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2013-2014 Season

Brighton Beach Memoirs
By Neil Simon
Directed by Richard Stockton Rand
in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre

Amidst the canon of autobiographical playwriting, Brighton Beach Memoirs lives closer to Eugene O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness! than Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie. Within the four walls of the Jerome home we are privy to adolescent fantasies, Depression-era hardships, teenage rebellion, and sibling rivalry. In the bigger picture, money is tight and a world war is looming. But in Neil Simon’s heartfelt masterpiece, there’s only one way to go: “Onwards and Upwards!”

Rating PG-13 (coming-of age-issues, mature themes, adolescent language, recommended for ages 14 and up)

September 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and 22, 28, 29 at 2:30 p.m.


Anna in the Tropics
By Nilo Cruz
Directed by Robert Quinlan
in the Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre

A poignant and poetic story set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” (readers) are employed to educate and entertain the workers. When a new lector arrives and begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a dynamic catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Rating R (sexual content, adult language and themes, recommended for ages 17 and up)

November 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. and 10, 16, 23, 24 at 2:30 p.m.


Pride and Prejudice
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Robert Quinlan
in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre

In early 19th century England, reputation and marriage can secure – or destroy – a young woman’s happiness. Fall in love all over again with the eligible young ladies of the Bennett household and their long line of suitors. A world of unforgettable characters comes to life in this sparkling comedy of manners, freshly updated for its Purdue premiere. Based on the beloved novel by Jane Austen, don’t miss this delightful valentine!

Rating PG (some mild thematic elements and coming-of-age issues, parental guidance suggested)

February 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and  February 23, March 1, 2 at 2:30 p.m.


Spring Awakening
Music by Duncan Sheik
Lyrics/Book By Steven Sater
Directed by Kristine Holtvedt
in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre

Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is a modern musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s controversial play about the trials, tribulations, and exhilaration of adolescence. Celebrate the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer turmoil of their awakening sexuality.

Rating NC-17 (strong sexual content, adult language and themes, recommended for mature audiences only)

April 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 20 at 2:30 p.m.