2023–24 PSCS Season Productions

Centre Stage "Hit the Wall" production poster preview

Hit the Wall

October 3–12, Pavilion Theatre

By Ike Holter
Directed by Robert W. Schneider

Hit the Wall tells the story of the historic Stonewall Riots with a spirit of rebellion and self-affirmation.

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Centre Stage "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" poster preview

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

October 17–29, Playhouse Theatre

Musical by David Malloy
Directed and Choreographed by Christine O’Grady

A fanciful retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, this electropop opera gives musical flair to this classic work of literature.

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Centre Stage "Bonnets: How ladies of good breeding are induced to murder" production poster preview

Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder

November 14–17, 28–30; December 1–2, Pavilion Theatre

By Jen Silverman
Directed by Jenny Lamb

A Rock ‘n Roll Story of Unrequited Love, one about Lust, and another about Jealousy, that fall into each other across Space and Time, ending in a total blood bath, narrated by God.

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Centre Stage "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" production poster preview

Special School of Theatre and Centre Stage Event: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

December 18–21, Playhouse Theatre

Original Stage Adaptation and Direction by Rick Lombardo
Original Music, Arrangements of Tradition Music by Anna Lackaff

Join for this classic holiday story! This will be a unique series of performances to benefit the School of Theatre and Centre Stage, performed by the professional artists on the School’s faculty, along with students and members of the community in a truly unique Town and Gown event for the holiday season.

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Centre Stage "Urinetown" production poster preview

Urinetown

February 20–March 1, 2024
Playhouse Theatre

Musical by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis

A musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself.

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Centre Stage "Tartuffe" poster preview

Tartuffe

March 19–30, 2024, Pavilion Theatre

By Molière, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Sam Osheroff

Tartuffe is a sanctimonious scoundrel who, professing extreme piety, is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Under the guise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs, he almost destroys Orgon’s family.

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Centre Stage "Bernarda Alba" production poster preview

Bernarda Alba

April 11–14, 2024, Penn State Downtown Theatre

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed and Choreographed by Christopher Campbell

LaChiusa brings a musical voice to Federico García Lorca’s final 1936 masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba, through pulsing castanets, trilling Spanish guitars and resounding rhythmic stomps.

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Centre Stage "Falsettos" production poster preview

Falsettos

April 18–21, 2024, Penn State Downtown Theatre

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Directed by Zack Steele

Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.

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