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.

Arsenic & Old Lace | by Joseph Kesselring

ARSENIC & OLD LACE

by Joseph Kesselring

In this classic comedy, Mortimer Brewster must somehow juggle his engagement to Elaine the minister's daughter with his homicidal family while fending off the police. With two spinster aunts offing lonely old men with their homemade brew and two unhinged brothers, one more sinister than the other, Mortimer's work is cut out for him. Be careful, or you just might die laughing!

Arsenic & Old Lace is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

Main Theatre
Oct. 11-13 & 18-20, 2019
Directed by John Forkner

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The Gifts of the Magi | Music by Randy Courts | Lyrics by Randy Courts & Mark St. Germain

THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI

by Randy Courts & Mark St. Germain

Two of O. Henry's beloved Christmas stories come to life in this musical gem. Against the backdrop of a cold New York City, the devoted but impoverished Della and Jim make great personal sacrifices to give each other gifts, while the homeless Soapy pins his hopes for a warm bed on a night in jail. Your heart will melt as they discover – and create – the warmth of the season.

The Gifts of the Magi is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Studio Theatre
Nov. 22-24 & Dec. 6-8, 2019
Directed by Eric Harrell

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Tweleve Angry Men | by Reginald Rose

TWELVE ANGRY MEN

by Reginald Rose

In this update on the classic play featuring both men and women, 12 anonymous jurors must decide the fate of a young defendant accused of murdering his own father, a crime that bears an automatic death penalty. The jury is unanimous, except for one juror who casts doubt on the case. As they deliberate, will they overcome their own prejudices and fears to arrive at a just verdict?

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

Studio Theatre
Jan. 24-26 & Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2020
Directed by Marcie-Anna Klaustermeyer

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A Tale of Two Cities | Adapted by Laura Eason

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Adapted by Laura Eason

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." So begins this whirlwind adaptation of the classic tale, featuring a small ensemble of actors taking on all the characters in Charles Dickens' epic novel. It is the height of the French Revolution, and former French aristocrat Charles Darnay and his family have traveled from London to Paris, only to find themselves helplessly swept up in the Reign of Terror. When Darnay's enemies seek vengeance, it will take an act of great courage and sacrifice to save them all from the guillotine.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Studio Theatre
Feb. 28-Mar.1 & Mar. 6-8, 2020
Directed by John Forkner

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Brigadoon | Book & Lyrics by Alan Joy Lerner | Music by Frederick Loewe

LERNER & LOEWE'S BRIGADOON

Book & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner | Music by Frederick Loewe

The mysterious town of Brigadoon appears out of the mists of the Scottish Highlands once every 100 years. When two New Yorkers stumble upon it, Tommy falls hard for Fiona, placing the fate of the entire village at risk. Will he return home or remain in Brigadoon forever? Will Brigadoon disappear into the mists of time forever--never to reappear? With dreamy hits such as "Almost Like Being in Love," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," and "Heather on a Hill," this timeless romantic musical will sweep you off your feet.

Lerner & Loewe's Brigadoon is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Main Theatre
Apr. 24-26 & May 1-3, 2020
Directed by Michael Hill-Kirkland

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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.

These Shining Lives

by Melanie Marnich

Regent Theatre SecondStage presents the poignant story of women working in a watch factory. Little known to them, the radium-infused glow-in-the-dark paint they use to paint the watch dials causes cancer. Their fight for justice and for life itself reveals their strength of character. Very limited seating!

Theatre 128
March 22-24 & 29-31

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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

 

  • Romeo & Juliet
  • It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
  • Dear Brutus
  • Little Women
  • 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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