University Theatre’s 2023-24 Season Will Start with ‘Zombie Prom’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – University Theatre’s 2023-24 season will feature zombie comedy, a classic farce, some timely science fiction and a beloved tale.

The Youngstown State University theater’s 60th anniversary season will open with “Zombie Prom,” followed by Moliere’s “Scapin,” “It’s a Small World or the Robot Play” and “Once Upon a Mattress.”

All performances take place in Ford Theater or Spotlight Theater, both on the lower level of Bliss Hall, on Wick Avenue.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Season subscriptions are $55 and will go on sale Monday, Aug. 21, at Discounts are available for members of the YSU Alumni Society, Penguin Club; YSU faculty and staff and retirees; and non-YSU students. Performances are free for YSU students.

Single-show ticket sales will go on sale Monday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. Adult tickets are $16. Special rate tickets are $12 for non-YSU students, YSU alums, YSU faculty and staff, senior citizens, Penguin Club members and groups of eight or more.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at 330 941 3105.

Here is the season lineup:

“Zombie Prom,” Oct. 6-8, 13-15. A high-energy comic musical that infuses the undead with a touch of rock ’n’ roll. Set in the nuclear 1950s, this exuberant production tells the story of a teenage love affair gone awry, resulting in a zombie transformation.

“Scapin,” Nov. 10-12, 17-19. This farcical comedy by Molière follows the misadventures of Scapin, a conniving servant with a knack for mischief and manipulation. As he navigates a web of love triangles and schemes, the play explores themes of deception, forgiveness and the triumph of wit.

“It’s a Small World or the Robot Play,” Feb. 16-18, 23-25. A thought-provoking and visually stunning production that explores artificial intelligence’s implications. Set in a future where robots coexist with humans, this play delves into the complexities of technology, humanity and the blurred lines between them. Audiences can expect a mesmerizing fusion of futuristic storytelling and poignant social commentary.

“Once Upon a Mattress,” April 5-7, 12-14. This enchanting musical is based on the beloved fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.