School Matinees

Central Square Theater is offering live, in-person Student Matinee performances for the 2023-24 Season. Learn more about our in-person Safety Protocols.

Contact Kevin at to coordinate your visit to see these performances:

The Rocky Horror Show

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Recommended for ages 16+ (play contains strong language and sexual situations)

On a dark and stormy night, sweethearts Brad and Janet suffer a blowout. Dammit (Janet). Without a spare they enter (at their own risk) the eerie mansion of the dangerously charming Dr. Frank-N-Furter who seduces them with his B-movie horror film wonderland complete with a motley crew. Do the time warp (again). Be hypnotized by this hedonistic rock-n-roll promenade through gender, sexuality, and identity, and learn what it means to be from the planet Transsexual.

Machine Learning

Thursday, February 8, 2024
Friday, February 16, 2024

Recommended for ages 13+ (play contains some strong language and discussions of alcoholism and death)

Artificial Intelligence is here. There’s no turning back. “Arnold” (named after the Terminator) is a nursing application created by wunderkind computer scientist Jorge to provide personalized treatment to Gabriel, his estranged and ailing father. As Arnold’s learning increases and Gabriel’s health deteriorates, Jorge must confront his responsibility as a son and accountability as a creator. Full disclosure: This play description is 100% human content.

Beyond Words

Thursday March 28, 2024
Wednesday April 3, 2024

Recommended for ages 13+ (no content warnings for this show, but artistically complicated play (non-linear structure, actors playing multiple roles, as well as frequent use of scientific/academic terms) might be challenging for younger patrons)

Meet Alex and his friend, Irene Pepperberg. Alex is an African Grey parrot. Irene is a researcher at Harvard University. This off beat, highly theatrical new work, tracks Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s groundbreaking research in animal cognition and communication as she breaks through the skepticism of her male colleagues.

next to normal

Wednesday June 12, 2024

Recommended for ages 16+ (play contains profanity, drug use, and discussions of death)

Dad’s an architect. Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal. Their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens. A typical American family. Except Mom’s been battling bipolar disorder for 16 years. With The Front Porch (Ain’t Misbehavin), we bring you the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning, energetic pop-rock musical through the lens of a Black upper middle class family. Experience this emotional powerhouse at the intersection of mental health and race, gender and class.

Admission includes:

  • FREE admission for chaperones. One chaperone for every 10 students requested.
  • Copy of script
  • Digital PERFORMANCE GUIDE to help you prepare and reflect with your students
  • Post-performance conversation with members of the cast
  • Pre-show and post-show in-school workshops can be arranged for an additional fee

To make a ticket reservation contact:

Kevin Williams, Education Programs Manager