From hilarious to poignant and anywhere in between, the theater productions of this season touch upon topics that anyone can relate to.
Touring shows presented by performers from Broadway and abroad along with productions presented by IUP students and faculty members combine to offer theater-goers a season with humor, honesty, music, and heart.
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October 25–26, October 30–November 2, 7:30 p.m., and October 27, 2:00 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
A new adaptation of Wedekind's classic, The Awakening of Spring is the coming-of-age story of a group of teenagers navigating sexual self-discovery, gender identity, and the casualties that result from the pressure of parents, professors, and peers.
Friday, November 15, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
In George Orwell's 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother.
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Boheme, Rent follows the ups and down of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village.
Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz offers a stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.
February 27–29, 7:30 p.m., and March 1, 2:00 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
In this co-production, faculty from the departments of Music and
Theatre, Dance, and Performance will join forces with the outstanding students to
present one of the most powerful operas
of all time. Directed by See-yin (Oliver) Lo. Conducted by Alexandra
Dee. This will be a fully staged performance with professional chamber
Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
See the Broadway musical that tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, this breathtaking show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer—and the man—he yearns to be.
April 22–25, 7:30 p.m., Waller Studio Theater, IUP Performing Arts Center
From tiny seeds, might oaks do grow! The Acorn Project incubates and showcases theater and dance student creativity by providing opportunities to perform, produce, direct, write, and design.
September 27–28, October 2–5, 7:30 p.m., and September 29, 2:00 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
Two Princeton freshmen spend a night together that will alter the course of their lives. With lyricism and wit, Anna Ziegler’s Actually investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in, and the challenging nuances of consent when there is more than one side to every story.
Thursday, December 5, Sound Choices
60’s 70’s 80’s: Artist Legacy of IUP
September 10–November 6, University Museum
The Awakening of Spring
October 25 - November 2, Theater-by-the-Grove