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    Schuster Theater 2014-15 Season

     2014-2015 Season Cover designed by MC Gensheimer 


    By Joe Orton

    Directed by Paula Barrett

    Hal and Dennis, two young and inept criminal-wannabes try to rob a bank next to a funeral parlor where Dennis works. They run to Hal’s house and hide the money in his recently-deceased mother’s coffin. But to make room for it, they have to move her corpse around the house. Inspector Truscott arrives, forcing Hal and Dennis to distract him from his investigation. They enlist Nurse McMahon, who herself has been “nursing” the bereaved Mr. McLeavy, Hal’s father.  

    Orton’s satirical twists on bereavement, law, corruption, and sex have always made me laugh. His personally screwed-up life forced him into artistic commentaries on contemporary morality that, decades after his untimely murder, continue to challenge and enlighten our own sensitivities.

    Thursday-Saturday, October 2-4 and October 9-11 at 8:00 pm
    Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 pm


    Music, Book and Lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Valerie Vigoda, and Book and Lyrics by Rachel Sheinkin

    Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin

    From Fr. Shawn Clerkin:

    "The holidays are a time of celebration and merriment, but for one over-worked/under-inspired single office worker, they are enough to drive a person crazy. Resolved to hide away from the office New Year’s Eve party, his solitude is interrupted first by a door-to-door salesperson, and then by the Hans Christian Anderson “Little Match Girl” that her visit invokes. With a contemporary pop/rock/jazz score created by GrooveLily, this alternative holiday entertainment will move and challenge us to see that the world can “look like new…on the first day of the year!”

    When my good friend, collaborator, and inspiring conductor, Andrew Rainbow, was with Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Inc. in NYC, he gave me the script and original GrooveLily recording of STRIKING 12. As I drove back to Erie from the city, I listened to the incredible music, lush harmonies, hysterical lyrics, and moving tale. Twice, I had to pull over twice because I couldn’t see the road –first from laughter and then from emotions. I LOVE this musical, and am happy to be the first to bring it to Erie – thanks to Andrew! "


    Thursday-Saturday, December 4-6 and December 11-13 at 8:00 pm

    Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm 


    Directed and Produced by Jax Kubiak

    What would Gannon University Schuster Theatre be without a Fringe? This year, our fifth annual Erie 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. For more information about participation in the Erie Fringe Festival, contact Fr. Shawn Clerkin, Director of Theatre, at (814) 871-7493.


    Sunday, February 1-Saturday, February 21 – various times and locations


    More information to be posted soon


    By George Bernard Shaw 

    Directed by Fr. Shawn Clerkin

    From Fr. Shawn Clerkin: 

    "100 years ago, George Bernard Shaw first presented his wonderful comedy of social class and transformation to the London stage and then to the world. Since then, the immortal characters of Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, Freddy Einsford-Hill, and Colonel Pickering have delighted audiences in the delightful play as well as Lerner and Lowe’s immortal musical, MY FAIR LADY. This culmination to the season will send our university and Erie communities joyously into the summer vacations.


    I love MY FAIR LADY, in spite of the travesty of its ending, which I am certain sends Shaw’s corpse into incessant tumbling each time it is performed. While the music and lyrics are near perfect, what makes me laugh are Shaw’s own characters, lines, and speeches which continue to instruct us about the power of nurture, the potential to change, and the importance of liberation from whatever stereotypes constrain us. This is a play for the ages, and at my age, I can think of no better end to my bucket list season!"

    Thursday-Saturday April 23-25 and April 30-May 2 at 8:00 pm

    Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 pm