Schuster Theatre


    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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     COMING SOON:  Placebo

    (Promotional Video courtesy of Ian Manti)

    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.

    On Campus productions performing at the Schuster Theatre (located at 620 Sassafras Street):

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    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.  

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    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.

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    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.

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    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".

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    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. 

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    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.

    Associate Productions:

    All An Act Theatre Productions (652 West 17th Street):  All An Act returns to Fringe Fest with Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE NILE, directed by Larry Lewis.  Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life.  Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile.  Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder.  Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill.  The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.  "As slick a vehicle as any theatre company could wish for." - Leah D. Frank, The New York Times.  Playing at All An Act Feb 2-25 - Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm (no show on Super Bowl Sunday Feb 4).  $1 of every admission benefits Community Shelter Services and Erie's Homeless, with a portion of the profit going to support Gannon's Fringe Festival.  Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French Library Inc.  Reservations can be made on All An Act's website.  

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    Dafmark Dance Theatre (1033 State Street):  As part of Gannon's Fringe Fest Erie, Dafmark is preseting: "Behind the Curtain 2018" on Sat Feb 3 at 7pm at Dafmark.  This is an informative look at the creative process behind their upcoming production "A Year to be Remembered" scheduled for April 6 & 7 of this year.  Dafmark will host an open dialog with the dancers and the choreographer at the end of the presentation.  Admission is $10.  For more information and reservations please call 814-454-3993 or email Dafmark.

    Dramashop (1001 State Street, Suite 210):  Dramashop is offering 2 pieces for Fringe Fest Erie 2018!
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    The first is their staged reading of Annie Baker's CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION.  "When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won.  A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.  Performing Feb 2 & 9 at 8pm.  Admission is Pay What You Can.  No advance reservations.
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    The second piece is MR BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn.  Washburn's imaginative, dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.  After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory.  7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past.  75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.  A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another."  Performances are Feb 23 & 24 at 8pm.  Admission is $5.  Reservations can be made on Dramashop's website.

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    Erie Playhouse (13 West 10th Street):  "Two-thirds a thiller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy..."  The Erie Playhouse returns to Fringe Fest Erie with DEATHTRAP on Feb 9 and 10.  This ingeniously constructed play offers gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter.  Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, DEATHTRAP provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment.  Join the Erie Playhouse for the first two performances of DEATHTRAP for Premiere weekend!  Reserve your tickets online on the Erie Playhouse's website.  

    Admission for all On Campus productions is $5.  The only On Campus production that we will be taking ticket reservations is PLACEBO, which  you reserve by clicking the red reservation button at the top of this page.

    For more news on all things Fringe Fest Erie related, please visit us on Facebook, or email Jax Vadney, Fringe Fest Erie Producer.       

     Auditions for ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS slated for Feb 19 & 20   

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    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

    Auditions will be held in the Schuster Theatre on Monday Feb 19th and Tuesday Feb 20th at 5pm.  Please prep a funny and physical monologue and come dressed to move.  Also, everyone is asked to please come to auditions with all conflicts (class and work schedules, lab schedules, and any special event conflicts) through the end of the semester.  Conflicts which are not reported on the audition form will only be honored if the rehearsal schedule permits.

    If you have specific questions about auditioning or the production, please contact Alaina Manchester.  



    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

    Phone: 814-871-7494
    Toll Free: 1-800-426-6668

    Office Location:
    Scottino Hall
    620 Sassafras. St.