Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

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She Kills Monsters

by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Amy Lynn Budd
Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts
April 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 and 14 at 2:30

A  romp in the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she begins into a journey of self-discovery and adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this  dramatic comedy filled with nasty ogres and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.


Past Shows of the 2018-19 Season

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Guest Director Ameenah Kaplan
Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts
September 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 and 23, 30 at 2:30

In this 2012 comedy from the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a self-confident African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy that scholars debate for years to come.

Next to Normal (Musical)
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music By Tom Kitt
Directed by Kristine Holtvedt
Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts
November 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 and 11, 18 at 2:30

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony awards, Next to Normal presents an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, set to a rock music score.

Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Richard Sullivan Lee
Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts
February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 and 17, 24, at 2:30

Purdue Theatre presents William Shakespeare'sThe Two Gentlemen of Verona.This production, set in 1920s America, takes a fresh look at Shakespeare's rarely performed early comedy, which explores the complex interplay of platonic friendship, romantic love, and personal maturation for four young people in love.

Sent away to learn how to become "perfect gentlemen," best friends Valentine (Kenneth England) and Proteus (Matthew Duncan) are challenged by their competition for the love of Sylvia (Katrina Guzman). Complicating matters further, Proteus has already pledged his love to Julia (Malena Gordo), who disguises herself as a boy in order to go and search for him. This comedy traces increasingly complex layers of intrigue to an ending that speaks with startling resonance today.

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