Current Season


The Trojan Women

April 10 – 26, 2014

  • By: Euripides, adapted by Jonathan Cole
  • Director: Jonathan Cole
  • Preview: April 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Runs: April 11-26
  • Evening Performances: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Matinees: April 13, 20 and 26, 2:00 p.m.


In the aftermath of the Trojan War, the women of the ruined nation of Troy, gathered by their conquerors, await their fate even as they mourn their dead. This play, written in 415 BCE as Euripides’ public protest against the Peloponnesian War, forces us to look beyond social justice, beyond nationalism and patriotism to consider at core what we believe to be right, and what we know is wrong. This aggressive, hard-hitting, movement-based production will force us to scrape away the grit, to wipe the dirt from our eyes as we look beyond despair to find our humanity.


Join us for our series of "Theatre Talks" related to this production of The Trojan Women


Top Girls

October 2 – 18, 2014

  • By Caryl Churchill
  • Guest Director: John Dillon

*Season schedule and dates are subject to change. 


A skeptical and comical look at the role of women in contemporary society from one of Britain’s greatest theatrical innovators. The action swings from a smart Thatcher-era London women’s employment agency to a cottage in rural East Anglia, as it considers the sacrifices and compromises women have to make to carve out a place for themselves. Overlapping dialogue, inventive doubling of characters and the most unusual dinner party you’ll ever see combine to create a truly memorable evening.


The Box Marked Black

October 24, 2014

  • Solo Performance
  • Guest Artist: Damaris Webb
  • Director: Debra Disbrow

*Season schedule and dates are subject to change. This is a one-day only performance!


The Box Marked Black is a tender solo performance piece, tracing the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era. With only Jenny Willis from The Jeffersons as a guide, our multi-disciplinary storyteller creates narrative from the perspective of both sides of her interracial family, embodying multiple characters, childhood memories (including a Roots sock puppet re-enactment) and fantasy.


Veracity - A Dance Concert

November 13 – 22, 2014

  • Artistic Director: Jessi Fouts

*Season schedule and dates are subject to change.


A new era of dance at Willamette has begun. This season, our production will ascend to a level of personal honesty that will touch and inspire. The concert will include unique student choreography, new faculty works, and collaborations with other artists to produce a body of work that will portray our continuing commitment to integrity.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

November 15, 2014

  • Special Event Co-Produced with Salem Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor and Artistic Director: Nikolas Caoile
  • Director: Jonathan Cole

*Season schedule and dates are subject to change. This is a one-day only performance!
Open Dress Rehearsal, Hudson Hall


Hear Shakespeare’s comedy of fantasy and fairies in a whole new way. The Salem Chamber Orchestra and the Willamette Department of Theatre team up to perform Mendelssohn’s incidental music and excerpts from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Don’t miss this fresh, brilliant take on a perennial favorite. 



February 19 – 28, 2015

  • Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
  • Director: Susan Coromel

*Season schedule and dates are subject to change. This is a one-day only performance!


In this fresh take on Euripides’ tragicomedy, Helen never went to Troy but spent the war fought in her name in an Egyptian hotel room waiting for her husband Menelaus to come find her and take her home. In her odd exile, Helen receives visits from Io, a mythical figure who was once turned into a cow, and the goddess Athena, who informs her of the devastation that Helen’s empty image has wrought upon the world. Bewildered by her strange escape from her own story, even Menelaus’ final arrival cannot save Helen from the legend that has grown far larger than the woman who inspired it.



March 12 – 15, 2015

  • Co-produced with the Department of Music
  • Director: Allison Swensen-Mitchell

*Season schedule and dates are subject to change. This is a one-day only performance!


Join us for a delightful double-bill of two one-act operas as part of our ongoing collaboration with the Department of Music. In Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, family chaos and avarice follow the death of Italian noble Donati whose estate is left in the hands of the local monastery. In The Old Maid and the Thief by Menotti, the local busybody — Miss Todd — and her maid Laetitia compete for the affections of the handsome wanderer, Bob. Is it a coincidence that a criminal matching his description has recently escaped from the nearby prison?


The Country Wife

April 16 – May 2, 2015

  • By William Wycherley
  • Director: Jonathan Cole

*Season schedule and dates are subject to change. This is a one-day only performance!


A true gem of the Comedy of Manners genre, The Country Wife paints a frank picture of a rakish hero who will go to any length to engage in scandalous liaisons with the wives of his courtly colleagues. Ribaldry, sparkling wordplay, and old fashioned dirty tricks abound in this gleefully wicked romp through the inner chambers of 17th century London’s upper crust.