Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

The Department of Theatre is thrilled to preview the 2022/23 mainstage season!

Everybody

by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins

September 23 – October 2, 2022

Considered a contemporary masterpiece, this 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist is a retelling of the medieval morality play Everyman. Brandon Jacob-Jenkins' story follows the character Everybody as they search for the meaning of life in face of Death. Each performance, a lottery will determine which actor plays Everybody--offering a uniquely engaging morality tale for today!

Nora: A Doll's House

by Stef Smith

November 11 – 20, 2022

Nora hopes to be a perfect mother and wife, living in domestic bliss. However, when a secret from her past surfaces, her life begins to unravel. Set over three days in three different time periods, Nora must do what is best to protect herself and her family. Based on Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play A Doll's House, this modern retelling evaluates the brutality of womanhood and leaves the audience questioning how much progress we have truly made in the last century.

Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play

by Anne Washburn

February 17 – 26, 2023

Written in 2012, this dark comedy explores a futuristic society shortly after a global catastrophe. A group of survivors gather for support and recount an episode of The Simpsons for entertainment. Over the three-acts and 75-year timespan of the play, the story of the episode evolves to form a myth that influences the creation of a theatre performance and other forms of entertainment in the new society. This powerful, funny play evaluates the importance of art to humanity and raises questions of how pop culture influences our day-to-day lives.

Shakespeare in Love

based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard; adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

April 14 – 23, 2023

Hilarious. Exciting. Romantic. This screen-to-stage story follows young William Shakespeare struggling with a spell of writer's block. With the deadline for his newest play fast approaching, Will is desperate for inspiration – until he discovers the perfect muse. Viola is a radiant and intelligent young woman who will do anything to be on stage, even if it means breaking the law. Through their many theatrical adventures, Will's love for Viola grows quickly and passionately, ultimately inspiring him to write his greatest romance yet.


Please consider these plays for courses and in event planning. Subscriptions and single tickets for live and virtual performances* will go on sale later this summer though the Hall of Music Box Office.

For questions or suggestions about how to connect to classes or group discounts please contact:

Email: theatre@purdue.edu

Phone: 765-494-3074


Thanks to the students, staff, and faculty of the Department of Theatre on the 22-23 Season Selection Committee:

Ashley Bellet

Kidany Camilo (MFA 2022)

Rich Dionne

Sydney Hollingsworth (BA 2025)

Ashley Kikos (BA 2023)

William Lewis

Ann M. Shanahan (chair)

Anthony Sirk

Carlee Wuchterl (MFA 2024)


We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

*subject to digital rights availability and policy current to performances

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