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The Department of Theatre fills the academic calendar with four large and several small productions a year. All of our students, regardless of major or class year, are invited to audition or to serve in a technical capacity. 

From day one, our students work closely with faculty in practical production positions. Even first-year students can work as assistant designers and assistant technical directors for main stage productions. And experienced students often serve as lighting or scenic designers, under faculty supervision.

Main Stage

The Fall Musical

A time-honored event of Susquehanna University's Family Weekend celebration, productions have included: The Sound of MusicThe Full MontyOklahoma!Hello, Dolly!,  Guys And DollsLittle Shop of Horrors, Into The Woods and A Catered Affair

 The Advanced Acting Workshop Production
These productions showcase more advanced dramatic acting techniques.  Stagings have included: The Importance of Being Earnest,  Dracula Enchanted April, The Seagull and Amadeus.

The Student-Directed Play
A fully-realized main stage production directed by one of our most accomplished senior students, selected from such plays as The Hot L BaltimoreBlithe Spirit and The Miss Firecracker Contest.

The Spring Production
A play is selected from the canon of world dramatic literature for the large spring production. Past productions have included: A Midsummer Night's DreamRichard IIIOur TownThe Grapes of WrathThe Winter's Tale,  I Remember Mama and The Threepenny Opera.  

Second Stage

The Experimental Acting Workshop Production
This production challenges students with demanding roles in a bare-bones acting environment to bring out their best talent in a no-frills, cutting edge performance experience. 

24-Hour Play Festival
Student teams conceptualize, write, rehearse and perform exciting new short works in the span of a single day.

The Student Directing Showcase
Traditionally held late in the fall semester, this free-of-charge event features one-act plays and scenes crafted by students in the Directing class presented to a public audience. 

Shakespeare Club Production
This annual audience favorite is an energetic large-cast excursion into the work of the Bard, often characterized by whimsical staging and "found objects" design.

For tickets and information, visit the Box Office.

Doubt

By John Patrick Shanley

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with a male student. Doubt won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Degenstein Center Theater
Sept. 20–22, 7:30 p.m. | Sept. 23, 2:30 p.m.
Adults $10; non-SU students and senior citizens, $8


Pippin

By Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson

Pippin, winner of four Tony Awards, is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary, seeking meaning in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of love and the intrigues of political power. Produced in cooperation with the Department of Music.

Degenstein Center Theater
Oct. 25–27, 7:30 p.m. | Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
Adults, $15; non-SU students and senior citizens, $10


Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson

The true story of Harvard Observatory astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores the life and work of a visionary woman in the 1900s, resisting oppressive gender expectations during a time of important scientific discoveries.

Degenstein Center Theater
Feb. 21-23, 7:30 p.m. | Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m.
Adults $10; non-SU students and senior citizens, $8


She Stoops to Conquer

By Oliver Goldsmith

A classic 18th-century romp of mistaken identity, confusion, class conflict and unlikely romance.

Degenstein Center Theater
April 25-27, 7:30 p.m. | April 28, 2:30 p.m.
Adults $10; non-SU students and senior citizens, $8

The second stage season features a collection of mostly student-generated productions focusing on bare-bones performances of challenging works in unconventional spaces. Admission to second stage productions is usually free. Contributions to relevant causes may be welcome at the door for some productions.

24-Hour Play Festival

Student teams conceptualize, write, rehearse and perform exciting new short works in the span of a single day.

Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.


Flint

By Jose Casas

A staged reading of a new play about the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and the lives of those affected. The playwright will be in residence for this exciting event, produced in cooperation with the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Women's Studies program.

Degenstein Center Theater
Nov. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.


Student Directing Showcase

The essence of cutting-edge performance is brought to life by some of the Department of Theatre's freshest talent, directed by senior students in thought-provoking scenes and short one-act plays.

Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
Dec. 6-7, 6:30 p.m.


Crumbs from the Table of Joy

By Lynn Nottage

Racial and social issues explode as the backdrop of this powerful story about family bonds and conflict by an important Pulitzer prize-winning playwright.

Degenstein Center Theater
Feb. 28-March 2, 7:30 p.m. | March 3, 2:30 p.m.
Adults $10; non-SU students and senior citizens, $8


Caius and Quid

By Steven McKnight

The world premiere production of a clever existentialist romp by a Susquehanna student playwright about revolution, commitment and human relationships.

Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
March 22-23, 7:30 p.m.


Broadway Cabaret

A themed evening of musical entertainment and movement, drawn from contemporary Broadway hits and classic musical theatre material.

Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
March 30, 7:30 p.m.


Roadmap

By Monica Prince

This choreopoem by a Susquehanna creative writing faculty member places multiple storylines in the life of a man of color whose family history dictates his future. It uses poetry, dance, music and live art to address historical trauma, toxic masculinity and resilience. Produced in cooperation with the Department of English and Creative Writing.

Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall
April 12-13, 7:30


Shakespeare Club Production

This annual audience favorite is an energetic large-cast excursion into the work of the Bard, often characterized by whimsical staging and "found objects" design.

Degenstein Center Theater
May 4, 7:30 p.m.

2017-18

Dead Man's Cell Phone
She Loves Me
The Mineola Twins
Blue Stockings

2016-17

The Addams Family
Vinegar Tom
Almost, Maine 
Translations

2015-16

A Catered Affair
Her Naked Skin
Dog Sees God
Orpheus Descending
The Memory of Water

2014-2015

Tales of the Lost Formicans
Guys and Dolls

Blithe Spirit
The Threepenny Opera

2013-14

Little Shop of Horrors
Uncle Vanya
Miss Firecracker Contest
Romeo and Juliet

2012-13

Amadeus
Into the Woods

Student-directed production
The Birds

2011-12

The Lion in Winter
Funny Girl
The Laramie Project
The Student-Directed Mainstage Production
Diana of Dobson's

2010-11

The Diary of Anne Frank
The Full Monty
The Student-Directed Mainstage Production
Blood Wedding

2009-10

The Sound of Music 
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 
The One Act Play Festival 
A Midsummer Night's Dream

2008-09

Fiddler on the Roof 
The Night of the Iguana 
The One Act Play Festival 
The Man Who Came to Dinner

2007-08

The Importance of Being Earnest 
The Pajama Game 
The One Act Play Festival 
Richard III

2006-07

Dracula 
Oklahoma 
The One Act Play Festival
Our Town

2005-06

Enchanted April 
Seussical 
The One Act Play Festival 
I Remember Mama

2004-05

Dancing at Lughnasa 
Hello Dolly! 
The One Act Play Festival
A Dybbuk

2003-04

On the Town 
The Seagull 
The One Act Play Festival 
The Winter's Tale

2002-03

Chicago 
Waiting for Godot 
The One Act Play Festival 
The Lark

2001-02

Titanic 
The Little Foxes 
The One Act Play Festival
The Grapes of Wrath

Contact Us

Department of Theatre

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Degenstein Campus Center

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Phone & Email

Erik Viker, department head
570-372-4548
viker@susqu.edu