Marshall University Theatre announces season lineup

Marshall University’s School of Theatre has announced the lineup for the 2016/2017 season, which is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, Sept. 28. The season will feature four plays as well as a special event presented by Huntington Dance Theatre.

The four regular-season plays are “Picnic” by William Inge, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and adapted by Romulus Linney, “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker, and “Guys and Dolls,” which features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and is derived from the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Again this year, the Huntington Dance Theatre will bring “The Huntington Nutcracker,” with story by E.T.A. Hoffman and Alexandre Dumas and music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, to the main stage of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center’s Playhouse this winter.

Season tickets are available for purchase and include the four regular-season productions and the Huntington Dance Theatre’s production of “The Huntington Nutcracker,” plus complimentary parking in Marshall’s parking facility adjacent to the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. If purchased before Sept. 30, the main stage season ticket boasts a price of $70 for the public and $50 for seniors and Marshall faculty and staff. After Sept. 30, season tickets are $80 for the public and $60 for seniors and Marshall faculty and staff. Individual tickets, sold before each production, total $100 for the public and $75 for seniors and Marshall faculty and staff. Single tickets to the four regular-season shows are free for students with valid Marshall IDs.

To purchase season tickets, contact Marshall’s Box Office on the Huntington campus Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or by calling 304-696-ARTS (2787).


About PICNIC by William Inge
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 and 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.
At the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

A Labor Day weekend in a small Kansas town is the backdrop for William Inge’s most beloved and produced play about dreams and disillusionment. The late-season picnic promises to be the perfect sendoff of a long hot summer, but the small community is turned upside down when a charismatic drifter catches the eye of Madge Owens— the prettiest girl in town. Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the Critics Circle Award, PICNIC is one the great plays of the American theatre.