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    For ticket reservations for Main Stage productions, or to volunteer at the Schuster Theatre as Box Office Staff, Ushers, Run Crew, etc, please click on the links below.  Please note, we will only contact you in regard to your reservation if there is an issue.  All tickets will be at the Box Office for pick up 1 hour prior to each performance.  If reserved tickets are not picked up 10 minutes prior to curtain, they will be released to a waiting list.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.




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    APE/ESSENCE to perform at KCACTF Region 2 Festival!

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    Gannon University’s critically acclaimed APE/ESSENCE will perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on Saturday, January 20 at 9:30am and 2:30pm.  APE/ESSENCE is among a small number of honored productions (7 in total) invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    Adapted from Aldous Huxley and directed by Alaina Manchester, this new version of the 1948 dystopian novel examines the post-atomic warfare world, employing surreal imagery of a satirized human society incapable of holding on to decency and mutuality. 

    APE/ESSENCE received rave reviews during the company’s trip to the International Collegiate Theatre Festival, part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Scotland in August 2017.  APE/ESSENCE originated at Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre during the past season, with an adaptation developed by Rev. Shawn Clerkin, Manchester, and the company of student actors.

    Graeme Strachan, British Theatre Guide: 
    “The players lope and whoop, while flinging themselves around the stage in energetic glee, bedecked in Mad Max-like war paint, khaki clothes and furs, managing to milk every drop of humour out of the ridiculousness of the situation, while allowing the uncomfortable undercurrent of violence and horror to bubble just below the surface, erupting periodically.” He added, “Indeed, the tragedy of this show is that it will only appear for a mere 4 showings, each of which is at a different time of day—a state of affairs that will probably ensure it isn't seen by nearly enough Fringe patrons.”

    Emma Giering, Erie Times-News:
    “Few feats are more impressive than what the cast and crew were able to accomplish in Gannon University’s APE/ESSENCE… The question then becomes: Do we fight the animal urges that are buried under centuries of customs and mannerisms? Or do we succumb to them?”

    Follow everything KCACTF on the Schuster Theatre Facebook page, Twitter (@GUSchusterThea), and Instagram (gu_schuster_theater).  Oh, and our students are taking over Gannon's social media while at festival as well!  And then tune in to Facebook or Instagram on Jan 20th for a LIVE feed from our performances.

     COMING SOON:  Placebo



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    Gannon University's Schuster Theatre is happy to announce our third 2017-2018 mainstage production, "Placebo" by Melissa James Gibson, Directed by Fr Shawn Clerkin and Melanie Vadzemnieks.

    From Dramatists Publishing Company:  "A minty green pill - medication or sugar?  Louise is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug.  As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, the same questions pertain more and more to her life at home.  With uncanny insight and unparalleled wit, Melissa James Gibson's affectionate comedy examines slippery truths and the power of crossed fingers."

    Not gratuitous, but certainly contemporary in subject matter and presentational style.  Contains adult language and subject matter.  Patrons 16 and under will only be permitted entrance with adult supervision.  Please bring age verification with you to purchase tickets.


    Feb 15 at 8pm

    Feb 16 at 8pm

    Feb 17 at 2pm and 8pm

    Feb 18 at 2pm

    Patron of the Arts Reception:  Feb 15 at 6:30-7:45pm in the Schuster Theatre lobby.  All are welcome to come, mix and mingle with the "Placebo" cast and crew prior to the opening performance.

    Reservations can be made on the link at the top of this page.

    Announcing the Fringe Fest Erie 2018 Season

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    Fringe Fest Erie 2018 returns to Gannon University and Downtown Erie!  Now in our 8th Season, Fringe Fest Erie continues to grow, evolve, and bring new works to Gannon's Campus and the Erie Community.  Please note, all of our On Campus productions this year will be produced in the Schuster Theatre instead of multiple locations around campus as in years past.

    We have a full line up on campus and are working on our Associate Productions from our Downtown partners. Those productions and events will be added to the line up as they are confirmed. For now, we would like to announce our full On Campus line up for this year's Fringe:

    Fringe Fest Erie kickoff with the return of the APO 24 Hour Show! This special event returns to the Schuster Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Sat Feb 3 at 8pm. Come see a new work that will develop from concept to performance in the 24 hours leading up to the start of show! Everything will be new, in process, and sure to entertain.

    Our second on campus production will be RUSSIAN LOVE WITH CHEKOV, directed by Roman Denisyuk (Class of 2018). This work is made up of two short farce pieces by Anton Chekov. Come see a night of Chekov plays on Monday Feb 5 and Tuesday Feb 6 at 8pm.

    The GU TALENT SHOW returns for another year of hidden talents and entertainment from Gannon faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Come see members of the Gannon community strut their stuff as they sing, dance, and perform to entertain you with their hidden talents. Shows will be on Friday Feb 9 and Saturday Feb 10 at 8pm.

    Spread a little Valentine love on Feb 14th as Alpha Psi Omega and friends serenade you with the song styles of SINGING VALENTINES. More information will come to find out how you can surprise your loved one with a personalized song on Valentines Day to say "I Love you".

    Fringe hits full force with our mainstage production of PLACEBO on Feb 15-18. Directed by Father Shawn Clerkin and Melanie Vadzemnieks, this play will have you questioning the lines of perception versus deception. Adult language and situations, this is not appropriate for young audience members. 

    Fringe Fest Erie comes to a conclusion with our first alumni production of MENTAL PHENOMENA, NURSERY RHYMES & NIGHTMARES, written and performed by Rob Hoover. Rob Hoover's one hour mentalist performance includes experiments in Extra Sensory Perception, compares Mother Goose to Stephen King, and features a death defying game of Hangman. Performance on Feb 22 at 8pm.

    Individual events will be posted in January for all events. For more news on all things Fringe Fest Erie related, please check back here, visit us on Facebook, or email Jax Vadney, Fringe Fest Erie Producer.      

     Announcing the Schuster Theatre 2017-18 Season   

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    HEATHERS, THE MUSICAL by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy (Samuel French) - Directed by Jenna Sulecki (GU Class of '17)  

    (From the Samuel French Publishing Company website)  Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta; Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.  But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under. 

    ***Please note, this production contains adult language and situations. 

    "A rowdy guilty pleasure" - The New York Times 

    "Ingenious, naughty and very funny.  Heathers still cliques." - New York Post 

    "Cue the corn nuts - and much-deserved applause.  HOW VERY" - NY Daily News 

    "Heathers The Musical should score with just about everyone." - Variety 


    Schuster Performances: 

    Sept 28-30 at 8pm 

    Oct 1 at 2pm 

    Oct 5-7 at 8pm 


    A DOLL'S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Frank McGuinness (Dramatists) - Directed by Alaina Manchester 

    (From the Dramatists Publishing Company website) Nora Helmer is a vibrant young housewife who nonetheless suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband of eight years.  He, Torvald, has always done the thinking for the both of them.  In order to save Torvald from a debt, and to spare his masculine pride, Nora arranges a loan without his knowledge, and does so by forging a signature.  The inevitable revelation of the crime results in an unexpected reaction from Torvald: rather than being grateful to Nora, he is incapable of accepting the pride and self-sufficiency she demonstrated in taking care of him, and he accuses her of damaging his good name.  The illusions behind their marriage are exposed, and Nora wakes to feelings of self-awareness for the first time in her life.  Torvald is not the man she thought she knew.  They are husband and wife, yes, but they are strangers as well.  And in one of the most famous, and scandalous, climaxes in all of nineteenth-century drama, Nora leaves her husband and children, determined to forge a new identity from the one she has always known. 

    Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival.  "New, raw, gut-twisting and gripping.  Easily the hottest drama this season." - USA Today 

    "Bold, brilliant and alive." - Wall Street Journal 

    "A thunderclap of an evening that takes your breath away." - Time Magazine 

    "The stuff of Broadway legend." - Associated Press 


    Schuster Performances: 

    Nov 30 - Dec 2 at 8pm 

    Dec 3 at 2pm 

    Dec 7-9 at 8pm 



    PLACEBO by Melissa James Gibson (Dramatists) - Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin 

    (From the Dramatists Publishing Company website) A minty green pill - medication or sugar?  Louise is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug.  As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, the same questions pertain more and more to her life at home.  With uncanny insight and unparalleled wit, Melissa James Gibson's affectionate comedy examines slippery truths and the power of crossed fingers. 

    Not gratuitous, but certainly contemporary in subject matter and presentational style.  Contains adult language and subject matter. 

    "...divertingly offbeat comedy-drama...Ms. Gibson has a lovely affinity for parchment-dry humor that softens the sadder undercurrents of PLACEBO.  And she imbues her characters with an affection for wordplay and the oddities of language...Ms. Gibson puts amusingly off kilter, slightly stylized exchanges in the mouths of her everyday characters with convincing grace." -  The New York Times 

    "Smart, droll, beautifully observed..." - New York Magazine 

    "...subtle yet intellectually explosive...Gibson's contemporary analysis of relationships and the things that propel them forward into the dark unknown...[P]oses interesting questions about the role the mind plays for all of us in every aspect of life-from the basest mechanics of sexual arousal to the most abstract concepts of eternal love...Fortunately, everything Gibson gives us in intellectual fodder she translates into emotional content, both surprising and original in its delivery.  She leaves us intrigued..." - 


    Schuster Performances: 

    Feb 14-17 at 8pm 

    Feb 18 at 2pm 



    ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - adapted from Carlo Goldoni's Italian Comedy by Richard Bean and Grant Olding (Samuel French) - Directed by Alaina Manchester 

    Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancee.  But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.  Holed up at The Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel.  To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple. 

    Based on the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, in this new English version by prizewinning playwright Richard Bean, with songs and music by Grant Olding, sex food, and money are high on the agenda.  One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre 17th May 2011 to critical acclaim, before transferring to the West End and embarking on a successful UK tour.  It is also shortlisted for the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Best New Play and the Best Night Out Awards. 


    Schuster Performances: 

    April 19-21 at 8pm 

    April 26-28 at 8pm 

    April 29 at 2pm 


    To learn more about our upcoming season, please email Fr. Shawn Clerkin. 




    Patron of the Arts Receptions Continue for our Second Season


    The Schuster Theatre is happy to host a second year of Patron of the Arts Receptions.  Please join us for opening night of each of our mainstage performances for light refreshments before the show.  Mingle with the director, cast, and crew.  Ask questions about the rehearsal process and the production.  Be the first to stay and see the show that night. 

    Patron of the Arts Reception Dates/Times: 

    Heathers - Sept 28 @ 6:30-7:45pm 

    A Doll's House - Nov 30 @ 6:30-7:45pm 

    Placebo - Feb 15 @ 6:30-7:45pm 

    One Man, Two Guvnors - April 19 @ 6:30-7:45pm 

     The Patron of the Arts Reception is FREE and does not require a reservation.  However, you will need to reserve tickets to stay and enjoy the show aftre the reception.  To make ticket reservations, scroll to the top of this page and reserve your tickets online today! 

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  • Schuster Theatre

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