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LEND ME A TENOR Runs Sept. 23-Oct. 3

Wright State University
Sept. 23-Oct. 3
Festival Playhouse [Dayton]

We celebrate Wright State’s return to live theatre with one of the funniest, most raucous farces ever! Filled with slamming doors, mistaken identities, high-stakes hijinks, and a touch of Opera, Lend Me A Tenor will have you in stitches. Step into a beautiful art deco world to meet a cast of looney characters that appear to have stepped out of 1930s Hollywood.

9/14/21 Covid-19 Policy: In observance of University policy, all performers and audience members are required to be masked during performances. 
Note: Always verify the latest policy changes before attendance.

  • Thu, Sept. 23 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 24-25 at 8pm
  • Sun, Sept. 26 at 2pm
  • Thu, Sept. 30 at 7pm
  • Fri, Oct. 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 2 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Oct. 3 at 2pm

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2021-2022 Season Announced by Wright State University


September 23-October 3
Festival Playhouse

October 29-Nov. 14
Festival Playhouse

November 19-December 4
Herbst Theatre

February 3-13
Festival Playhouse

February 18-27
Herbst Theatre

March 24-April 3
Festival Playhouse

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Wright State Theatre Presents First Video Streaming musical, THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY, March 26-28

WSU_Theory of Relativity logoWright State Theatre will present its first streaming musical production of the year, THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY online only, March 26-28. With music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (The Story of My Life, Broadway), The THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Whether you’re allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or a first-term college student figuring out your place in life, audiences are sure to see a bit of themselves in this fresh new musical.

Through a collection of witty and moving songs, scenes and monologues, THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY introduces a group of college students experiencing their first independence and the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection that comes with it.

“Take a Physics manual, blend it with the sound of The Book of Mormon, the hilariously nerdy references of The Big Bang Theory , a sprinkle of Chicago, few drops of Glee, bake it in a Broadway bowl, use all the originality you can have….That’s the successful recipe for the spectacular song cycle, THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY.”– Live Like Tom

Directed by Greg Hellems (Head of Wright State’s Musical Theatre program) and Musical Directed by R. Wade Russo, this is Wright State Theatre’s first filmed musical. Hellems says, “Finding a cinematic expression for Theory has been an exciting opportunity. The show is unapologetically about recognizing the need for human relationships and the experience of making and losing those interactions. The lyrics have taken on a whole new meaning now that many of those connections have been disrupted by the real obstacles presented by Covid-19.

For theatre artists, shooting a film has been a rewarding new challenge. Working without a film crew, the cast and production team have explored the medium of film in the most accessible of ways, our iPhones. For everyone working on this production, this was our first chance to be back in rehearsal and in performance since March of 2020. I was so moved the first night the cast sang together live, I was teary eyed. After a year of waiting, having a chance to make art again has been joyful.”. In an intensely collaborative process of filming with students, alumni and staff across Wright State’s Dayton campus, the company has found creative and unusual ways to create joyful art in the midst of the pandemic.

Audiences can see The Theory of Relativity online at www.showtix4u.com and follow the simple prompts to purchase tickets for home viewing.

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KARENS: A Comedy of Very Bad Manners Available Feb. 26-28

WSUKARENS: A Comedy of Very Bad Manners
Wright State University
Feb. 26-28

Directed by Bruce Cromer

Moliere’s comedy was social satire, with some comic stereotypes borrowed from Commedia del Arte; this hour-long look at the lunacies of our past year is in that vein, complete with iambic-pentameter-couplets and quarantines. Written as a contemporary verse drama, and riddled with up-to-the-minute references to politics, social media, gender identity, COVID and every other early-2021 crisis, KARENS brings Moliere’s biting satire and nimble linguistic wit to life for a new age. Free, donations welcome.

  • Available Fri-Sun, Feb. 26-28

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Local Playwright Lands Spot in Playbill Virtual Theatre Festival

MISC_Our Time logoWhen the Playbill Virtual Theatre Festival Live (https://vtf.live) launches its live performances on October 23, it will feature a piece with a Cincinnati connection.

Kelsey Celek, a Springboro native and alumni of Wright State University, is the playwright of OUR TIME, which will make its online debut October 23. Out of 150 submissions, Celek’s script was selected as one of 12 pieces that will be performed live online during Playbill VTF Live.

Playbill VTF Live encourages theatre artists to think outside the black box and develop new forms of live theatre that can be experienced simultaneously with other audience members regardless of physical location or proximity. The festival will present new works created specifically for live-online performance and will award two $1,500 cash prizes, one to a festival winner chosen by a panel of judges and the second to an Audience Choice winner voted on by festival viewers. Playbill VTF Live will be hosted by theatre media icon Playbill and run exclusively on Playbill.com from October 23rd through the 25th.

Celek’s production, OUR TIME, is an updated take on a classic play, set in the spring of 2020.

“So much is changing in our day-to-day,” Celek says, “The way we work, the way we communicate, the way we celebrate our milestones – all new. The play explores how we are adapting to these changes, and how we’re holding onto what’s stayed the same – our ties to each other.”

When asked about working on a virtual format, Celek adds, “It’s very different from what I’ve grown accustomed to in a live production! However, the real advantage is being able to collaborate with theatre artists from all across the United States. I’m delighted to have this ensemble of actors in the same room, even if it’s a virtual one.”

Local audiences will notice some other familiar faces, too – fellow Wright State alums Dani Cox, Aziza Macklin, and Nevada Montgomery are included in the cast.

“I’m intrigued by the possibilities virtual theatre can uncover,” says Cox, “I’m so thrilled that I’m able to work with fellow actors/ friends who I haven’t seen in years.

OUR TIME will share its live performance online Friday, October 23 . All-Access Festival Passes are just $2.99 each, and $1 of each Festival Pass will be donated to the Actors Fund. Visit vtf.live to purchase a Festival Pass.

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