2016-2017 Season

 2016-2017 Season


Freud's Last Session by Mark St. Germain

Friday, September 9 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 10 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre

Directed by faculty Charles M. Pepiton, Freud's Last Session appears at the Magnuson as part of a touring production from Wayland Baptist University.  The play stars Dr. Marti Runnels from Wayland Baptist University as Freud and Cory Norman from Texas Tech University as Lewis.

Freud's Last Session imagines a conversation between the legendary founder of psychoanalysis, Dr. Sigmund Freud and the up-and-coming young Oxford don, C.S. Lewis during a visit to Freud's London home on the day of Britain's entrance into WWII.  The men clash about love, sex, the existence of God and the meaning of life.  It is a deeply touching play filled with humor and
exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant thinkers.

Our thanks to the Gonzaga Socratic Club for hosting a post-show discussion following the Friday, September 9th performance.  The panel features Drs. David Calhoun, Brian Clayton and Timothy Clancy, SJ from the GU Department of Philosophy along with the cast, Marti Runnels and Cory Norman, and director Charles M. Pepiton.

Poster graphic courtesy of Wayland Baptist University

10 Minute Play Festival

Friday, October 7 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 8 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre

$10 Festival Pass (1 Price=3 Performances!)
$5 Individual Performances
Tickets Available Now

The 10 Minute Play Festivall features a series of 10 minute plays written, directed and performed by our students. Come and support the next generation of theatre-makers!  Maybe the seed of the next Taming of the Shrew, The Crucible or Hamilton is in the mix!

 Poster design by Talena Kelln

Behind the Scenes

Saturday, October 8 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm
Magnuson Theatre

Free - Drop In and Get a Tour!

Behind the Scenes offers a chance to see our students shine backstage!  You are invited to see how a show is built, rehearsed and staged as our students and faculty plan, design, build, paint, drape and stitch it all together for our November Main Stage production of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play.  Be a part of the excitement!

Check out information on student research opportunities and recent projects and meet faculty and students!

Poster design by Talena Kelln


Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn

November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 @ 7:30pm
November 13 and 20 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre
$15 General Public, $10 w/GU ID

Tickets Available Now!

Directed by faculty Charles M. Pepiton, Mr. Burns asks what will endure when the cataclysm arrives. When the grid fails and society crumbles, how will we sustain ourselves in order to rebuild?  An imaginative dark comedy, Mr. Burns propels us forward nearly a century as a new civilization reaches in to the past for stories that give meaning to a new future as a group of survivors try to remember the "Cape Feare" episode from The Simpson's television show.

This memory and other pop-culture snippets evolve into a new live entertainment form for a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold on to their past.  75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.  A paean to live theatre, musical theatre and the resilience of Bart Simpson, Mr. Burns is a lively, dynamic exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Mr. Burns features an all-student cast with scenic design by faculty Courtney Smith, assisted by student designer Madeline Sloan, costume design by faculty Leslie Stamoolis, assisted by student designer Madison Hendricks, and lighting design by Ronn Campbell, Associate Professor of Theatre at Columbia Basin College.

Please note: This show contains weapons-violence, language and adult themes

Poster design by Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton
The November 17 Blaze Pizza Fundaiser helps send students to the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Denver in February, 2017.

Boone Street Hooligans

Friday, December 2 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre

Tickets $2 at the door

The all-student written, directed and performed sketch comedy group, Boone Street Hooligans, takes the stage for their Fall show.

War No More

Friday, December 9

Installations open @ 6:30pm
Performances begin @ 7:30pm
Terrain @ Washington Cracker Co. Building
304 West Pacific Avenue, Spokane


Advised by faculty Charles M. Pepiton and Courtney Smith, students present their art installations and a series of short plays on the themes of war and peace.

We thank Terrain for co-sponsoring and hosting this event.

A paid concessions is available at the event.


Troilus & Cressida by William Shakespeare

February 10, 11, 16 and 17 @ 7:30pm
February 11, 12 and 18 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre
$15 General Public, $10 with GU ID

Tickets Available Now!

Directed by faculty Kathleen Jeffs along with Sara Romersberger from Southern Methodist University, Troilus & Cressida brings us into a world at war, the world of Homer's Iliad, a world of young men, egos, sexuality and betrayal.  Women find their way in this world using the weapons of sexuality and expediency.  Hope and love are snatched at, life is messy and physical.

Shakespeare's Troilus & Cressida reminds us that desire, ambition and competing goals have always been a part of the human experience.  Does Cressida truly love Troilus?  Does it matter?  Imagine the smell of the sand and the sea.  See the blood and sweat.  Find the beauty and joy still present in times of desperation and violence.  Friendship, loyalty, lust, sword fights and snappy songs!

Troilus & Cressida features an all-student case with scenic and lighting design by faculty Courtney Smith and costume design by faculty Leslie Stamoolis.

Boone Street Hooligans

Friday, March 3 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 4 @ 2:00pm
Magnuson Theatre

Tickets $2 at the door

The all student-written, directed and performed sketch comedy group, Boone Street Hooligans, takes the stage for their Spring show.

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

A Senior Project

Saturday, March 25 @ 6:00pm

Free Admission

Talena Laine produces and directs Martin McDonagh's award-winning play, The Pillowman, a vicious, dark comedy-drama set in the middle of an interrogation somewhere in a totalitarian state.  What is the line between biography and fiction, between fictionalized violence and real violence?

The Pillowman contains adult language and disturbing imagery.  It is intended for mature audiences and is not suitable for children.

Stupid F#cking Bird by Aaron Posner

Presented in association with Dramatists Play Service

Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30pm
Friday, March 31 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 1 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre

All seats $5
Tickets available NOW

Directed by student Annika Perez-Krikorian, Stupid F#cking Bird tells the story of an aspiring young director's challenge of the art created by his parents' generation. Meanwhile, a nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a famous novelist.  Everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art and growing up can be.  In this irreverent, contemporary and very funny remix of Checkov's The Seagull, we see the timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all.

How does art, love and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness?

Stupid F#cking Bird features an all-student cast and student designers.

Poster design by Annika Perez-Krikorian

Student Choreography Concert

Thursday, April 6 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 7 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre

All seats $5
Tickets available NOW

Advised by faculty Suzanne Ostersmith, Choreography students present their work with student dancers.

Annual Spring Dance Concert

Thursday, April 27 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 28 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 29 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre
All Seats $10

Tickets Available Now

Directed by faculty Suzanne Ostersmith, the Annual Spring Dance Concert showcases performances developed out of academic dance classes, student choreography and our participation in the American College Dance Association conference.  This year we put our spotlight on ballet, jazz, modern and urban dance forms.

The Annual Spring Dance Concert features choreography from faculty Suzanne Ostersmith, Pam Erickson, Sarah Fealk and Karla Parbon along with costume design by faculty Leslie Stamoolis.  Lighting design is by faculty Courtney Smith and the lighting design students.

One Act Festival

Friday, May 5 @ 7:30pm
Magnuson Theatre

Free Admission

Advised by faculty Charles M. Pepiton, the Directing II students present their work with student performers. The One Act Festival also features the work of student costume designers under the direction of faculty Leslie Stamoolis.