College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Theatre 2019–20 Season

Early Bird Subscription Special through July 31, 2019 

Four Mainstage Shows in Williams Theatre for Only $55

University Box Office: 260-481-6555 or

Flora the Red Menace

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by George Abbott and Robert Russell
Directed by Craig A. Humphrey
Musical Direction by Holly Knott
Williams Theatre - Mainstage

Sept. 27, 28 Oct. 3, 4, 5  2019            8:00 p.m.
Sept. 29              2:00 p.m.

At the height of the Great Depression, Flora Meszaros, a spunky fashion designer is looking for work. Eventually employed at Garrett and Melnick’s department store, she falls in love with the handsome but shy Harry Toukarian, a young artist and member of the communist party. She discovers her biggest rival for his affection is the party itself, so she joins the party to be closer to him. In this musical romance of charming simplicity, Flora soon finds herself torn between her career and her commitment to Harry and his farsighted idealism. The composing team of Kander and Ebb also wrote Cabaret and Chicago.


By Joshua Sobol
Directed by Bev Redman
In partnership with the Violins of Hope Fort Wayne
Musical Direction by Holly Knott
Williams Theatre - Mainstage

Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 17           2:00 p.m.

Ghetto is based on the true story of a theatre company that functioned in the Jewish ghetto of Vilnius, Lithuania, amidst the darkest days of the Holocaust, where cabaret-style performance, music, and dance become a metaphor of the indestructibility of the human spirit. Founded as a tactic of survival by the ghetto’s Jewish council, the theatre’s vital and dynamic performances of scenes, songs, and dances become a center of solidarity for the oppressed community facing imminent annihilation. The performances in the theatre are a vigorous and moving reminder that there is a heroic life of the spirit, and of art, neither of which can be crushed.

The 24-Hour Plays

Produced by Mark Ridgeway and James Stover
Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall

Dec. 7, 2019    8:00 p.m.

The 24-Hour Plays is a wild night of original work featuring short plays written, rehearsed, and performed by students over the course of 24 hours. On Friday night, each playwright will be assigned a director and a group of actors (underclassmen) who will each bring a prop and costume piece. Writing all night, keeping the actors, props, and costumes in mind, the playwright will meet with their director at 7 a.m. to discuss the newly written play. One hour later the actors begin rehearsals and have all day Saturday to fully memorize, stage, and perform their play for an audience.



Music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by James Stover
Musical Direction by Holly Knott
Williams Theatre - Mainstage

Feb. 28, 29 Mar.  5, 6, 7, 2020          8:00 p.m.
Mar. 1         2:00 p.m.

Grease tells the story of high school sweethearts finding their identity alongside their groups of friends, while simultaneously celebrating their final year at Rydell High School. Set in 1959, they begin to explore and question who they will become once they leave those hallowed halls. Featuring familiar songs including “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together,” and “Born to Hand-Jive,” the musical is a nostalgic look at the beginnings of Rock & Roll, along with a reflection on the end of an era of innocence. An upbeat, crowd pleaser: GREASE IS THE WORD!


The Penelopiad

By Margaret Atwood (based on her novella The Penelopiad)

Reading directed by Bev Redman
Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall

Mar. 20, 21, 2020       8:00 p.m.

With modern twists, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad retells The Odyssey from the points of view of Odysseus’s wife, Penelope, and her handmaidens. Residing in Hades for eternity, the thirteen female spirits reminisce on their lives in Ithaca before and after the Trojan War’s end. In this reader’s theatre performance, the Greek chorus of handmaidens continually interrupts Penelope’s narrative to express their views on events. Using a different genre for each chorus, the maids’ interludes make for a lively aural and visual experience that include a jump-rope rhyme, a lament, an idyll, a ballad, a lecture, a court trial and several types of songs.


Dracula: An Act of Destruction

A devised piece based on Bram Stoker’s novel
Conceived and Directed by Jeff Casazza
Williams Theatre - Mainstage

Apr. 24, 25, 30, May 1, 2, 2020        8:00 p.m.
Apr. 26           2:00 p.m.

Following the 2017 devised exploration of the iconic Frankenstein, Jeff Casazza now focuses on another icon: Dracula.  Irish author Bram Stoker introduced the world to one of literature’s most famous characters in his 1897 Gothic horror novel.  Count Dracula’s essence and the seductive power of destruction that follows him continues to fascinate millions around the world.  This unique, devised theatrical performance will delve into the nature of fear and various facets of destruction through spoken word, music, dance, lights, sound, and special effects.  The production will feature many of the well-known “inhabitants” of Dracula, other iconic vampires, and various characters from world mythology.

University Box Offices

Larson Ticket Office

Larson Box Office

Located in Gates Athletic Center in room 126, the box office is conveniently located inside the main doors across from the Fitness Center Check-in Desk. The Larson Ticket Office is the home base of the daily operations. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets. Please arrive early. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission.  Children under six will not be admitted. Purchase Tickets ONLINE.

Box Office Hours:

  • Purchase Tickets by Phone at 260-481-6555 or TTD: 260-481-4105
  • September 1 – May 31: Monday-Friday 12:30-6:30 p.m.
  • June 1-August 31: Tuesday-Thursday 1-6 p.m.
  • The University Box Office is closed during all School Holidays
  • This box office opens one-hour prior to the start of all athletic competitions

Single Ticket Prices for Plays

  • $16 Adults
  • $14 Seniors/Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $12 Groups of 10 or More
  • $12 Other College Students with ID
  • $5 Purdue Fort Wayne students/ High School Students/Children under 18

Single Ticket Prices for Musicals

  • $18 Adults
  • $16 Seniors/Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $14 Groups of 10 or More
  • $14 Other College Students with ID
  • $5 Purdue Fort Wayne students/ High School Students/Children under 18

Single Ticket Prices for Studio Showcase

Season Subscription patrons receive one free ticket to each production in
Studio Theatre when they are added to the season throughout the academic year.
$5 All Other Patrons

Williams Theatre Box OfficeThe Williams Theatre Box Office

The Williams Theatre Box Office, room 124, is located in the lobby of the Williams Theatre.

Box Office Hours:

  • Box Office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Williams Theatre. 

Please note that latecomers are seated at the discretion of the house manager in the Williams Theatre. Please plan to arrive early to allow for time to walk to the venue.

The Studio Theatre Box Office

The Studio Theatre Box Office, room G32,  is located on the northeast corner of Kettler Hall. 

Box Office Hours:

  • This box office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Studio Theatre. 

Please note that latecomers are not admitted after the start of the performance in the Studio Theatre.  Please plan to arrive early to allow for time to walk to the venue. 

Patrons with Disabilities

  • Accessible parking and lower level seating.
  • SoundMate® Personal Listening System available in Williams Theatre for patrons with hearing loss.
  • Call the Purdue Fort Wayne Box Office at 260-481-6555 for any additional questions.