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Season 2016-2017

The season spans from September to April.

Fresh Ives

By David Ives
September 23-24
(Freshman Play)

New students begin their RWU theatrical careers with a collection of short comedies.

Peter and the Starcatcher  

By Rick Elice, Music by Wayne Barker
October 7-9; 13-15

(Main Season I)

"A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, containing a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly,  a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure."--Music Theatre International 

Festival of One-Act Plays

Not I and Rockaby, by Samuel Beckett

October 21-22
(Stage Company)

Enjoy these student directed plays by the pre-eminent author of absurdist drama.

The Liar

By David Ives, Adapted from Pierre Corneille
November 11-13; 17-19
(Main Season II)

"Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world's greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing's David Ives."--Dramatists


By Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks after Euripides
January 27-28

(Senior Directing Project)

"Two young children play games to distract themselves whilst their parents have a very famous showdown. As the dispute escalates the children are drawn away from their games and enter mythology as the most tragic siblings of all time."--Playlab 

Trojan Women

Adapted by Robin Stone from Euripides
March 3-8
(Main Season III)

A revisionist adaptation of Euripides' tragedy about the plight of captive women after the destruction of Troy and how little things have changed.

Variety Show

March 24-25
(Stage Company)

An evening of comedy, music, and general entertainment!

A Day in the Life

By The Living Theatre
March 27
(Alive! Arts)
The famous Living Theatre will perform this classic piece with RWU students.


Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle; Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle
April 21-23, 26, 28-29
(Main Season IV)
The hit musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail.