To reserve seats for your students and for additional information on most of the shows below, email boxoffice@wpunj.edu or call 973-720-2371. For the WP Opera event, see special contact information under that listing.

All performances take place at William Paterson University, Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Road in Wayne.

Literature to Life Stage Presentation of “If Beale Street Could Talk”
March 4, 2020 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Admission: $8
RSVP by Feb. 11
Appropriate for Grades 5 – 12
James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk is a story of abiding love in the face of injustice. Young lovers, Tish and Fonny, discover they are going to have a baby after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Racing against time and injustice, their families come together to bring Fonny home before the baby is born. This story of one family’s fight for justice in a society where institutional discrimination has the power to destroy lives will resonate with audiences from all walks of life. This 55-minute solo performance is told through Tish’s point of view as well as Fonny’s. The content is very explicit with mature scenes.

Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad”
Note from William Paterson University College of Arts and Communication: This play includes offensive language for the purpose of historical accuracy. Offense is never an objective for any of our shows. It is our hope that this will inspire an educational and enlightening discussion among students, teachers and parents.
March 11, 2020 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
RSVP by Feb. 11
Admission: $8
Appropriate for Grades 3 – 12
This stirring drama with music shares in the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination changed the world.

Sons of Mystro
March 26, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. 
RSVP by Feb. 26
Admission: $10
Appropriate for Grades 3 – 12
Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja. They use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations accompanied by a DJ and a drummer. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Their music reflects their Caribbean roots, American upbringing and classical music training.

WP Opera: Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach
April 23, 2020, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
RSVP by March 26 to gassl1@wpunj.edu
Admission: FREE
Appropriate for Grades 4 – 12
WP Voice presents the classic underground hit first performed in Paris in 1858. This timeless comedy takes the Greek myth of Orpheus and turns it upside down, finishing with the famous can-can! Please note: The first act will be performed.

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