Season

2018-2019

  • Deathtrap

    Deathtrap, the smash-hit comedy-thriller that enjoyed a four-year run on Broadway, offers audiences a night of intrigue, wit, and. Of course, murder. What will Sidney Bruhl, a faltering writer of stage thrillers, do to finally have another success? Will he commit murder? This offering is the first for the new Silver Summer Dinner Theatre.

    The comedy-thriller focuses on Sidney Bruhl, a writer of Broadway thrillers who has not had a hit in over a decade. Bruhl receives a new script from a young writer named Clifford Anderson. The name of the play is Deathtrap, and Sidney is sure it will be a major smash. The older, cash-strapped writer has become so desperate to have another success that he indicates to his wife, Myra, that he may kill the young writer, steal his script, and put his own name on it.

    Things get very tense when Sidney invites Clifford to his home to discuss his new play. Add to this mix, the antics of the clairvoyant Helga Ten Dorp and the intrusions of Sidney’s lawyer Porter Milgrim, and you have a great evening of summer entertainment. Deathtrap is filled with comedy, surprises, deceptions, and, of course, murder.  June 30, 2018 – 15, 2018

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  • Mary Poppins

    One of the most popular Disney movies of all time has captured hearts in a whole new way: as an amazingly entertaining musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Plymouth State Theatre brings Mary Poppins, an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft, to the Hanaway Theatre. Featuring stage direction by Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Daily, music direction by Professor of Music Dan Perkins, and choreography by PSU alumna Amara Decker, as well as Flying by Foy, Mary Poppins is great fun for everyone! Please see our special matinee prices and keep on the lookout for preshow events for families!

    October 18 – 21, 2018

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  • Dracula’s Decadent Dinner Party
  • Game Night

    Event Description: In the contemporary comedy Game Night four friends get together for an evening of relaxation and fun, as they usually do each week, to play Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, and other favorites. This night might be like any other game night, but for the fact that in this foursome of friends, comprised of Brian, Miranda, Austin, and Jesse, one of the group is about to drop the big question to another. But taking the huge step into marriage is never simple, especially when messages become confused, intentions are misread, and emotions are high. Game Night, which was developed in PSU’s Playlab, is a fun, insightful, and witty comedy by PSU graduate Katherine Pereira. If you’ve ever been in love, played board games, or had a friend, then Game Night is your ticket for a great night of entertainment.

    November 14 – 17, 2018

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  • A Christmas Carol

    It is the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens, but with a bit of a twist. In this new stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is dead to begin with, as it takes place 10 years after his conversion. Nephew Fred, Bob Cratchit and his family, Charlotte Fezziwig, and others gather to remember the formerly cold-hearted man who learned to embrace the true spirit of Christmas. All are present but Tiny Tim, who is now known as the benevolent benefactor Tim Cratchit. As the group of friends and family retell and relive the story of Scrooge’s Christmas conversion, and the spirit of Ebenezer joins them, Tim is putting himself at risk as he helps a destitute family in the dangerous area of London known as Whitechaple.

    With direction by PSU Teaching Lecturer Fan Page, music by PSU alumni Andrew Morrissey, and lyrics and adaptation by Professor of Theatre Paul Mroczka, this stage play captures the story and spirit of Dickens’ original story, while offering audiences a new angle on the effect Scrooge had on those who came to love him. A Christmas Carol features Scott Sweatt as Ebenezer Scrooge and a cast of PSU students and community members. A Christmas Carol is a perfect holiday show for the entire family.

    December 6 – 8, 2018

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  • Our Town

    The classic American play Our Town, which won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, comes to the Hanaway stage in a new manner. With innovative staging, audiences join the occupants of Grover’s Corners on the stage itself, seated in an audience area that looks out upon the empty Hanaway auditorium, up into the fly loft, and off into the wings. Directed by PSU Teaching Lecturer and Winnipesauke Playhouse Director of Education Timothy L’Ecuyer, Our Town offers us insights into family, love, and life as it focuses on our daily existence and how much we take for granted each day, as well as how magnificent everyday life truly is.

    February 27 – March 2, 2019    

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  • Quilters

    Quilters is the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters that blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic designed to capture the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the life of women on the frontier, as they battle illness and death, face the challenges that nature offers, and struggle to creature a stable existence. They do also, in a life that is grueling and harsh, find love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed. Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Daily directs this moving and uplifting evening in the theatre.

    March 27 – 30, 2018

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