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The Theatre and Dance box office is open weekdays 2:30 to 5 p.m. and one hour before each performance.


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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
1501 Goldstein Cir.
Manhattan, KS 66506


Second Stage Theatre

Our Second Stage season is most often presented in the new Purple Masque Theatre in West Memorial Stadium. This venue was the subject of an 8 million dollar renovation to transfer the old performance space and create a new home for K-State Theatre.

Second Stage plays are produced, directed, designed and performed by K-State theatre students - regardless of major or class standing.

The Second Stage is where students practice their craft, experimenting, creating and solving artistic and technical problems to create a production that is all their own.


STOP KISS by Diana Son

Directed by Teva Spencer (B.A. ‘19)

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium 

Oct. 24, 25, 26 at 7:30pm

Oct. 27 at 2:30pm

After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.

SCHOOL GIRLS; or The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh

A stage reading presented by Ebony Theatre

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium (EBONY THEATRE)

Feb. 7 at 7:30pm

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

BRIGHT IDEAS by Eric Coble

Directed by Trace Campbell (B. S. ‘20)

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium 

Feb. 20, 21, 22 at 7:30pm

Feb. 23 at 2:30pm

Josh and Gen are one fatal dinner party away from the ultimate success as parents: getting their three-year-old son into the right school. You may never look at pre-school or pesto the same way again.

THEATRE SHORTS: ONE ACTS directed by students in the advanced directing class

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium 

April 3 at 7:30pm

Advanced students in directing, acting, and design team up to present one acts in the Purple Masque Theatre.


Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. , Music by David Shire

Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium (Musical)

April 4 at 7:30pm

April 5 at 2:30pm

The advanced musical theatre class presents this fast-paced musical revue as a touching reminder that love can go right, wrong, or nowhere! STARTING HERE, STARTING NOW is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. www. MTIShows.com

BARRIER FREE THEATRE, with the graduate Drama Therapy program

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium
May 1 & 2 at 7:30pm

May 3 at 2:30pm

This theatre troupe of actors with and without disabilities has created and presented original one act plays for more than two decades in Manhattan under the direction and supervision of Sally Bailey. Barrier free plays have been set in outer space, in the heart of a volcano, and even at the bottom of the sea.

Bonus Events 2019-2020

GLORIA by Branden Jacob-Jenkins

A stage reading directed by Ian Boyd Duncan (B.A. ‘20)

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium 

Sept. 20, 2019 at 7:30pm

This funny and powerful play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever.

THE FLICK by Annie Baker

A stage reading directed by Cole Rockhold (B.A. ’20)

Purple Masque Theatre in West Stadium 

January 31 at 7:30pm

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35mm film projectors in the state. A hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.


K-State Grand Ballroom

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 6pm

Support student scholars in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and enjoy an evening of dinner, a silent auction and select performances by students in the performing arts. $100, RSVP required. Call 785-532-5740 for more information.


Sept. 6, Oct. 5, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 2019

Feb. 7, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, 2020


Sandy Chastan Purple Masque Lobby in West Stadium

On the first Friday of each month during the academic year, a multicultural student organization is honored for their work on campus. This arts infused social gathering gives a variety of performers a chance to share their work while attendees gather for conversation and light refreshments. 


Second Stage Season