WP Theatre presents

About WP Theatre

Under the auspices of the Theatre & Comedy faculty of the Communication Department, WP Theatre at William Paterson University presents a varied and ongoing selection of plays, and live comedy. The program offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to participate in and observe the joys of theatre and comedy, and to integrate these art forms into their academic and life experience.


Since 2005 the program has presented Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and other works from some of the most prolific playwrights and musical theatre teams of the past and present. The list includes Proof, Metamorphoses, Art, The Shape of Things, Rabbit Hole, The Baltimore Waltz, The Clean House, Almost Maine, Defying Gravity, What I Did Last Summer, Talking With, Roosters, Quilters, The Rimers of Eldritch, A…My Name is Alice, And the World Goes ‘Round, Antigone, A Thurber Carnival, Topdog-Underdog, Joined at the Head, Reckless, Speaking in Tongues, Tartuffe, The Dining Room, The Heidi Chronicles, Boeing, Boeing, Kimberly Akimbo, When the Rain Stops Falling, Ruined, Clybourne Park, and Blue Window.


For the past few years, our March production has contributed to the College of Arts and Communication Cross-Cultural Arts Festival, which celebrates diverse cultures in a variety of events throughout campus. Some of those plays have included Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, A Thousand Cranes by Kathryn Schultz Miller, and A Perfect Ganesh by Terrence McNally, in tribute to South Asia.

Our Collegiate Comedy Competition is currently on hold, but please enjoy some archival materials seen here.


The WP Theatre program is built on a foundation of inclusiveness and seeks to serve and involve the entire William Paterson campus and neighboring communities. We encourage all contributions from those with any related skills who wish to join our dynamic theatre & comedy program, and experience the thrill and satisfaction of live performance at its best.


For further information, contact Professor Elizabeth Stroppel.



  • WP Theatre
    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere

    Mar 03, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere
    Translation by Miles Malleson
    Directed by Nancy Kutzer

    This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere

    Mar 04, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere
    Translation by Miles Malleson
    Directed by Nancy Kutzer

    This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere

    Mar 05, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere
    Translation by Miles Malleson
    Directed by Nancy Kutzer

    This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere

    Mar 06, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere
    Translation by Miles Malleson
    Directed by Nancy Kutzer

    This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere

    Mar 07, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere
    Translation by Miles Malleson
    Directed by Nancy Kutzer

    This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere

    Mar 07, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere
    Translation by Miles Malleson
    Directed by Nancy Kutzer

    This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere

    Mar 08, 2020 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Moliere
    Translation by Miles Malleson
    Directed by Nancy Kutzer

    This classic farce by Moliere shows us a well-known hypochondriac, obsessed with skyrocketing medical bills. Argan concocts a plan to marry his daughter to a doctor to solve his problems, but alas, she loves another. Toinette, the clever maid, demonstrates to her employer that the doctor is a charlatan and points out others who also seek to take advantage of him. Truth and love triumph as all troubles, real and imaginary, fade away with laughter.

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Tues.-Sat., March 3-8 at 7:00 p.m.
    Sat., March 7 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., March 8 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    WP Comedy Days! • Stand-Up

    Mar 26, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Join us for a different form of comedy each day as we celebrate the laughter and skills of WP comedy students.

    March 26, 7:00 p.m. • Stand-Up

    March 27, 7:00 p.m. • Sketch Comedy

    March 28, 7:00 p.m. • Improvisation

    March 29, 3:00 p.m. • Ten-Minute Plays and One Acts

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Theatre
    WP Comedy Days! • Sketch Comedy

    Mar 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Join us for a different form of comedy each day as we celebrate the laughter and skills of WP comedy students.

    March 26, 7:00 p.m. • Stand-Up

    March 27, 7:00 p.m. • Sketch Comedy

    March 28, 7:00 p.m. • Improvisation

    March 29, 3:00 p.m. • Ten-Minute Plays and One Acts

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Theatre
    WP Comedy Days! • Improvisation

    Mar 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Join us for a different form of comedy each day as we celebrate the laughter and skills of WP comedy students.

    March 26, 7:00 p.m. • Stand-Up

    March 27, 7:00 p.m. • Sketch Comedy

    March 28, 7:00 p.m. • Improvisation

    March 29, 3:00 p.m. • Ten-Minute Plays and One Acts

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Theatre
    WP Comedy Days! • Ten-Minute Plays and One Acts

    Mar 29, 2020 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Join us for a different form of comedy each day as we celebrate the laughter and skills of WP comedy students.

    March 26, 7:00 p.m. • Stand-Up

    March 27, 7:00 p.m. • Sketch Comedy

    March 28, 7:00 p.m. • Improvisation

    March 29, 3:00 p.m. • Ten-Minute Plays and One Acts

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Theatre
    Incognito by Nick Payne

    Apr 15, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Incognito by Nick Payne
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a psychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend.  INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. 

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Wed.-Sat., April 15-18 at 7:00 p.m.
    Fri., April 17 also at 11:00 a.m.
    Sun., April 19 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    Incognito by Nick Payne

    Apr 16, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Incognito by Nick Payne
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a psychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend.  INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. 

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Wed.-Sat., April 15-18 at 7:00 p.m.
    Fri., April 17 also at 11:00 a.m.
    Sun., April 19 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    Incognito by Nick Payne

    Apr 17, 2020 @ 11:00 AM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Incognito by Nick Payne
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a psychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend.  INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. 

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Wed.-Sat., April 15-18 at 7:00 p.m.
    Fri., April 17 also at 11:00 a.m.
    Sat., April 18 also at 2:00 p.m.
    Sun., April 19 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    Incognito by Nick Payne

    Apr 17, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Incognito by Nick Payne
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a psychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend.  INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. 

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Wed.-Sat., April 15-18 at 7:00 p.m.
    Fri., April 17 also at 11:00 a.m.
    Sun., April 19 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    Incognito by Nick Payne

    Apr 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Incognito by Nick Payne
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a psychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend.  INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. 

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Wed.-Sat., April 15-18 at 7:00 p.m.
    Fri., April 17 also at 11:00 a.m.
    Sun., April 19 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    Incognito by Nick Payne

    Apr 19, 2020 @ 3:00 PM
    Location: Hunziker Black Box Theatre

    Incognito by Nick Payne
    Directed by Jerry Beal

    A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a psychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend.  INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. 

    Admission: $15 General public • $10 WP students and employees and senior citizens

    Performances:
    Wed.-Sat., April 15-18 at 7:00 p.m.
    Fri., April 17 also at 11:00 a.m.
    Sun., April 19 at 3:00 p.m.


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Sketch Comedy Show

    May 08, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
    Location: Hamilton 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!


     

  • WP Theatre
    The Stand-Up Show

    May 09, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
    Location: Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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

    Please call 212.367.9000 for reservations and ask for William Paterson comedy performance.