Summer 2022 Season

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Summer 2022 Season

Theatre 33's Summer 2022 productions are "donation only." While we suggest a $10 donation at the door, there is no ticketed admission to watch our performances and reading.

You may reserve your show date with the buttons below. You will receive a reminder about your show a few days in advance of the performance.

Acts of Creation

June 8 – 11, 2022  •  7:00 pm
June 11, 2022  •  2 pm

Putnam Studio • M. Lee Pelton Theatre 

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Thea is convinced she's dying. Her wife Reed is convinced she's not. Their daughters visit them for the family's annual Mother's Day celebration. "The one day we're always all together."

Except last year. And every year after this one. How do they hold themselves together when they are falling apart?

Winner — Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize in Comedic Playwriting.

woman at a computer

7 Secrets of Teaching Online

July 13-16, 2022  •  7:00 pm
July 16 & 17  •  2 pm matinees

Putnam Studio • M. Lee Pelton Theatre 

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March 2020:  A pandemic rages. College campuses across America shut down. In a panic, five college professors – four of them untenured, under-compensated “freeway flyers” who make up the majority of college teachers – sign up for a course: "7 Secrets of Teaching Online."

The class is relentlessly upbeat. Yet an imposter is unmasked, a career is destroyed, a lover is cast out, secrets are betrayed, a baby is born, families reunite, make-shift desks are littered with take-out boxes, and, of course, one lucky professor gets to sleep with the delivery person. Still, during this time of quarantine and disruption, these educators, by sharing their secrets, learn the power of human connection.

hills and sky

Lost in the Hills

Aug. 10 – 13, 2022  •  7:00 pm
Aug. 13 & 14, 2022  •  2 pm matinees

Putnam Studio • M. Lee Pelton Theatre

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Lost in the Hills is a new musical freely adapted from Zane Grey’s 1919 novel The Desert of Wheat.

In early 20th-century Washington state, a young Spokane woman, traveling to the rolling wheat lands of the Palouse, is haunted by the inescapable feeling that she has been there once before. While seeking to decipher the reason for that, she loses her heart to a troubled young agrarian and his radical sister, and soon must decide whether to return to the well-planned life she has always known—or lose herself forever in the scenic yet unforgiving hills. A story of loss, love, and the gravitational pull of the past, set against the backdrop of the battle for justice in the fields.

Pop-up Readings

 New this summer!

join us for pop-up readings throughout the summer. 

Saturday & Sunday, June 18 and 19, 2022 
2:00 pm 
Location: Rogers Rehearsal Hall at Rogers Music center
Willamette University

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 As Evie mentally recovers from a life event that has shattered her, her husband Lumie delivers more news that is liable to drive her to the edge. In an attempt to save their marriage and better understand her husband and herself, Evie discovers unlikely support from an array of colorful characters, all attempting to help Evie recognize the love she has in her life, in all its forms, has been there all along.


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SATURDAY, JULY 23 at 4:00 pm at Capitol Auto Pavilion
SUNDAY, JULY 24 at 2:00 pm at Rogers Rehearsal Hall on the WU campus.
Capitol Auto Pavilion (map)

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 Inspired by the true, dramatic story of Biosphere 2, a controversial environmental experiment in 1991-92. Four people are sealed in an airtight dome in the desert. For two years they must survive debilitating hunger and dwindling oxygen. But mostly, they must survive each other.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 and 21, 2022
2:00 pm  • LOCATON TBA

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Carmen and Max live in a futuristic Oregon that is still very much like our own, but in a dimension where space is expanding at such a rate that stars have begun to disappear from the sky. The night before their last-first-day of high school, Carmen and Max go into the hills to look up at the last star in the sky and make a wish for change...

And change, it does. In a science-defying, history-making moment, a window to another world is opened where friends are still alive, where Carmen doesn't exist, and where Max’s would-be twin, Maxine needs them all more than ever. They are each given the opportunity of a lifetime to see beyond the known reality, find hope, accept change, and see their skies full of stars.

Willamette University

Theatre 33

Salem Campus

M. Lee Pelton Theatre
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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