Welcome to WSU Performing Arts, Washington State University’s professional performing arts presenter. WSUPA was founded in 2011 to promote cultural and artistic connections for WSU Pullman and the surrounding communities. WSUPA brings world-class performances to the Palouse, presenting live theatre, music concerts, and family entertainment in Daggy Hall’s Jones and Wadleigh Theatres and other venues including Beasley Coliseum.
WSU Performing Arts 2017-2018 shows
L.A. THEATRE WORKS presents THE MOUNTAINTOP WSU MLK Program co-presented with the Office of Equity and Diversity.
- Mon., Jan. 15, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m. & Tues., Jan. 16, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of The Lorraine Motel in Memphis. In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall fantasizes what may have transpired that night. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop gives us a glimpse at the human side of Martin Luther King Jr. Hours after his famed final speech, punctuated by the immortal line, "I've been to the mountaintop…” 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., yet, struggles to resolve racial tension remain a challenge for communities everywhere.
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CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE presents MictlanRx
- Sat., Feb. 10, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
MictlanRx was created for CPR Dance by the dynamic duo Jairo Heli and Betsy Pardo during a two-year collaboration with the artistic directors of Crisol Dance based in Guadalajara, MX. MictlanRx is a powerful reflection on Mexico's Afro-Indigenous people and their unique cycles of oppression and triumph through cultural heritage and tradition. MictlanRx is performed with the donkey jawbone, a traditional Afro-Mexican instrument, and is a timely piece in light of Mexico's recent deportations of Afro-Mexicans to Haiti and the country's efforts to recognize this long-ignored people. Co-presented with Festival Dance, in residence at the University of Idaho.
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TEN STRINGS AND A GOAT SKIN in CONCERT
- Thurs. March 1, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Hailed on two continents as” infectious” and “the best of contemporary/tradCeltic music,” Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are a bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, playing Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. The band creates a fiery, contagious and unique sound with a stage presence that leaves audiences wanting more at every show.
“A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse”— The Guardian
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SILENT SKY, by Lauren Gunderson
- March 30, 31 & April 6, 7, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. plus 2:00 p.m. Sat. matinees
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them.
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THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE CINE-CONCERT
- Thurs., April 19, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
This much beloved animated film is screened as composer Benoit Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in the live performance of his original score for the film, including his academy award nominated best song. In the spirit of the film, Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville transports audiences to the exciting streets of 1920’s Paris and Le Jazz Hot.
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