University Theatre 2019-2020 Subscription Series

See also:
Studio Series, Dance Series, and the 2019-2020 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).


How I Learned to Drive

by Paula Vogel

directed by Brook Davis

 7:30 pm Sept. 20-21 & 25-28, 2019

2:00 pm Sept. 22 & 29, 2019

The Ring Theatre

*Note:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by September 13.  Limited seating available in the Ring Theate.  No late admission allowed.

Paula Vogel’s brilliant, compassionate, and harrowing memory play follows Li’l Bit as she reveals her complicated relationship with her Uncle Peck, a man who is simultaneously her abuser and her savior.  This darkly comic, heartbreaking play challenges its audience to wrestle with the dangerous intersections of years of trauma in a complicit world, and the strength of forgiveness.

*SPECIAL NOTE: This play deals frankly with issues of childhood sexual abuse and is not intended for children.  We encourage all patrons to use their own discretion.

How I Learned to Drive is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

directed by Sharon Andrews

7:30 pm November 1-2 & 7-9, 2019

2:00 pm November 3 & 10, 2019

The Tedford Stage

*Notes:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by October 25.

This searing play is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 during the infamous Salem Witch Trials.  Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible to intentionally resonate with the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings and, of course, it does so brilliantly.  But the resonance doesn’t end there.  How often have we heard the words “witch hunt” tossed around recently?  How many examples of whipped up mass hysteria scroll past our news feeds?  How do we respond to standing up for one’s beliefs when the belief may be a lie, and the lie destroys lives?  The Crucible is a powerfully entertaining drama that resonates just as deeply now as it did in the 1950’s.

The Crucible is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.




Ever in the Glades

by Laura Schellhardt

directed by Brittni Shambaugh Addison (’10)

7:30 pm February 7-8 & 13-15, 2020

2:00 pm February 9 & 16, 2020

The Tedford Stage

*Note:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by January 31.

“You can’t escape The Glades.  They come for everyone in the end.”

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five young people struggle to survive in a land where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. When they devise a plan to escape, they are forced to grapple with the fear that what they are running to may be worse than what they are running from.  This brilliant new play by Laura Schellhardt begs the question:  what is the current generation’s responsibility to the next, and what happens if we fail them?

Ever in the Glades is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim               

Book by James Lapine

directed by Cindy Gendrich

7:30 pm March 27-28 & April 2-4, 2020

2:00 pm March 29 & Apirl 5, 2020

The Tedford Stage

*Note:  Season tickets for this production need to be reserved by March 20.

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s exhilarating, funny, magical, and harrowing play is about wishes and longing, witches and giants, being lost and being found.  Winner of three Tony Awards, including best book and best score, Into the Woods is a “delicious spin on Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and other fairy tales.”  But its wisdom, its dazzling wit, and its glowing melodies take it far beyond those childhood tales.  Join us for our 2020 take on this Sondheim classic.

Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International,



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