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 39 Steps

    Oct 23, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    October 23-28, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The 39 Steps

    Oct 24, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    October 23-28, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The 39 Steps

    Oct 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    October 23-28, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The 39 Steps

    Oct 26, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    October 23-28, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The 39 Steps

    Oct 26, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    October 23-28, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The 39 Steps

    Oct 27, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    October 23-28, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The 39 Steps

    Oct 28, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The 39 Steps
    by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Mix an Alfred Hitchcock classic with a spy novel and a touch of Monty Python to get this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    October 23-28, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. • Friday also at 11:00 a.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    26 Pebbles

    Nov 13, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    26 Pebbles
    by Eric Ulloa
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school, propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    November 13-18, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. •  Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    26 Pebbles

    Nov 14, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    26 Pebbles
    by Eric Ulloa
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school, propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    November 13-18, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. •  Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    26 Pebbles

    Nov 15, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    26 Pebbles
    by Eric Ulloa
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school, propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    November 13-18, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. •  Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre and Comedy presents
    26 Pebbles

    Nov 16, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    26 Pebbles
    by Eric Ulloa
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school, propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    November 13-18, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. •  Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    26 Pebbles

    Nov 17, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    26 Pebbles
    by Eric Ulloa
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school, propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    November 13-18, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. •  Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    26 Pebbles

    Nov 17, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    26 Pebbles
    by Eric Ulloa
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school, propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    November 13-18, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. •  Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    26 Pebbles

    Nov 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    26 Pebbles
    by Eric Ulloa
    Directed by Elizabeth Stroppel

    The quaint suburb of Newtown, Connecticut was a happy place for families and friends. But one December day, their picturesque world shattered as tragedy struck at the elementary school, propelling them into the national spotlight. Based on testimony of Newtown community members, Ulloa’s play explores gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $10 Students, Senior Citizens, WP faculty, staff, and alumni

    Performances:
    November 13-18, 2018
    Tuesday-Saturday at 7:00 p.m. •  Saturday also at 2:00 p.m. • Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    Stand-Up Show: TWO

    Dec 08, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, New York City

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

    Please call 212.367.9000 for reservations.


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Comedy Improv Show

    Dec 12, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall Martini Room

    Laugh the loudest for your favorite improvisation! In this comedic tour de force, WP students prompt suggestions from the audience and create improvisations that will have you rolling in the aisles!

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

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    The Sketch Comedy Show

    Dec 14, 2018 @ 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 please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at stroppele@wpunj.edu.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Theatre presents
    Stand-Up Show: ONE

    Dec 15, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, New York City

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

    Please call the Gotham Comedy Club at 212.367.9000 for reservations.