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 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 at Allegheny College Presents: “Head Over Heels” April 4-7!

The Playshop Theatre will present Head Over Heels April 4-7, 2024.  The show is directed by Mark Cosdon; Betsy Getschman is the choreographer; Wei En Chan is the music director. 

Head Over Heels is a joyously exuberant rock musical! When an oracle’s prophecy threatens its fortunes, Arcadia’s royal family must demonstrate that “love comes first!” This Elizabethan-styled farce, awash in sass and desire, features the music of the Go-Go’s! 

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for Allegheny employees, senior citizens and non-Allegheny students; free to Allegheny students. Reservations may be made online at the Playshop Box Office or by phoning (814) 332-3414.

Playshop Theatre at Allegheny College Presents:
“Eurydice” November 10-12, November 16, 18

The Playshop Theatre at Allegheny College will present performances of Eurydice in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre on the Allegheny College campus (Vukovich Center for the Performing Arts) this November! Join us for this one-hour performance on November 10 & 11 at 8pm, November 12 at 2pm, November 16 at 8pm, and November 18 at 2pm.

Eurydice, a contemporary, quirky, and poetic retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice’s classic myth, but from the perspective of its heroine. Playwright Sarah Ruhl captures the struggles of love and grief. Ruhl plants new characters, twists of fate, and moments of choice for Eurydice to navigate. 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of this beloved piece. Join us in the underworld for the Playshop’s immersive 90’s take on this beautifully crafted feminist adaptation.

Eurydice features Allegheny students (in order of appearances): Lucy Palmer, Jude Gotschall, Samuel Kagle, Jacob Beaudoin, Bella James, Emily Adams, and Kenzie Smith. The production is directed by Rachel Hoey alongside designers Michael Mehler (Scenic Design), Maddy Segar (Student Costume designer), LeeAnn Yeckley (Technical Direction) Eve Bandi (Guest Lighting Designer) and Grace Leckey (Guest Sound Designer). The production Stage Manager is Jess Duerstein (student manager).

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $8 for Allegheny employees, senior citizens and non-Allegheny students; free to Allegheny students. Reservations may be made online at the Playshop box office: sites.allegheny.edu/playshop or by phoning (814) 332-3414.

Allegheny College Introduces Commitment to Access Program To Enhance Affordability for Pennsylvania Students and Families

Allegheny College today introduced a new Commitment to Access Program (CAP) that will cover 100 percent of tuition for Pennsylvania students from families earning an income of $50,000 or less. If you’re a student interested in studying communication, film, theatre, and/or dance within a rigorous liberal arts college, you should come visit!
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