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2022-2023 Season

2022-2023 Season

Welcome back and please join us in celebrating live theatre in the UW Oshkosh Theatre Arts Center!  We have a wide variety of theatrical experiences in store for you! We have a classic American musical, Grease; a performance reading of a new play, My Genius of Humanity; a whimsical play with music and improvisation, Peter and the StarCatcher; and last but not least – a crazy comedy, The (One-Act) Play That Goes Wrong!  After the regular season of shows, we will be participating in World Premiere Wisconsin that is happening at theatres throughout the state – plans are still brewing for this event! 

Our theme of New Horizons represents all that we have ahead of us this season.  After the struggle of the past two years, where we succeeded in offering a full slate of theatrical productions, we are looking to the future as bright and full of possibilities.  We also encourage you to support the theatre being produced on our UWO Fox Cities and our UWO Fond du Lac campuses – UWO Theatre is a regional experience!  

We will see you in early November for the Oshkosh production of the musical, GREASE!!   

Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft,  
Artistic Director, Chair and Professor, UWO Theatre


by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by Merlaine Angwall

Musical | Main Stage 
NOV. 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee on NOV. 6 at 2 p.m.
High School Matinee on NOV. 4 at 10 a.m.

With a hip-shaking rock ‘n’ roll score featuring hits like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” and “We Go Together,” Grease celebrates Rydell High’s class of 1959 in all their duck-tailed, bobby-soxed, gum-snapping glory.

My Genius of Humanity

by Richard Kalinoski
Directed by Richard Kalinoski

Staged Performance Reading | Experimental Theatre
DEC. 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee on DEC. 11 at 2 p.m.

Inspired by the misbegotten journey of well-intentioned Armenian-Americans following World War II, the story examines the struggle of the Davidian family as they voluntarily emigrate to Soviet dominated Armenia in search of the perceived comfort of their ancestral home. The play reveals what “home” means to family and what family must do to remake home.

Peter and the Star Catcher

by Rick Elice
Directed by Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft

A Play with Music | Main Stage
March 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Matinee on March 12 at 2 p.m. Oshkosh Campus, Theatre Arts Center, Main Stage

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century- old story of how a dejected orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed, despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters. The set for the play will be created from found and recycled objects so this improvisational treat supports the universities sustainability practices!

The (One-Act) Play That Goes Wrong

by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Directed by Ryan Schabach (A UWO Alum!)

A Play | Main Stage
APR. 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee on APR. 30 at 2 p.m.

A classic murder mystery! There has been an untimely death at a country manor, everyone is a suspect, and an inspector is on the case to find the guilty party. However, when this play is performed by the accident-prone thespians of The Cornley Drama Society, everything that can go wrong…DOES! The actors and crew battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Over the course of an hour, expect a plethora of disasters from missed lines to falling props.

 Individual tickets

Individual tickets go on sale Oct. 4

    • General Admission $14
    • Senior Citizen Admission $11
    • Student Tickets $5
    • UWO Admissions (Alumni $11, Faculty and Staff $5 and Students $5)

Contact Us

Buy Tickets

(920) 424 – 4417

Theatre Office (920) 424-7042
Costume Shop (920) 424-0286
Scene Shop (920) 424-7051

Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft, Chair
(920) 424-4425
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World Premier Wisconsin

In late spring, the UW Oshkosh Theatre Department is joining theatre companies throughout the state in celebrating new plays and musicals.

More info to come but for now, it’s a SECRET.

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