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THE MOUSETRAP Runs Sept. 23-Oct. 2

WSU_The Mousetrap logoTHE MOUSETRAP
Wright State University
Sept. 23-Oct. 2
Festival Playhouse, Creative Arts Center [Dayton]

Directed by Jason Podplesky

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the history of western theatre. This most classic of murder mysteries, written by the queen of the art form, is set in an old English country home, filled with surprising twists and turns as we all try to figure out…whodunnit! Wright State’s production is led by guest director Jason Podplesky, with scenic design by guest Dick Block (associate head of drama, Carnegie Mellon University).

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

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2022-2023 Season Announced by Wright State University

WSUFrom WSU Newsroom

Wright State Theatre 2022–23 season features classic and contemporary plays, musicals and dance

Wright State University Theatre will present a new season of exciting classic and contemporary dramas, musicals and dance during the 2022–2023 academic year.

The new season celebrates Wright State Theatre’s first as part of the newly organized School of Fine and Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts.

“Wright State Theatre’s next season explores our shared search for human connection, meaning and self-discovery,” said Joe Deer, artistic director and distinguished professor of musical theatre. “These productions give Dayton audiences a chance to see the work of exceptional performing arts students preparing to follow past Raider alumni to Broadway, Hollywood, national and international stages and screens.”

Season tickets are now on sale on the School of Fine and Performing Arts website or by calling David Emery, Box Office manager, at 937-775-2500.

“The Mousetrap,” Sept. 23–Oct. 2, Festival Playhouse
Wright State opens its Festival Playhouse season with Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” the longest-running play in modern theatre history. The mystery centers on a group of apparent strangers who have gathered in an old English country house cut off by a blizzard and discover that there is a murderer in their midst. “The Mousetrap” is led by guest director Jason Podplesky with scenic design by Dick Block, associate head of drama at Carnegie Mellon University.

“Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy,” Nov. 4–20, Festival Playhouse
“Sister Act” is the feel-good pop/gospel musical comedy based on the hit film. Those who loved Wright State Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!” last season won’t want to miss “Sister Act.” “Sister Act” is directed and choreographed by Greg Hellems, head of musical theatre at Wright State.

“Bright Star,” Nov. 18–Dec. 4, Herbst Theatre
“Bright Star,” by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is a joyous and heartfelt bluegrass musical story of love and redemption. The musical will be directed and choreographed by guest artist Leslie Goddard Baum.

“Arcadia,” Feb. 3–12, 2023, Festival Playhouse
“Arcadia,” by Tom Stoppard, leaps artfully between 1809 and the present while exploring the possibilities life offers as we make seemingly minor but irreversible choices. The drama is directed by Marya Spring Cordes, associate professor of theatre and associate chair of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

“The Laramie Project,” Feb. 17–26, Herbst Theatre
“The Laramie Project,” by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project, is about the reaction to the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student. The story is told through the actual words of people who experienced the tragedy firsthand in Laramie, Wyoming. “The Laramie Project” is directed by Josh Aaron McCabe, associate professor of theatre and produced in collaboration with Wright State’s Office of LGBTQA Affairs.

Plans are underway to offer concurrent programming related to the production.

“On The Town,” March 17–April 8, Festival Playhouse
“On The Town” is the landmark musical comedy by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Featuring a full onstage orchestra, Wright State Theatre’s production and will be presented in collaboration with other programs in the School of Fine and Performing Arts. “On The Town” is directed by Deer with musical direction by F. Wade Russo.

Wright State Dance in Concert, April 20–23, Festival Playhouse
The Wright State Dance in Concert brings together the talents of faculty members in the Wright State Dance Program and outstanding guest choreographers to present a bouquet of ballet, jazz and modern dance. The concert includes guest performances by partner companies Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and Dayton Ballet II.

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SWEET CHARITY Runs March 18-April 3

WSU_Sweet Charity logoSWEET CHARITY
Wright State University
March 18-April 3
Festival Playhouse [Dayton]

The groovy dance musical hit, Sweet Charity, tells the story of Charity Hope Valentine, an eternal optimist in a hard-luck world. Filled with exuberant dance, joyous song, and a nod to the swingin’ 60s, this production gives you a special “behind the scenes” look at how a major musical would have felt in rehearsal.

  • Fri-Sat, March 18-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, March 20 at 2pm
  • Thu, March 24 at 7pm
  • Fri, March 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, March 26 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, March 27 at 2pm
  • Fri, April 1 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 2 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 3 at 2pm

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Performance Cancellations for Thu, Feb. 3

Updated 2/3/22 4:45pm

  • MISC_Weather Snow Cancellations9am BEEHIVE the Musical [West Price Hill]
    Covedale Center for the Performing Arts through Feb. 20
    ALERT: the Thursday (2/3) performance of BEEHIVE has been canceled to due weather conditions. Ticket holders for this performance can contact the box office at (513) 241-6550 to transfer to another performance. The show runs through 2/20. Stay safe, friends. Remember: you can’t hurry love.
  • 12:25pm BONNIE & CLYDE [Newport]
    Footlighters Inc. through Feb. 6
    If you purchased tickets for this performance, you’ll be hearing from us to reschedule for one of our remaining shows.
  • 10:50am DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead [Covington]
    Performances shifted from Thu-Sat to Fri-Sun
    New performance times: Fri, Feb. 4 at 8pm & Sat-Sun, Feb. 5-6 at 3pm
    Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park through Feb. 27
    The Thursday, Feb. 3 performance of Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help has been cancelled. If you have tickets, please see your email for more information or request an exchange with this form. Thank you!
  • 4:45pm MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM [Downtown]
    Cincinnati Shakespeare Company through Feb. 12
    Cincinnati Shakespeare is closed today due to the inclement weather. Tonight’s performance of “Ma Rainey” has been cancelled. All ticket holders have been contacted. The box office phone and email lines are still open today at 513-381-2273 and boxoffice@cincyshakes.com. Stay warm and safe out there!
  • 12:10pm SWEAT [Dayton]
    Wright State University through Feb. 20
    Due to the inclement weather of 2/3/22, the production run is being pushed back one week.


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THE GONDOLIERS Runs Feb. 18-27

WSU_The Gondoliers logoTHE GONDOLIERS
Wright State University
Feb. 18-27
Herbst Theatre [Dayton]

The Gondoliers is a timeless musical farce, set in a fantastical Venice of the 19th century as only Gilbert and Sullivan could imagine it. Musical theatre doesn’t get sillier than this mistaken identity musical farce, filled with witty and tuneful songs and nutty characters that seem to spring from Saturday morning cartoons. Frivolity and comic mayhem will rule the day as we wait to find the identity of the true King of Barataria.

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 18-19 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 20 at 2pm
  • Fri, Feb. 25 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 26 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 27 at 2pm

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