Communication and Theatre

2014-2015 Theatre Season


The Boys Next Door

October 16*, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30pm and October 26 at 2pm

Jeff Clapp, Director | Tom Griffin, Playwright

An Off-Broadway success, this touching and funny play focuses on the lives of four developmentally disabled men living in a communal residence. Mingled with scenes from their daily lives, where "little things" become momentous (and often funny), are moments of great poignancy. We are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose during the brief time in this world. 


Visit the Campus Concierge in the Anderson University Center or call 253-535-7411 to purchase with cash, credit, or debit. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event for cash only. Tickets are for open seating. 

$8 General Admission, $5 Senior Citizen and Alumni, $3 PLU Community, any student ID, and 18 and under 

Night of Musical Theatre

October 30, 31 and November 1 at 7:30 pm

This annual musical review features numbers from numerous musical theatre productions, exploring the often funny and painful experiences of being on the cusp of maturity through the lens of musical theatre. It is sure to have you singing along. By donation.  

Passion Play

December 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30pm and December 13 and 14 at 2pm

Amelia Heath '15, Director | Sarah Ruhl, Playwright

Passion Play examines the intersection of religion and politics as three communities -  Queen Elizabeth's England, Hitler's Germany, and Reagan's America - attempt to stage the death and resurrection of Christ. The play-about-a-play takes the audience on a humorous yet unsettling journey, exploring devotion through lust, whimsy, Intended for mature audiences.

Charlotte's Web

February 14 at 2 pm and 7:30pm

Mitchell Helton '15, Director | Joseph Robinette, Playwright

Coming Soon

Into the Woods

May 7*, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm and May 17 at 2 pm 

Jeff Clapp, Director | Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Playwrights

The Brothers Grimm hits Broadway with an epic fairytale. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim bring classic storybook characters together for a Tony Award-winning musical. The story follows a baker and his wife, who want to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn of a witch's curse, they journey to break the spell. Their wishes are granted, but their actions return to haunt them.

Studio Theater

The Play about the Baby

October 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm

Jessi Marlow ‘15, Director | Edward Albee, Playwright

In this dark comedy, the play follows a young couple, Boy and Girl, who have just had a baby. They are visited by an older couple, Man and Woman. As Boy and Girl come to learn about the loss of their baby, Man and Woman present the notion of truth and fantasy to force the young couple to question the existence of their baby in the first place. Produced by Vpstart Crow. Intended for mature audiences.


Tickets for our Studio Theater Series can be purchased at the door for cash only. Usually tickets can be reserved for purchase through our Theatre Program at 253-535-7325. Please call up to two weeks before the show for reservation availability.  

The APO One-Acts

January 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm

Completely student produced, this January term festival features three one-act plays that are directed, performed and often written solely by students. 

Steel Magnolias

March 5*, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30pm and March 15 at 2pm  

Lori Lee Wallace, Director | Robert Harling, Playwright

Set in a small town in Louisiana, six women fill Truvy’s beauty salon with laughter and banter. Over the course of three years, the women gather in the comfort of the salon and lead the audience through life events showing elegance and determination in good times and bad. As Truvy states, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”


April 17 and 18 at 7:30pm

Cameron Waters '16, Director | Tracy Letts, Playwright

Agnes is a lonely waitress who isolates herself in the hopes of avoiding her abusive ex-husband, but when her best friend R.C. introduces her to Peter, she can't help connecting. But Peter isn’t quite what he seems, and according to him nothing else is either. Tracy Letts crafts a tale of paranoia and conspiracy that is riveting, exciting, and thoroughly entertaining. Intended for mature audiences.

Join us at our Student Previews!

*Select theatre productions offer a free first look to students! Simply show yours student ID (high school, middle school, other colleges, etc) at the Campus Concierge or at the Door for your free ticket! Non-students are eligible to purchase tickets to these events for the standard ticket price. 

  • The Boys Next Door: Thursday, October 16 at 7:30pm
  • Steel Magnolias: Thursday, March 5 at 7:30pm
  • Into the Woods: Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm