UP Theater's 2023-24 Season
In attending a performance at the Department of Performing & Fine Arts (PFA) you will see the work of our dedicated musicians, singers, performers, designers, and technicians. Each student artist is practicing their craft in our learning laboratory, where hands-on learning takes place in a personal, supportive, collegial environment.
UP Theater 2022-23 Season
New Works/New Voices: Workshop Reading of How Can I Keep From Singing by Claire Willett
October 5-8 at 7:30pm, October 9 at 2:00pm (Mago Hunt Theater)
Following the death of their parents, the four O’Connor siblings are struggling through their grief. When Aidan, the baby of the family, is publicly outed as a “Queer Catholic” in the local newspaper, the family unit splinters. Each one of them is trying to balance their identity, faith, family, and chosen community in their quest to find wholeness. Aidan, bolstered by the members of his campus LGBTQ+ group, struggles to discover his voice as he bridges the worlds of his faith, his family, and who he truly is. This vital new play is UP Theater’s first commissioned piece: written by queer playwright Claire Willett, who is a Portland native, former Catholic youth minister, and active member of the parish of St. Andrew’s. This production is sponsored through generous support from Kunal Nayyar.
Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
November 10-12 and 17-19 at 7:30, November 13 and 20 at 2:00pm (Mago Hunt Theater)
The play follows Everybody as they journey from life into death to confront life’s greatest mysteries: who are we? How do you create community? What makes a good life? Award-winning playwright Brandon Jacobs Jenkins brings us on the ride in this irreverent and surprising riff on the 15th century morality play, Everyman. Underscoring the shared hopes, fears, and randomness of the human experience, the cast for this production will be chosen by lottery during each performance. This is a play you will want to see more than once: no two performances will be the same! Join us for this comedic, thought provoking, and immersive theatrical experiment.
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
February 14-18 at 7:30pm
From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girls’ soccer team warms up for the game – and for their lives. Together they navigate big questions and wage tiny battles with all the ferocity of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. This Pulitzer nominated play was an off-Broadway hit.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
April 19-22 at 7:30pm, April 23 at 2:00pm (Mago Hunt Theater)
Our scene opens in Illyria, where the Duke Orsino and Countess Olivia are in a romantic stalemate: he’s in to her, but she is not in to him. Their lives change when twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria, alone and fending for themselves. Viola, disguised as a young man, starts working for the Count Orsino and is sent to woo Olivia. Sebastian, rescued by sea captain Antonio, also sets off for Orsino’s court. As the two twins try find their way in this new world, they become embroiled in mistaken (and true) love triangles in this celebratory journey of discovering who you truly are.