Our 2022-23 Season

The School of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan proudly presents a professional-grade public production series each year. Performances take place on our campus in two venues: the Jerome Mirza Theatre at McPherson Hall and the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre in the theatre wing of Presser Hall.

Each of our productions are created, designed and performed by School of Theatre Arts students with support from faculty, staff and prestigious guest artists.

Tickets for fall productions will be available beginning Labor Day weekend. Contact the Box Office at (309) 556-3232 for more information or to be added to our mailing list.

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Appropriate | September 28 - October 2, 2022

 

Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2022 | Jerome Mirza Theatre

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Appropriate

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Guest director Ashley H. White directs Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “gut-puchingly honest work” (Time Out Chicago) about three adult siblings sorting through their late father’s mementos at the family's run-down Arkansas homestead. After an unsettling discovery among their father's possessions, the gathering erupts into an explosive turn of events. Winner of the 2014-15 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Appropriate delves into the fractured dynamics of a dysfunctional white family coming to terms with the patriarch's disturbing past.

Presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection.

Men on Boats | October 28 - 30, 2022

 

Oct. 28 - 30, 2022 | E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre

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Men on Boats

By Jaclyn Backhaus

This “off-the-canyon-walls funny” (Variety) voyage takes audiences on a rollicking ride through the Grand Canyon. Men on Boats hilariously retells the (mostly) true story of an 1869 expedition down the Colorado River. Between belly laughs lies a satirical interrogation of masculinity, colonialism and rugged individualism. “The tone is comic, but never cute or camp. And ultimately, you feel, the play respects its bold if fallible pioneers, in all their natural bravery and fearfulness.” (New York Times). Directed by Dr. Michelle Gibbs.

Presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection.

Sunday in The Park with George | November 16 - 20, 2022  

 

Nov. 16 - 20, 2022 | Jerome Mirza Theatre

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Sunday in The Park With George

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine

“Destined to be forever spoken of with misty-eyed bragging rights by anyone who sees it” (The New York Times), Sunday in The Park With George is Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musing on pointillist George Seurat’s most-famous work, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Scott Susong directs this two-time Olivier Award-winning, timeless painting-brought-to-life. The reverie centers on a fictional version of Seurat—a wistful, obsessive artist engrossed in creating his masterpiece—and his great-grandson, a modern-day heir to Seurat’s unconventional genius.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Much Ado About Nothing | February 22-26, 2023

 

Feb. 22 - 26, 2023 | Jerome Mirza Theatre

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Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Are gossip and trickery senseless vices? Perhaps not when they provide fodder for Shakespeare’s enduring romantic comedy about two couples’ forays into matters of the heart. Tom Quinn directs one of the Bard’s most beloved and timeless classics.

Tintypes | March 22 - 26, 2023

 

Mar. 24 - 26, 2023 | E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre

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Tintypes

Conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle, musical and vocal arrangements by Mel Marvin, orchestration and vocal arrangements by John McKinney

Set amid a wave of immigration and innovation at the turn of the 20th century, Tintypes is a pastiche of Americana set in the shadow of World War I. Guest director Andy Kreiss (BFA Music Theatre ‘86) directs this heart-warming, Tony Award-winning musical revue featuring toe-tapping tunes from the era by John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin and Victor Herbert, to name a few.

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert | April 12- 16, 2023

April 12 - 16, 2023 | Jerome Mirza Theatre

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Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert

Celebrate spring with our biennial repertory dance concert, featuring SoTA students performing choreography by our talented faculty!

 

 

 

 


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