September 07, 2017

The Theatre Department’s Main Stage 2017-18 season will be an entertaining mix of classic historical dramas, contemporary plays and a popular musical production.

The season opens with Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl. A commentary on society’s increasing dependence on cellular devices, this play follows the adventures of a woman who answers a dead stranger’s cell phone, plunging her into the drama of the loved ones he left behind. Show times: Sept. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.

She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, is set in 1930s Europe. This heartwarming musical comedy tells the story of quarrelsome perfume shop clerks Amalia and Georg and their quest for love after both begin exchanging love letters in response to a “lonely hearts” ad in the newspaper. Show times: Nov. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

The Mineola Twins, by Paula Vogel, follows the turbulent lives of almost identical twins, Myrna and Myra, during the Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Bush eras. The play discusses their opposing views on ethics, politics and family values. Show times: Feb. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Set in Britain during 1896, the drama Blue Stockings, by Jessica Swale, follows the ladies of Girton College, the first women to be educated at an institution of higher education, as they fight for the same level of respect and recognition as their male counterparts. Show times: April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., April 29 at 2:30 p.m.

All Main Stage performances are in Degenstein Center Theater. Ticket prices vary. For tickets, visit the University Box Office in the Degenstein Center Theater lobby or call 570-372-ARTS (2787). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, between noon and 5 p.m. while university classes are in session.

Second Stage Season

This year’s Second Stage season will feature an assortment of cutting-edge, student productions performed in unconventional spaces with minimal set design.

Second Stage’s 2017-18 season opens with Saudi Scenes by student playwright Faisal Al-Yousif. This play, about the Saudi Arabian experience, intends to enlighten and immerse the audience in an intercultural experience. Show times: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m., Degenstein Studio Theater

During the 24-Hour Play Festival, student teams created the day before conceptualize, write, rehearse and perform exciting new short works within the span of a single day. Show time: Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Isaacs Auditorium

The Student Directing Showcase features cutting-edge performances brought to life by some of the department’s freshest talent, directed by senior students in thought-provoking scenes and short one-act plays. Show times: Dec. 7-8 at 6:30 p.m., Degenstein Center Theater)

The comedy She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen, brings fantasy to life through the mind of a girl coping with her sister’s death by discovering her Dungeons and Dragons notebook and delving into the mystical world of role-playing games. Tickets are $10; or $8 for senior citizens and non-Susquehanna students. Show times: March 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., March 4 at 2:30 p.m., Weber Chapel Stage

Familial ties and historical influence are examined in the Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori-Parks. The play follows two brothers who are trying to find their place in the world and with each other. Show times: March 24-25 at 7:30 p.m., Isaacs Auditorium

A Night on Broadway Cabaret Show is an evening of musical entertainment created from contemporary Broadway hits and classic musical theatre material. Show time: March 31 at 7:30 p.m., Weber Chapel Stage

Theatergoers still have the opportunity to purchase season tickets. In order to be a part of the season ticket program, patrons must purchase tickets to all four Main Stage productions during one transaction, from the box office. Seats may later be exchanged in the event of a conflict, subject to availability.

Purchasing season tickets offers patrons a 20 percent discount compared to purchasing tickets individually for Main Stage productions.