Theater Productions


The PSU School of Theater mounts three full productions every year. Theater students have the opportunity to perform everything from essential classics to exciting contemporary works. Take a look below at our 2016-17 season. 


Sons of the Prophet

by Stephen Karam
directed by Karin Magaldi
May 19 – June 3, 2017

PSU Theater presents a hilarious and heartbreaking play about love, loss, and the indignities of being distantly related to Khalil Gibran.

In "Sons of the Prophet," a Lebanese-American family is beset by a string of crises. Because of a high school prank gone wrong, Joseph and Charles have to cope with the death of their father, a cranky uncle, chronic  pain, religious misunderstanding, a nosy reporter and a toilet in the living room. It's a parable of human suffering in the era of reality TV. 

The Bacchae

by Euripides
translated by William Arrowsmith
directed by Richard Wattenberg
March 2–11, 2017

Pentheus rules an orderly city. But when he refuses to worship Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy, Dionysus upends civilization by leading all the women to live in the forest. The conflict between passion and reason comes to a bloody conclusion in this ancient play that’s disturbingly relevant today.

Euripides’ famous tragedy was written 2500 years ago. To create an exciting show for modern audiences, PSU Theater’s production features modern costumes and expressive lighting. The Greek chorus, which comments on the action of the play, will incorporate dance and singing, with choreography by Tere Mathern and music written by Matthew Andrews, a graduate student in the PSU School of Music.


Doubt: A Parable

by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Devon Allen 
November 11 – 19, 2017
In a 1964 Catholic school in the Bronx, a nun suspects a priest of inappropriate behavior with a student. This searing play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005.

 Karin Magldi
Director of the School of Theater

Professor Karin Magaldi, Head of the Theater program and Associate Director of the School, is also the Secondary Education Advisor. Her writing credits include The Spectacles, Wilde Tales, Verge Warnings, Jack and the Bones, Consider the Ant, Air and American English versions of Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA and is a member of Playwrights West and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.