Theatre Season

Introducing the 40th anniversary theatre season at Regent University! Since 1978, Regent has been producing shows of the highest caliber. Productions range from Broadway musicals and the classics, to touching dramas and modern comedies. These stories are brought to life by passionate young artists. For 40 years, we’ve been presenting our audiences with theatre for heart and soul.

Romeo & Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s bittersweet tale of young lovers who must choose either their passion or the long-standing feud between their families reminds us of the power of love. Can Romeo and Juliet overcome the objections of their revenge-seeking elders and the whims of fate that stand in the way of their love? What lengths will they go to for love and what will it cost them to pursue it?

Main Theatre
Oct. 19-21 & 26-28

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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

adapted by Joe Landry

The heartwarming 1947 film comes to life as a staged radio play complete with sound effect artists and an ensemble of players portraying dozens of characters. Among them, leading man George Bailey who teeters on the brink of ending his life on Christmas Eve and Clarence Oddbody the angel sent to stop him. George’s salvation is nothing short of miraculous when Clarence reveals what life would be like without him.

Studio Theatre
Dec. 7-9 & 14-16

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Dear Brutus

by J.M. Barrie

The author of Peter Pan creates a Neverland for grown-ups in this fantastical comedy set in the 1920s. A peculiar mix of guests receive mysterious invitations to the home of the puckish Lob for midsummer eve. They soon find themselves in an enchanted moonlit wood where dreams and wishes come true, but only for an evening. Reality returns at dawn when they must decide whether to build their lives on choice or chance.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Studio Theatre
Feb. 22-24 & Mar. 1-3

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Little Women

by Allan Knee, Jason Howland & Mindi Dickstein

This powerful musical retells Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story of four sisters coming of age in Civil War-era America. Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy must overcome their personal challenges, keep the household going on a shoestring, and hold fast to their convictions before they find love and start homes of their own. With the glorious music, sentimental storyline, and all those petticoats, you’ll be transported into the 19th century.

Main Theatre
Apr. 26-28 & May 3-5

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Secondstage

Our Secondstage plays are held in Theatre 128 – a very intimate space that allows for greater experimentation and a unique theatre experience. We produce two shows per academic year in the Secondstage season.

About the Season

Welcome to Regent University’s 2017-18 Theatre Season.

With God’s glory in view, we go boldly forth in our commitment to continue to bring you high-quality theatre productions that entertain, educate, and stimulate. This year’s season will do a bit of each as we explore how Love changes human behavior and redeems even the most difficult of circumstances.

In Carlo Goldoni’s Italian farce The Servant of Two Masters, a resourceful and perpetually hungry Truffaldino tries to serve two different masters in order to get an extra meal. When the feisty Smeraldina smites his heart, he discovers that what he truly hungers for is much greater than what he expected.

Norman Krasna’s 1940’s comedy Dear Ruth turns a teenage girl’s altruistic intentions to bolster the morale of a young soldier into a catalyst that causes a life-altering change of heart for her older sister, Ruth. Opening on Broadway in 1944, the play had an impressive two-year run, as well as a film adaptation in 1947 starring William Holden.

The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort is inspired by the true story of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This Greek-styled work illustrates how a simple act of love helped to heal hearts filled with grief and bitterness.

Finally, Bock & Harnick’s euphoric romantic comedy She Loves Me takes a wistful look at how love can unexpectedly change those it touches. Originally based on the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklós László, the story has been adapted several times into popular films--the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullavan classic The Shop Around the Corner; the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical In the Good Old Summertime; and more recently the 1998 Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan comedy You've Got Mail.

On behalf of the graduate and undergraduate theatre programs at Regent University, we thank you for your continued support and welcome you to another stellar performance season.

Thank you for joining us for yet another stellar season!
Jan Gompper
Chair, Department of Theatre & Music

Past Performances

 

THEATRE SEASON

  • The Servant of Two Masters
  • The Women of Lockerbie
  • She Loves Me
  • Dear Ruth

THEATRE SEASON

  • Dracula
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The Seagull
  • Oklahoma!

SECONDSTAGE

  • Silent Sky
  • Shorts!
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Macbeth
  • Ah! Wilderness
  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • The Diviners
  • Big River
  • Steel Magnolias
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Bus Stop
  • Shadowlands
  • The Trojan Women
  • The Drowsy Chaperone
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Tempest
  • Joyful Noise
  • The Adding Machine
  • Everywoman
  • The Fiddler on the Roof
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Beau Jest
  • Tartuffe
  • Doubt
  • As It Is In Heaven
  • Two Rooms
  • Last Night of Ballyhoo
  • Leaving Iowa
  • Our Town
  • The Royal Gambit
  • The Runner Stumbles
  • Medea
  • Bye Bye Birdie
  • As You Like It
  • The Boys Next Door
  • Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Little Women
  • The Elephant Man
  • Godspell
  • You Can't Take It With You
  • The Emporer's New Clothes
  • Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • The Glory Man
  • The Rivals
  • Shorts
  • Singing in the Rain
  • Spinning Into Butter

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