Performing Arts

Theatre 2019–20 Season

Events cancellation

Willamette University Theatre announces the cancellation of Blood Wedding, the final performance of our 2019-20 Season. We invite our subscribers and ticket holders to contact the Box Office for information about returns, including exchange, discount, donation and refund choices:

Please stay tuned for the announcement of out 2020-21 Season of performances, include the addition of an Opera/Musical Theatre production from the Department of Vocal Arts!


Men on Boats, by Jaclyn Backhaus

Men on Boats

Sept. 26 - Oct. 12, 2019

Directed by Susan Coromel

10 men. 4 boats. 1 thrilling adventure where boats aren't really boats...and men might not always be men! Come ride the rapids in this comic spectacle — the true(ish) tale of John Wesley Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River, where story and gender can be as excitingly fluid as a white-water crusade.

Men on Boats is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

In Triplicate: Matt Romein in Performance 

Matt RomeinNov. 1 and 2, 2019

Willamette University alum Matt Romein '10, is an artist and performer working at the intersection of live performance, generative computer art, and multimedia installation. Matt's eccentric, cutting-edge performance and installation, In Triplicate, accompanies a Guest Artist residency at the Theatre Department, involving students in this original brain-to-tech-to-stage extravaganza.

Matt Romein's appearance is not included in a full Season package, although subscribers will receive discounted tickets to this special event.


Fall Dance Concert 

Nov. 14 - 23, 2019

Willamette University continues its successful and popular dance concert tradition! Student choreographers join our faculty dance instructors, as well as guest choreographers, in an evening of discovery and kinetic storytelling. Always intimate, always exploratory, and always...moving!

Birds in This Woman

Feb. 9, 2020

Willamette Pro Musica concert & world premiere
Héctor Agüero, conductor

Willamette’s chamber orchestra, now in its second year, presents the WORLD PREMIERE of Robert Nelson’s “Birds in This Woman.” Featuring soprano Laura Agüero, this song-cycle springs from a text by former Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody, member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. The evening of music is completed with Manuel de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” suite and Beethoven’s eternal classic, “The Ruins of Athens.”

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., by Alice Birch

Revolt, She Said, Revolt Again.Feb. 20-29, 2020

Directed by Marina McClure*, Guest Artist

“Well-behaved women rarely make history." The Royal Shakespeare Company’s explosive 2014 hit is a series of vignettes that dives head-first into our modern debates about language, sex and gender. Full of fierce questions and radical challenges, Revolt serves as call-to-arms to modern battles that impact us all. Don’t miss the Revolution!

Content warning: This production contains graphic descriptions of domestic and sexual violence. Recommended for mature audiences only.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
* Marina McClure is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

Radiohead Jazz Project

(Event canceled)


Willamette Jazz Collective, James Miley, director

Willamette Jazz Collective features the work of Patty Darling, arranger of some of today’s unique jazz fusions. Darling’s Radiohead Jazz Project — co-created with conductor James Miley — is a venture that transforms Radiohead compositions for the jazz big band. Performed around the world, this high-energy performance promises an evening of smiles, surprises and downright musical fun!
Note: The previously planned 6:30 p.m Pre-concert Lecture has been changed to a Post-concert Talkback.

Blood Wedding, by Federico García Lorca 

Blood Wedding(Event canceled)

Directed by Jonathan Cole

On the morning of her wedding, a young Bride’s former lover arrives at her isolated village. Their reunited passion lights the long-simmering fires of their family’s feud, converging in a magical nighttime realm of desire and danger. Part of Lorca’s masterful “trilogy of the Spanish earth,” our production features dance and live music inspired by the heart-rhythms of flamenco.

Blood Wedding is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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