WP Presents

  • The Science of Art Series
    Foraging Hike

    Oct 24, 2018 @ 9:30 AM
    Location: Meet in Shea Center Lobby

    Join Ecological Art & Design Collective SPURSE to identify and pick unique edible plants, and then snack on wild greens and spontaneously fermented drinks while discussing the pleasures and politics of foraging.

    Meet at Shea Center Lobby-Rain or Shine

    Admission: $10 • WP students admitted free with ID

    There will be another Foraging Hike on Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 at 1:00pm.  This is a separately ticketed event.

    SPURSE


     

  • Ensemble Español
    World Renowned Spanish Dance Theater

    Oct 26, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    With undeniable sensuality and passion, world class Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater dancers present the music, songs, and dances of Spain in a variety of innovative ballets, traditional folkloric suites, and fiery Flamenco dramas from medieval times in Iberia to twenty-first century Spain. 

    Admission: $19 Orchestra • $12 Loge • WP students, employees and alumni admitted free with ID

    Ensemble Español


     

  • A Salute to Veterans
    Oct 30, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This special pre-Veteran’s Week celebration focuses on the impact that military service has on veterans and the family and friends that are at home. The production is carefully curated, with a collection of scenes and monologues from six different beautifully written plays, performed by veterans, alumni, students and community players. Join us in saluting those who serve.

    Excerpts from:
    Women in War by Jack Hilton Cunningham
    Soldier’s Heart by Tammy Ryan
    The Steadfast by Mat Smart
    Where the Children Are by Amy Fox
    American Tet by Lydia Stryk
    9 Circles by Bill Cain

    Conceived and directed by Edward Matthews, the production features: Kelly Cole, Patrice Crocevera, Thomas Drogon, Rosie Gunther-McCooe, Lucas Hopper, Charles Lowe, Iraisa Ann Reilly, Angela Selden, Michael Spadaccini, C J Von Essen, and Michael Wnoroski.  Shari Selke is the production stage manager.

    Please note:  This performance uses explicit language and descriptions of injuries, and is recommended for those in 8th grade and above.

    Admission: Free

    Two Performances - Tues. Oct. 30, 2018 at 12:30pm and 7:00pm


     

  • A Salute to Veterans
    Oct 30, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This special pre-Veteran’s Week celebration focuses on the impact that military service has on veterans and the family and friends that are at home. The production is carefully curated, with a collection of scenes and monologues from six different beautifully written plays, performed by veterans, alumni, students and community players. Join us in saluting those who serve.

    Excerpts from:
    Women in War by Jack Hilton Cunningham
    Soldier’s Heart by Tammy Ryan
    The Steadfast by Mat Smart
    Where the Children Are by Amy Fox
    American Tet by Lydia Stryk
    9 Circles by Bill Cain

    Conceived and directed by Edward Matthews, the production features: Kelly Cole, Patrice Crocevera, Thomas Drogon, Rosie Gunther-McCooe, Lucas Hopper, Charles Lowe, Iraisa Ann Reilly, Angela Selden, Michael Spadaccini, C J Von Essen, and Michael Wnoroski.  Shari Selke is the production stage manager.

    Please note:  This performance uses explicit language and descriptions of injuries, and is recommended for those in 8th grade and above.

    Admission: Free

    Two Performances - Tues. Oct. 30, 2018 at 12:30pm and 7:00pm


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Golden Oldies Spectacular

    Nov 03, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Experience “that old time Rock ‘n’ Roll” with the Brooklyn Bridge, Charlie Thomas’s Drifters, and Jersey’s own The Duprees and Uncle Floyd. A show that is sure to please fans of doo wop and music of the 50s and 60s.

    Admission: Orchestra $59 • Loge $49

    The Brooklyn Bridge
    The Duprees
    Charlie Thomas’s Drifters


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Art of Citizen Science After Nature

    Nov 07, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    How do we as citizens participate in the making of the sciences?  Join the ecological design team of SPURSE for a fascinating discussion of a critical topic.

    Admission: Free

     Please Note: Date and time are subject to change. Continue to check our website or call the box office for updates. Location announcement coming soon.

    SPURSE


     

  • NPR’s Selected Shorts: Behaving Badly
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Hosted by Sonia Manzano. Staged readings by Richard Masur and Sam Underwood

    The hit public radio series Selected Shorts comes to William Paterson University for a riveting performance of stories about Behaving Badly. Host Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street) is joined by Richard Masur (Younger) and Sam Underwood (Fear the Walking Dead) for tales of those who know right but still do wrong.

    Richard Masur is recognized for a variety of roles over his 45-year career on series including The Hot l BaltimoreOne Day at a TimeRhoda, and more recently, TransparentGirlsYoungerThe Good WifeOrange Is the New Black, and Chicago Justice. Additional TV miniseries and movie credits include Fallen AngelAdamThe Burning BedItAnd The Band Played On, and 61*. He has appeared in more than 60 feature films, including The ThingHeartburnRisky BusinessMy GirlLicense to Drive, TumbledownLonely Boys, and Don’t Think Twice. Masur’s stage work includes Lucky GuyDemocracy, and The Changing Room on Broadway, and Sarah, SarahThe Ruby SunriseDustFetch Clay, Make Man; and Relevance off-Broadway. He is featured in the forthcoming films Before/During/AfterHudson, and Another Year Together

    Sonia Manzano is known to millions as Maria on Sesame Street, a character she played from 1971 to 2015, and has earned fifteen Emmy Awards as a writer for the show. Her theater credits include The Exonerated; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and the original production of Godspell. She is the author of the picture books No Dogs Allowed!A Box Full of Kittens; and Miracle on 133rd Street, as well as the middle grade novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. In 2016, Manzano received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

    Sam Underwood is an English actor who has been studying and working on his craft since the early 2000s. In 2013, Underwood was cast in the eighth season of television series Dexter in the recurring role of Zach Hamilton, Dexter Morgan's "protégé". He subsequently joined the third season of Homeland as Leo Carras.Beginning in February 2014, Underwood took on the dual roles of twins Mark and Luke Gray in the second season of the FOX murder mystery The Following. But after the death of Luke, he was left playing Mark - who had split identities - in its third and final season. As of 2017, Underwood joined the cast of the hit AMC thriller series Fear the Walking Dead in its third season as Jake Otto, the enigmatic son of the colony leader.

    Admission: $25 • WP students admitted free with ID

    Two Performances - Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

    NPR’s Selected Shorts: Behaving Badly


     

  • NPR’s Selected Shorts: Behaving Badly
    Nov 08, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Hosted by Sonia Manzano. Staged readings by Richard Masur and Sam Underwood

    The hit public radio series Selected Shorts comes to William Paterson University for a riveting performance of stories about Behaving Badly. Host Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street) is joined by Richard Masur (Younger) and Sam Underwood (Fear the Walking Dead) for tales of those who know right but still do wrong.

    Richard Masur is recognized for a variety of roles over his 45-year career on series including The Hot l BaltimoreOne Day at a TimeRhoda, and more recently, TransparentGirlsYoungerThe Good WifeOrange Is the New Black, and Chicago Justice. Additional TV miniseries and movie credits include Fallen AngelAdamThe Burning BedItAnd The Band Played On, and 61*. He has appeared in more than 60 feature films, including The ThingHeartburnRisky BusinessMy GirlLicense to Drive, TumbledownLonely Boys, and Don’t Think Twice. Masur’s stage work includes Lucky GuyDemocracy, and The Changing Room on Broadway, and Sarah, SarahThe Ruby SunriseDustFetch Clay, Make Man; and Relevance off-Broadway. He is featured in the forthcoming films Before/During/AfterHudson, and Another Year Together

    Sonia Manzano is known to millions as Maria on Sesame Street, a character she played from 1971 to 2015, and has earned fifteen Emmy Awards as a writer for the show. Her theater credits include The Exonerated; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and the original production of Godspell. She is the author of the picture books No Dogs Allowed!A Box Full of Kittens; and Miracle on 133rd Street, as well as the middle grade novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. In 2016, Manzano received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

    Sam Underwood is an English actor who has been studying and working on his craft since the early 2000s. In 2013, Underwood was cast in the eighth season of television series Dexter in the recurring role of Zach Hamilton, Dexter Morgan's "protégé". He subsequently joined the third season of Homeland as Leo Carras.Beginning in February 2014, Underwood took on the dual roles of twins Mark and Luke Gray in the second season of the FOX murder mystery The Following. But after the death of Luke, he was left playing Mark - who had split identities - in its third and final season. As of 2017, Underwood joined the cast of the hit AMC thriller series Fear the Walking Dead in its third season as Jake Otto, the enigmatic son of the colony leader.

    Admission: $25 • WP students admitted free with ID

    Two Performances - Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

    NPR’s Selected Shorts: Behaving Badly


     

  • Girls Night: The Musical
    Nov 10, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Share the fun and laughter in this hilarious, feel-good comedy as five girlfriends re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild night out!  Featuring the most famous female empowerment hits of the decades including Lady Marmalade, It’s Raining Men, Man I Feel Like A Woman, I Will Survive, and more. See the Off-Broadway sensation that has audiences laughing nationwide!

    Admission: Orchestra $40 • Loge $35

    Girls Night: The Musical on Facebook


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency
    Opening Ceremony

    Nov 14, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Hall

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency - Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    Opening Ceremony
    The monks begin by consecrating the site of the mandala sand painting with chants and music, before drawing the design.

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency
    Construction of the Compassion Mandala

    Nov 14, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: University Hall

    Construction of the Compassion Mandala
    From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite.

    Hours to view the Mandala creation:
    Wednesday, November 14 until 6:00 p.m.
    Thursday, November 15 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Friday, November 16 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
    Saturday, November 17 10:00 a.m. -Noon

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency - Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency
    Lecture: Meditation for Focus and Stress Relief

    Nov 15, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency- Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    Lecture: Meditation for Focus and Stress Relief

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency
    Lecture: The Ancient Art of Healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach

    Nov 15, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency - Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    Lecture: The Ancient Art of Healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency
    Closing Ceremony and Hike

    Nov 17, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: University Hall

    Closing Ceremony and Hike
    Traditionally most sand mandalas are deconstructed shortly after their completion, as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited.  Participants may join the monks as they hike to disperse the sand.

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency- Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency
    Performance: Sacred Music Sacred Dance

    Nov 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Performance: Sacred Music Sacred Dance
    Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform the multiphonic chanting of ancient temple music and dance for world healing. 

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet Residency- Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    Admission: $15 public • $13 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • The Moscow Ballet presents
    The Great Russian Nutcracker

    Nov 30, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Experience the internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, a holiday tradition that has wowed audiences worldwide. Get your tickets now!

    Admission: Front Orchestra $67 • Rear Orchestra $57 • Loge $57 • Rear Loge $47 
    Premium packages are available by calling the box office.

    Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker


     

  • The Science of Art Series
    Arm of the Sea Theater presents
    The Rejuvenary River Circus

    Dec 04, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A Story About the Life of a River
    This allegorical tale features over three dozen mask and puppet characters, great live music, and a gorgeous hand-printed bio-morphic set design. Along this fantastic voyage, a host of creatures offer insight into their particular role in a watershed’s ecosystem. The performance combines art, ecology and social action.

    Recommended for ages 8 and up

    Admission: $10 Schools • Call 973.720.3178 for reservations.

    Arm of the Sea Theater


     

  • WP Presents! Sensory Friendly Performances
    Theaterworks USA’s Pete The Cat

    Dec 05, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP Presents! Sensory Friendly Performances
    Theaterworks USA’s Pete The Cat
    Books and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond
    Music by Will Aronson
    Originally Directed and Choreographed by Dan Knechtges
    Directed and Choreographed by Andrew Rasmussen

    Based on the popular book series by Kimberly and James Dean, this rollicking musical follows Pete the groovy blue cat and Jimmy Biddle on a new adventure of friendship and inspiration.

    Recommended for grades Pre-K through 3

    Admission: $10

    Please note: This performance is only open to classes and families with children on the autism spectrum. Please call 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    Theaterworks USA


     

  • The 40th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series presents
    An Evening with Anchor and Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour
    Judy Woodruff

    Dec 06, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Judy Woodruff—one of the world's most prominent female journalists—brings groundbreaking reporting experience, sharing insights on the Trump Administration, Congress and the changing political landscape. Join us in our 40th year, for an in-depth look at the Midterm election results, and an analysis of what is to come.

    Admission: $28

    Judy Woodruff at PBS.org


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Zeppelin Complete

    Dec 08, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This six-piece ensemble creates an epic wall of sound Led Zeppelin fans have never before experienced. Here are all your Zeppelin favorites, note perfect--right off the album...exactly the way Jimmy Page meant them to be heard!

    Tickets: $43 Orchestra • $38 Loge

    Zeppelin Complete


     

  • Imagination Movers Holiday Reindeer Party
    Dec 15, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Imagination Movers bring their positivity and enthusiasm to the Shea Center stage in this interactive holiday treat for the whole family.Their live stage show has been praised by Parenting magazine and inspires children to "reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!" This is the perfect show to get your kids in the holiday spirit.

    Admission: $25 •  $55 VIP seating and meet-and-greet (limited to 150 tickets)

    The Imagination Movers


     

  • A Darlene Love Christmas – Love for the Holidays
    Dec 19, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Celebrate the season with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love in a special holiday concert featuring the #1 holiday classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and hits like He’s a Rebel, The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, Forbidden Nights, and more. 
    “The Queen of Christmas” –David Letterman
    “One of the greatest singers of all time” -Rolling Stone

    Admission: $52 Gold Circle • $45 Rear Orchestra/Loge

    Darlene Love


     

  • National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents
    The Sleeping Beauty

    Feb 07, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents
    The Sleeping Beauty
    A Fairytale Ballet in Two Acts

    Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    Choreography after Marius Petipa, Konstantin Sergeev and Fedor Lopukhov
    Staged by Maria Polyudova

    This full-scale production, choreographed by renowned choreographer Marius Petipa, is based on the Brothers Grimm's enchanting fairytale, where love restores life. This is the first time the legendary National Ballet Theatre of Odessa has visited the United States, with 55 of the most talented and the brightest ballet stars. This production is sure to bring true love onto the stage and into your hearts. Don’t miss it!

    National Ballet Theatre of Odessa


     

  • James D’Amico Production presents
    Best of the Eagles

    Apr 26, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Best of the Eagles (BOTE) is the most exact interpretation of the Eagles in America, performed by musicians with auspicious pedigrees and a passionate love of the Eagles music. Each member mirrors his counterpart in the Eagles instrumentally and vocally. They expertly and authentically re-create the songs, the music, the vocals and the magical aura of one of America’s greatest rock bands.

    Best of the Eagles


     

About WP Presents!

WP Presents! strives to bring to campus high caliber touring artists across a range of disciplines including acoustic and world music, contemporary folk music, theatre, dance, family programming and other eclectic fare. The series is built on a foundation of excellence and continuously seeks innovative programming to serve the campus, and the community.

A multitude of artists including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Lucinda Williams, DMC, Los Lonely Boys, Wanda Sykes, Paula Poundstone, Dar Williams, David Bromberg, Roy Haynes, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Ventura, The 5th Dimension, Judy Collins, Southside Johnny, John Sebastian, Jim Messina and Dark Star Orchestra have graced our stage. We have presented works from national theatre tours of The Second City, Moscow Ballet, Aquila Theatre Company, American Place Theatre, Vital Theatre, and the National Theatre of the Deaf. Family Performances have included participation in New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and sensory friendly productions presented by Theatreworks USA, as part of our Theater for Children with Autism series. Many of our visiting artists conduct educational outreach programs, for both the community at large and the University.

The events are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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