Wilkes University Theatre announces its 2019-2020 season. The season presents a variety of shows from thought-provoking dramas to musical comedies and Shakespearean classics.All performances will be held in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. General admission to the plays Doubt and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is $10, $5 for students and seniors and free for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. For the musicals Nine and The Spitfire Grill, general admission is $15, $10 for students and seniors and free for Wilkes students, faculty and staff with ID. For more information, please call the box office at 570-408-4540.
Doubt, A Parable
Written by John Patrick Shanley, this 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play asks the question: “What do you do when you’re not sure?” When an unconscionable accusation is leveled against the beloved priest Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. Directed by Jon Liebetrau, assistant professor of theatre, performances are Sept. 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 28 and 29 at 2 p.m.
Nine is the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film– a musical version of the Casanova story. Written by Mario Fratti, Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, the musical was awarded the 1982 Tony Award for best musical and the 2003 Tony Award for best revival of a musical. Directed by Joseph Dawson, associate dean and associate professor of theatre, performances are Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 17 at 2 p.m.
The Spitfire Grill
Based on a page from an old travel book, Percy, recently paroled from jail, follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and begins working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so Percy suggests raffling it off. Entry fees are $100 and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Written by Fred Alley, James Valcq and Lee David Zlotoff, the compelling musical story will give viewers a renewed faith in human nature. Directed by Liebetrau, performances are Feb. 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 22 and 23 at 2 p.m.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
A Shakespearean classic, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a dramatized account of the betrayal of the Roman emperor. Directed by Dawson, performances are April 2,3, and 4 at 8 p.m. and April 4 and 5 at 2 p.m.