Upcoming Events: College & University Theatre

    • 09/30/2022
    • 10/08/2022
    • 1040 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607 (UIC Theatre)

    By christopher oscar peña, Directed by Marcela Muñoz

    Show Dates: September 30 - October 8, 2022

    Website: https://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/event/the-strangers-by-christopher-oscar-pena-directed-by-marcela-munos/?mc_cid=a12395bbf2&mc_eid=f4c4a06dbf

    Playwright christopher oscar peña reimagined Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with characters who represent our America today—people with a mix of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds, rather than the original all-white inhabitants of a New Hampshire hamlet. the strangers begins with a homecoming, or more accurately, “cris returns to a place he used to know,” to a town that peña calls “everytown”—a place that stands in for any hometown in America. cris has been away a long time, and his return instigates a love story. In the strangers, folks rise and fall like fireworks on the 4th of July, some big, some small: failures of empathy and failures of action that can change a life in an instant.  

    Post-Show Talks: 10/02
    Post-Show Topics: Community, Compassion and Difference


    • 10/05/2022
    • 10/09/2022
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Hainline Theatre)

    LUCKY STIFF, Book by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Directed by Lysa Fox

    Tickets: $15

    Show Run: October 5 – 8 at 7:30 PM, October 9 at 2:00 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 10/21/2022
    • 7:30 PM
    • 10/22/2022
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Simpkins Theatre)

    COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES, By Jen Silverman, Directed by Hadley Kamminga-Peck

    Tickets: $5

    Show Run: October 21 & 22 at 7:30pm

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 10/21/2022
    • 7:30 PM
    • 10/22/2022
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Horrabin Theatre)

    SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS, By Bess Wohl, Directed by Meagan Morrow,

    Tickets: $15

    Show Run: October 26 - 29 at 7:30pm & October 30 at 2:00pm

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 10/28/2022
    • 10/30/2022
    • 2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington, IL 61701 (E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre)

    MEN ON BOATS By Jaclyn Backhaus

    Show Run: October 28-30, 2022

    Tickets: $5 IWU Students, Faculty, and Staff, $7 General Admission

    Box Office: (309) 556-3232

    Website: iwu.edu/theatre

    This “off-the-canyon-walls funny” (Variety) voyage takes audiences on a rollicking ride through the Grand Canyon. Men on Boats hilariously retells the (mostly) true story of an 1869 expedition down the Colorado River. Between belly laughs lies a satirical interrogation of masculinity, colonialism and rugged individualism. “The tone is comic, but never cute or camp. And ultimately, you feel, the play respects its bold if fallible pioneers, in all their natural bravery and fearfulness.” (New York Times). Directed by Dr. Michelle Gibbs.

    Presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection.

    • 11/09/2022
    • 11/13/2022
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Hainline Theatre)

    THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, By Oscar Wilde, Directed by Taylor Dahlberg

    Tickets: $15

    Show Run: November 9 – 12 at 7:30 PM, November 13 at 2:00 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 11/11/2022
    • 11/19/2022
    • 1040 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607 (UIC Theatre)

    Pshitter! by Henry Wishcamper, Directed by Yasen Peyankov

    Show Dates: November 11—19, 2022

    Website: https://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/event/pshitter-by-henrywishcamper/?mc_cid=a12395bbf2&mc_eid=f4c4a06dbf

    A Drinking Song for the Year of our Lord 2022(based on Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry)

    In 1606, William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, a searing examination of the dark heart of a would-be autocrat. In 1896, Alfred Jarry took Macbeth and turned it on its head to create Ubu Roi, a comedy so shocking that it caused rioting in the streets of Paris after its only public performance. In 2019, Henry Wishcamper took Macbeth and Ubu Roi and jammed them together to create Pshitter! A Drinking Song for the Year of our Lord 2020, a mash-up that is as absurd, grotesque, tragic and cruel as the turbulent times we are living through. Now adapted to the topsy-turvy year of 2022, Pshitter! explodes the world-wide fascination with autocracy. And don’t forget—“fair is foul, and foul is fair!”, witches!  

    Post-Show Talks: 11/13

    Post-Show Topics: Autocracy, Ambition, and Absurdity

    • 11/16/2022
    • 11/20/2022
    • 2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington, IL 61701 (Jerome Mirza Theatre)

    SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine

    Show Run: November 16-20, 2022

    Tickets: $5 IWU Students, Faculty, and Staff, $12-$14 General Admission (W/Th/Su), $14-$16 General Admission (F/Sa)

    Box Office: (309) 556-3232

    Website: iwu.edu/theatre

    Destined to be forever spoken of with misty-eyed bragging rights by anyone who sees it” (The New York Times), Sunday in The Park With George is Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musing on pointillist George Seurat’s most-famous work, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Scott Susong directs this two-time Olivier Award-winning, timeless painting-brought-to-life. The reverie centers on a fictional version of Seurat—a wistful, obsessive artist engrossed in creating his masterpiece—and his great-grandson, a modern-day heir to Seurat’s unconventional genius.

    Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

    • 12/02/2022
    • 7:30 PM
    • 12/03/2022
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Simpkins Theatre)

    BFA Showcase, Directed by Lysa Fox, Donald Laney & Sharon Nott

    Tickets: $5

    Show Run: December 2 & 3 at 7:30 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 12/08/2022
    • 12/11/2022
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Hainline Theatre)

    WINTER DANCE WORKS Concert, Directed by Donald Laney

    Tickets: $15

    Show Run: December 8 – 10 at 7:30 PM, December 11 at 2:00p PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 02/03/2023
    • 02/04/2023
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Simpkins Theatre)

    UCAB, Directed by Lisa Wipperling

    Tickets: $5

    Show Run: February 3 & 4 at 7:30 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 02/17/2023
    • 7:30 PM
    • 02/18/2023
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Simpkins Theatre)

    WOMAN IN MIND, By Alan Ayckbourn, Directed by DC Wright

    Tickets: $5

    Show Run: February 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 02/22/2023
    • 02/26/2023
    • 2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington, IL 61701 (Jerome Mirza Theatre)

    MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING By William Shakespeare

    Show Run: February 22-26, 2023

    Tickets: $5 IWU Students, Faculty, and Staff, $12-$14 General Admission (W/Th/Su), $14-$16 General Admission (F/Sa)

    Box Office: (309) 556-3232

    Website: iwu.edu/theatre

    Are gossip and trickery senseless vices? Perhaps not when they provide fodder for Shakespeare’s enduring romantic comedy about two couples’ forays into matters of the heart. Tom Quinn directs one of the Bard’s most beloved and timeless classics.

    • 02/24/2023
    • 03/04/2023
    • 1040 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607 (UIC Theatre)

    Yerma, By Federico García Lorca, Directed by Edward Torres

    Show Dates: Feb 24—Mar 4, 2023

    Website: https://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/event/yerma-by-federico-garcia-lorca/?mc_cid=a12395bbf2&mc_eid=f4c4a06dbf

    Yerma was written by Federico García Lorca in 1934 on the eve of the Spanish Civil war.  Now a world-famous revolutionary playwright and poet, Lorca was secretly gay and actively socialist and paid with his life for his political beliefs. Yerma is his play exploring the role of women in rural Spain that he called “a tragic poem”. In the original Spanish, the title character Yerma’s name translates to “barren”, and she is –a woman in the prime of her life who has no children. Most of the town’s people blame Yerma for her inability to conceive.  Her struggle is between her duty to her husband Juan, her inner want of a child and her shame. Unlike a man, who has the land and his work, a woman has nothing but the care of a child to get her through the day, and she is haunted by her desperate desire for motherhood until this obsession drives her into madness. This is a new translation/adaptation by playwright Melinda Lopez. 

    Post-Show Talks: 02/26

    Post-Show Topics: Our Bodies, Our Selves, Our Society

    • 03/22/2023
    • 03/26/2023
    • 2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington, IL 61701 (E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre)

    TINTYPES, Conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle, Musical and Vocal Arrangements by Mel Marvin, Orchestration and Vocal Arrangements by John McKinney

    Show Run: March 22-26, 2023

    Tickets: $5 IWU Students, Faculty, and Staff, $7 General Admission

    Box Office: (309) 556-3232

    Website: iwu.edu/theatre

    Set amid a wave of immigration and innovation at the turn of the 20th century, Tintypes is a pastiche of Americana set in the shadow of World War I. Guest director Andy Kreiss (BFA Music Theatre ‘86) directs this heart-warming, Tony Award-winning musical revue featuring toe-tapping tunes from the era by John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin and Victor Herbert, to name a few.


    Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

    • 04/05/2023
    • 04/09/2023
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Hainline Theatre)

    CABARET, Book by Joe Masteroff, Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, Music by John Kander & Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Directed by Courtney Crouse

    Tickets: $15

    Show Run: April 5 – 8 at 7:30 PM, April 9 at 2:00 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 04/12/2023
    • 04/16/2023
    • 2 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington, IL 61701 (Jerome Mirza Theatre)

    FACULTY CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE CONCERT

    Show Run: April 12-16, 2023

    Tickets: $5 IWU Students, Faculty, and Staff, $12-14 General Admission (W/Th/Su), $14-16 General Admission (F/Sa)

    Box Office: (309) 556-3232

    Website: iwu.edu/theatre

    Celebrate spring with our biennial repertory dance concert, featuring SoTA students performing choreography by our talented faculty and an esteemed guest artist!

    • 04/14/2023
    • 04/22/2023
    • 1040 W. Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60607 (UIC Theatre)

    The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit, By by Stacey Rose, Directed by Ken-Matt Martin

    Show Dates: April 14—22, 2023

    Website: https://theatreandmusic.uic.edu/event/the-danger-a-homage-to-strange-fruit-by-stacey-rose/?mc_cid=a12395bbf2&mc_eid=f4c4a06dbf

    Winner of the 2015 Rita Goldberg Prize, The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit, is a theatrical symphony in four movements. Inspired by the mysterious death of Lennon Lacy in Bladenboro, NC, it is a dystopic ghost play that contemplates the legacy of violence against Black bodies in America. The play follows interracial couple He and She into the world of The Station, a long-ago abandoned rail station waiting room, an in-between place. The Station houses Black souls who left the earth in violent ways, and who constantly seek their way home. A kaleidoscope of African-American history featuring fragments of choral chants, choreography, poetry and musical summoning of spirits by the mystical goddess and trickster GYP, The Danger leads He and She on a perilous journey to find their place in the world.  

    Post-Show Talks: 04/16

    Post-Show Topics: Violence, Legacy, and the Spirit

    • 04/21/2023
    • 7:30 PM
    • 04/22/2023
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Simpkins Theatre)

    THE GULF, By Audrey Cefaly, Directed by Hadley Kamminga-Peck

    Tickets: $5

    Show Run: April 21 & 22 at 7:30 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 04/27/2023
    • 04/30/2023
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Hainline Theatre)

    NEXT WAVE Dance Concert, Directed by Donald Laney

    Tickets: $15

    Show Run: April 27 – 29 at 7:30 PM,  April 30 at 2:00 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre

    • 05/05/2023
    • 7:30 PM
    • 05/06/2023
    • 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 (Simpkins Theatre)

    BYOP (Bring Your Own Play), Directed by Adam Lewis

    Tickets: $5

    Show Run: May 5 & 6 at 7:30 PM

    Box Office: (309) 298-2900

    Website: wiu.edu/cofac/theatre


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