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Season 2015-2016

The season spans from September to April.

Time Flies

By David Ives
September 18-19
(Freshman Play)

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

The Increased Difficulty of Concentration 

By Václav Havel
October 9-11; 15-17

(Main Season I)

This satirical and absurd farce is about an academic who tries to make sense of his chaotic existence while juggling women, philosophical ponderings, and queries from a bizarre machine. 

Festival of One-Act Plays

The Bear, by Anton Chekhov
Drawing the Shades, by April Wilson

October 23-24
Stage Company)

Enjoy these student directed plays.

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
November 13-15; 19-21
(Main Season II)

Shakespeare's last play is a classic romantic comedy about the illusions of life and of the theatre.

Say Goodnight, Gracie

By Ralph Pape
January 22-23

(Senior Directing Project)

First an Off-Off-Broadway and then an Off-Broadway hit, this very funny yet very revealing first play deals with the coming of age of the idealistic generation raised in the "Golden Age of Television."--Samuel French Senior directed play. 

The Underpants

Adapted by Steve Martin from a play by Carl Sternheim
February 26-29, March 1-2
(Main Season III)

"The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise's bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise's momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes' home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac."--Samuel French

Variety Show: Anything Goes

March 18-19
(Stage Company)

An evening of comedy, music, and general entertainment!


Adapted by  Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
With additional contributions by  Gordon Greenberg

Songs by  Craig Carnelia and Micki Grant and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead and Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor
From the book by Studs Terkel

Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six TONY Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age featuring new songs by TONY Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor. -- Music Theatre International

April 15-17, 20, 22-23
(Main Season IV)