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    Up Next:  Fringe Fest Erie 2015!  

    February 2-24, 2015

     Fringe Fest Logo - Design by Keefer Kopco 

    Produced by Jax Kubiak

    What would Gannon University Schuster Theatre be without a Fringe? This year, our 5th annual Fringe Festival is being moved to February, where our theatre program can commit more time, energy, and support to the productions which can be found all over downtown Erie. 

    Gannon Fringe Productions:

    "Actors" by Conrad Bromberg. Directed by Audrey Stadler. Performances are Feb 2 and 4 at 8pm. Location TBD.

    "A Little Nonsense" by Oliver Hoare. Directed by Lauren Loop and Paula Barrett. "A Little Nonsense" is an original dark comedy that explores the clown inside every man. Frustrated and angered by his Clown's freedom to play and inability to take life seriously, a Man decides to teach his Clown a lesson and beat some sense into him. Mixing powerful drama with genuine hilarity, "A Little Nonsense" plays with the shifting light and dark in all of us and leaves us valuing yet questioning our balance. Performances are Feb 3 and 5 at 8pm in the Schuster Theatre Green Room (620 Sassafras Street - 1st floor).

    "GU Talent Show" Production Managed by Brianna Woods. Last year we brought to you the "Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Talent Show". We're back! And this year, we are adding student talent! Come see your professors, staff, alumni, and fellow students show you their hidden talents. Performances are Feb 6 and 7 at 8pm in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street - main theatre space on the 2nd floor).

    "Like Father, Like Son" By Roman Denisyuk. Directed by Roman Denisyuk and Todd Paropacic. Based on a true story that occurred in Erie, "Like Father, Like Son" is unlike any faith play you have ever seen. Filled with an array of characters, ranging from Irish bakers to a Grand Duchess; it focuses on a young boy, Ronny Greevesman, who must face his past and accept the consequences of his actions. There is a unique style of comedy throughout the show. The play focuses on redemption on many levels, the power of forgiveness, and how important morality and ethics, in other words humanity, is to our survival. Performances are Feb 9 and 11 at 8pm. Location is TBD.

    "Mainstream" by Conor Grey (Class of 2014). Directed by Leah Johnson. "Mainstream" captures the essence of the elusive hipster. Discover a world of thrifting, local coffee shops, and charitable causes that you've probably never heard of before. Just make sure to leave your mainstream, conformist thinking at the door - this play will challenge your perceptions of art, love, and what it means to be human. Performances are Feb 10 and 12 at 8pm. Location is TBD.

    "Bedtime Stories" by Laugh/Riot. "Bedtime stories takes a collection of 3 short scenes from Charles Mee as its start and jumps into seven disparate scenes about relationships. Laugh/Riot's ensemble cast will change characters each night, guaranteeing that each audience will see a completely new show. The shows range from comedic to dramatic, romantic to slapstick, and each scene's tone changes depending on the cast that night. This show is intended for mature audiences and contains adult language, adult situations, and violence. Performances are Feb 16 and 18 at 8pm in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street - main theatre space on the 2nd floor).

    "The Sketch Comedy Show" by Gannon Students. Director: Michael Fujito. Head Writer: Michael Haas. Artistic Director/Comic Advisor: Zach Flock. What happens when you take 6 Gannon students and have them write a short comedy skits? This show is the result of just that! Entirely made up of sketches written by Gannon students, this show will showcase the different comedy styles of the writers. It will have you laughing in your seats from the scene of a bad baby sitter to a series of water flavored water commercials. Come and laugh with us! Performances are Feb 17 and 19 at 8pm. Location is TBD. 

    "Oedipus Tex" by Bach/Schickele. Directed by Tom Barton. This country-western spin-off of “Oedipus the King” is sure to leave you rolling in the aisles. In the original stage play by the Greek author Sophocles, a beloved King attempts to save his city from a terrible curse by sending his brother-in-law to find the person who murdered the previous king. During this journey, Oedipus conducts his own search of the town, looking for anyone who may have had a hand in the murder of Laius, the former king. He eventually questions a blind prophet, who informs Oedipus that the king himself is the killer. The prophecy bothers Oedipus, who realizes later that not only did he kill Laius, fulfilling the man’s prophecy, but he also had a family with his mother, fulfilling another prophecy by the same prophet many years ago. In disgrace, Oedipus gouges out his eyes and moves out of the city into exile. Now, how will all of this fit into a Western setting? You’ll have to come and see for yourself! Performances are Feb 20 at 8pm and Feb 21 at 2pm in the Schuster Theatre (620 Sassafras Street - main theatre space on the 2nd floor). 

    Associated Productions:

    Dramashop - Once again our friends at Dramashop will produce an original play in association with Fringe. More information about the play that will be produced will be shared soon. Performances are Feb 2-3 and 10-11 at 8pm. Dramashop is located at 1001 State Street on the 2nd floor of the Renaissance Center. For more information, please visit 

    All An Act - All An Act Theatre will be producing Agatha Cristie's "Witness for the Prosecution" as an associated production this year. Performances are Feb 13-14 at 7:30pm, Feb 15 at 3pm, Feb 20-21 at 7:30pm, and Feb 22 at 3pm. All An Act is located at 652 West 17th Street. For more information, please visit

    Laugh/Riot - Located in Edinboro, Laugh/Riot joins us for the first time this year. Laugh/Riot will be producing a "New Works Festival" in association with Fringe Fest Erie. Exact details of shows, concepts, plays, etc. can be found on their website. Performances are Feb 20 and 21 at 7:30pm and Feb 22 at 2:30pm. Laugh/Riot is located on the campus of Edinboro University. For more information, please visit

    Erie Playhouse - The Erie Playhouse will be producing "Songs for a New World" by Jason Robert Brown. Performances are Feb 23 and 24. The Erie Playhouse is located at 13 West 10th Street. For details, reservations, and more information, please visit 

    Admission to all Fringe Fest Erie 2015 productions on the Gannon Campus are $5. There will be no complimentary tickets/admissions to these shows. If you are planning on seeing multiple productions on campus, consider purchasing a Gannon Fringe Pass. This pass will allow you to see all 8 productions being performed on Gannon's campus. Cost of the Gannon Fringe Pass is $15. Please note, the Gannon Fringe Pass does not give you admission to our associated productions at Dramashop, the Erie Playhouse, All An Act, or Laugh/Riot's performance in Edinboro. Tickets for admission to our associated productions will be sold at each of those venues.

    All proceeds from Fringe Fest Erie 2015 will go to support the Schuster Theatre's trip to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017 to perform at the International Collegiate Theatre Festival. We thank you for supporting Fringe Fest Erie. If you have any questions about Fringe, please contact Producer, Jax Kubiak at (814) 871-7720 or

     Thank you to everyone who came to see Striking 12!

     By Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda, and Rachel Sheinkin

    Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin

    Read the review on

    Read the review in The Gannon Knight.

    Striking 12 Zak and Cassie  Striking 12 Will Zak and Kayla

    Striking 12 Group shot  Striking 12 Cassie Zak Brianna

    Striking 12 Brianna and Will  Striking 12 Lauren Will and Kayla

      Striking 12 Lauren Zak and Kayla   Striking 12 Zak and Brianna 



    Striking 12 Promotional video courtesy of Sean Morphy.

      Fall Break 2014:  

    American Shakespeare Center's 

    Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA

     Dr. Doug King (Professor in the English Department), Rev. Shawn Clerkin (Director of Theatre), and Jax Kubiak (Technical Director of the Schuster Theatre) took 10 students to Staunton, VA over Fall Break to experience workshops, lectures, and attend 4 performances at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse.  Students attended 2 lectures, 3 workshops, and saw performances of The Comedy of ErrorsPericles Prince of Tyre, MacBeth, and Edward II.  Students also had time to explore and experience the culture of lovely Staunton, VA, including a morning hike led by Dr. King.  Some pictures of the experience are below.  All photos are courtesy of Zak Westfall, Theatre and Communications Arts major.


    Staunton 2014 Blackfriars Playhouse  

    A look at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

    Staunton 2014 Group at ASC

    The Fall Break 2014 group on the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse.

    Staunton 2014 Hiking  Staunton 2014 Hiking 2

    Hiking with Dr. King in Staunton VA.

    Staunton 2014 Group with ASC cast members

    Some of the group met ASC cast members Gregory Phelps and Sara Hymes.  Thank you Gregory and Sara for taking a photo with our group.



     Joe Orton's "Loot" performed at the Schuster theatre from October 2-12.  To view archive photos of this production, please visit our Facebook page at    

    Please visit to read more about this wonderful production.



    Gannon University's Schuster Theatre returns from participating in the 2014 International Collegiate Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland!

    10 Gannon University students and 3 faculty recently returned from a 12 day trip to Edinburgh, Scotland to participate and perform in the International Collegiate Theatre Festival, which runs concurrently and in coordination with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland's capital city.  As participants in the 2014 ICTF, Gannon students performed Stephen Williams' "Whimsical Grimm" at Surgeons Hall on four different occasions.  You can read the review of the production on Broadway Baby by clicking here.   

    ICTF 2014 Cast and Crew The cast and crew of Whimsical Grimm.  From L to R - Todd Paropacic, Abby Coppock, Zak Westfall, Cristen Manion, Brianna Woods, Khadija Djellouli, Luis Pontillo, Mary Stephens, Ethan Kelley, and Mike Fujito.  

     ICTF 2014 College Fair  Gannon University was well represented at the College Recruitment Fair held for the American High School Theatre Festival.  High school students had the opportunity to speak with Fr. Shawn Clerkin, Director of Theatre, as well as with current students Khadija Djellouli and Abby Coppock.  
    Many thanks to everyone who helped us raise funds and donated to help our students attend and participate in this international experience! 

    Video clips courtesy of Fr. Shawn Clerkin, Director of Theatre and Jax Kubiak, Technical Director, will be posted soon.  

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