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Roger Williams University’s Performing Arts Center
Curtain times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 students and seniors
Reservations: (401) 254-3666

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Far Away (2011)

2016 Season

The Fourth Wall, by A.R. Gurney

"Peggy has redecorated the living room and her husband, Roger, can't stand it. Peggy's usual exquisite taste was overcome by a mysterious lapse which caused her to redo the room as if it were a stage set. Everything faces one wall, the "fourth wall," which she's left bare and which is really the audience. Unable to cope any further, and needing someone to talk to, Roger asks their old, dear friend, Julia, to fly up from New York. Julia agrees that something strange is going on, especially since everyone who enters the room begins to behave as if they were acting in a play, or even a musical when occasionally someone feels the urge to sing a Cole Porter song. Julia, affected by the room, suggests Roger call "976-NUTS" and have Peggy put away, which would allow the two of them to have the affair they've never before thought about. Roger can't do that and explains that he's got one hope left: Floyd, a local theatre professor. Roger asks Floyd to come over in hopes that he can "Doctor" Peggy's play and bring it to a close, thus allowing him and Peggy to resume their happily married life. But that doesn't work either as Floyd sees what's going on and is in complete agreement with Peggy. Peggy, following in St. Joan's footsteps at Floyd's urging, decides she must do what she must do and sets out to break the fourth wall in order to connect with her feelings. Roger rushes after her, leaving Julia and Floyd with a final Cole Porter tune."--Dramatists

June 17, 18,  23, 24, 25

Directed by Jeffrey Martin

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang

"Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha."--Dramatists

July 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

Directed by Lori Lee Wallace

2015 Season

The Best of the Best: An Evening of Comedic One-Acts (The Interview, by A.R. Gurney; LIllie Meant Murder, by Claudia Barnett; 508, by Amy Herzog; The True Death of Socrates, by Frank Higgins)

Wittenberg, by David Davalos


2014 Season

The Receptionist, by Adam Bock

The Centurion, by Robert Leuci and Arlene Violet


2013 Season

Death and Picasso: An Evening of One-Acts (A Picasso, by Jeffrey Hatcher; Funeral Parlor, by Christopher Durang)

Ashes to Ashes, by Harold Pinter


2012 Season

The Unexpected Man, by Yasmina Reza

Boston Marriage, by David Mamet


2011 Season

Far Away, by Caryl Churchill

Doubt: A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley


2010 Season

Other People's Money, by Jerry Sterner

The Play About The Baby, by Edward Albee


2009 Season

Fool for Love

What the Butler Saw


2008 Season

The Real Inspector Hound



2007 Season

The Book of Liz

Making Waves


2006 Season

The God of Hell


2005 Season

The Canoe


2004 Season

Beyond Thearpy

The Subject Was Roses


2003 Season


The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden


2002 Season


The Norman Conquests: Living Together


2001 Season


A Delicate Balance

Collected Stories


2000 Season


The Price



1999 Season

The Norman Conquests: Table Manners

Th' Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)


1998 Season

1997 Season

I Hate Hamlet

The Lion and the Lamb


1996 Season

Later Life

Einstein and the Polar Bear

Absurd Person Singular


1995 Season

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Lend Me a Tenor

Wrong Turn at Lungfish


1994 Season

Eastern Standard

Same Time Next Year

The Heidi Chronicles


1993 Season

Bedroom Farce

The Nerd


1992 Season

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung you in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad

Bus Stop


1991 Season

Chapter Two



1990 Season

Table Settings

Close Ties    


1989 Season

Asleep on the Wind 

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 


1988 Season


Butterflies Are Free


1987 Season

I Do! I Do!

Remember Us: A Memorial Day Tribute


Roger Williams College Theatre summer productions from 1974-1986 were performed in the Coffeehouse Theatre (now a classroom in the FCAS Building).

1980 Season 

The Cabaret Connection (revue)


1976 Season


Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (benefit)
A Broadway Celebration (revue)(benefit)


1975 Season

A Musical Potpourri (revue)(benefit)


1974 Season "Chief Petty Officer's Dinner Theatre Club"

The Singing Sixties: A Decade of Broadway (revue)

One Acts:  I'm Herbert/The Diary of Adam and Eve