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.

Reservations for Urinetown open
Monday, March 25th, 2019!!!!

For Reservations or Questions contact Amanda Allen at the Box Office.


2018-2019 Upcoming Season

Mortified Poster


Directed by Beth Watkins
September 27-30, 2018

An original devised performance with a few questions about what happens “after” we’re done here.

A group of students and community artists explore what it means when life ends and death begins. It is a love letter to the theatrical imagination, a piece about the power of collective creation and the importance of what we remember.

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play PosterIn the Next Room, or the vibrator play

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Dan Crozier
November 15-18, 2018

A comedy set in the 1880s at the dawn of the electrical age.  Dr. Givings has created a medical device (the vibrator) for treating “hysteria” in women at his operating theater which flanks the family parlor.  His curious and energetic wife Catherine needs to know what is going on in the next room and makes important discoveries about herself, her marriage and her sexuality.

The Playshop will present a Talk Back immediately after the performance on Friday, November 16.  Dan Crozier, director will moderate a conversation with Jennifer Hellwarth, Courtney Bailey and the audience to discuss the issues brought up by the play.

Urinetown the Musical

Music by Mark Hollmann; Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis; Book by Greg Kotis
Directed by Mark Cosdon
April 4-7, 2019

A satire of populism, government inefficiency, waning natural resources, corporate mismanagement, and bodily functions.  Like…right now, only with better songs, dance, music, and hair.