Performing Arts

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 by David Ives
Adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille 

OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 13, 2022

Directed by Jonathan Cole 

Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and has but a single flaw: he cannot tell the truth. He meets Cliton, a servant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with the secretly-engaged Clarice, and mistakes her name for her best friend Lucrece. Confused? We’ve barely begun! 

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
October 27 – November 13, 2022

Wed – Sat at 7:30 pm
2 pm Matinees:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29
  • Sunday, Oct. 30
  • Sunday, Nov. 6
  • Sunday, Nov. 13 
The Liar is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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The unearthly ensembles and creepy choirs of Willamette’s Music department, come back from the dead! 

Monday, October 31, 2022

We welcome you back into our concert hall — by scaring you back into your seats! Willamette University brings a sequel to its Hauntcert series, a collaboration of the creepy, spooky and kooky music of Hallowe’en, Dia de Los Muertos, and other end-of-October celebrations. Costumes are encouraged for this family-friendly event! 

Performance • G. Herbert Smith Auditorium
Monday, October 31, 2022 • 7:00 pm 

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By The Five Lesbian Brothers  

February 16 – 26, 2023

There is a special kind of cattiness that rules the secretaries at Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But could they also be luring people into a cult behind recent “accidental” lumberjack deaths? Oil up the chainsaws and buckle in for this hilarious, outrageous feminist satire of admins over the edge. 

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
FEBRUARY 16 – 26, 2023

Wed – Sat at 7:30 pm
2 pm Matinees:

  • Saturday, Feb. 18
  • Sunday, Feb. 19
  • Sunday, Feb. 26
The Secretaries is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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 Performances by Willamette’s award-winning music faculty and special guests

March 8, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Willamette faculty and friends present a festival of music in honor of International Women’s Day. Celebrate the compositions of the notable female composers and musicians whose unique voices have paved the path for future women artists!

Performance • Hudson Hall
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
March 8, 2023 • 7:30 pm   

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By Noël Coward

April 13 – 29, 2023

Directed by Susan Coromel

Charles Condomine invites his friends and the batty spiritualist Madame Arcati to his estate for a “research” séance. Only Charles can see what happens next — the ghost of his first wife returns from the dead! Did we mention his house mate ... his current wife Ruth?

Performances • M. Lee Pelton Theatre
April 13 – 29, 2023

Wed – Sat, 7:30 pm.
2 pm Matinees:

  • Sunday, April 16
  • Saturday, April 22
  • Sunday, April 23
  • Sunday, April 29
Blithe Spirit is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


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Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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