The Playshop Theatre

The Playshop Theatre at Allegheny College was inaugurated by Alice Huntington Spalding in 1929 with her production of Dear Brutus in Arter Hall. In the intervening 85 years, the Playshop has produced over 500 plays including classic works by Shakespeare, Molière, Shaw, Williams, O’Neill, Miller, Wilder, and Coward, contemporary playwrights such as Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Suzan-Lori Parks, Wendy Wasserstein, Tina Howe, Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, and Paula Vogel, and musicals including  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Pirates of Penzance, and Carousel, as well as original works by faculty, students and visiting artists. In 2009 we moved into our new home in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts. The Playshop season is now performed in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre.

Playshop Theatre Spring 2021 Season


 Join us for Karen Zacarías’s Native Gardens!  

Native Gardens Poster

In this contemporary comedy, well-intentioned neighbors quickly evolve into fierce rivals as border disputes, microaggressions, and encroaching plantings spin hilariously out of control.

Directed by Professor Mark Cosdon

Saturday, May 1 at 2 and 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“Native Gardens” Program


Show Reservations

All shows will be performed outside in the beautiful courtyard at the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts.  Click on the reservation link for virtual ticket reservations.  Seating for each show is limited to 30 socially distanced guests.  In accordance with COVID 19 restrictions, all audience members must be immediate members of the Allegheny College community, be masked at all times and maintain a physical distance of six feet from others.  For questions, contact Lynette Passilla at the Playshop Theatre Box Office (814) 332-3414.