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The Department of Theatre and Dance is producing a virtual Fall 2020 season that includes an original devised work Unmute Yourself, a Fall Dance Concert, and She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realm, a work designed specifically for online performances. We are coming together with creativity, passion and drive in this manner to ensure that our students, faculty and audiences remain safe and connected in the current ever-changing public climate.

 

Unmute Yourself, a devised work

October 2020
Director: Charlie DelMarcelle

Unmute Yourself will explore the challenges, struggles, strategies, and peculiarities of trying to communicate and connect in an isolated, polarized world. The production’s content, format, design, and delivery will be devised entirely by the student ensemble; all creating and collaborating remotely. At times funny, dark, absurd, and honest, this piece will attempt to give voice to what it feels like to be human in the Fall of 2020. “Can you hear me? I can’t hear you.”
 

Fall Dance Concert

November 2020
Director: Liz Staruch
Reserve Tickets

The Fall Dance Concert will focus on ScreenDance, a hybrid art form that focuses on the relationship between the moving body and the camera, elevated through the cinematic editing process. Associate professor and artistic director Liz Staruch will provide a series of instructional workshops to support and encourage student to present their ideas in this medium. This opportunity is open to ALL students on campus interested in filmmaking, video production, choreography, movement, video editing, sound design, and more. As long as movement is a featured component of the project, we want to work with as many students as possible and can pair up collaborations.

 

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen

November 2020
Director: John Bellomo
Reserve Tickets

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen is a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games that tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This production will work collaboratively with Philadelphia’s Die-Cast, a company dedicated to creating immersive work that is tailored to specific non-traditional venues.

 

Information on auditions, performance dates, times and access will be posted as it becomes available. Please follow us on social media!

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Productions are subject to change.

Audition information

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

House Arrest
A play by Anna Deavere Smith
Director: Victoria Goins

House Arrest will be produced virtual with all university safety protocols being followed. Rehearsals and the show will occur remotely and you do not need to be on campus to be part of the show.

House Arrest is a fascinating look at nothing less than the civil rights movement, the issues of slavery and racism, and the relationship between the press and the presidency over the course of American history. It begins by focusing on Jefferson and his fine words versus the likelihood that he had a long-standing affair with one of his slaves. The range of voices and opinions that appear in the play make for vivid and interesting theatre. Smith weaves together historical writing and her own interviews with some 420 people both inside and outside of presidential politics. It’s a fascinating blend of history and commentary that is by turns illuminating, heartening and saddening. (From DPS).

Audition location will be zoom (sent with confirmation email)

  • Please sign up for an audition slot by clicking on this link: Audition sign-up sheet
  • Please upload a headshot (even a selfie would do) to this shared Google folder: Headshots. Please upload the photo as a .JPEG including your first initial and last name. (Ex.ciannella.JPEG)

When: Thursday, December 3rd from 5 pm to 9 pm and Friday, December 4th from 5 to 7:30 pm

Callbacks: Friday, December 4th from 7:30 to 9 pm and Saturday December 5th (time to be determined)

Prepare: Please choose two contrasting monologues. One from EACH act. *You will find the audition slides by clicking on the shared Google folder link: Audition Slides*

ACT 1:

  1. “Justice is One Scale” pg. 21
  2. “Teacup” pg. 39
  3. “Lincoln’s Dream” pg. 63

ACT 2:

  1. "Presidential Peach" pg. 81
  2. “Washington Political Insider" pg. 95
  3. “Baby Huey" pg. 125

Rehearsals start on January 25th

Performance Dates: March 5th, 6th, & 7th

Questions? Contact Professor Martin Dallago (mdallago@wcupa.edu)

    

 


Auditions for our future productions will be announced throughout the semester. Check back here or email TheatreDance@wcupa.edu.

Dates and Shows are subject to change.

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

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
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