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Acts of Creation

By Brianna Barrette

June 8 – 11, 2022

Directed by Elizabeth Helman

Thea is convinced she's dying. Her wife Reed is convinced she's not. Their daughters visit them for the family's annual Mother's Day celebration. "The one day we're always all together."

Except last year. And every year after this one. How do they hold themselves together when they are falling apart?

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More of You

By Debbie Lamedman

June 18 & 19, 2022
2:00 pm afternoon readings

As Evie mentally recovers from a life event that has shattered her, her husband Lumie delivers more news that is liable to drive her to the edge. In an attempt to save their marriage and better understand her husband and herself, Evie discovers unlikely support from an array of colorful characters, all attempting to help Evie recognize the love she has in her life, in all its forms, has been there all along.

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7 Secrets of Teaching Online

By Evelyn Jean Pine

July 13 – 17, 2022

March 2020: A pandemic rages. College campuses across America shut down. In a panic, five college professors — four of them untenured, under-compensated “freeway flyers” who make up the majority of college teachers — sign up for a course: "7 Secrets of Teaching Online."

The class is relentlessly upbeat. Yet an imposter is unmasked, a career is destroyed, a lover is cast out, secrets are betrayed, a baby is born, families reunite, make-shift desks are littered with take-out boxes, and, of course, one lucky professor gets to sleep with the delivery person. Still, during this time of quarantine and disruption, these educators, by sharing their secrets, learn the power of human connection.

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By Steve Lyons

  • Sat., July 23 at 4:00 pm
    Capitol Auto Pavilion (map)
  • Sun., July 24 at 2:00 pm
    East lawn of the Pelton Theatre

Inspired by the true, dramatic story of Biosphere 2, a controversial environmental experiment in 1991/1992. Four people are sealed in an airtight dome in the desert. For two years they must survive debilitating hunger and dwindling oxygen. But mostly, they must survive each other.

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Lost in the Hills

A new musical by Paul Lewis

August 10 – 14, 2022

Lost in the Hills is a new musical freely adapted from Zane Grey’s 1919 novel The Desert of Wheat.

In early 20th-century Washington state, a young Spokane woman, traveling to the rolling wheat lands of the Palouse, is haunted by the inescapable feeling that she has been there once before. While seeking to decipher the reason for that, she loses her heart to a troubled young agrarian and his radical sister, and soon must decide whether to return to the well-planned life she has always known—or lose herself forever in the scenic yet unforgiving hills. A story of loss, love, and the gravitational pull of the past, set against the backdrop of the battle for justice in the fields.

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Light Keepers

By Lindsay Partain

August 20 & 21, 2022
2:00 pm afternoon readings

Carmen and Max live in a futuristic Oregon that is still very much like our own, but in a dimension where space is expanding at such a rate that stars have begun to disappear from the sky. The night before their last-first-day of high school, Carmen and Max go into the hills to look up at the last star in the sky and make a wish for change.

And change, it does. In a science-defying, history-making moment, a window to another world is opened where friends are still alive, where Carmen doesn't exist, and where Max’s would-be twin, Maxine needs them all more than ever. They are each given the opportunity of a lifetime to see beyond the known reality, find hope, accept change, and see their skies full of stars.

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by David Ives

Adapted from the comedy by Pierre Cornielle

October 27 – November 13, 2022

At the M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Directed by Jonathan Cole 

“Cunningly cavalier!”

Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. He meets Cliton, a servant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with the secretly engaged Clarice, and mistakes for her best friend Lucrece. Confused? We've barely begun!

The Liar is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Willamette Jazz Collective

October 31, 2022

At the G. Herbert Smith Auditorium

We welcome you back into our concert hall- by scaring you back into your seats! Willamette University brings a sequel to its Hauncert series, a collaboration of the creepy, spooky and kooky music of Hallowe'en, Dia de Los Muertos, and other end-of-October celebrations. Costumes are encouraged for this family-friendly event!

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by The Five Lesiban Brothers

February 16 – February 26, 2023

At the M. Lee Pelton Theatre

“Campy and Cutthroat”

There is a special kind of cattiness that rules the secretaries at Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But could they also be luring people into a cult behind recent “accidental” lumberjack deaths? Oil up the chainsaws and buckle in for this hilarious, outrageous feminist satire of admins over the edge.

The Secretaries is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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Musical celebration of International Women's day

March 8, 2023

At Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center

Willamette faculty and friends present a festival of music in honor of International Women’s Day. Celebrate the compositions of the notable female composers and musicians whose unique voices have paved the path for future women artists!

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by Noël Coward

April 13- April 29, 2023

At the M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Directed by Susan Coromel

“Clairvoyantly classic!”

Charles Condomine invites his friends and the batty spiritualist Madame Arcati to his estate for a "research" séance. Only Charles can see what happens next- the host of his first wife retruns from the dead! Did we mentions his house mate... his current wife Ruth?

Blithe Spirit is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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