Current Season

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

September 28 – October 14, 2017

By John Boynton Priestley
Directed by Christopher L. Harris

When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family’s London home in April, 1912, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigation into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.

Performances

  • Evening performances: 7:30 p.m.
  • Matinee performances: 2:00 p.m.
  • Preview: Thursday, September 28
  • Matinees: October 1, 8, & 14. 

*An Inspector Calls is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.

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Halloween Hauntcert

Special Event: A Halloween Hauntcert

October 29, 2017

Willamette University Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Hector Aguero
Co-produced with the department of music
Performance in Hudson Hall

Join the Willamette University Symphony Orchestra for this spook-tacular Halloween-themed concert in Hudson Hall. Our family-friendly event will feature popular music for the season as well as classical favorites with a shivery bent. Bring the whole family for the fun, and be spellbound by the delightfully costumed orchestra.

Performance

  • Sunday, October 29, 3:00 p.m.
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Symbolic Interactions: Giving Voice, Making Space

Symbolic Interactions: Giving Voice, Making Space

November 9 – 18, 2017

Artistic Director Bryant Henderson

Social theories regarding power, symbolism, gesture, and human interaction inspire this year’s dance concert as we explore social complacency and complicity through kinetic exploration. Innovative and provocative new works by faculty and students bring awareness to and confront social inequities and injustices, as well as celebrate positive triumphs, through artfully physicalized performances.

Performances

  • Evening performances: 7:30 p.m.
  • Matinee performances: 2:00 p.m.
  • Preview: Thursday, November 9
  • Matinees: November 12 & 18
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The Gun Show

The Gun Show

December 1 – 2, 2017

By E.M. Lewis
Solo Performer Vin Shambry

The Gun Show by renowned playwright and Willamette alumna E.M. Lewis takes aim at America’s most dangerous pastime with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither left nor right, it jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks, “Can we have a conversation about this?”

Performances

  •  Evening Performances: 7:30 p.m.
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Burn This

Burn This

February 15 – 24, 2018

By Lanford Wilson
Directed by Jonathan Cole

Set in the bohemian art world of downtown New York in the 1980s, this vivid and challenging drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Anna and Pale, two outcasts who meet in the wake of the accidental death by drowning of a mutual friend. Their determined struggle toward emotional honesty and liberation form the basis of this provocative and insightful play.

Performances

  • Evening performances: 7:30 p.m.
  • Matinee performances: 2:00 p.m.
  • Preview: Thursday, February 15
  • Matinees: February 18 & 24

*Burn This is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York.

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Special Event: Dan Cavanaugh/James Miley Duo with the Willamette Jazz Collective

Special Event: Dan Cavanaugh/James Miley Duo with the Willamette Jazz Collective

March 9 – 10, 2018

Co-produced with the department of music
Performances in Hudson Hall

Two extraordinary jazz talents join our own award-winning Willamette Jazz Collective for an evening so cool it’ll give you chills. Combining the intimate, warm feel of a small ensemble with the thrill of big city jazz, this concert coalesces into a memorable night of sensory delight.

Performances

  • Evening performances: 7:30 p.m.
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Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire: A World Premiere Musical

April 12 – 28, 2018

Book and Lyrics by Haley Green
Music by Austin Green
Directed by Susan Coromel

Based on the true events of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, this world premiere musical honors the resilience and perseverance of the human spirit, even in the face of tragedy. Wings of Fire features tender ballads and crowd-pleasing choruses, and promises to be an event like no other.

Performances

  • Evening performances: 7:30 pm.
  • Matinee performances: 2:00 pm.
  • Preview: Thursday, April 12
  • Matinees: April 15, 22, & 28
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