Love in Hate Nation: A Turbulent American Romance


Music, Lyrics, and Book by Joe Iconis

Directed by John Simpkins

April 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Downtown Theatre


Love in Hate Nation is the first project in a new musicals initiative in Penn State Musical Theatre. A writing team visits the junior musical theatre majors each spring – the students sing for the writers, get to know each other artistically, and the writers depart and write the first draft of a musical. They return throughout the students’ senior year to work with faculty and students on the development of the show – culminating in a NYC performance and State College concert reading.

Love in Hate Nation is a romance set in a 1960’s juvenile hall for girls. It uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for a story of young people caught between eras of a changing America and their attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them.

Love in Hate Nation will also be produced in full in February 2018 as part of the School of Theatre mainstage season!

If you have any questions – or would like to support this commissioning program – please don’t hesitate to be in touch at As you might imagine, a program like this takes a tremendous amount of resources and energy. I would welcome the chance to talk with you about a way you could help support this as we move into the first few years of these projects!


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