Wilkes University

2010-2011 Season


Adding Machine Songs for a New World
Nov. 12, 13 & 1 at 8pm
October 3 at 2pm
February 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 8pm
February 20 & 27  at 2pm
April 7, 8 & 9 at 8pm
April 10 at 2pm



All performances are on the mainstage at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University

Box office # - 570- 408-4540 Tickets: General Admission:    $15.00              Students and Seniors:   $5.00

Wilkes University Students, Faculty & Staff : free with Wilkes ID 

November 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8pm
November 14 & 21 at 2pm

Music by: Joshua Schmidt
Libretto by: Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith
Adapted from the play by Elmer Rice

 Musical Direction by: Ken McGraw
Choreography by: Lynn Mariani

Adding Machine A Musical is less a musical than a high mass of low events; a spiraling nightmare set to a gorgeous, angelic score. Almost entirely sung and set in the 1920’s, this expressionistic tale is a story of ordinary people that will give you chills. A darkly satirical examination of the abuses of capitalism in the early 20th century.

Mr. Zero is the eternal “little man”, shallow yet possessing some dignity, who murders his boss when he learns that, after twenty five years of being a bookkeeper, he is to be replaced by an adding machine. Condemned to death despite his piteous appeal to the jury, he is executed, goes to “heaven” and is sent back to earth to be reborn.



February 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8pm
February 20, 27 at 2pm

Book and Lyrics by: Jason Robert Brown
Directionby: Naomi Baker
Musical Directionby: Ken McGraw

Songs for a New World
is a work of musical theatre whose original Broadway production ran for 28 performances at the WPA theatre in New York City in 1995. An abstract musical, the show features performers who do not play just one character, singing all the songs connected by theme rather than narrative. The show is far more than a revue but it’s not a standard book musical. Composer Brown has said of his show “It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”


April 7, 8, 9 at 8pm
April 10 at 2pm

By: William Shakespeare
Direction by: Joseph C. Dawson  

Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Egeus, Hermia’s father, prefers Demetrius as a suitor and enlists the aid of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to enforce his wishes upon his daughter. Hermia is given four days to choose between Demetrius, life in a nunnery, or death. Hermia, ever defiant, chooses escape with Lysander into the forest where wonderful romantic complications arise.