Theatre Arts at Penn State Altoona

Upcoming Productions

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by by Bert V. Royal

A Capstone Project directed by Shane Sedlemyer
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Good grief! When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Lee Kinney, Fall Emerging Artist
November 14 – 16 at 7:30 p.m., November 16 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Shakespeare’s fantastical fusion of fairy tale folklore and ancient mythology will be reinvigorated, returning to the simple fantasy of theatricality and the crude magic of traditional story telling. Using the acting company to conceive lush but straightforward live musical accompaniment, the story of the lovers and the fairies will abandon period nostalgia and artifice and embrace the rich power of imagination.

This fresh production will underline the coarser, darker elements of the classic comedy, creating an engaging counter point to Shakespeare’s flighty, absurd storyline. The ensemble will function as a central piece of the production and have the unique opportunity to engage in deeply collaborative physical and musical creation, using flashlights, devised choreography, musical instruments and simple props to build the innocent magic of the enchanted forest.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball

Directed by Caitlin Osborne
February 6 – 8 at 7:30 p.m., February 8 at 2 p.m.

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with an excellent reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, and with the help of a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye, these very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Bryce Britton
April 3 – 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., April 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.

This remarkable reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus is told through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to a bizarre underworld; where she fights with rocks, reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With more than a touch of the absurd, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, this play is a modernly magical look at a timeless love story.