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 book club is infiltrated by a documentary film crew. Add a provocative new member and some surprising new titles, and these six friends are bound for bedlam. Ana’s scholarly sanctuary quickly transforms into “Lord of the Flies with wine and dip” as her merry little band of readers melts down. Sprinkled with fun theatrical references to documentaries and novels from Moby Dick and Age of Innocence to Twilight and The Da Vinci Code, this side-splitting social commentary is a celebration for book lovers everywhere.



by James Ijames

directed by Edward Sobel 

Feb 5 -17, 2019

In this extraordinary new play by “U.S. theatre’s next major voice,” a small church is disrupted when a mysterious young man joins its youth group (Broad Street Review). Wyatt, a self-proclaimed non-believer, begins inadvertently performing miracles during their meetings, much to the dismay of youth pastor, Dave. The other young congregants must grapple with the meaning behind these miracles while wrestling with their own issues of identity, sexuality, and faith. Barrymore, Whiting, and Terrence McNally Award-winning playwright James Ijames weaves together magical realism with a heartfelt exploration of what it means to be young in this fantastical new play. 




book by Joe Masteroff 

lyrics by Sheldon Harnick 

music by Jerry Bock

directed by Matt Decker 

November 6 - 18, 2018

She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two wisecracking clerks who are constantly butting heads on the job in a Budapest parfumerie. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, these unwitting pen pals become the most unlikely of lovebirds. Will their affection continue to grow once their identities are revealed? Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me strums the heartstrings with its endearing innocence and deeply satisfying sweetness. With a witty and melodic score, Bock and Harnick’s delightful musical masterpiece promises to bring out the hopeless romantic in all of us.



by Oscar Wilde

directed by Valerie Joyce

April 2-14, 2019

Country gent Jack and city slicker Algernon weary of the workaday, and in an effort to escape their humdrum lives, hatch a plan to woo two women who claim they’ll only marry a man named Ernest. The bumbling bachelors invent Ernest alter-egos and quickly become entangled in a hilarious tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.  Wilde’s classic comedy of manners remains as delectable as ever, treating audiences to witty wordplay, caustic commentary, and blistering banter.