914. Sarah McCrea stands on the threshold of womanhood, facing a bright future in a new country. Leaving Ulster behind, Sarah and her family carve out their existence in an emerging community. Drawn to one another through tales of a near forgotten mythical Ireland, Sarah and her neighbor Michael Donaghue become firm friends. But when Sarah and Michael's relationship deepens and his determination to define his identity grows, centuries of old conflict threaten to blight their love. And for Sarah, the realization dawns that old battles are being fought on new territory. This play contains strong language and adult themes.

Tuesday, January 26–Friday, January 29, 2016, 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2 PM and 7:30 PM
$10 for Pepperdine students; $12 for Pepperdine faculty and staff
Lindhurst Theatre

No late seating allowed. Join a talkback with the actors and director after the Wednesday performance.



The threepenny opera

Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
English Adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
Bradley Griffin, Director

With a script by Bertolt Brecht and a score by Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera occupies a pivotal position in the history of musical theatre. While all of Brecht's plays used historical subjects to critique the present realities of the early 20th century, this collaboration with Weill added the element of music to heighten the social commentary. The Threepenny Opera tells the story of Macheath, a notorious London gangster, whose marriage to Polly Peachum threatens to undermine London's Union of Beggars, run by Polly's father. Without this trailblazing musical, which produced the hit song "Mack the Knife," the political musicals of Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, and others might not have been possible. The Pepperdine Theatre Program is excited to present The Threepenny Opera for the first time.

Wednesday, April 6–Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:30 PM
Matinee: Saturday, April 9, 2 PM

$10 for Pepperdine students; $12 for Pepperdine faculty and staff
Smothers Theatre

Due to illness, tonight’s pre-performance conversation with the director has been cancelled. The performance of Threepenny Opera will go on as scheduled at 7:30 p.m.



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