• Each year Lee University Theatre produces four plays in its two theatre spaces, the Dixon Auditorium (seats 500) and the Buzz Oates Theater (seats 150-180). Lee Theatre performances are open to Lee students, the Lee family, and the greater Cleveland, TN community. Tickets go on sale for each show a few weeks before opening night, and the Lee Theatre Box Office resides in the Communication Arts Building. You can call 423-614-8360 or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu for more information.


    Sleeping Beauty

    Tanglewood Marionettes

    September 2017

    Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    Dixon Center Auditorium

    Recommended for pre-K – 4th grade

    A charming tale which appeals especially to younger children, Sleeping Beauty begins in King Felix’s great hall where guests from across the land have gathered to celebrate the birth of Princess Aurora. The party goes awry when the wicked witch arrives and curses the baby princess. Will the curse come true? Will someone with a "true heart" appear? You will know when you see Tanglewood Marionettes’ presentation of this beloved classic. In this retelling, a painted story book opens to reveal each scene. Beautifully hand-crafted marionettes are brought to life by a master puppeteer as the dramatic events unfold.

    * Funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission

    September 11, 2017
    Marjorie Prime


    Marjorie Prime

    Jordan Harrison

    September 2017

    Buzz Oates Black Box Theater

    Directed by Student Director Caleb Siler

    Recommended for ages 12+ (no babes in arms, please)

    “It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.” – SamuelFrench.com

    September 22, 7:30 PM September 23, 7:30 PM
    September 28, 7:30 PM September 29, 7:30 PM
    September 30, 7:30 PM  


    An Evening of Comedy; A Collection of Short Plays

    David Ives

    November 2017

    Buzz Oates Black Box Theater

    Directed by Associate Professor, Christine Williams, PhD

    Recommended for ages 10+ (no babes in arms, please)

    “This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. A hilarious sextet whether played together or separately. ‘Like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue. The writing is not only very funny, it has density of thought and precision of poetry.’ David Ives spins hilarity out of words." —The New York Times. "Theatre that aerobicizes the brain and tickles the heart. Ives is a mordant comic who has put the 'play' back in playwright…A wondrous wordmaster." —Time Magazine. " –Dramatists.com

    November 3*, 7 PM & 9 PM November 4, 7:30 PM
    November 9, 7:30 PM November 10, 7:30 PM
    November 11, 7:30 PM  

    * Opening night for Homecoming Audiences (Shows at 7 and 9)


    When Mountains Move – World Premier!

    Stacey Isom Campbell

    February 2018

    Buzz Oates Black Box Theater

    Directed by Associate Professor, Christine Williams, PhD

    Recommended for Ages 12+ (no babes in arms, please)

    Lee Theatre has commissioned Stacey Isom Campbell, associate professor of Language and Literature at Lee to write an original work. When Mountains Move is the epic tale of Lillie Mae Bostic, told through a Chorus of Coal Miners and a bluegrass band. Due to the unusual circumstances of her birth, her father believes God has given her a Word for her people. The story, set on Black Mountain, Kentucky, follows the decade-long labor struggle of the coal miners for the basic human rights denied them in the 1930s. In the midst of the struggle, Lillie Mae searches for her Word while growing up in the Closplint Church of God, surrounded by women who join the fight for freedom. While the play is fictional, it is inspired by historical accounts of Bloody Harlan in the 1930s, the preacher-miners who secretly helped to get UMWA support, and the oral histories of the people who remember the struggle. The play explores how the power of words and a little bit of faith can move mountains

    February 16, 7:30 PM February 17, 7:30 PM
    February 22, 7:30 PM February 23, 7:30 PM
    February 24, 7:30 PM  


    Cyrano

    Edmond Rostand, translated by Michael Hollinger, adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner

    April 2018

    Dixon Center Auditorium

    Directed by Associate Professor, Dan Buck, MFA

    Recommended for Ages 5+ (no babes in arms, please)

    “The most legendary nose in literature gets a makeover with this lively American adaptation of the 1897 French classic. Will Roxane fall for Christian’s dashing looks or Cyrano’s daring poetry? Find out in this timeless tale—full of wordplay and swordplay—that’s been an inspiration to writers and lovers for centuries.”-Dramatists.com

    April 6, 7:30 PM April 7, 7:30 PM
    April 12, 7:30 PM April 13, 7:30 PM
    April 14, 7:30 PM