Keystone Repertory Theater, IUP’s summer Theater-by-the-Grove, will offer a unique collection of classic theater designed to appeal to the entire family this summer. The season opened with a Neil Simon classic on May 30.
These professional and student-directed productions will be held in Waller Hall on both the Main Stage and studio theaters of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.
The season started with “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” directed by IUP alumnus Nathaniel Moser.
Next up is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s worldwide smash hit “Jesus Christ Superstar,” directed by award-winning director Nick Hrutkay. This ground-breaking rock opera, which reinvented musical theater for the modern age, tells the story of the last week of Christ’s life through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. June 13 to 15 and at 2 p.m. June 16 on the Waller Hall Main Stage.
As the summer also plays host to Footlight Players Youth Theater Camp, KRT will take a short break to work on these shows starring local youths from the Indiana community before returning in late July for one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory, “Forever Plaid.” Written by Stuart Ross, this deliciously goofy musical will be directed by IUP student Matt Spencer and features beloved songs and delightful patter that will keep audiences laughing when they’re not humming along to nostalgic pop hits of the ’50s.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. July 25 to 27 and at 2 p.m. July 28 at Gorell Recital Hall on the IUP campus.
Next up in the KRT season, August brings the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Our Town.” New York University graduate student and IUP alumnus Joe York directs the beloved drama set in 1901 Grover’s Corners. George and Emily fall in love, marry and live out their lives as one New England town becomes a microcosm of everyday life. An off-Broadway smash playing for more than 600 performances, this intimate and touching production celebrates the 75th anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s timeless commentary on the transience of human existence.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 1 to 3 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 4 on the Waller Hall Main Stage.
Closing out the KRT season in August comes a comedy from the Tony Award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza and helmed by award-winning director Nick Nrutkay, “God of Carnage.” The story involves bringing together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter of a playground altercation between their 11-year-old boys. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. This production contains language and situations to which some audience members may object. It is not suitable for children. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 8 to 11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 12.
Tickets will be available in advance at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus, approximately 10 days prior to the first show. Tickets will also be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before the performance. Tickets are $14 regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $10 with a university I-Card. For more information, contact the Lively Arts at (724) 357-ARTS.