2016 - 2017


The Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Oct. 11, 13-14 | 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15-16 | 2 p.m.
Pridemore Playhouse

Read by millions since its first publication nearly 70 years ago the famous diary remains the best-known memoir of the Holocaust. Radford University Theatre proudly presents the dramatization of Anne’s story which still stands as a tender testament to the frailty and strength of the human spirit in the face of inhumanity.


Poe – Dark Genius, Troubled Life
by Wesley Young and performed by the Porterfield Ensemble
Oct. 27-28 | 7:30 p.m.
Pridemore Playhouse

Inventor of the detective story genre, considered by many to be America’s first professional writer and an undisputed influence on countless artists since his time, Poe’s short life was marked by tragedy and loss that often overshadow his artistic legacy. Join the Porterfield Ensemble’s journey into the mind of this American genius.


Dancing on Checkers’ Grave
by Eric Lane
Nov. 2-5 | 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 | 2 p.m.
Hawes Studio Theatre

When two very different high school girls meet up to work on a homework assignment an imaginary ride leads to very real discovery about themselves and one another…not to mention a “nefarious” use for donuts!


Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
by Allison Gregory
Dec. 3 | 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Pridemore Playhouse

First grader Junie B. Jones is psyched about the Christmas sing-along! And she is over the top when she draws the name of her nemesis, tattle-tale May, for Secret Santa. But will the pesky Christmas spirit mess up Junie’s plans to give May her just desserts? Come with your classmates and find out in this year’s Theatre for Young Audiences production based on the popular book series by Barbara Park.


Praying for Rain
by Robert Lewis Vaughan

Feb. 15-18 | 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 | 2 p.m.
Hawes Studio Theatre

When Marc, a star high school athlete, is injured in a near-fatal accident the course of his life is drastically altered. He falls into bad company, runs afoul of the law and watches as his life spirals dangerously out of control.  For Marc redemption seems a distant hope like that of a prayer for rain in a drought. But when a kind teacher shows she believes in him he might just find a way to make something right from a terrible wrong.


The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

April 11, 13-15 | 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 | 2 p.m.
Pridemore Playhouse

Gwendolyn is in love with a man named Ernest, but she’s never met him. Cecily writes love letters to a man named Ernest that she’s never met. Mr. Worthing is Ernest in town and Jack in the country…or is it John? Well, in the words of that “Lord of Language” Oscar Wilde, the truth is rarely pure and never simple. But sorting it out is sure to be great fun when Wilde’s masterpiece of wit floats like a butterfly onto the Hayes Stage in April.

Making A Scene

Making a Scene
(Projects of the Advanced Directing class)

Apr. 26-29 | 7 p.m.
Hawes Studio Theatre

Students of the Advanced Directing class present their final projects. This one act play festival is an eclectic bag of zany and thought-provoking works with something for every taste.