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Theater-by-the-Grove

Theater-by-the-Grove, produced by the Department of Theater and Dance, presents several productions each year, including the coproduction with Music Theater of a major musical.

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The Department of Theater and Dance is fully accredited by the National Schools of Theater. The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Schools of Music.

Theater-by-the-Grove, Dance Theater, and Music Theater are funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

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The Brothers Karamazov

October 17–19 at 8:00 p.m. and October 20 at 2:00 p.m.; Waller Hall Studio, IUP Performing Arts Center

Using a small cast of 10 players, The Brothers Karamazov combines language, movement, and acapella chants and prayers from Orthodox and Catholic sources to weave a mystic examination of faith and doubt.

 

The Optimist

October 3–5 and 9–12 at 8:00 p.m.; October 6 at 2:00 p.m; Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

Over the course of one tumultuous weekend, Noel returns to his hometown to confront the sudden death of his best friend, the wedding of his philandering father, and the reemergence of his one true love, Nicole. This play contains language and situations to which some audience members may object.

The Optimist
 

A Christmas Carol

December 3–7 at 8:00 p.m.; December 8 at 2:00 p.m.; Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, told with magical wonder by the many characters of Dickens’ London just in time for the holidays. Puppetry and spectacle abound in this fast-paced rendition that surprises at every turn.

 

The Monster in the Garden

February 20–22, 26–28, and March 1 at 8:00 p.m.; February 23 at 2:00 p.m.; Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

The translation and adaptation of this rediscovered work will receive its world premiere on the Waller stage. A romantic comedy by 17th-century playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca is given new life by award-winning playwright Caridad Svich. This gender-bending, provocative comedy asks all of us to believe in a little magic. Please note: Tickets stating “A Play in Development” remain valid for these performances.

The Monster in the Garden

 

The Pajama Game

April 10–12 at 8:00 p.m., April 13 at 2:00 p.m.; Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

A true “song and dance” musical, The Pajama Game won three Tony Awards in 1955 for Best Musical, Best Featured Actress, and Best Choreography. Its unlikely setting in a pajama factory puts a twist on the complications of workplace romance.

The Pajama Game

 

Some Upcoming Events

 

Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings

April 5–May 17

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

April 24

Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

May 4

 
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