University Theatre 2018-2019 Subscription Series

See also:
Studio Series, Dance Series, and the 18-19 Season Brochure

Performed on the Harold C. Tedford Main Stage (formerly known as the Mainstage Theatre), Scales Fine Arts Center.  Evening performances are on Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm.  Matinee performances are on Sundays at 2:00 pm.  *Please note some productions may vary its performance schedule and/or location.  Details on each production are below.

Box office is open 1-5pm, Tuesday-Friday, two weeks before opening night and one hour prior to curtain.

Ticket prices for individual shows are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.  Season subscription prices are $40 for adults, $32 for senior citizens and WFU faculty/staff, and $20 for students (all prices include NC sales tax).

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Light Up the Sky

by Moss Hart

directed by Sharon Andrews

 7:30 pm Sept. 28-29 & October 4-6, 2018

2:00 pm Sept. 30 & Oct. 7, 2018

The Tedford Stage

*Note:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by September 21.

A brand new play opening “out-of-town” in Boston is Broadway bound! Or is it? Can a serious play with a heartfelt message bring in the big bucks or will it prove a dismal failure? Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky is a hilarious, fast-paced, biting but ultimately loving send up of the endless egos, anxieties and shifting loyalties of 1940’s theatre folk.  But, it is also a play about the integrity of a writer and his loyalty to what he has to say. When Light Up the Sky opened on Broadway on November 18, 1948 critic William Hawkins said that Hart “turned up with an extremely funny, high riding comedy that is pitiless in its comment on the theatre while brazenly in love with it.” Hart himself described his play as “a simple story about show people who love each other, get into trouble, detest each other and then find out that they need each other.”

*SPECIAL NOTE: We are holding a celebration of life for the late James Dodding on Saturday, October 6. Tickets for that evening’s performance will be on hold until September 14 for attendees of the afternoon event.

Light Up the Sky is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


The Wolves

by Sarah DeLappe

directed by J.K. Curry

7:30 pm Oct. 25-27 & Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2018

2:00 pm October 28 & November 4, 2018

Ring Theatre

*Notes:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by October 19.  Limited seating available.  No late admission.

Winner of the inaugural Relentless Award for Playwriting, as well as a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, The Wolves provides a fresh look at the lives of contemporary teenagers, focusing on a girls’ indoor soccer team. “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play,” according to Ben Brantley of the New York Times. As the young women navigate their way into a complex adult world, they engage in friendships and rivalries, moments of silliness, and fierce competitiveness. Above all, they are teammates intent on winning the next game.

The Wolves is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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by Molière

adapted by Constance Congdon from a literal prose translation by Virginia Scott

directed by John E.R. Friedenberg

7:30 pm February 15-16 & 21-23, 2019

2:00 pm February 17 & 24, 2019

The Tedford Stage

*Note:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by February 8.

Tartuffe, an ostensibly pious con man cloaked in religious trappings, flatters his way into the home of a wealthy but gullible man and indulges his appetites at the expense of the exasperated family. Will he succeed in marrying his host’s young daughter? Will he seduce his host’s wife? Will he turn the family out of their own house? Congdon’s witty verse adaptation of Molière’s biting comedy is a scandalous treat originally banned by the French State and deliciously adapted with quicksilver wit for a contemporary audience. Come see this titillating comedy and inject some light and laughter into your winter.

Tartuffe is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht

Translated by James and Tania Stern               with W.H. Auden

directed by Cindy Gendrich

7:30 pm April 5-6 & April 11-13, 2019

2:00 pm April 7 & 14, 2019

The Tedford Stage

*Note:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by March 29.

Mutiny in the palace! A kind servant young woman rescues the Governor’s newborn heir, scales mountains, and battles soldiers to keep the child safe.  Eventually she and the boy are presented for trial to the unpredictable judge, Azdak. A story of love and greed, sacrifice and opportunism, told in Brecht’s own rough and tumble style

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