The theatre department at Valparaiso University presents the 2015–2016 production season.
Major performances include:
“Godspell,” Oct. 8–9 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 10–11 and 17–18 at 2 p.m., University Theatre. In “Godspell,” a small group of people helps Jesus Christ tell different parables using a variety of games, storytelling techniques and comic timing. The first major musical theatre production from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, “Godspell” features beloved songs “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” “By My Side,” and many others.
“Mosque Alert,” Nov. 11–13 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 14–15 at 2 p.m., Studio Theatre. Directed by Assistant Professor of English George Potter, “Mosque Alert” by Jamil Khoury tells the story of two suburban American families living in Naperville, Ill., — one Christian, the other Muslim — who find their lives torn apart by a proposal to build a new mosque in their community.
“The Directing Showcase,” Dec. 7–9 at 8 p.m. Senior theatre majors will direct a series of one-act plays as part of their capstone coursework.
Actors From The London Stage Residency, Jan. 11–16. Presented by Christ College — The Honors College, Actors From The London Stage will return for the third annual Shakespeare Week, which includes performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Jan. 14–16. Ticket information and additional events will be announced later this fall.
Dance Ensemble, Feb. 11–12 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 13–14 at 2 p.m., University Theatre. Professor of Theatre Ann Kessler directs faculty and student choreographers and performers from across campus to present a variety of dance styles with creative and original costume design, lighting and music.
“The Eyre Affair,” April 1 and 8 at 8 p.m. and April 2–3 and 9–10 at 2 p.m., Studio Theatre. “The Eyre Affair” presents a world in which books are literally the gateway to any place people want to go. In Austin Tichenor’s stage adaptation, Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling novel comes to life as Literary Detective Thursday Next must solve a kidnapping, prevent a string of literary homicides and ensure history — both literary and her own — is not changed forever
“God of Carnage,” April 28–29 at 8 p.m. and April 30 – May 1 at 2 p.m., Studio Theatre. A student-directed production, “God of Carnage” by Yasmine Reza presents a playground altercation between 11-year-old boys that brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents who must resolve the matter.
With the exception of Shakespeare Week events, tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens and non-Valpo students; and free for students, faculty and staff.
Visit valpo.edu/theatre for more information.