Theatre and Dance at Wayne is thrilled to announce its debut season in our new state-of-the-art performance venue, the Hilberry Gateway. There's something for everyone in this season's lineup. From classic dramas to modern comedies and unforgettable dance concerts, our 2023-2024 season will present a diverse array of productions that are sure to captivate and inspire audiences of all ages.
Select a title below to learn more about each production.
- Silent Sky | Sept. 29 - Oct. 15, 2023
September 29 - October 15 in the STUDIO at the Hilberry Gateway
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and a team of female “computers” who made groundbreaking discoveries about the fluctuating brightness of stars, enabling fellow scientists to map the Milky Way and beyond. Silent Sky celebrates the passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of space.
- The Rocky Horror Show | Oct. 27 - Nov. 12, 2023
October 27 - November 12 on the STAGE at the Hilberry Gateway
In this cult classic, Brad and Janet, find themselves stranded on a dark and stormy night seeking shelter in a mysterious old castle. In his signature creepy rock and roll style, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his house of wild and creepy friends unveil their latest creation: the perfect specimen, Rocky.
Props for Audience participation are only permitted at the 11:59 p.m. performance on Saturday, October 28.
- The Wolves | Nov. 17 - Dec. 10, 2023
November 17 - December 10 in the STUDIO at the Hilberry Gateway
Strikingly authentic dialogue captures the bravado and empathy found in players of "The Wolves", a high school girls soccer team. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, "The Wolves" delves into the lives of student athletes navigating their way through big questions and tiny battles, also known as gameday.
- December Dance Concert | Dec. 8 - 10, 2023
December 8 - 10 on the STAGE at the Hilberry Gateway
Be inspired by the creative talent, agility, and grace of our students as they present contemporary dance pieces in a variety of styles. The December Dance Concert features distinguished guest artists', faculty and student works developed throughout the semester. A special closing to the year, this marks the first December Dance Concert in our new performance venue, the Hilberry Gateway.
- Murder on the Orient Express | Feb. 2 - 11, 2024
February 2 - 11 on the STAGE at the Hilberry Gateway
A snowdrift stops the luxurious Orient Express in its tracks at midnight. By dawn, an American tycoon is found murdered with the door to his compartment locked from inside. Can you solve this Agatha Christie whodunit before detective Hercule Poirot and the rest of the guests on the Orient Express?
- Chicken & Biscuits | Mar. 22 - 30, 2024
March 22 - 30 on the STAGE at the Hilberry Gateway
The Jenkins family is coming together to celebrate the life of their father, but their hopes for a peaceful reunion are dashed when a shocking family secret reveals itself at the funeral. Rivaling sisters must now deal with the shocking revelation which could bring them closer or tear them apart.
- Amélie | Apr. 5 - 20, 2024
April 5 - 20 in the STUDIO at the Hilberry Gateway
After surviving a tragic and isolated childhood, an imaginative young Parisian named Amélie finds joy in anonymously doing good deeds for those around her. When a chance at love ends up hanging in the balance, will Amélie risk everything and speak with her heart? Colorful characters and a romantic score create a world of fantastical fun that inspires audiences to find happiness in their everyday lives.
- Spring Dance Concert | Apr. 19 - 21, 2024
April 19 - 21 on the STAGE at the Hilberry Gateway
Witness the wealth of talent and creativity of our students and faculty in this yearend culmination of Dance at Wayne State. Energetic and thought-provoking works developed alongside guest artists reflect the movement of today. The 95th Annual Spring Dance Concert will showcase various dance techniques developed from around the world.
The graphic art for this season was created in conjunction with WSU Graphic Design majors Robert Sochacki, Xueyun Cecilia Findlay and Jen Mortensen. Learn more about their work here.