Southern Arena Theatre


Summer 2017


Boeing Boeing

by Marc Camoletti

June 8, 9, 10, 17, 22, and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
June 25, at 2 p.m.
Hartwig Theatre, Theatre and Dance Building

"Fasten your seatbelts for the most deliriously funny flight of your life!" - Mail on Sunday

This international hit show features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment—all at the same time! 

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by Ira Levin

June 15, 16, 21, 24, 27, and 30 | 7:30 p.m.
June 18 | 2 p.m.
Hartwig Theatre, Theatre and Dance Building

"If you care to assassinate yourself with laughter, try DEATHTRAP!" - Time Magazine

This ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients—gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter! Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, it provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment. 

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Improv Comedy Club presents Improvaganza!

Limited Performances
June 20, 23, and 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Join the full SAT company to celebrate an evening of theatre improv, sketch comedy, and comic relief.  Trained by resident company Skip the Script, our performers will delight audiences with only a few loose scenarios and prompts!  

This show is included as part of the SAT season ticket.  Limited seating is prioritized for season ticket holders, but individual tickets are available.

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The Southern Arena Theatre Story

The Southern Arena Theatre's first season in 1977 included Uncle Vanya, The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Streetcar Name Desire. Since then, SAT has been the summer theatre company for Southern Miss, Hattiesburg and the South Mississippi area, presenting an exciting variety of plays in a repertory format.

Audience members travel to Hattiesburg from a wide area including Laurel, Meridian, Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Mobile and New Orleans. They are attracted by the high quality of performances and the nightly repertory, which offer terrific summer entertainment.

When the Theatre and Dance building was opened, SAT moved from the old "HAT" building to its new quarters in summer 2000. Performances took place in the new Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre, an intimate black box format that reminded patrons of the old theatre building. Eventually SAT expanded to performances in both the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum Theatres. This allowed for greater efficiency in our technical operation and implicit variety for the season.

SAT went 'dark' due to budget cuts in 2015, but has since returned to production under its original format, producing 'legacy' seasons featuring a three-show rotation with every performance taking place in a single theatre after 'changeovers' to the stage and actors. As a standing offer in this three-show rotation, SAT now presents an improv show featuring the work of local company Skip the Script.

SAT support comes from The University of Southern Mississippi, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Theatre, Partners for the Arts, local corporations and from individual SAT Donors.