Current and Past Seasons

Current
Season

Spring Awakening

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  • Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. 

    Spring Awakening is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

  • October 20-22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.; October 22-23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
  • The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening follows a group of teenage German students as they struggle to understand and obtain agency over their own bodies inside of a repressive, dismissive, ill-informed, and often cruel society. The folk-rock score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater is equal parts powerful and poetic, acting as a raw reflection of the characters’ inner lives, and a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion. Content warning: nudity, rape, suicide, violence.

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Fall Dance Concert

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  • November 11-12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.; November 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre
  • University Dance Company’s annual Fall Dance Concert focuses on work by current WCU dance faculty and professional guest artists with selected student work.

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Eurydice

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  • By Sarah Ruhl
  • November 17-19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.; November 20, 2022 at 2 p.m.

  • MainStage Theatre, E. O. Bull Center for the Arts
  • Eurydice reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love and begins to discover that the cost of living again can sometimes exceed the cost of staying dead. Sarah Ruhl’s play transforms a traditional myth into a contemporary meditation on love worth grieving for through dark humor and wit.

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Charlotte’s Web

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  • Adapted by Joseph Robinette. Based on the book by E.B. White.

    March 3-4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.; March 4-5, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

    MainStage Theatre, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts

  • Charlotte’s Web, one of the most beloved and celebrated pieces of children’s literature ever written, comes to life in this poignant adaptation of the E.B. White masterpiece.  Playwright Joseph Robinette created a play with beautiful simplicity.  Join Wilbur the pig, his human friend Fern, Templeton the rat, and all the barnyard inhabitants as they learn what it means to be a true friend from the selfless spider, Charlotte.  This family friendly production will be sure to delight audiences both young and old.

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Student Written One Acts

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  • By the Students of THA313

    March 31-April 1, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.; April 2, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

    J. P. Adler Studio Theatre, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts

  • The Student Written One Acts is an evening of short plays penned by the Theatre 313 Playwrighting Class. Experience the plays reflecting issues and themes that resonate with West Chester University students. We are pleased to have our talented students serve as directors, designers, technicians, stage managers and, of course, actors to present this night of original student work.

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Twelfth Night

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  • By William Shakespeare

    April 20-21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.; April 23, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. (special FREE performance on the Quad for Shakespeare Day!)

    MainStage Theatre, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts

  • Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess and falls hard for a Duke. As she navigates this strange and wonderful new land, she finds her true self and her true love in the process. Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio with us!

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Spring Dance Concert

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  • April 27-29, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.; April 29, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

    Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre

  • University Dance Company’s annual Spring Dance Concert celebrates the creative choreography and design of WCU students in a variety of styles.

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Subscription & Tickets

Department of Theatre and Dance productions are held in J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), MainStage Theatre (E.O. Bull Center for the Arts), and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre (Swope Music Building). Both Buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383. Free parking is available behind both buildings.

Both buildings are located on High Street, near the intersection of Rosedale Ave. (For GPS, use 817 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19383)

Free parking is available behind both the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts and Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Enter from South Matlack Street, South High Street or the drive on E. Rosedale Ave.

Ticket Prices

Individual Tickets

Single tickets will go on sale in September and can be purchased two ways:

  1. Online at wcupatix.com/theatreanddance
  2. In person at the Theatre and Dance Box Office, ground floor, E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Ave.; M-F 1-3p. For more info, call 610-436-2533. Tickets can be purchased one hour before curtain (if not already sold out) at the E.O. Bull Center Box Office.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are available for our 55th Season! The following roles for subscribers are now being cast:

  • Walk On | $64.50 | 1 season pass
  • Supporting | $126.00 | 2 season pass
  • Leading | $184.50 | 3 season pass
  • Star | $240.00 | 4 season pass

Each season pass provides six tickets to our season at the lowest price. All subscribers enjoy priority seating, program listing, free ticket exchange, and ticket insurance if tickets are lost or misplaced.

Interested in purchasing a subscription? Call Carolyn Chalmers at (610) 436-3463 to make your purchase.

Past Productions

2021-2022

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Fall Dance Concert
  • The Triangle Factory Fire Project
  • The Winter's Tale
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Into the Woods
  • Spring Dance Concert

2020-2021

  • Unmute Yourself, a devised work
  • Fall Dance Concert
  • She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen
  • House Arrest by Anna Deavere Smith
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • Cabaret a la Carte
  • Adaptation, The Spring Dance Concert

2019-2020

  • Macbeth
  • Fall Dance Concert
  • Fefu and Her Friends
  • The Visit
  • An Evening of One Acts*
  • Spring Awakening*
  • Spring Dance Concert*

 *Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

2018-2019

  • Antigone
  • My Fair Lady
  • Revival, a dance concert
  • Local Girls
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • Progressions, a dance concert
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

2017-2018

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Exit The King
  • Moving Reflections, a dance concert
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Mosaic, a dance concert
  • Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, A Musical Voyage
  • An Evening of One Acts

2016-2017

  • Once Upon a Mattress
  • Veer, to alter a direction or course
  • The Long Christmas Ride Home
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Honorable Maid
  • Serendipity, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2015-2016

  • Company
  • Visual Transparency, a dance concert
  • Ghosts
  • What The Water Gave Me
  • The Tempest
  • Unframed Art, a dance concert
  • An Evening of One Acts

2014-2015

  • Dead Man's Cell Phone
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Imprints, a dance concert
  • All's Well that Ends Well
  • Spoon River Project
  • An Evening of One Acts
  • United Diverse Creations, a dance concert

2013-2014

  • Endgame & Come and Go
  • Godspell
  • Poetics of Space, a dance concert
  • Machinal
  • The Rivals
  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Perpetual Motion, a dance concert

2012-2013

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • She Loves Me
  • Coalescence, a dance concert
  • The Mousetrap
  • A Year with Frog and Toad
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • #OccupyUDC, a dance concert

2011-2012

  • Student Written One-Acts
  • Cabaret
  • Cause and Effect, a dance concert
  • Dark at the Top of the Stairs
  • Make Me A Song
  • Kaleidoscope, a dance concert
  • Macbeth

2010-2011

  • Sorrows and Rejoicings
  • The Pajama Game
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Reception/Perception, a dance concert
  • A Festival of New Female Playwrights
  • The Misanthrope
  • Merge Ahead, a dance concert
  • Fables & Fairytales, Children's Theatre

2009-2010

  • The Rocky Horror Show
  • Student Written One Acts
  • E Pluribus Unum, a dance concert
  • Love's Fire
  • As You Like It
  • Wonder Think Feel, a dance concert

2008-2009

  • Psychopathia Sexualis
  • Student Written One Acts
  • Assassins
  • Then to Now, a dance concert
  • tick…tick…BOOM! (Student-directed: Andrew Lowy)
  • Trojan Women
  • Exploring the Spectrum, a dance concert

Auditions

All auditions for the Department of Theatre and Dance productions are open to the entire campus community.

Learn more about Auditions

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