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In the 1950s and 1960s, beatniks were considered young people who commented on societal issues through artistic expression. 

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From March 1-5, the Bud Walton Theatre on campus will host “The Threepenny Opera.” The production is a collaboration between the music and theatre departments at Missouri Southern. 

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Thatcherism and family drama will hit the stage Sept. 15 when the Missouri Southern Theatre Department. presents The Secret Rapture in the Bud Walton Theatre.

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The Missouri Shakespeare Festival is once again returning to the four-state region. From June 23 till 28, students and faculty members from Missouri Southern State University will be staging a production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the Bud Walton Theatre on campus.

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Southern Theatre Department students will present the 2015 Festival of New Drama, which gives them the opportunity to gain experience writing and directing plays. The festival will take place Monday, April 27 through Saturday, May 2. The students’ plays will be performed at 7:30 p.m. each da…

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On March 7-8, the Missouri Southern theatre department will present a production of Straw into Gold: The Classic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin by Sally Netzel, directed by Sam Claussen. Performances will be held in the Taylor Performing Arts Center at 2:30 p.m.

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On Feb. 6 and 7, the Missouri Southern theatre department will present The Vagina Monologues, a play written by Eve Ensley and directed by student Kelsey Hale, junior theatre major. The production is a benefit for Lafayette House, a domestic violence shelter and service agency in Joplin. The…

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On Jan. 27-31, the Missouri Southern theatre department will produce Crimes of the Heart, written by Beth Henley and directed by Ann Lile. The performances will be in the Bud Walton Theatre at 7:30 p.m. each night.