WP Theatre presents

About WP Theatre

Under the auspices of the Theatre & Comedy faculty of the Communication Department, WP Theatre at William Paterson University presents a varied and ongoing selection of plays, and live comedy. The program offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to participate in and observe the joys of theatre and comedy, and to integrate these art forms into their academic and life experience.


Since 2005 the program has presented Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and other works from some of the most prolific playwrights and musical theatre teams of the past and present. The list includes Proof, Metamorphoses, Art, The Shape of Things, Rabbit Hole, The Baltimore Waltz, The Clean House, Almost Maine, Defying Gravity, What I Did Last Summer, Talking With, Roosters, Quilters, The Rimers of Eldritch, A…My Name is Alice, And the World Goes ‘Round, Antigone, A Thurber Carnival, Topdog-Underdog, Joined at the Head, Reckless, Speaking in Tongues, Tartuffe, The Dining Room, The Heidi Chronicles, Boeing, Boeing, Kimberly Akimbo, When the Rain Stops Falling, Ruined, Clybourne Park, and Blue Window.


For the past few years, our March production has contributed to the College of Arts and Communication Cross-Cultural Arts Festival, which celebrates diverse cultures in a variety of events throughout campus. Some of those plays have included Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, A Thousand Cranes by Kathryn Schultz Miller, and A Perfect Ganesh by Terrence McNally, in tribute to South Asia.

Our Collegiate Comedy Competition is currently on hold, but please enjoy some archival materials seen here.


The WP Theatre program is built on a foundation of inclusiveness and seeks to serve and involve the entire William Paterson campus and neighboring communities. We encourage all contributions from those with any related skills who wish to join our dynamic theatre & comedy program, and experience the thrill and satisfaction of live performance at its best.


For further information, contact Professor Elizabeth Stroppel.



  • WP Theatre presents
    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Oct 22, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    This fierce and humorous play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team battle and bond over tough questions, striving to understand themselves and the world in which they live. DeLappe’s well-nominated play scores a goal with its portrayal of young women today.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    October 22-25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    October 27, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Oct 23, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    This fierce and humorous play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team battle and bond over tough questions, striving to understand themselves and the world in which they live. DeLappe’s well-nominated play scores a goal with its portrayal of young women today.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    October 22-25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    October 27, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Oct 24, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    This fierce and humorous play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team battle and bond over tough questions, striving to understand themselves and the world in which they live. DeLappe’s well-nominated play scores a goal with its portrayal of young women today.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    October 22-25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    October 27, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Oct 25, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    This fierce and humorous play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team battle and bond over tough questions, striving to understand themselves and the world in which they live. DeLappe’s well-nominated play scores a goal with its portrayal of young women today.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    October 22-25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    October 27, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Oct 26, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    This fierce and humorous play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team battle and bond over tough questions, striving to understand themselves and the world in which they live. DeLappe’s well-nominated play scores a goal with its portrayal of young women today.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    October 22-25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    October 27, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Oct 26, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    This fierce and humorous play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team battle and bond over tough questions, striving to understand themselves and the world in which they live. DeLappe’s well-nominated play scores a goal with its portrayal of young women today.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    October 22-25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    October 27, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

    Oct 27, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    This fierce and humorous play is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls on an indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team battle and bond over tough questions, striving to understand themselves and the world in which they live. DeLappe’s well-nominated play scores a goal with its portrayal of young women today.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    October 22-25, 7:00 p.m.
    October 26, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    October 27, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

    Nov 19, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Electric Babyby Stefanie Zadravec
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical dying baby. Described as “a touching new drama” and “a mix of fun and surprise,” folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    November 19-23, 7:00 p.m.
    November 22, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    November 24, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

    Nov 20, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Electric Babyby Stefanie Zadravec
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical dying baby. Described as “a touching new drama” and “a mix of fun and surprise,” folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    November 19-23, 7:00 p.m.
    November 22, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    November 24, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

    Nov 21, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Electric Babyby Stefanie Zadravec
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical dying baby. Described as “a touching new drama” and “a mix of fun and surprise,” folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    November 19-23, 7:00 p.m.
    November 22, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    November 24, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

    Nov 22, 2019 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Electric Babyby Stefanie Zadravec
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical dying baby. Described as “a touching new drama” and “a mix of fun and surprise,” folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    November 19-23, 7:00 p.m.
    November 22, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    November 24, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

    Nov 22, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Electric Babyby Stefanie Zadravec
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical dying baby. Described as “a touching new drama” and “a mix of fun and surprise,” folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    November 19-23, 7:00 p.m.
    November 22, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    November 24, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

    Nov 23, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Electric Babyby Stefanie Zadravec
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical dying baby. Described as “a touching new drama” and “a mix of fun and surprise,” folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    November 19-23, 7:00 p.m.
    November 22, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    November 24, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec

    Nov 24, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Electric Babyby Stefanie Zadravec
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    When a young man is killed in a car accident, a group of fractured souls come together to care for a magical dying baby. Described as “a touching new drama” and “a mix of fun and surprise,” folk tales and folklore weave throughout this story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

    Admission: General public $15 • WP students, employees, alumni and senior citizens $10

    Performances:
    November 19-23, 7:00 p.m.
    November 22, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
    November 24, 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    Stand-Up Show: Two

    Dec 07, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, NYC

    Enjoy the laughter as WP students from the advanced stand-up class take their final exam by performing live at New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club!

    Please call Gotham Comedy Club at 212.367.9000 for reservations.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Sketch Comedy Show

    Dec 13, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall, Martini Room

    Sketches are written and performed by WP students in a fun-filled evening of laughter. If you like Saturday Night Live, then this is the show for you! 

    For information contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at stroppele@wpunj.edu.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    Stand-Up Show: One

    Dec 14, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, NYC

    Share in the laughter as WP students from the introduction stand-up class take their final exam by performing live at one of New York City’s premier comedy clubs!

    Please call Gotham Comedy Club at 212.367.9000 for reservations.