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 Season
The main stage season offers classic plays, historical drama and a popular musical production.
Eurydice is a modern retelling of the Ancient myth and love story of Orpheus and Eurydice told from the perspective of Eurydice as she travels between the living world and the underworld.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the musical, cleverly engages the audience in pursuit of an ending to its tale of murder and romance.
Dame Smythe’s dramatic one-act opera Fête Galante from 1923 receives its first fully staged performances in the United States with this production, sharing the program with Malipiero’s 1925 comedy, The False Harlequin. The operas are unified by the traditional Italian commedia dell’arte acting-troupe characters that populate both stories. Jealousy, intrigue and mistaken identities lead to a happy conclusion in The False Harlequin and a shocking tragedy in Fête Galante.
In this student-directed play, The Wolves explores the often hopeful, sometimes painful, experiences and ambitions of nine high school girls on a competitive soccer team.
A devised theatre piece, Choreopoem is written and performed by students enrolled in the spring 2024 Choreopoem class.
Second Stage Season
The second stage season features a collection of mostly student-generated productions focusing on bare-bones performances of challenging works in unconventional spaces.
24-Hour Play Festival
Student teams conceptualize, write, rehearse and perform exciting new short works in the span of a single day.
Staged Reading of Student Work
A staged reading of a new work by a Susquehanna University student playwright is featured during this two-evening performance.
New Play Staged Reading
To support new, emerging playwrights from Susquehanna’s student body, the Theatre Department offers a public reading of a new play directed and performed by SU students.
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.
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