The 2020-2021 Marquette Theatre season entitled SHE PERSISTED includes five plays that center around and draw inspiration from female characters that refuse to give in and persist in the uncertainty that faces them. For questions about performances, please contact the Helfaer Box Office:

All performances this season will be streamed, and each ticket-buying patron will receive the website and video password information via email by 6:00pm on the first day of the performance. If ticket is purchased after the first day of the performance, the website and video password will be located in their confirmation email.

song of noteSongs of Note

Conceived by Karen Estrada and Ruben Piirainen

Streaming Oct. 9-25, 2020 & November 23-30, 2020

Though separated by social distancing, our students hope to reach you with this original, streamed, musical review. While today’s challenges feel particularly unique, feelings of separation and the need to connect have been explored for ages theatrically through the unique form of spoken and sung letters. Songs of Note hopes to connect with you through some of musical theatre’s greatest hits, old and new.




dead man's cell phoneDead Man’s Cell Phone

By Sarah Ruhl

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Streaming Nov. 13 - 22, 2020

A cell phone rings. And rings. When the man at the next table doesn’t respond, a frustrated woman sitting nearby picks up his call. A spur-of-the-moment lie leads her down a rabbit hole where suddenly she becomes involved in his surreal and dangerous world. In this comedic comment on modern technology, Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl examines how the cell phone is supposed to keep us connected, but may be the thing that isolates us the most.


silent skySilent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson

Streaming Mar. 12 - 21, 2021

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Based on the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a brilliant astronomer in the height of the Suffragette movement, Silent Sky illuminates a woman’s struggle to succeed in the male-dominated world of science. As women are pushing for social progress, Henrietta pushes for scientific progress and the recognition that should come with her discoveries. Progress is not without personal cost, but she finds it worth the sacrifice to be part of unlocking the secrets of the universe.



Adaptation by Jean Anouilh Translation by Barbara Bray “Antigone (Anouilh/Bray)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Apr. 16, 17, 18 & Apr. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 2021


When faced with the moral dilemma to choose between her family’s honor and her own life, a young woman forces us to consider whether we could summon her courage to do the right thing. Our modern retelling of this classic Greek tale from Sophocles was reimagined by Jean Anouilh to be performed in Nazi-occupied Paris, provoking fierce controversy with its stance of the individual defying the state.


pinkalicious Pinkalicious the Musical

Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann Music by John Gregor Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann Based on the book “Pinkalicious” by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann PINKALICIOUS the Musical is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

May 15, 16, 22, 2021

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A bubbly young girl’s obsession with the color pink goes too far when she indulges in too many pink foods, including her beloved cupcakes. When her “dream come true” turns troublesome, her little brother Peter comes to the rescue. In this fun musical, based on the best-selling children’s book, Pinkalicious and her family learn that colors should not come with categories, and that there can be too much of a good thing!