By Steven Strafford

Monday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Strider Theater

Methtacular! is the brutally honest story of writer/performer Steven Strafford’s three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Remarkably, the account of his exploits manages to be simultaneously hilarious and devastating. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this heartfelt, fun, and searingly honest memoir directly from someone who’s been through the worst and came out the other side…with jazz hands.

This performance includes an audience talkback with Steven after the performance.

CONTENT ADVISORY: Methtacular! contains frank and explicit language regarding drug use, domestic violence, and gay sex.


The American Shakespeare Center Presents: Sophocles’ Antigone

directed by Doreen Bechtol
sponsored by Richard B. Smith

Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

Antigone, the ASC’s first foray into Greek tragedy, reaches across 2,500 years to speak to us today with surprising relevancy. Our young heroine, Antigone, intentionally breaks a newly imposed law when she buries her brother’s corpse; a divine ritual that honors the dead, ushers them into the underworld, and is a woman’s domain to perform.

This act earns a death sentence from the recently throned king, yet she faces this terror with a pragmatic resolve to do what she knows is right for her beloved kin and, thus, tells her uncle-king, “And if by chance I seem to you to act in foolishness, it may just be it is a fool himself condemns my foolishness.”

In her unflinching dedication to do what is right rather than buckling under the pressure of what is easy, Antigone reaches across time to invite us to challenge injustice, honor the memories of those we love, and continue speaking up for others even (and especially) when our words are unpopular. -Doreen Bechtol, Director

Presented by American Shakespeare Center
with support from the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Classics Department, Government Department, and the Cultural Events Committee

Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play

By Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by Toby Vera Bercovici


October 25-27 at 7:30 p.m.

Strider Theater

Jaclyn Backhaus’ Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play is the story of a group of middle- and working-class suburbanites living in Illinois in 1947, all enmeshed in their own tragedies. The play is rooted in the American drama of the 1940s and 1950s, and it playfully explores that style, as well as the pursuit of the American dream.



The Dance Exchange presents an Animated Keynote

Tuesday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

Free and open to the public


Over their forty-two year history, Dance Exchange has remained committed to breaking boundaries between stage and audience, theater and community, movement and language, tradition and the unexplored. They are known for innovative performance projects and creative practices that engage communities and partners across wide ranging disciplines, and for catalyzing collaborations across generations and communities that ignite inquiry and inspire change.
In this animated keynote— a public event that combines performance excerpts, multimedia projections, and participatory engagements— Associate Artistic Director Matthew Cumbie, Associate Artist Bimbola Akinbola, and other Dance Exchange artists will speak to the Presence of the Past in the ways that Dance Exchange supports, connects and grows a network of socially-engaged artists.
No tickets necessary – just come join us!
Please email for more information.



Fall Performance Projects

November 30 and December 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Strider Theater

Fall Performance Projects includes new works by four student choreographers; highlights first year students in the first year theater and dance projects directed by senior majors Gabriella Foster and Kaylee Pomelow; and features a powerful solo by Visiting Assistant Professor Tsiambwom Akuchu. Fall Performance Projects highlights products of curricular creative research that emphasize experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity.




The Passion Project – Activist Storytelling Workshop

Friday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Colby Campus (Location TBA)

January 30-31 at 7:30 p.m.

Portland Stage Studio Theater

After a spirited and successful program last year, Theater and Dance presents The Passion Project 2019, a brand-new evening of original, story-based performance about the issues Colby students are most passionate about in their lives. Through the JanPlan Activist Storytelling Workshop, students will write and rehearse a series of short solo and small group pieces inspired by what change they would like to see in our world, and then present their new work to audiences on campus and at Portland Stage’s Studio Theater.

Ticketing information coming soon!


Interdisciplinary Performance Technology Arts Incubator

March 7-9 at 7:30 p.m.
Strider Theater


More information and tickets coming soon!



Colby Fringe Festival

April 11-17, 2018
Runnals Building, Various Locations


More information and tickets coming soon!



Season is subject to change.