Photo by Tina Hay
Starting in August, Penn State Centre Stage continues its year-round season with a relaunch of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Jim Wise, August 28–September 5. Cast includes Jane Ridley as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, along with third-year M.F.A. actors Tyler Reilly, Kenzie Ross, and Stori Ayers.
Next up is No Place to Be Somebody, by Charles Gordone, October 1–10, in the Pavilion Theatre. Directed by renowned faculty visionary Charles Dumas, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play is set in the middle of the Civil Rights era, where a black bartender matches wits with a white mobster.
Then sit back and enjoy our very talented musical theatre students in Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, directed by Meghan C. Hakes, and choreography by Michael Lichtefeld, November 5–20, in the Playhouse Theatre.
Spring begins in the Pavilion Theatre, February 18–March 1, with Into the Woods, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, directed by Kasey RT Graham.
And the season ends March 25–April 5 back downtown with a Penn State School of Theatre commissioned new play Blood at the Root, by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Steve Broadnax. Blood at the Root is a drama inspired by the Jena Six and the “white tree.” Morisseau is the 2012 National Theatre Conference Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award recipient, and an alumni of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2011-2012 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow.
Save 10 percent when you buy tickets to all four shows. Tickets are available at Penn State Tickets Downtown, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX.
P.S.We also have a variety of Off Centre productions, including Funk It Up About Nothin', Oct. 16, 17, 19, at Levels Night Club in downtown State College; a Haunted Theatre, in the Pavilion Oct. 31–Nov. 2; a University Dance Company Dance Concert, Jan. 30–Feb. 1, in the Playhouse; and Cultural Conversations Feb. 10–15, in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. See Off-Centre/Events for more information.