Craig A. Humphrey
Interim Department Chair and Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
office Williams Theatre
hours Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Directed by Craig A. Humphrey
September 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
September 14, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sign language performance – Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
"Try to remember…" a time when this romantic classic of the American stage wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks holds the record as the longest-running musical in the world, and the only play to be given three previous productions at IPFW, for good reason. At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. With whimsy and poignancy, it reveals the folly and fragility of human nature. It allows us to recognize a bit of ourselves and to smile at what we once were, and perhaps what we may always be.
The Fantasticks was previously produced at IPFW in April 1965, June 1977, and February 1996.
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jeff Casazza
October 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.
October 5, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sign Language Interpreted Performance - Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
A drama of great tenderness, charm, and beauty, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. Amanda Wingfield is a faded Southern belle, living with her two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her debilitatingly shy daughter, Laura, and so she pushes her son, Tom to find a “gentleman caller” for his sister. Tom, dreaming of an escape from his oppressive life, agrees, and the arrival of the gentleman caller sends shockwaves through the family, shattering the delicate fantasies that have kept them going.
The Glass Menagerie was previously produced at IPFW in July 1973 and October 1995.
Directed by John O’Connell
November 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.
November 16, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sign Language Interpreted Performance - Sunday, November 16, 2014
Love is funny. Love is trickery. Love is…smelly? It’s certainly a merry-go-round of misplaced desires and hidden agendas in this classic Molière skewering of a health care crisis from an entirely different century. To quell his growing pile of medical bills, Monsieur Argan, a chronic hypochondriac, will go to any length to marry his daughter off to a doctor. Of course, his daughter has other ideas. A narcotic cocktail of romantic triangles, double entendres and mistaken identities ensues, promising to leave you gasping, giggling, and possibly…in stitches.
The Imaginary Invalid was the first play produced at IPFW in November 1964.
by Ed Graczyk
Director to be announced
February 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 2015 at 8 p.m.
February 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Sign Language Interpreted Performance - Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
In a faded dime store in the tiny, dried up West Texas town of McCarthy, the "Disciples of James Dean" gather for their 20th anniversary reunion. Now in their 30s, they were teenagers when Dean filmed Giant in nearby Marfa. One of them, an extra in the film, has a child whom she says was conceived with Dean during the shoot. The group’s congenial reminiscences mingle with flashbacks to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning but familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments. Through a mixture of humor and pathos, Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean delves into the emotional core of the play’s characters as they discover who they were, what they’ve lost, and who they are. Contains adult language and mature subject matter.
Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean was previously produced at IPFW in September 1983.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Craig A Humphrey
April 24, 25, 30, May 1, 2, 2015 at 8 p.m.
April 26, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Sign Language Interpreted Performance - Sunday, April 26, 2015
“How did you get to be here?…” asks Merrily We Roll Along, as it takes us on a journey backwards in time, tracing the lives of three close friends through the best and worst milestones of their personal and professional lives. We meet three highly successful, yet deeply unhappy individuals and travel with them down life’s often bumpy road to the start of their careers facing a bright future together as a trio: young, talented, and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered. With the wit, humor, and the intensity that embody the spirit of New York City and a brilliant "Broadway-style" score, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving story about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success—a cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
Merrily We Roll Along was previously produced at IPFW in October 2005.
Larson Box Office
Located in the newly remodeled Athletic Center in room 126 the box office is conveniently located inside the main doors across from the Fitness Center Check-in Desk. The Larson Ticket Office is the home base of the daily operations. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets. Please arrive early. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission. Children under six will not be admitted. Purchase Tickets ONLINE.
Box Office Hours:
- Purchase Tickets by Phone at 260-481-6555 or TTD: 260-481-4105
- September 1 – May 31: Monday-Friday 12:30-6:30 p.m.
- June 1-August 21: Tuesday-Thursday 1-6 p.m.
- The Box Office is closed during all School Holidays
- This box office opens one-hour prior to the start of all athletic competitions
Season Subscription patrons receive one free ticket $5 All other patrons
The Williams Theatre Box Office
The Williams Theatre Box Office, room 124, is located in the lobby of the Williams Theatre.
Box Office Hours:
- Box Office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Williams Theatre.
Please note that latecomers are seated at the discretion of the house manager in the Williams Theatre. Please plan to arrive early to allow for time to walk to the venue.
The Studio Theatre Box Office
The Studio Theatre Box Office, room G32, is located on the northeast corner of Kettler Hall.
Box Office Hours:
- This box office opens one-hour prior to the start of performances in the Studio Theatre.
Please note that latecomers are not admitted after the start of the performance in the Studio Theatre. Please plan to arrive early to allow for time to walk to the venue.