William Peace University

No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre

Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. It is an eternal torment.

Jean Paul Sartre won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964 “for his work, which, rich in ideas and filed with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our age.” Jean Paul Sartre declined the prize.

No Exit Is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Evening Performances: September 24 – 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee Performance:
September 28 at 2:00pm
Preview:
September 23 at 7:30pm (free)
Venue:
Leggett Theater

Broadway Comes to Peace

Come join us for our third annual "Broadway Comes to Peace." WPT's Artistic Director, Jason Dula, has lined up Broadway performers from New York City to perform in concert and teach master classes for our musical theatre students.

Performance: October 25 at 7:30pm
Venue:
Kenan Theater

Drood - The Mystery of Edwin Drood

A Musical by Rupert Holmes
Based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens

This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe) "puts on" its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Now, Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper's nephew, young Edwin Drood. Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve-but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit? Musical numbers include The Wage of Sin, Perfect Strangers, Both Sides of the Coin, Don't Quit While You're Ahead and Moonfall. The giddy playfulness of this play-within-a-play draws the audience toward one of Drood's most talked-about features, which allows the audience to vote on the solution as prelude to the most unusual and hilarious finale!

Drood Is presented through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

Evening Performances: November 14 - 16 & November 20 - 23, 2013 at 7:30pm
Matinee Performance:
November 23 at 2:00pm
Preview:
November 13 at 7:30pm (free)
Venue:
Leggett Theater

Raleigh's Village Idiots

Raleigh’s longstanding and somewhat respected comic improvisation company returns to William Peace University for its fifth year. Hold on, they return not only to perform, but to teach William Peace Theatre student's the art of improvisation. Come join us and see what the Idiots and their Idiot apprentices accomplish. Matthew Krevat directs.

Performances: January 5, 2014 at 7:30pm
Venue:
Leggett Theater

Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on play by Frank Wedekind

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.

It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. Spring Awakening explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.

Evening Performances: February 13 - 15 & February 19 - 22, 2014 at 7:30pm
Matinee Performance:
February 22 at 2:00pm
Preview:
February 12 at 7:30pm (free)
Venue:
Leggett Theater

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

"I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me," quips Beatrice, one of the most beloved heroines of Shakespeare's comedies. When Don Pedro's officers return after a successful military campaign, Claudio cannot wait to make Hero his bride while her cousin Beatrice renews her battle of wits with his friend Benedict. Meanwhile, Don John, the duke's disgraced half-brother, is determined to cause as much trouble as he can. In Much Ado About Nothing, mistaken identities, eavesdropping, and wrongful assumptions threaten the young lovers with lasting heartache. Will Beatrice and Benedict ever admit their feelings for each other? Will Claudio see through Don John's deceit? Can the bumbling constable Dogberry save the day?

Evening Performances: April 1 - 5 at 7:30pm
Matinee:
April 5 at 2:00pm
Preview:
March 31 at 7:30pm
Venue:
Leggett Theater

Theatre Showcase

William Peace Theatre Company performs its yearend Showcase! Students that are majoring in the BFA in Musical Theatre and BA in Theatre perform musical numbers, monologues, scenes, solos and duets.

Performances: April 10 - 12 at 7:30pm
Venue:
Leggett Theater