Region 2 Festival 48 Invited Productions


Adapted by Richard Eyre from the original written in the Norwegian language by the late Henrik Ibsen using a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund

West Chester University
Wednesday, January 13th
9:00 am, 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm

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Malicious maladies. Uncivilized family relations. Toppled Victorian values. Considered appallingly indecent when it premiered in 1882, Ghosts is given new life in West Chester University’s production. Ghosts is the story of the widow Helen Alving, who is haunted by the mistresses of her late husband and by her ailing son. Shocking in its day for its blunt discussion of venereal disease and marriage infidelity, Ghosts remains to this day an intense psychological drama.


Soldier’s Heart

by Tammy Ryan

Indiana University of PA
Thursday, January 14th
9:00 am, 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm

The familiar rituals of civilian family life are torn apart when Marine Sergeant Casey Johnson, a loving, protective and responsible, single mom, is deployed to Iraq to provide security for military convoys. Nine months later, Casey returns home from the war to find herself locked in a loop of vivid, sinister flashbacks and pursued by shadows and secrets. Her private nightmare is by turns interrupted, provoked, intensified, and exposed by the attempts of those around her to penetrate Casey’s protective shield. Will Casey find the courage and strength to stand up to her aggressors and tell the whole story?

Set in 2006-2007, Tammy Ryan’s SOLDIER’S HEART documents the heroic journey of a female marine who must stifle her maternal instincts in order to serve her country. Though the circumstances of this story appear unique, the events depicted echo the private battles being fought in the homes of countless returning warriors. SOLDIER’S HEART illuminates the destructive power of aggression to destabilize the healing properties of human connection.

Bury the Dead

by Irwin Shaw

Millersville University
Friday, January 15th
9:00 am, 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm

The Bacchae

by Matthew Gasda

SUNY Oswego
Saturday, January 16th
9:00 am, 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Matthew Gasda’s new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae, premiered at the State University of New York at Oswego in October of 2015. Gasda’s text draws on the poetic heritage of Greek theatre, and he imbues his characters with a modern urgency, dynamically creating a world that is both immediate and primeval. SUNY Oswego’s production is a ritual, a rock concert, a meditation, and a rave. Dionysus and his Bacchants have taken over Thebes, and the social hierarchy erected and maintained by the kings Cadmus and Pentheus will never bethe same. The patriarchy, intent on controlling women they perceive as insignificant, ultimately must bow to the power created by art, poetry, and the unified strength of people who have had enough. Encouraged by their god, who himself is fighting for recognition of his divinity, the Bacchants lead the audience through the electrifying experience of overturning theestablishment.


by Mary Zimmerman

Howard Community College
Wednesday, January 13th
8:00 pm

Howard Community College’s Theatre Program presents the powerful story Argonautika, in which the goddesses Hera an Athena weave together the epic tale of Jason and the Argonauts and the fateful romance of Media and Jason. HCC’s presentation features chanting and singing, dance and swordplay, also… a giant, a sea serpent, bulls, a skeleton army, and a dragon that never sleeps. Please join this energetic and expansive performance as we share the joys, adventures, and heartbreaks of these well-loved mythological characters.

Clybourne Park

by Bruce Norris

Albright College
Thursday, January 14th
8:00 pm

On two separate afternoons, 50 years apart, a modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side becomes a contested site in the politics of race. September 1959: in a provocative nod to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Russ and Bev have inadvertently sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family and ignited a community showdown. September 2009: the neighborhood is ripe for gentrification and the house is again changing hands—this time to a young white couple with plans for demolition and a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Loving thy neighbor proves the ultimate challenge in this ferociously funny, Pulitzer Prize-winning satire that explores race and real estate in America.

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

by Jennifer Haley

Bloomsburg University
Friday, January 15th
8:00 pm

there’s something
in the Neighborhood


In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, the players realize that fear has a life of its own.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers

Robert Morris University
Saturday, January 16th
1:30 pm

Smart, sexy, outrageous and irreverent, Love’s Labour’s Lost is a celebration of romance. Coming of age and contemporary music combine in this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy.  The artistic powers behind Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson mix the immortal words of the Bard with their unique modern musical theatre aesthetic.

 The King of Navarre and his friends decide to swear off sleep, good food and women.  When four cute, clever women from their past show up on a diplomatic mission; the boys are forced to reconsider.  Throw in a Spanish exchange student, local townies, and a rocking band and love is truly put to the test.