Since 1972, Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) has stood at the center of the St. Edward's University professional theater training program, providing opportunities for students to work side-by-side with practicing professional theater artists and producing work designed to inspire artists and audiences alike.
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MMNT is one of the few undergraduate theaters in the country operating a full season in association with Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union representing American actors and stage managers in the theatre. Through our AEA affiliation, MMNT provides student actors and stage managers professional mentoring opportunities and points toward professional union membership while challenging them to work at the highest professional level.
adapted by Robert Tolaro
directed by Robert Tolaro
Sept. 22 - Oct. 2, 2022
Social commentary meets boisterous comic antics in this wild-west adaptation of one of Molière’s most famous plays. Harpagon (now "Harper") loves nothing so much as his money, and he will do anything to get more - including marrying off his children to expand his coffers. His children – well, they have other plans. MMNT kicks off 2022-2023 with this title in honor of MMNT’s 50th anniversary, as it was one of the plays produced in our inaugural season. A wickedly funny story of love, avarice and family one-upmanship. You'll be laughing in your boots!
“A great piece of entertainment!” – Broadway World
by Melanie Marnich
directed by Lara Toner Haddock
Nov. 10 - 20, 2022
These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of a group of women working for the Radium Dial Company, a watchmaker in Ottowa Illinois in the 1920s, which offered jobs to women while slowly poisoning them. Theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. A luminescent, poetic play.
“…has a humanistic glow…clockwork precision…an initially comic and ultimately tragic look at how individual women find employment within a system more concerned with profit than safety.” —Variety
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Directed by Anna Skidis Vargas
Musical Director Susan Finnigan
Feb. 16 - 26, 2023
In this updated, jazzy version of the 1971 classic, a small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. The first major musical from Grammy and Academy Award-Winner Stephen Schwartz, Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Day by Day,” "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
“…an exercise in youthful exuberance and letting one’s light shine before mankind.” – Vulture
By Alvaro Saar Rios
April 6 – 16, 2023
*no performance April 9
Imagine the Chinese legend Hua Mulan set in the world of lucha libre—Mexican wrestling. The discovery of a worn pink wrestling mask prompts Nana Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother, to share her tale about growing up in 1960s Texas. As her tale unfolds, Lupita's life as a teen tomboy comes alive—bike riding with her friends Leopold and Liesl, working at her father's flower stand and lucha libre. When a World Championship match is announced, Lupita anticipates seeing it until she discovers her ailing father is one of the wrestlers. With the help of a magical mask maker, Lupita secretly trains to take her father's place. She soon finds it difficult keeping her secret from her friends and, most importantly, her father.
"Luchadora! comes bearing impactful lessons about grief and about learning the difference between the secrets you keep and the ones that you must let out before they eat at you." – Columbus Underground
***A NOTE ON COVID-19 SAFETY***
The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, guest artists and community is our highest priority. We continue to actively monitor public health recommendations from local, state and national authorities and work closely with the St. Edward’s University administration and Actors' Equity Association to determine how upcoming events may be impacted. Please note that performance dates or modalities may be subject to change.
Current health and safety measures include symptom screening, face coverings, distancing and reduced seating capacity.
Wondering what we have been up to through these wild and crazy times?
check out this little bit of loveliness from our Pippin cast.
And here is the Austin American Statesman review of Twelfth Night, our first foray back to a full live production (April 2021).
Want to learn more about MMNT's mainstage productions? Read the Austin Chronicle review of The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time or the BroadwayWorld Austin review of the same show. See the Austin Chronicle and Broadway World Austin reviews of Spring Awakening. You can also read reviews of The Three Musketeers from the Austin Chronicle and Broadway World Austin, the Broadway World and Austin Chronicle reviews of Men On Boats, and the Broadway World Austin review of Middletown. We look forward to seeing you at MMNT!
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