• Each year Lee University Theatre produces five 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. Purchase tickets for each production at https://www.showclix.com/ within two weeks of opening night.

    Brilliant Traces
    By Cindy Lou Johnson
    Directed by Lee University senior, Madelaine Burgess
    SEPT 27, 28 OCT 3, 4, 5 - 7:30

    Best for audiences ages 12+
    Adults $10, Children, Seniors, and Non-Lee Students $7

    Henry Harry lives in the middle-of-nowhere, Alaska. He never sees another soul and he likes it that way. One night, during a nasty blizzard, his door bursts open and a woman in a wedding dress collapses on the floor of his rustic cabin. Forced together by the raging storm, the two characters confront their bitter views on life, society, and their pasts. Through each other’s lives, they search to find comfort, understanding, and compassion for their own.  

    GUEST ARTIST PRESENTATION
    Danny Schnitzlein’s THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS - LIVE!

    Adapted by Greg Gunning, Richard DeRosa
    Presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
    OCT 25 – 7:00 PM

    Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower’s musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it’s the boy’s soccer ball. Then, his bike. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

    SILENT SKY
    By Lauren Gunderson
    Directed by Christine Williams, PhD

    NOV 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 - 7:30 PM

    Buzz Oates Theater – Communication Arts Building
    Best for audiences ages 10+
    Adults $10, Children, Seniors, and Non-Lee Students $7

    When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. This true story explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them.

    A DOLL HOUSE PROJECT
    A multi-site, immersive version of a timeless classic
    By Henrik Ibsen
    Directed by Dan Buck, MFA
    FEB 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 – 7:30 PM

    Performance begins at Communication Arts Atrium
    Best for audiences ages 10+
    Adults $10, Children, Seniors, and Non-Lee Students $7

    NOTE: Audiences will be bused to one of three versions of the production, staged in nearby homes in Cleveland, TN. Each production will be set in a different time period, and audiences will be transported between them at each act break. Each audience will see the play set in three different time periods. The evening will end in the Communication Arts Atrium so that audiences can discuss their experience.

    Nora Helmer is a vibrant young housewife who nonetheless suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband, Torvald. He has always done the thinking for the both of them. In order to save Torvald from a debt, and to spare his masculine pride, Nora arranges a loan without his knowledge, and does so by forging a signature. The inevitable revelation of the crime results in an unexpected reaction from Torvald: Rather than being grateful to Nora, he is incapable of accepting the pride and self-sufficiency she demonstrated in taking care of him, and he accuses her of damaging his good name. The illusions behind their marriage are exposed, and Nora experiences self-awareness for the first time in her life.

    Jane Austin’s
    SENSE & SENSIBILITY

    Adapted by Kate Hamill
    Directed by Christine Williams
    MAR 27, 28 APR 2, 3, 4 – 7:30 PM

    Dixon Center Auditorium
    Best for audiences ages 10+
    Adults $10, Children, Seniors, and Non-Lee Students $7

    A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?