ARCADIA by Tom Stoppard 
September 28, 29, 30, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Weiss Theater in Buck Hall at 219 North Third Street
Directed by Suzanne Westfall

It’s 1809 at Sidley Park in England, and thirteen-year-old Thomasina is learning about more from her tutor Septimus Hodge, friend of Lord Byron, than algebra and Latin. Meanwhile, two contemporary literary historians are investigating the Derbyshire estate’s past through methods full of mistakes. Two eras overlap and finally converge as our most accomplished living dramatist explores the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty in this 1993 theatrical tour de force that Johann Hari in The Guardian has described as “perhaps the greatest play of its time.” 

Arcadia Program

HEAD OVER HEELS Runtime 2:15
Music and Lyrics by the Go-Go’s
November 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and November 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Weiss Theater in Buck Hall at 219 North Third Street.
Directed by Mary Jo Lodge

Full of gender-bending characters singing hits by the Go-Go’s, this rollicking jukebox musical with original book by Jeff Whitty is adapted by Jeff Magruder from The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, the 16th-century prose romance by Sir Philip Sidney. The story follows the royal family of Arcadia on their journey to keep their famous “Beat.” A celebration of  gender equality and gender identity, this hit 2018 musical shows that women can be just as good if not better leaders than men; it promotes sexual equality by having a lesbian relationship; and had Broadway’s first transgender woman creating a principal role as Pythio, who is a non-binary gendered character.

HOH Program

March 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m., and March 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Weiss Theater in Buck Hall at 219 North Third Street
Directed by Michael O’Neill

First performed on Broadway in 1933, this nostalgic comedy presents a sentimental tale of youthful indiscretion in a small Connecticut town during a Fourth of July celebration in 1905. In sharp contrast to the gloom of the Nobel Prize Winner’s tragedies, O’Neill’s only comedy is a joyous and humorous depiction of American family life at the turn of the century. The play, as well as its successful 1935 film adaptation, is a sweet—but not saccharine— valentine to a simpler time in America, during the halcyon days before the World Wars. The play can be poignantly embraced as a fantasy of the happy childhood O’Neill never had, the flip side of the painful family portrait he shared with all of us in his masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Theater for Young Audiences
Goloshes of Fortune by Elizabeth Wong
April 22 at 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Weiss Theater in Buck Hall at 219 North Third Street
Directed by Mary Jo Lodge

Performances of the production Goloshes of Fortune, that Theater Department students enrolled in THTR 335 will present to area school children during April 2023 as part of a visit to Lafayette’s Williams Arts Campus where College theater students will lead workshops and involve their young audiences in ways of understanding the play they will experience together.

Senior Honor’s Thesis
Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino
April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m.
Weiss Theater in Buck Hall at 219 N. 3rd Street
Directed by Timmy Mayrose ’23

“Ugly Lies the Bone,” Ferrentino’s drama from 2015, focuses on a wounded war veteran who is part of a pilot program to use virtual reality game therapy to treat her chronic pain.