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  • 38th Distinguished Lecturer Series Featuring A Talk with Civil and Women's Rights Activist Anita Hill Reimagining Equality: Inclusive Communities in Post-Obama America
    Feb 24, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    In 1993, Anita Hill made sexual harassment in the workplace a national issue when she testified that Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas had committed sexual harassment against her. Her story inspired the 2014 documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to Power by Oscar-winning director Freida Lee Mock. Today, Hill continues to push the envelope in pursuit of women's and civil rights in an effort to create a better society in America. 

    Her talk will examine the recent presidential election, and how it necessitates new ways of thinking about how we address questions of equity, including sexual harassment and assault, and gender and racial economic gaps.

    Admission: $25 General Seating • WP Students admitted free with ID

    Anita Hill on Wikipedia


     

  • Jim Messina
    Feb 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    As one half of Loggins & Messina, co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, member and key contributor to Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina has left an indelible footprint on popular music.  With hits like Angry Eyes, Your Mama Don’t Dance, Danny’s Song, and Vahevala, he has sold sold over 20 million albums.

    Admission: $60 VIP (includes Gold Circle seat and meet-and-greet) • $45 Gold Circle • $35 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $30 Rear Loge

    Jim Messina


     

  • Musical Salon presents
    The Hobart Trio

    Feb 26, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    Featuring works by Haydn, Piazzolla and Brahms, the Hobart Trio returns to the Shea Center for an afternoon of beautiful chamber music.

    Admission: $15 General Seating

    Iris Perry

    Kathleen Butler-Hopkins

    Joseph Kimura


     

  • Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Trouble
    Feb 26, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around.  Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages.

    Admission:  $15 Adults •  $12 Children

    Jeff Boyer's Bubble Trouble


     

  • WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
    Feb 27, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Program TBA, please check back!

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • Speech and Debate
    by Stephen Karam

    Feb 28, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Directed by Samantha Tella

    Three misfit teenagers are brought together by a sex scandal involving a teacher. Frustrated by the conservative values at the school, tired of not being heard, they gather the confidence and strength to stand up to the powers that be by forming their high school's first Speech & Debate club – and make their statements in the most unconventional ways.

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and seniors

    Additional Performances: Feb. 29-March 5, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. •  Friday 2:00 p.m • Saturday 2:00 p.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Collage Midday
    Mar 02, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Highlights and previews from the COLLAGE concert event!

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • Speech and Debate
    by Stephen Karam

    Mar 03, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Directed by Samantha Tella

    Three misfit teenagers are brought together by a sex scandal involving a teacher. Frustrated by the conservative values at the school, tired of not being heard, they gather the confidence and strength to stand up to the powers that be by forming their high school's first Speech & Debate club – and make their statements in the most unconventional ways.

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and seniors

    Additional Performances: Feb. 29-March 5, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. •  Friday 2:00 p.m • Saturday 2:00 p.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Collage 2017: The Benefit Concert
    Mar 03, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring the “best of the best” of the William Paterson Music Department: concert band, large and small ensembles, pop, jazz, percussion, and more! All proceeds benefit WP music scholarships.

    Admission: $25 General Admission • $20 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 Students?


     

  • Speech and Debate
    by Stephen Karam

    Mar 04, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Directed by Samantha Tella

    Three misfit teenagers are brought together by a sex scandal involving a teacher. Frustrated by the conservative values at the school, tired of not being heard, they gather the confidence and strength to stand up to the powers that be by forming their high school's first Speech & Debate club – and make their statements in the most unconventional ways.

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and seniors

    Additional Performances: Feb. 29-March 5, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. •  Friday 2:00 p.m • Saturday 2:00 p.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Double Portrait
    Renee Rosnes & Bill Charlap
    Two-Piano Duets

    Mar 04, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Grammy-winning pianist and WP jazz studies director Bill Charlap is a veteran in the game with longtime memberships in groups led by legendary saxophonists Phil Woods and Gerry Mulligan, and his trio who are considered one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is joined by his wife, Renee Rosnes, a renowned pianist/composer and  current member of Ron Carter’s quartet. The duo will showcase their “love” (for music) and exemplary compositions and playing.

    7:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Bill Charlap

    Renee Rosnes


     

  • Tony Kenny’s Irish Celebration
    Mar 05, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Tony Kenny is one of Ireland’s most beloved artists, having sung in countless musical productions such as Joseph, starred in the world famous Jurys Irish Cabaret for more than 20 years with the legendary comedian, Hal Roach – Ireland’s King of Blarney, and won many awards for his work over the course of decades.  Kenny has entertained millions of people in Ireland, and across the U.S. in dozens of coast to coast tours, including Carnegie Hall.

    Admission:  $30 Gold Circle • $25 Rear Orchestra/Loge

    Tony Kenny's Irish Celebration


     

  • Speech and Debate
    by Stephen Karam

    Mar 05, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Directed by Samantha Tella

    Three misfit teenagers are brought together by a sex scandal involving a teacher. Frustrated by the conservative values at the school, tired of not being heard, they gather the confidence and strength to stand up to the powers that be by forming their high school's first Speech & Debate club – and make their statements in the most unconventional ways.

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and seniors

    Additional Performances: Feb. 29-March 5, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. • Saturday 2:00 p.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Composer-In-Residence Concert
    Mar 09, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Program TBA, please check back!

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience
    Mar 10, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    TUSK takes its audience members on a sweet ride down memory lane, leaving no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world's best-loved and top-selling bands. TUSK covers all the chart-topping hits of Fleetwood Mac such as Landslide, Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Say You Love Me, Hold Me and many others.

    Admission: Orchestra $35 • Loge $30

    Tusk:  The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience


     

  • Big Nazo Creature Show
    Mar 11, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The friendliest creatures you’ll ever meet!

    BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters.

    Their innovative mask & puppetry techniques combine stand-up comedy, Sci-Fi, Go-Go dancing, daredevil stunts, soap opera hysterics and professional wrestling with live rock & funk music and audience-interactive improvisation.

    Join Dr. Crumblebottom as he introduces a galaxy of strange but friendly creatures, in this audience-improvised intergalactic dance party, that teaches tolerance and celebrates diversity.

    Admission:  $15 Adults •  $12 Children

    Big Nazo


     

  • Motown: A Temptations Revue with Bo Henderson
    Mar 18, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award winner Barrington “Bo” Henderson brings more than a decade of chart-topping Temptations classics to the Shea Center, including "My Girl," "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Just My Imagination," and so many more!

    Admission:  $38 Orchestra • $33 Loge

    A Temptations Revue featuring Barrington "Bo" Henderson


     

  • WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
    Mar 20, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring WP music professor Payton MacDonald and music from his Sonic Divide project.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • Theater for Children with Autism presents
    Artspower’s
    The Monster Who Ate My Peas

    Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower’s sensory-friendly musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas.  Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

    Admission:  $8 General Seating

    Please note this performance is only open to classes and families with children with autism. 
    Please call 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information

    ArtsPower's THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS


     

  • William Paterson University Symphony
    Mar 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Music of Strauss and Shostakovich

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • A History of Hip Hop
    Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works Dance Company

    Mar 23, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    This lecture/demonstration by dancers of RHAW illustrates how Hip Hop has its roots in African tradition and culture throughout the Diasporas and includes not only African American, but Afro-Brazilian, Afro Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures from the early sixties throughout today.

    Admission:  $8 Non-WP students • WP Students admitted free with ID

    Schools Call 973-720-3178 for reservations and information

    Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works


     

  • Graeme of Thrones
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A Wacky and Wicked Parody on Game of Thrones

    Starring Michael Condron, who appeared in seasons 5 and 6 of Game of Thrones as Bowen Marsh

    In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, direct from sold out shows in London’s West End and Australia, avid ‘Thrones’ fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favorite fantasy saga on stage - aided and abetted by his best friend Paul and the girl he used to fancy at school - Bryony. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George RR Martin would approve – and that’s what matters. But when news reaches them that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break - as long as nothing goes wrong ...

    Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, Graeme of Thrones is a wacky and wicked parody on the international phenomenon that is Game Of Thrones.

    Admission:  $30 Orchestra • $25 Loge

    Graeme of Thrones


     

  • I Want My ‘80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years
    Mar 24, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring special guests Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman.
    Music Director: Grammy Award winner (with Lady Gaga) and WP alumnus Rob Fusari.

    Experience the 1980s in this tribute to the Ronald Reagan-era of MTV, featuring performances by WP Music Department students, along with McDaniels and Fusari. You’ll re-live the music of Whitney Houston, Prince, Toto, Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, and many more in this fundraiser for Music Department scholarships.  This will be the ultimate ‘80s tribute!

    Admission:  $25 General Admission • $20 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $10 All Students

    Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC

    MTV VJ Mark Goodman on Facebook

    Rob Fusari


     

  • Onstage Café at Shea
    Girls, Guns and Glory - Country Rock

    Mar 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    “Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock n’ roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison,” says The Boston Globe, in describing the country rock group Girls, Guns and Glory.

    The group’s love for early rock ’n’ roll, true country, raw blues and pretty much any kind of authentic American music makes for an electrifying evening.

    Admission:  $50 Onstage seating features a sumptuous dinner and dessert buffet, plus open beer-and-wine bar.  Dinner ticket holders should arrive at 6:30 p.m. • $20 show only

    Girls, Guns and Glory


     

  • N.J. Theatre Alliance 19th Annual Stages Festival
    Stone Soup and Other Stories
    A Sensory Friendly performance

    Mar 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    A charming, well-seasoned blend of folk tales from around the world!

    Dynamic, participatory and filled with zesty entertainment, “Stone Soup…” is on the gourmet “not to be missed” list for young viewers!

    Admission:  $10 Adults • Children: Free!

    Pushcart Players' Stone Soup and Other Stories


     

  • Vocalist and Pianist Johnny O’Neal
    Mar 26, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Blues singer and bebop pianist Johnny O’Neal is a jazz treasure, who has returned to the New York jazz scene after a prolonged absence. O’Neal’s formidable style is influenced by the giants Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson and has made him a captivating vocalist and virtuoso pianist.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Johnny O'Neal on Facebook


     

  • Circle Mirror Transformation
    by Annie Baker

    Apr 04, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Four New Englanders sign up for a community center acting class for the summer. Before the six weeks are over, buried feelings are unearthed, major discoveries are made, and in subtle and major ways, lives are quietly transformed. Join us for what the New York Times described as “the kind of gem that sends people into the street urging everyone they know to come.”

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens

    Additional Performances: April 4-9, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. • Friday 11:00 a.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Circle Mirror Transformation
    by Annie Backer

    Apr 07, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Four New Englanders sign up for a community center acting class for the summer. Before the six weeks are over, buried feelings are unearthed, major discoveries are made, and in subtle and major ways, lives are quietly transformed. Join us for what the New York Times described as “the kind of gem that sends people into the street urging everyone they know to come.”

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens

    Additional Performances: April 4-9, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. • Friday 11:00 a.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • Circle Mirror Transformation
    by Annie Baker

    Apr 09, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Directed by Jerry Beal

    Four New Englanders sign up for a community center acting class for the summer. Before the six weeks are over, buried feelings are unearthed, major discoveries are made, and in subtle and major ways, lives are quietly transformed. Join us for what the New York Times described as “the kind of gem that sends people into the street urging everyone they know to come.”

    Admission: $15 General Admission • $10 WP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens

    Additional Performances: April 4-9, 2017, 
    Tuesday-Saturday 7:00 p.m. • Friday 11:00 a.m. • Sunday 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Brass Ensembles
    Apr 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Enjoy an evening of chamber music as the WP Brass Ensembles perform the works of Frackenpohl, Bach, Ewald, Susato, Gabrielli, Reynolds, and Gershwin.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Machine
    America’s Top Pink Floyd Show!

    Apr 21, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The Machine has forged a 25-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for fans. Performing a diverse mix of Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, The Machine’s stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and visuals, and passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest.

    Admission: $45 Orchestra • $37 Loge

    The Machine


     

  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
    Apr 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    With their classic blend of hard-core R&B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans.

    Admission:  $42 Gold Circle • $35 Rear Orchestra/Front Loge • $30 Rear Loge

    Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes


     

  • Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix
    Comedy Dog Show

    Apr 23, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines present a show for the whole family, and the dog lover in all of us. Staring mostly dogs rescued from shelters, these Animal Planet Pet Star Winners have appeared on David Letterman, Disneyland, the Big Apple Circus, and at the White House.

    Admission: $15 Adults • $12 Children

    Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix


     

  • WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Program TBA, please check back!

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • WP Wind Ensemble
    Apr 27, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Conducted by J. Craig Davis

    The WP Wind Ensemble will perform selections by David Gillingham, Clifton Williams, Howard Hanson, Alfred Reed, John Barnes Chance, and WP music professor Payton MacDonald.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • Gypsy Jazz with the Rhythm Future Quartet
    Apr 30, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, this young quartet is dedicated to expanding the spirit of the Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz tradition. Anick’s talents have already been recognized as an award-winning composer and one of the youngest faculty members at Berklee in Boston. His Finnish colleague Soikkeli is a top call guitarist in the bustling New York jazz scene and has performed alongside many renowned musicians like Cyrille Aimee, Bucky Pizzarelli, and the world-famous Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg. The quartet is squared up by drummer and 2015 Saga Djangofest Award winner Max O’Rourke and top rate bassoonist Greg Loughman.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Rhythm Future Quartet


     

  • Bridge to the Soul
    Celebrating Music, Poetry, and Dance of the Middle East and India

    May 02, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP Spring Choral Concert features the WP Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, and special guests.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Comedy Improv Show
    May 03, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall

    Laugh the loudest for your favorite team! In this comedic competition, WP students take suggestions from the audience and create improvisations, vying against each other for the highest score. For information contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at stroppele@wpunj.edu.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Sketch Comedy Show
    May 05, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hobart Hall

    Come laugh with us as WP students perform comedy sketches written and developed in the format of Saturday Night Live! For information please contact WP professor Elizabeth Stroppel at stroppele@wpunj.edu.

    Admission:  FREE


     

  • The Stand-Up Show
    May 06, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, NYC

    Join us as WP students take their final exam for Stand-up I by performing their sets live at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC!

    Please call Gotham Comedy Club at 212-367-9000 for reservations. Ask for William Paterson Comedy Performance.


     

  • Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt
    with the WP Jazz Orchestra

    May 07, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Newly hired WP music faculty Jeremy Pelt is recognized as one of the most notable young trumpeters in jazz, voted Rising Star five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt collaborated with some of jazz’s greatest masters and frequently performs with ensembles like the Roy Hargrove Big Band and the Duke Ellington Big Band. This exciting big band concert features the musical prowess of Jeremy Pelt, and the premiere of three new arrangements of Pelt’s compositions by WP masters level arrangers.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Jeremy Pelt