2019-2020 Penn State Centre Stage Season!

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Plan to attend our second annual SNEAK PREVIEW CELEBRATION! Meet the directors, designers, and students who will be producing our upcoming shows; catch a snippet of a performance or two; view designs and renderings for the upcoming season; and purchase tickets to our productions.

We have several surprises in store for the evening, and we look forward to seeing you!  
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Playhouse Lobby and Olsan-Stone Terrace
$25
Includes wine and refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.  Free parking in lot Green N. 
Advance sales only to this event.
 

2019-2020 SEASON SCHEDULE -
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE 2019-2020 SEASON HERE!
Centre Stage:

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SHE KILLS MONSTERS
By Qui Nguyen • Directed by Sebastian Trainor and Erik Raymond Johnson
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. 
OCTOBER 8–17
Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: $25 • Previews at 7:30 p.m./Matinee at 2 p.m.: $20 • Student: $12.50
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A LITTLE NIGHT  MUSIC
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim • Book by Hugh Wheeler • Directed by Phillip Fazio • Music Direction by Dan Riddle • Choreography by J. Austin Eyer
Set at the turn of the last century, A Little Night Music interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers among the upper crust elite of Sweden. Esteemed lawyer Fredrik Egerman has recently married a young virgin, Anne, with whom his son, Henrik, has also fallen madly in love. Fredrik’s dedication to his blushing bride is tested when he reunites with a former flame, the famed (and fading) actress Desirée Armfeldt. Things grow more complicated when her jealous (and married) lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm gets wind of the reunion. The coupling and uncoupling comes to a head when Desirée convinces her mother to host Fredrik and his family for a weekend on her lavish country estate—and the Count, with wife in tow, crashes the party.
NOVEMBER 5–15
Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: $25 • Previews at 7:30 p.m./Matinee at 2 p.m.: $20 • Student: $12.50
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ANGELS IN AMERICA
By Tony Kushner  • Directed by Rick Lombardo
A quarter-century after stunning the theatre world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time celebrates its 25th anniversary. As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be, at turns, hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane. In addition, it is astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did when it first premiered. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope.
*Please note: Play is 3 hours and 30 minutes with two 15-minute intermissions.
FEBRUARY 25–MARCH 5
Playhouse Theatre
Evenings at 7 p.m.: $25 • Previews at 7 p.m.: $20 • Student: $12.50
 
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MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Book and lyrics by Eric Idle  • Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
Directed and choreographed by Wes Drummond
This 2005 Tony winner for Best Musical is a hilarious musical comedy based on the iconic 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. An absurdist farce of the musical theatre canon, Spamalot follows King Arthur in his quest throughout England to recruit his Knights of the Round Table. After gathering in Camelot, Arthur and his gang of misfits are sent on a quest to find the Holy Grail. Throughout this bizarre journey the group comes in contact with many challenges and characters that continue to test their strength and wits, neither of which are impressive. Spamalot is both a celebration and critique of the human condition. It is a glimpse into a society that seems to exist simultaneously in the Medieval Period as well as 2020.
MARCH 31–APRIL 10
Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: $25 • Previews at 7:30 p.m./Matinee at 2 p.m.: $20 • Student: $12.50
 

Off-Centre

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HOODED OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES
By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm  • Directed by Herb Newsome
Marquis and Tru are both 14-year-old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights, while Tru is a street-savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual titled “Being Black for Dummies.” He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.
SEPTEMBER 24–28 
General Admission  • Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: $12.50  • Student: $8.50
 
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THE LUCKY BOY
Book, music, and lyrics by Kirsten Childs  • Directed by John Simpkins
Kirsten Childs, 2019 commissioned writer for the New Musicals Initiative, penned the latest project The Lucky Boy, based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs”. Driven by a need to be eternally revered, King Ambrose tortures and kills citizens who don’t proclaim him adorable. When it’s predicted that an illegal alien baby will grow up to surpass him in adorability, Ambrose finds the child and throws him into a nuclear waste bin. Rogue scientists, defunded by royal order, rescue the baby and name him Lucky. Because of particles of adorabilium in the nuclear waste, he’s now not only immune to radiation poisoning, but he’s ten times more adorable than the King. Eighteen years pass and Lucky has fallen in love with Ambrose’s daughter Vocal Fry. Ambrose consents to the nauseatingly-in-love pair’s marriage—if Lucky can bring Ambrose three golden hairs from the devil’s head! 
The Lucky Boy commission was made possible by a generous contribution from Peter and Ann Tombros.
FEBRUARY 18–22
General Admission  • Evenings at 7:30 p.m.: $12.50  • Student: $8.50
 
About the New Musicals Initiative
Each year, Penn State Musical Theatre commissions writers to visit the junior class to meet, share work, and discuss important issues. These high-profile Broadway writers leave and begin to write a musical surrounding those young artists. They return the following fall to deliver a first draft of a musical inspired by the now senior students and are in residence with them throughout the year workshopping and developing the musical. The project culminates in a New York City concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below and a full concert reading on campus. Possibilities exist for the show to continue on at Penn State into production and then professional co-production with a regional or New York City theatre.  
 

 

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Address: Penn State School of Theatre, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802 USA.

Office: (814) 865 7586

Fax: (814) 865 5754

Tickets: (814) 863 0255

Email: theatre@psu.edu

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