WCT 50th Anniversary Celebration
Join Wagner College Theatre for a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary, featuring the vibrant creativity of our talented students, alumni, and faculty.
Calendar of Events
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 5–7 p.m.
Stage One, Wagner College
“‘Gamers’ is the theatrical love-child of ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘American Buffalo,'” says playwright and WCT alum Scott Barnhardt ’01. “The dog-eat-dog world of eSports is not known for its sweetness. But when Paul Elliot Anderson — the world’s most optimistic orphan, from Somewhere, Ohio — is recruited to the hyper-competitive video gamer workhouse of Harrington Media … game over.”
- Paul Elliot Anderson: Daniel Marconi ‘17
- Paul Harrington: Bret Shuford ’01
- @Blaze22: T.J. Lamando ’16
- @SamDude: Ailsa Hoke ’14
- @SliptheSquirrel: Keland Sarno ’14
- A388p: Christina DeCicco ’02
- Directed by Brendan Stackhouse ’14
- Production stage manager: Jazmine Minner ’17
Monday, January 22, 2018, 7–9 p.m.
GreenRoom42, Yotel Hotel, 570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
The alumni of Wagner College Theatre are proud to kick off a year-long celebration of their program’s 50th anniversary with a variety show at the Green Room 42!
Hosted by Christina DeCicco ’02 (Evita, Wicked, Spiderman) & Lilo Grunwald ’90 (Evita, Lifetime), the night features graduates throughout Wagner’s storied history, including many stars of Broadway, TV and film. Join us for a night of song, dance, comedy, auctions, and much more, highlighting Wagner College Theatre’s characters, connections, & community!
Monday, February 12, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
The Players Club
The 60th Anniversary Stanley Drama Awards will be presented in the historic Players Club, just across the street from beautiful Gramercy Park. The Stanley Drama Award was established in 1957 by Staten Island philanthropist Alma Guyon Timolat Stanley and endowed through the Stanley-Timolat Foundation to encourage and support aspiring playwrights.
The national Stanley Award competition is administered by the Wagner College Theatre program under the direction of arts administration professor Todd Price, Esq. The award carries with it a monetary prize along with the distinction of joining the illustrious list of past Stanley Award winners, such as Terrence McNally‘s “This Side of the Door” (aka “Things That Go Bump in the Night”), Lonne Elder III’s “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” and Jonathan Larson‘s “Rent.”
This year’s final-round judges include WCT faculty member and author Jeff Sweet along with Stephanie DiMaggio and Adam Rapp. The 2018 winning play is “Incident at Willow Creek” by Benjamin V. Marshall.
Monday, March 26, 2018, 6–7:30 p.m.
Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
Free, limited seating available, reservations required
Directed by Tony Award-winner and WCT professor Michele Pawk, with music direction by Wendy Cavett. This annual spring-semester event features the class of 2018 performing for invited agents, managers, casting directors, producers, musical directors and industry professionals in New York City.
Monday, May 14, 2018, 6–10:30 p.m.
Mainstage and Oval, Wagner College
Tickets and journal ad opportunities: alumniconnect.wagner.edu/WCT50Gala
Don your most festive cocktail attire to wine and dine on the Oval, walk the red carpet, and see an amazing revue featuring WCT alumni, students, and faculty. Hosted by Professor Michele Pawk and Janine LaManna ’88, multi-award-winning co-stars of Seussical on Broadway, our gala will benefit theatre’s future, keeping WCT flourishing for another 50 years with more inclusive outreach programming.
We will honor Matt Lenz ’86, Director in Regional, Broadway, and Off-Broadway Theatres; Kathy Brier ’97, Broadway and Television Actor; and Education at Roundabout with the Wagner College Presidential Medal.
Early Waggie price: $100 per person (available until April 1); regular price: $125 per person.
Thursday-Sunday, October 4-7 & Thursday-Sunday, October 11-14, 2018
Mainstage, Wagner College; tickets $25 to $32
The 2018-19 Mainstage season kicks off with an original revue celebrating Wagner College Theatre’s 50 years of musicals and plays. Written and directed by Drew Scott Harris (WCT’s “Titanic” and “The Most Happy Fella”), a guest director/choreographer for WCT since 1981. Music direction by Lauri Young; choreography by Carissa Bellando ’02 (WCT’s “1776” and “Nine”).
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Mainstage, Wagner College
Creator of the popular educational website Musicals101.com, John Kenrick pulls back the curtain on show business history as only an insider can. He has discussed theatre on TV and radio, including PBS, the BBC and NPR. His book MUSICAL THEATRE: A HISTORY has just been released in a revised 10th anniversary edition, and Publishers Weekly calls it “the go-to text on this subject.”
Thursday-Sunday, October 4-7, 2018
Wagner College Theatre alums are encouraged to attend weekend performances of “Wagnificent” on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be workshops hosted by WCT alums in addition to receptions with cast and crew following performances.
Monday-Sunday, October 1-31, 2018
Spotlight Gallery, Horrmann Library, Wagner College
Curated by department technical director Brian T. Sharron and DTM student Vanessa Rebeil ’20, featuring work by students, faculty and alumni.
For further information on Wagner College Theatre’s 50th anniversary events, call 718-420-4036.