The University Theatre is thrilled to share with you its 2014-2015 season! Season passes are on sale now for a year of theatre that features something for everyone. Choose from 10 shows and use your passes in any combination you like. Take advantage of the best savings of the season on the most flexible pass in town by ordering today. Send us this form or call us at 269.387.6222.
Check Your Privilege: Documentary Theatre Being Created at WMU
September 26th – October 12th
The University Theatre kicks off the 2014-2015 season with Check Your Privilege; an original piece of documentary theatre created through research captured from the eyes and experiences of Western Michigan University students, faculty, and staff. With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Check Your Privilege will explore and examine equality on campus and challenge what we think we know about where we live.
One Man, Two Guvnors, a comedy by Richard Bean
October 10th – 19th
Richard Bean’s award-winning play is a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. The permanently ravenous Francis Henshall finds himself working for both a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, extortions and romantic associations. To prevent discovery, Francis must do everything he can to keep his two guvnors apart.
Cymbeline, by William Shakespeare
October 24th – November 2nd
Seldom produced for many years, directors and audiences have recently discovered the brilliance of this genre defying play from Shakespeare’s latest and most mature and experimental period. Complete with kings, gods, emperors, banished heroes, headstrong daughters, mistaken identities, lost princes, and evil stepmothers, Cymbeline mixes familiar elements from all of Shakespeare’s plays to create an epic fairy tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and redemption.
Hair, book and lyrics: James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music: Galt MacDermot
November 14th – 23rd
Trip into the 1960s with the Tony Awarding-winning musical that features a long list of chart topping songs like “Let the Sunshine In” and “Age of Aquarius.” HAIR tells the popular story of bohemian life in New York City and the fight against the Vietnam War. Venture back to a time when the celebration of youth and the struggle for peace and love took the nation by storm. Get ready to break out your bellbottoms and afros in the fall of 2014!
Late Night Broadway – Starring Broadway’s Jeff Blumenkrantz
December 4th – 7th
Join the graduating seniors of our Music Theatre Performance program for a cabaret evening of New York show tunes with special Broadway guest star, Jeff Blumenkrantz!
The Whale, by Samuel D. Hunter
January 23rd – February 8th
On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six hundred pound recluse hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.
Gaslight, by Patrick Hamilton
February 6th - 15th
Verb. Gas|li|ght: a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim with the intent of making him/her doubt his/her own memory and perception.
A cynical and sinister husband drives his gentle wife to complete insanity through a series of intense, deranged, and unapologetic events. This Victorian thriller was made into a popular 1944 movie that starred Angela Lansbury, Ingrid Bergmen, & Charles Boyer. Join this dysfunctional family in delusional escapades that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Charlotte’s Web, adapted by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White
Produced in Collaboration with Education for the Arts
March 20th – 29th
Witness two unlikely friends as they embark on a heartwarming adventure to discover what it means to be a true friend. Bring the whole family to this childhood favorite and experience together this simple and touching tale where one is taught that “A good life is much more important than having a long life.”
Tony ’n Tina’s Wedding, by Artificial Intelligence
March 26th – April 12th
Back by popular demand!! Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vitale cordially invite you to Tony and Tina’s Wedding! After all, the next coolest thing to do after high school is to get married. With as many laughs as there are Italian stereotypes, this big fat Italian wedding will have you feeling like you are a member of the family and thankful that you’re not! The event of the season is presented in partnership with and will be held at Cityscape Events. If making reservations for “the wedding” an additional fee will apply to cover the meal portion of the evening.
Man of La Mancha, book: Dale Wasserman, lyrics: Joe Darion, music: Mitch Leigh
April 10th – 19th
This five-time Tony award-winning musical tells the story of Miguel Cervantes as he fights to save his novel (and perhaps his life) after being thrown into a dungeon upon the order of the Spanish Inquisition. Cervantes draws upon the sympathies of his fellow prisoners by reenacting the misadventures and romantic journey of Don Quixote. The inmates become caught up with Cervantes’ contagious imagination, and take part in this charming and inspiring play-within-a-play.