"In my first season as managing director, providing a wide range of offerings for our students and audiences was a top priority. I believe each of these stories along with our various partnership programs will make a dynamic season.
Each show asks in its own way the central questions of our season: How do love and power intersect with one another? Are they mutually exclusive? When does one overcome the other? These interrogations will guide our conversations as we explore each production together as a community. The plays and musicals next season provide you with a unique opportunity to see our students thrive and experiment within a center for professional practice, working with the most experienced artists, faculty, and practitioners in the country.
I hope you will join us as a subscriber next season to witness their bold and daring artistry. Subscription prices and discounts are listed below. We are also pleased to once again offer the popular Wirtz Center Flex Pass so that patrons can create a subscription package that works best for them. I look forward to seeing you at the theater."
Al Heartley, Managing Director
THE 2019/2020 WIRTZ CENTER SEASON
Oct 25 – Nov 10 | Josephine Louis Theater | By Sophie Treadwell | Directed by Jaclyn Biskup
Inspired by the real-life case of convicted and executed murderer Ruth Snyder, this 1928 play is considered one of the high points of Expressionist theatre on the American stage and is re-imagined for a 21st century audience in this electrifying new staging.
Nov 8 – 24 | Ethel M. Barber Theater | Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron | Music by Jeanine Tesori | Directed by Roger Ellis
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical and the first musical to award an all-female writing team, this enchanting and harrowing coming of age story asks an all-important question — what is true? And how do we confront our past and the past of those we have loved?
Jan 31 – Feb 9 | Josephine Louis Theater | By William Shakespeare | Directed by Danielle Roos
A powerful ruler, a skeptical public, and noble, but perhaps sinister ambition. Witness a new staging of Shakespeare’s great tragedy where a group of people go to extremes to remove a leader with devastating consequences.
Feb 14 – Mar 1 | Ethel M. Barber Theater | Book by Heather Hatch | Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin | Directed and Choreographed by Chris Carter
Based on the popular movie, this musical comedy follows Elle Woods as she aims to impress the love of her life. And what better way to do that than to get into Harvard Law School?
Apr 24 – May 3 | Ethel M. Barber Theater | By Rick Elice | Directed by Nate Cohen
A young orphan and his mates team up with a young Starcatcher-in-training named Molly as they attempt to navigate the harrowing world of 19th century England and come to discover a new land of wonder and adventure.
May 15 – 24 | Josephine Louis Theater | By Jiehae Park | Directed by Sarah Gitenstein
In a modern riff on Shakespeare's Scottish play, two young women strive to get into “the College,” a highly prestigious school which will secure their future in a timely tale that confronts the myth of meritocracy and the extremes of how far people will go to succeed.
Subscriber Add On Shows
Mar 4 – 8 | Josephine Louis Theater
Artistic Direction by Joel Valentín-Martínez
May 1 – 10 | Cahn Auditorium
Subscriptions and Tickets
New subscriptions are on sale now!
Single tickets available online August 1
Single tickets available in-person & phone September 24
19/20 Six Play Subscription Prices
General Public: $148
Seniors (62+): $132
Area Educators: $132
NU Faculty/Staff/Emeriti: $100
Full Time Student/Child: $56
NU Students: $28
19/20 Wirtz Center Subscriptions include Machinal, Fun Home, Julius Caesar, Legally Blonde, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Peerless.
Flex Passes: $115
Box Office: 847-491-7282
Hours: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 12 - 4pm
The Wirtz Center Box Office is located in the lobby of the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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