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.



Bikeman by Thomas F. Flynn and directed by Mark Cosdon

Bikeman poster

In a series of extraordinary poems based on Dante’s Inferno, veteran CBS journalist Thomas Flynn documented his harrowing experiences on the morning of September 11, 2001. Quickly, he moved from being a reporter and neutral observer standing apart from the event, to a participant, survivor, and defining chronicler of 9/11. This theatrical staging of Flynn’s work commemorates the twentieth anniversary of that fateful day.

  • Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Click here for a copy of the Bikeman program.

Bikeman is free with seating assigned on a first-come basis in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre in the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts.

Masks are required of all audience members, regardless of vaccination status.

Post-show discussions with author Tom Flynn will follow the Saturday and Sunday performances.