Villanova Theatre | On Stage

2018-2019 Season

The Book Club Play

She Loves Me


The Importance of Being Earnest


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by Karen Zacarías

directed by James Ijames

Sept 18 - 30, 2018

Bookworms unite! Join Ana’s book club, a letter-perfect world for lovers of literature. This smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them takes a turn for the hilarious as Ana’s beloved club is infiltrated by a documentary film crew. Add a provocative new member and some startling titles, and these six friends are bound for bedlam. Ana’s literary haven quickly transforms into “Lord of the Flies with wine and dip” in this side-splitting celebration of bibliophiles everywhere.






by James Ijames

directed by Edward Sobel 

Feb 5 -17, 2019

A community is disrupted when a mysterious young man joins a church youth group in this extraordinary new play by “U.S. theatre’s next major voice” (Broad Street Review). Wyatt, a self-proclaimed non-believer, arrives and miracles start to occur.  Youth pastor Dave and his flock of young congregants must grapple with the meaning behind these remarkable events, even as they wrestle with their own issues of identity, sexuality and faith. Barrymore, Whiting and Terrence McNally Award-winning playwright James Ijames weaves together magical realism and rousing, gospel-inflected songs in this heartfelt exploration of what it means to live and love in a world where anything is possible.




book by Joe Masteroff 

lyrics by Sheldon Harnick 

music by Jerry Bock

directed by Matthew Decker 

November 6 - 18, 2018

In an elegant Budapest parfumerie, two combative clerks, Amalia and Georg, are constantly butting heads on the job. After both respond to a “lonely hearts” advertisement in the newspaper, these unwitting pen pals become the most unlikely of lovebirds. Will their hearts still sing once their true identities are revealed? Widely considered the most charming musical ever written, this delightful confection promises to bring out the hopeless romantic in all of us with its heartfelt story, colorful characters and witty, melodic score.



by Oscar Wilde

directed by Valerie Joyce

April 2-14, 2019

In Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play, a pair of wily bachelors masquerade as respectable gentleman to court the attentions of two well-dowried ladies. Gallant Jack and irreverent Algernon invent “Ernest” alter-egos to win the hearts of Cecily and Gwendolyn, each of whom conveniently claims she’ll only marry a man by that name. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend, the men struggle to keep up with their stories and their plans go hilariously awry. With its witty wordplay, caustic commentary and blistering banter, Earnest  is a riotously funny farce for the ages.