Production Season 2019-2020

Department of Theatre Production Season 2019-2020



Smart People

by Lydia Diamond
directed by Kashi Johnson

September 27 & 28, October 2, 3, 4, 5 at 7:30pm
September 29 at 2:00pm

On the eve of Obama’s first election, four Harvard intellectuals – a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race – find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics as they search for love, acceptance, and identity in a complex world.
", serious, and very, very funny." - Variety

The Broken Machine

A new play commissioned by Lehigh University’s Department of Theatre
By Liz Duffy Adams, Theodore U. Horger ’61 Artist-in-Residence in the Performing Arts
Directed by Pam Pepper

November 15,16, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30pm
November 17 at 2:00pm

A burnt-out hermit nurses a broken arm and makes lists from memory—of endangered species, moments of Lost Time, Incorrect States of Mind—in company with her only friend, a gray fox with a bad attitude. When wild fires approach they flee through the wilderness, pursued by would-be rescuers and threatened by a mythic-punk psychopomp. The Broken Machine, a provocative climate-chaos tragicomedy, was commissioned by Lehigh’s Department of Theatre and written by the 2018-2019 Theodore U. Horger ’61 Artist-in-Residence in the Performing Arts. Liz Duffy Adams “is an artist of playful and highly literate imagination, radical instincts, and sardonic but generous humor.” ~~San Francisco Bay Guardian

Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward
Directed by Augustine Ripa
A Virginia M. and Bernard R. Hale ’30 Production

February 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30pm
February 23 at 2:00pm

Noël Coward at his comic best! English novelist Charles Condomine invites the wacky medium, Madam Arcati, to perform a séance for him and friends in hopes of learning some tricks for a character in his next book. He is skeptical of her powers, of course. But when the séance appears to work farce ensues as Charles is literally haunted by his deceased first wife, Elvira--who has her own agenda. 1940s fun for all!


music by Stephen Schwartz, book by John-Michael Tebelak
Directed by Jennifer Wescoe ‘98

April 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30pm
April 19 at 2:00pm

The first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden) features Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance, and love vibrantly come to life. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," an eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville illustrate the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Jesus recruits a group of followers who help him enact different parables using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and brilliant pieces of comic improvisation, which dissolve hauntingly into the last supper and the crucifixion.