University of Southern Indiana


The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Elliot Wasserman
October 20-23, 2022

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.

These Shining Lives
By Melanie Marnich
Directed by USI student Amelia Schmitz
November 17-20, 2022

Based on the true story of the “Radium Girls”, These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance.  Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Fun Home
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
February 23-26, 2023

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.  Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.  Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

USI Theatre's Devised Show
By USI Theatre Department
Directed by Eric Altheide
April 14-16, 2023

This inaugural performance by the USI Theatre department will showcase original works by USI Theatre students, giving them a unique chance to showcase their skills and talents.

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