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College of Southern Maryland
Fine Arts Center Box Office
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
240-725-5499, ext. 7828
443-550-6199, ext. 7828
301-870-2309, ext. 7828 

Box Office Hours:
Open one (1) hour prior to each performance.
Monday - Friday: hours vary.

Checks payable to CSM


accessibility icon CSM's campuses are accessible to patrons with disabilities.  Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two week advanced notice. If you are interested in these services, please contact the academic support or ADA coordinator at 301-934-7614.

Cause Theatre/Social Issues

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Cause Theatre

The Cause Theatre program produces challenging and timely theatre pieces that address social and health issues. This program provides a unique forum in which audience members are encouraged to consider how subtle and not-so-subtle attitudes and behaviors affect experiences and actions.

Cause Theatre offers several touring shows per semester, each addressing a different topic ranging from health concerns such as substance abuse, sexual health and body image to social issues such as sexual orientation, racism, women’s issues and sexual assault, and suicide.

Each performance, bringing to light a different social issue, is designed to be informative and challenging, and is sometimes followed by a facilitated discussion.

This program provides an opportunity for the actors to be actively engaged in the process of creating and performing social issues theatre. Auditions and performances are open to the General Public. 

Performances are held at all three campuses and are also available for touring.  Please call the Box Office to purchase tickets or to schedule a tour to your venue. Please note, there are no ticket discounts for CSM students or employees for Cause Theatre productions.

The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note

by Lindsay Price

October 2 at 8 p.m. (LEON)
October 15 at 7:30 p.m. (LAPL)
October 16 at 8 p.m. (LAPL)
October 17 at 2 p.m. (LAPL)
$5 all ages, production may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Jake finds a suicide note in his mailbox. He doesn't know who it's from, or to whom it is addressed. His friends speculate, joke, and lose interest while Jake becomes obsessed. He goes on a crusade to find the author of the note. Instead, he stumbles upon a secret he never wanted to know.

This play explores how a group of teenagers publicly and privately deal with the issue of suicide. It is honest, straightforward, and also humorous.

Produced by special arrangement with Theatrefolk (

My First Time

by Ken Davenport

January 28 at 2:30 p.m. (PRIN)
January 29 at 8 p.m. (LEON)
February 4 at 7:30 p.m. (LAPL)
February 5 at 8 p.m. (LAPL)
February 6 at 2 p.m. (LAPL)
$5 all ages, production may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Four actors share hysterical and heartbreaking stories about first sexual experiences written by real people.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Walls

by Lisa Dillman

March 17 at 7:30 p.m. (LAPL)
March 18 at 8 p.m. (LAPL)
March 19 at 2 p.m. (LAPL)
$5 all ages, production may not be suitable for younger audiences.

The Walls takes a look at the effects of mental illness--and the various forms of separation it so often brings with it--on a group of women and their families in three different time periods. The play is an exploration of separation as a physical reality--the high walls of the dreaded asylums of the past--and as a multilayered metaphor--the often impenetrable walls of our own perception, the subjective walls that necessarily divide every human relationship, the walls between the sick and the well, and the lifesaving but potentially soul-deadening walls erected by psychotropic medications.

THE WALLS is presented by special arrangement with Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.