Krannert Dress Rehearsals

The Krannert Dress Rehearsal (KDR) programs provide an opportunity to hear context about a performance from a director or other expert, and then to experience the production. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is an educational and performing arts complex located at 500 South Goodwin Street in Urbana. Students may register for Krannert Dress Rehearsal (KDR) events on the events calendar.

The following Krannert Dress Rehearsal is available for registration on our calendar by graduating seniors on Friday, January 27, 2023, and all others may register beginning the following day. You must attend the talk and the performance to receive credit for the KDR. If the program is full when you go to register, please email to be placed on a waitlist, and if there is a spot open, you will be notified by the day of the events.

The Royale

By Marco Ramirez

Director Tyrone Phillips

Dramaturg M. Landon

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Presentation:  6:30 – 7:15pm, Krannert Room

Performance: begins at 7:30pm, Tryon Festival Theatre


Jay “The Sport” Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905, and in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a crooked boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” “The Sport” just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion.

Based loosely on true events in the life of the first African-American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, this play asks, “How different are things in the present?”

The Royale is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


By William Shakespeare

Director Robert G. Anderson

Date: Friday, April 14, 2023

Presentation:  6:30 – 7:15pm, Krannert Room

Performance: begins at 7:30pm, Studio Theatre


Roman general Coriolanus makes his name defeating an enemy army and defending Rome. The Senate nominates him as consul, but he cannot win the people’s vote, so he is banished from Rome and allies with his old enemy. He comes to attack Rome, his mother persuades him not to, and his newfound ally kills him for the betrayal. One of Shakespeare’s most brutal and truthful plays, Coriolanus contains soaring language, exhilarating action, and questions for today. Contains adult content.