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Chess

Chess

April 23-25, 2020 at 8pm
April 26, 2020 at 3pm


Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on an idea by Tim Rice


Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics and international intrigues. Set against the backdrop of the International Chess Championship, from Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score that includes “One Night in Bangkok,” “Pity the Child” and “Heaven Help My Heart.”

Composed by members of the pop group ABBA and the lyricist of Evita and Aida, who fashioned this epic rock opera set during the heart of the Cold War about an international chess match between the Russian champion and a brash American challenger.

Event held at Edgerton Center Main Stage

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENT: $10
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Richard III

Richard III

November 14-16, 2019 at 8pm
November 17, 2019 at 3pm


By William Shakespeare


At the end of the bloody Wars of the Roses between the rival Houses of Lancaster and York, the victorious Yorkists look forward to a period of peace under the newly-crowned Edward IV. But Edward’s younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, has other ideas. A deformed and jealous Richard begins by secretly plotting to have his brother George, Duke of Clarence, imprisoned in the tower. With his brother’s ex-wife, Lady Anne Neville, at his side, Richard stops at nothing and nobody on his treacherous path to become king.

Event held at Edgerton Center Main Stage

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENT: $10
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LITTLE THEATRE

Falsettos

Falsettos

October 24-26, 2019 at 8pm
October 27, 2019 at 3pm
October 31 and November 1-2, 2019 at 8pm
November 3, 2019 at 3pm


Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Music and lyrics by William Finn


FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENT: $10
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LITTLE THEATRE

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

September 26-28, 2019 at 8pm
September 29, 2019 at 3pm
October 3-5, 2019 at 8pm
October 6, 2019 at 3pm


By Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber


The hate crime that was the brutal 1998 murder of 21-yearold University Of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard brought playwright Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project to the town of Laramie in search of answers. Who could have committed such a barbaric act (and why?) … and how did the residents of Laramie react to Shepard’s murder, and to the attention it focused on their city of 28,000?

The result of Kaufman and his team’s eighteen-month research was The Laramie Project. Ten years after their initial visits, Kaufman and the Tectonics returned to Laramie to find out how much the city and its residents had changed in the ensuing decade, the result of which is The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
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The Great American Trailer Park Musical

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

February 13-15, 2020 at 8p
February 16, 2020 at 3pm
February 20-22, 2020 at 8pm
February 23, 2020 at 3pm


Music and lyrics, David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso


There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

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Fake News! War of The World’s Project

Fake News! War of the World's Project

March 19-21, 2020 at 8pm
March 22, 2020 at 3pm
March 26-28, 2020 at 8pm
March 29, 2020 at 3pm


By Joe Landry


Miss Lincoln’s Media Studies class presents a fast-paced adventure through the culture of fear. Destinations include a spin on the most infamous broadcast of all time, a hip-hop mini-musical of an apocalyptic bedtime story, and a climax never before seen on a public stage! Can they pull the rug out from under an audience who feels they can’t be tricked? Don’t touch that dial! The art of fake news is about to be taken to dizzying heights.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

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Summer Theatre

Theatrefest

Forever Plaid

July 24, 26 2020
August 1, 2020


Written and Originally Directed
Choreographed by Stuart Ross


The Heavenly Hit Musical that ran off-Broadway for 20 years! Forever Plaid is a stroll down memory lane with the beautiful harmonies of the 1950s and ’60s with classic hits like ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing,’ ‘Three Coins in the Fountain,’ ‘Sixteen Tons,’ and many more. On a stormy night in the 1960s, four eager singers known as ‘The Plaids’ — Sparky, Jinx, Frankie, and Smudge — are killed in a car crash on the way to their first big gig. In July of 2020, they get one chance to return from the afterlife and and fulfill their dreams by performing the show that never was.

Event held at Edgerton Center Main Stage

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Summer Theatre

Theatrefest

Nunsense

July 25, 31, 2020
August 2, 2020


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Goggin


Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken for a hysterically haphazard variety show to raise emergency funds for the convent. After a bad batch of Sister Julia – Child of God’s vichyssoise killed off fifty-two of the nuns, the survivors emptied the coffers to bury the deceased but ran out of cash before the last few bodies could be laid to rest (don’t worry – they’re in the kitchen freezer).

Event held at Edgerton Center Main Stage

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Summer Theatre

Theatrefest

Lend Me a Tenor

July 16 – 19, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2020


By Ken Ludwig


Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934 and the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is excited to host the world-renowned tenor, Tito Mirrelli, in a one-night-only showing of Otello. It is sure to be a night to remember and, as it turns out, it is – but for all the wrong reasons. After Tito is mistakenly tranquilized before the show, the cast and crew are thrown into a frantic and hilarious whirlwind, because, as we all know… the show must go on.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

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New Works Program

New Works

New Works Program

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Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program is proud to present its annual New Works Program. The Theatre Department at SHU has become known for its nurturing of student playwrights through the popular TheatreFest program during the academic year. This tradition continues throughout the summer by inviting high school students from around the country, and upcoming professional theatre artists, to submit new plays and musicals for a professional workshop experience at Sacred Heart University.

New Musical Workshop

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New musicals need a safe environment to work on stories, rewrite scenes and compose new songs long before the title lands in front of a paying audience. SHU Summer Theatre has created an opportunity for professional playwrights, composers and directors to work hand-in-hand with the SHU Repertory Company. The workshop will culminate with a reading/singing of the musical performed by members of the Sacred Heart Rep Company. After the musical presentation there will be an audience talkback with the creators.

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Theatrefest

Theatrefest

TheatreFest is a three part series where students begin the journey of writing to a fully produced play. The first step, students write scripts and read in front of a live audience for constructive feedback by the audience. The second step, the student-written scripts are staged and performed for a live audience. The third step, students produced a full version of their show, including set, costumes, props, sound and lighting. Events are typically held at Little Theatre, from October to April, and are FREE and open to the public.

Part 1 / Readers Theatre

The first step in script development, new student-written scripts are read in front of a live audience. Constructive feedback is provided by the audience and fellow participants to the author. The goal is a fully produced production. With just a stool and a script, this bare bones reading is the initial step in a journey of writing a fully produced play.

October 9-11, 2019 (times TBD)


Event held at Little Theatre

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SHOWS

Part 2 / Black Box Staging

The second step in script development, new student-written scripts are staged and performed for a live audience. The plays are performed in a Blackbox setting with limited technical aspects, and simplified sets and staging, allowing for an in-depth focus on acting and writing. This workshop features the revised script work and performances, followed by an audience and author/cast/director discussion.

November 22-23, 2019 at 7pm
November 24, 2019 at 3pm


Event held at Little Theatre

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Part 3 / New Fully Produced Shows

The final step for student written plays. This will be a fully produced version of the show, including set, costumes, props, sound and lighting.

January 24-25, 2020 at 8pm
January 26, at 3pm
January 31-February 1, 2020 at 8pm
February 2, 2020 at 3pm


Event held at Little Theatre

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IMPROV

Improv

Improv

Join TAP’s own Improv troupe – "The Pioneer Players" – for a make-it-up-as-we-go night of hilarious gags and games. Like the long-running hit TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway, the night consists of a series of games in which our student performers get themselves in funny situations live, as comedy ensues.

September 12, 2019 at 10:10pm
October 17, 2019 at 10:10pm
November 21, 2019 at 10:10pm
December 5, 2019 at 10:10pm
January 16, 2020 at 10:10pm
February 27, 2020 at 10:10pm
March 12, 2020 at 10:10pm
April 9, 2020 at 10:10pm
April 30, 2020 at 10:10pm


Event held at Little Theatre

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SHOWS

SHU Coffeehouse

Coffeehouse

SHU Coffeehouse

December 3, 2019 at 10:10pm
April 15, 2020 at 10:10pm


TAP’s Coffeehouse is a space for open expression whether it is poetry, a monologue, or a song. Join us for a warm beverage and insight into the creativity of our student body.

Event held at Edgerton Center Atrium

FREE ADMISSION

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