The Department of Communication Arts, with the assistance and support of the W&J Student Theatre Company, is the College’s primary theatre-producing body. Serving as a “lab” to apply course lessons, the department provides performance and production opportunities for Communication Arts majors and minors as well as those students with a more casual interest in theatre. The department produces several major productions each year at Olin Fine Arts Center and in other campus venues.
THEATRE SLAM! (Online Production)
One Night Only!
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
What do you get when you lock student directors, writers and actors in the theatre overnight? COMBUSTION! EXPLOSION! (or as the poets say) SLAM! Join us for the annual experiment in “dangerous” theatre. As you can imagine, this year promises to be unique.
W&J Student Theatre Company and Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society present THEATRE SLAM – an entirely student-driven event! Within the space of 24 hours, our students will create and present an evening of theatre.
*Warning-possible adult themes/language.
The Connections (Online Production)
Written and Directed by T.S. Frank
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
October 22-24, 2020
“Out the corner of my eye I see this snake. I jump up and fire and that’s when I hit’im. But I was aiming at the snake. Honest. It was just a toe. It’s not like I blew Dale’s brains out. Here’s the thing though, the thing that Dale doesn’t get. We’re all connected. That’s what I know now. We always were and didn’t even know it.”
When Zero Shero accidently shoots off his best friend’s toe, things start to spin out of control for the boy and the people of the small Western Pennsylvania town of McKinley. When Zero disappears, the story moves out in the universe then back to the small town twenty odd years later, as Zero’s half-sister Abby tries to come to grips with his return in the form of a box of bones and a guy who’s crazy in love with her. The Connections is a funky romantic comedy about love in a time of fractured human connections.
Winter Tales XIX
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
February 11-13, 2021
Olin Studio 102
The ever-popular Winter Tales returns for an evening of short one–act plays (ten minute plays, actually) drawn from original scripts submitted by members of the W&J community. It is a fast-moving and diverse entertainment from fresh voices. Our nineteenth year!
*Warning- possible adult themes/language.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dan Shaw
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
April 8-10, 2021
How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in it!”
Thought to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest tells the story of a man who has grown bitter and weary having been isolated for a long time on a remote island... sound relatable?
Prospero and his young daughter Miranda were marooned after his dukedom was usurped by his brother with the help of the King of Naples. Now, twelve years later, a supernatural storm at sea has delivered his enemies to his island. The Elizabethan concept of “justice” was more about revenge
– yet, this is ultimately a tale of acceptance, forgiveness and moving forward. Let’s hope we will experience it live, in the theatre, together.
Join us online at wnjr.org!
The WNJR station is housed in the Burnett Center. Faculty in the Department of Communication Arts teach radio, podcasting, and production classes, and manage student on-air talent. Tune in to 91.7 FM on your radio or listen online at wnjr.org to hear contemporary hits, radio dramas, student DJs discussing music trends, debates, faculty-led discussions, and student sports talk shows.