#WPUTheatre: A Preview of the Company’s 2017-18 Season

October 23, 2017

2017 – 2018 Season Lineup

An Evening with Edgar Alan Poe – Oct 26-29

WPU Theatre Hosts An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe

William Peace Theatre delves into the dark imagination of one of America’s foremost authors in An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, October 26 – 29 in the parlor of WPU’s Main Building. This anthology work explores six of Poe’s short stories, a collection of terrifying and mysterious tales dealing with madness, murder, and mayhem.

This production features several of the author’s most recognizable titles: “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  It also gives audiences a chance to experience works they may not have encountered: “The Purloined Letter,” “The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether,” and “The Oblong Box.” These twisted tales tend to contain bizarre murders and often allow Poe to blur the lines between the sound mind and insanity.

Audiences are invited to experience the brilliant and disturbing imagination of Edgar Allan Poe in the mid-nineteenth century parlor of Peace’s Main Building just in time for Halloween.

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The Wild Party – Nov 16-19

The Wild Party is a steamy, cautionary tale about recklessness and excess. Set in the Prohibition Era, lovers Queenie and Burrs decide to throw a decadent and raucous party in their small, Manhattan apartment. As the guests arrive, Queenie becomes taken with her friend’s date, sparking a complicated love triangle. The night, fueled by booze, lust, and pretension, takes a dangerous turn as Burrs’s jealousy gets the best of him. Violence erupts and shots are fired, but who shot who?

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The WPU Christmas Spectacular- Dec 3 (5pm after Santa) (Free. No tickets required)

The Theatre Department invites you to celebrate the holiday season with students, faculty, alumni, and friends of William Peace University. Following the beloved tradition of cookies and story time with Santa, this delightful celebration will certainly leave you full of good cheer! Enjoy music, dance, and holiday-inspired variety acts that are free for audiences of all ages.

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Promo image for WPU Theatre production, Five Women Same Dress.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress- Feb 15-18

Five southern, reluctant and ludicrously clad bridesmaids seek refuge from a decadent wedding reception. The hysterically motley crew finds that they have more in common with one another than they thought as they increasingly divulge secrets about their lives. Irreverently funny and surprisingly heartfelt, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a fantastic look at the intricacies of friendship, femininity, and fashion faux pas.

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The WPU Dance Concert- March 17 (Free. No tickets required)

Enjoy an evening of dance performances by students of all majors at WPU. Choreographers will consist of advanced dance students, alumni, WPU instructors, and community professionals as dancers perform amid fantastic set pieces inspired by this year’s theme: Origins. You won’t want to miss this awesome (and free) showcase of WPU’s finest dancers!

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Assassins- April 19-22

Assassins is Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim’s dark comedy about violence and the American Dream. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, and other infamous assassins (and would-be assassins) take the stage in a surreal exploration of America’s obsession with success and show business and the ways that Presidential killers are more frighteningly familiar than we might like to admit.

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