School Matinees

Central Square Theater is offering live, in-person Student Matinee performances for the 2022-23 Season. Note that for the safety and comfort of all who attend our shows, all audience members will be required to wear a mask while in the building.. Learn more about our in-person Safety Protocols. Some mainstage shows are available for virtual booking, as well.

Contact Kevin at to coordinate your in-person or virtual visit to see these performances:

Ada and the Engine

Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 AM

Britain’s Industrial Revolution has dawned. The fiery, brilliant Ada Byron Lovelace, is the author of the first computer program and daughter of Lord Byron (yes, that Lord Byron). At 17 she befriends Charles Babbage, salon host and inventor of the first mechanical computer. What follows is a tempestuous collaboration wherein they envision a future where a “thinking engine” completes complex calculations. Filled with the music of Ada’s imagination, Lauren Gunderson’s (Emilie La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, The Half-Life of Marie Curie) play is what the Cincinnati Enquirer calls “inspiring and absorbing”. Recommended for students aged 13+.

The Chinese Lady

Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 AM
Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 AM

A 14 year old Afong Moy brought to New York Harbor from Guangzhou Province. Immediately, she is put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady. ” For the next half century, believing herself an ambassador to life in her native China, she performs under the gaze of curious white people. Lloyd Suh’s poetic and subversively comedic tale offers a portrait of the United States, giving voice to our country’s hidden history. Recommended for students aged 13+.


Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 AM
Thursday, March 16 at 10:00 AM

Alma and her daughter, Angel, made wishes long ago, among them good health, carne asada, and perfect SAT scores to earn a spot at UC Davis. However, Angel, now 17 and on the eve of that important test, has a different vision of the future. With Alma, the winner of the National Latinx Playwriting Award, Benjamin Benne has crafted a poetic and humorous warm embrace asking the question: Who does the American Dream belong to? Recommended for students aged 13+.

Angels in America – Part 1: Millennium Approaches

Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 AM
Wednesday, May 10 at 10:00 AM

The mid-1980s. America. A modern masterpiece, Angels in America, careens from New York City to Heaven and back in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration. A brilliant and poignant exploration of human connection, this epic tale will be brought to vivid life through Bedlam Artistic Director Eric Tucker’s signature, pared-down approach. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Angels in America is still fiercely hopeful today. Note: Angels in America includes explicit sexual situations, nudity and adult language. Recommended for students aged 16+.

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