Arena Theater

Arena Theater 2015-2016 Season


The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By Bertholt Brecht
November 6-14
Directed by Michael Stauffer  

"Terrible is the temptation to do good."

The humble Grusha repeatedly risks her life to protect a small child abandoned in time of war. This powerful play from Brecht’s epic theater uses heart-stopping action and broad comedy to ask the question, “Where will compassion get you?”

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January Project: Julius Caesar 

By William Shakespeare
January 14, 15, 16
Directed by Mark Lewis

Three performances only in Arena Theater’s new Jim Young Garage space!

"Ay me, how weak a thing the heart of woman is!"
Julius Caesar Act II. Scene iv.

Power. Revenge. Politics. Fate. Violence. Persuasion. Friendship.
Join a courageous company of Wheaton women as they challenge Portia's words, as a culmination of their semester-long deep dive into Shakespeare’s great political thriller.

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The Spitfire Grill - A Musical

Music and Book by James Valcq, Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley, Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
February 19- 27
Directed by Mark Lewis

"If this wide woods was mine… If things was make believe… I'd walk beneath the branches… I'd never want to leave."

A young woman with a dark secret arrives in the forlorn town of Gilead, Wisconsin. The return of hope and the promise of spring is at the heart of this award-winning, folk and bluegrass infused musical.

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The Sparrow

By Chris Matthews, Jake Minton and Nathan Allen
April 15- 23
Directed by Andy Mangin

"You make me feel normal and special at the same time."

Emily Book is a high-school girl with special powers - and a powerful reason to keep them hidden. "The Sparrow" employs magic and comic book storytelling to tap into the ache of adolescence - the tension between being different and being special.

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