WP Presents Series

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, Lucinda Williams, DMC, Los Lonely Boys, 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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  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    CSNsongs
    Celebrating the Music of Crosby Stills Nash & Young

    Sep 22, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The only show of its kind--CSNsongs plays all your favorites like Teach Your Children, Suite: Judy, Our House, Love the One You're With, and the list goes on. If you love the music of Crosby Stills Nash & Young, then you will love the CSNsongs show.

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge

    CSNsongs


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    Foraging Hike

    Oct 10, 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

    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


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    Foraging Hike

    Oct 13, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
    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

    Admission: $10 • WP students admitted free with ID

    There will be another Foraging Hike on Wed., Oct. 10, 2018 at 9:30am.  This is a separately ticketed event.

    SPURSE


     

  • James D’Amico Productions presents
    Let’s Hang On!
    America’s #1 Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

    Oct 13, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Let’s Hang On! is the premiere experience to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons music and pays respect to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. This full-blown stage production includes all the great Four Seasons’ mega hits like: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, December ’63, Who Loves You, and more. Take a trip down memory lane with some of the best music from the 1960s.

    Admission: $40 Orchestra • $35 Loge

    Let’s Hang On!


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    Einstein!

    Oct 24, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Jack Fry’s award-winning new solo show explores Einstein’s earlier years in Berlin as he struggled to prove this theory of relativity and prove his relativity as a father. 
    “A triumphant theatrical experience that captures the heart and mind as the audience is invited into the psyche of history’s greatest physicist.”
    Recommended for ages 12 and up

    Admission: $10 Schools • Call 973-720-3178 for reservations

    Einstein!


     

  • 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 admitted free with ID

    Ensemble Español


     

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

    Join us for a special pre-Veteran’s Week celebration as we present excerpts from six plays that highlight on the experience of women in the military.

    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

    Join us for a special pre-Veteran’s Week celebration as we present excerpts from six plays that highlight on the experience of women in the military.

    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, The 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
    The Drifters


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    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

    Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen. Behaving Badly ventures into the realm of the impolite, the mischievous, and the generally ungovernable with an evening of stories about those who consider what is right and still do wrong.

    Check back on our website to find out which stars will be performing at the Shea Center.

    Admission: $25 • WP students admitted free with ID

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

    NPR’s Selected Shorts: Behaving Badly


     

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

    Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen. Behaving Badly ventures into the realm of the impolite, the mischievous, and the generally ungovernable with an evening of stories about those who consider what is right and still do wrong.

    Check back on our website to find out which stars will be performing at the Shea Center.

    Admission: $25 • WP students admitted free with ID

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

    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 presents
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet
    Opening Ceremony

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

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet - 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 Monastary 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 presents
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet
    Construction of the Compassion Mandala

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

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet - 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 Monastary will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    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 World Tour


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet
    Lecture 1

    Nov 15, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: University Hall

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet - 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 Monastary 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 presents
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet
    Lecture 2

    Nov 15, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: University Hall

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet - 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 Monastary 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 presents
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet
    Closing Ceremony and Hike

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

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet - 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 Monastary will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    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 World Tour


     

  • The Science of Art Series presents
    The Mystical Arts of Tibet
    Sacred Music Sacred Dance

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

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet - 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 Monastary will be in residence at WPU with a variety of activities for all to experience.

    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. 

    Admission: $15

    The Mystical Arts of Tibet World Tour


     

  • 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 Sensory Friendly Performances presents
    Theaterworks USA’s Pete The Cat

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

    WP Sensory Friendly Performances presents
    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 Homeand 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