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.

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


2018-2019 Upcoming Season

Directed by Beth Watkins
September 27-30, 2018
An original devised performance with a few questions about what happens “after” we’re done here.  Created by a company of students and community artists.

In 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.

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 songs and music.