Current Theatre Season

2023-2024 Season

The Lizzie Borden Show: A Speculation

October 5-7 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.

Written and directed by Robin Roberts

The infamous accused murderess returns from the grave in this fast-paced, highly theatrical (and occasionally irreverent) play. Fact and speculation are combined to dramatize the events leading up to the Lizzie Borden trial in which she was charged with the 1892 hatchet murders of her stepmother and father in Fall River, Massachusetts. Focusing on Lizzie, her older sister Emma, and the maid employed by the family at the time of the murders, court transcripts and testimony are interwoven into a story that examines the sexism, social economy, and repression that may have led to one of the country’s most famous unsolved double murders.

The Poodle Trainer

March 7-9, 2024 at 8 p.m. and March 10, 2024 at 2 p.m.

Written by Meghan McEnery and Directed by Scott Russell

Can love blossom from a huge mistake? When two people meet at the circus and decide to party with Winky the Poodle Trainer, their lives become intertwined and will change for the better … or the worse. Will they be bound together forever or torn apart? This is a story about how our transformation can happen at any unexpected turn, and the obstacles that hold us back. Audience discretion is advised.

The Mistake on the Lake

April 25-27, 2024 at 8 p.m. and April 28, 2024 at 2 p.m.

Written by Trey Everett and Directed by K.T. Peterson

Centering on Cleveland, Ohio’s BalloonFest ’86, The Mistake on the Lake is a fictional retelling of a very real disaster. In this hilarious dark comedy, four United Way of Greater Cleveland board members decide what event would help “rebrand” the reputation of the city of Cleveland, and then deal with the fallout of their terrible choice. Audience discretion is advised. This production is made possible by the Richard A. Harrison (’57) Visiting Guest Artist Endowment.


  • FREE with a valid FC ID
  • $8 Students and Seniors
  • $12 General Admission

Reservations can be made by email at or by phone at 317.738.8029 or 800.852.0232, ext. 8029. Please claim reservations 10 minutes before the performance. The box office opens one hour before the performance.


The plays will be performed in the Théâtre Margot, which is located in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts on the Franklin College campus . Traveling west on State Road 44, take a left onto Forsythe Street. Turn right onto Jefferson Street, following the sign to the main entrance to the college. Turn left onto Branigin Boulevard. The Johnson Center for Fine Arts is on the left at the second stop sign.


Past Productions

  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Extremities
  • The School for Scandal
  • Blithe Spirit
  • Macbeth
  • How the Other Half Loves
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Cinderella
  • Picnic
  • Blue Window
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Chicago
  • Ghosts
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • Dig (an original play)
  • Poor Aubrey
  • Baby: the Musical
  • Phédre
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • A Festival of Short Plays
  • Putting It Together
  • Hansel & Gretel
  • Present Laughter
  • The Shape of Things
  • The Three Sisters
  • Speaking in Tongues
  • Dead Man's Cell Phone
  • Gypsy
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • A Festival of Short Plays
  • Our Town
  • The Little Dog Laughed
  • The Visit
  • After Ashley
  • As You Like It
  • A Perfect Couple
  • All My Sons
  • A Festival of Short Plays
  • Anon(ymous)
  • Gaslight
  • The Play's the Thing
  • The Internationalist
  • Metamorphoses
  • On the Verge
  • A Festival of Short Plays
  • Waiting for Lefty
  • Still Life with Iris
  • Uncommon Women and Others
  • The Hamlet Project
  • The Bald Soprano
  • Side by Side by Sondheim
  • The Exonerated
  • The Clean House
  • Anton in Show Business
  • The Miser
  • The Grown-Up
  • Round and Round the Garden
  • Becky Shaw
  • Twelfth Night
  • Seascape
  • Evolutionary
  • Festival of Short Plays
  • The Heidi Chronicles
  • Machina
  • The Wolves
  • Radio Plays: Rocky Springs and the Yellow Wallpaper
  • Power Play
  • Oedipus Rex
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Comedy Shorts
  • Cry It Out
  • The Submission
  • Blithe Spirit
  • {proof}
  • Galinthias
  • A Festival of Short Plays