College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Theatre 2018–19 Season

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A Year with Frog and Toad

Music by Robert Reale
Lyrics by Willie Reale
Book by Willie Reale, based on the children’s stories by Arnold Lobel
Directed by Bev Redman
Musical Direction by Holly Knott
Williams Theatre

Sept. 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2018             8:00 p.m.
Sept. 22, 23, 29           2:00 p.m.

Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books, A Year with Frog and Toad is a whimsical musical that tells the story of two best friends: the cheerful Frog and curmudgeonly Toad. The musical follows Frog and Toad through four colorful seasons, from hibernation to hibernation. Frog and Toad, along with their playful, quirky friends Snail, Turtle, the Birds, and others, enact many adventures, from rushing down a hill in a runaway sled to taking a picnic and a quiet moment in the summer. Children and adults alike will relish the joyful vignettes featuring catchy tunes, funny dialogue, and bright, memorable characters.



Adapted from the Greek classic by Sophocles
Directed by Jeff Casazza
Williams Theatre

Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2018               8:00 p.m.
Nov. 11         2:00 p.m.

Antigone, determined to bury her brother who has died in a contentious civil war, now has to battle their uncle Creon, the new king. He decrees that her brother’s body should be left unburied for the birds to devour. Believing her duty to her brother and the gods is greater than her duty to her king, she disobeys this order knowing full well that challenging authority and fighting for justice will bring about her eventual demise. Fearless in the face of moral, religious, and political dilemmas that mirror those of today, Antigone, often seen as theatre’s first female hero, is a hero of our time.


The Secret in the Wings

By Mary Zimmerman
Directed by James Stover
Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall

Dec. 7, 8, 2018             8:00 p.m.

Heidi has a frightening problem. Only she has the ability to see that her neighbor, Mr. Fitzpatrick, is quite unusual. In fact, he’s actually an ogre. And now, her parents have asked him to babysit her while they go out! As they read through books together, the characters in several lesser-known fairy tales come alive and begin to play out their stories with each tale breaking off just at its bleakest moment. In this surreal, imaginative and colorful story, young Heidi journeys through a dark and mysterious world filled with humor and wit on a captivating voyage into our collective childhood subconscious.


Once Upon a Mattress

Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer
Directed by Craig A. Humphrey
Musical Direction by Holly Knott
Williams Theatre

Feb. 22, 23, 28, Mar. 1, 2, 2019        8:00 p.m.
Feb. 24     2:00 p.m.

If you thought you knew the story of the “The Princess and the Pea,” you’re in for an eye-opening surprise. The disheveled Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (made famous by Carol Burnett) is not your typical princess and her soon-to-be husband Prince Dauntless the Drab, not your typical prince! His mother, Queen Aggravain, is determined to shut this wedding down while the ladies-in-waiting of the court need the Prince to marry first so they can tie-the-knot.  Carried along on a wave of vaudeville turns, sprightly dancing, insinuating jokes and raucous and romantic songs, Once Upon a Mattress provides non-stop, side-splitting shenanigans.


The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Mark Ridgeway
Williams Theatre

April 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2019      8:00 p.m.

How much do most people actually know about the disciple Judas Iscariot beyond his betrayal of Jesus and his having hanged himself?  Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis places this infamous man on trial in purgatory allowing historical figures like Pontius Pilate, Mother Teresa, and Sigmund Freud to take the witness stand in this hilarious, often irreverent, and certainly penetrating look at this man.  A host of other characters including Jesus, Satan, Saint Monica, and Henrietta Iscariot (Judas’ mother) help to challenge our perceptions of judgment and forgiveness during this fascinating journey through the uproarious and thought-provoking trial of Judas Iscariot.


University Box Offices

Larson Ticket Office

Larson Box Office

Located in Gates Athletic Center in room 126, the box office is conveniently located inside the main doors across from the Fitness Center Check-in Desk. The Larson Ticket Office is the home base of the daily operations. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets. Please arrive early. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission.  Children under six will not be admitted. Purchase Tickets ONLINE.

Box Office Hours:

  • Purchase Tickets by Phone at 260-481-6555 or TTD: 260-481-4105
  • September 1 – May 31: Monday-Friday 12:30-6:30 p.m.
  • June 1-August 31: Tuesday-Thursday 1-6 p.m.
  • The University Box Office is closed during all School Holidays
  • This box office opens one-hour prior to the start of all athletic competitions

Single Ticket Prices for Plays

  • $16 Adults
  • $14 Seniors/Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $12 Groups of 10 or More
  • $12 Other College Students with ID
  • $5 Purdue Fort Wayne students/ High School Students/Children under 18

Single Ticket Prices for Musicals

  • $18 Adults
  • $16 Seniors/Faculty/Staff/Alumni
  • $14 Groups of 10 or More
  • $14 Other College Students with ID
  • $5 Purdue Fort Wayne students/ High School Students/Children under 18

Single Ticket Prices for Studio Showcase

Season Subscription patrons receive one free ticket to each production in
Studio Theatre when they are added to the season throughout the academic year.
$5 All Other Patrons

Williams Theatre Box OfficeThe Williams Theatre Box Office

The Williams Theatre Box Office, room 124, is located in the lobby of the Williams Theatre.

Box Office Hours:

  • Box Office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Williams Theatre. 

Please note that latecomers are seated at the discretion of the house manager in the Williams Theatre. Please plan to arrive early to allow for time to walk to the venue.

The Studio Theatre Box Office

The Studio Theatre Box Office, room G32,  is located on the northeast corner of Kettler Hall. 

Box Office Hours:

  • This box office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Studio Theatre. 

Please note that latecomers are not admitted after the start of the performance in the Studio Theatre.  Please plan to arrive early to allow for time to walk to the venue. 

Patrons with Disabilities

  • Accessible parking and lower level seating.
  • SoundMate® Personal Listening System available in Williams Theatre for patrons with hearing loss.
  • Text Telephone Device (TTD) ticket reservations: 260-481-4105.
  • Call the Purdue Fort Wayne Box Office at 260-481-6555 for any additional questions.