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English Department presents the Tech Players’

Sixty-fifth season in the Backdoor Playhouse.

Autumn 2019

Ruthless! the Musical


Music by Marvin Laird and lyrics by Joel Paley
Directed by Mark Harry Creter, Music Direction by Mendy Richards, Choreography by Megan Randolph

October 31, November 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Late Show: November 7, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.

Matinee: November 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

The Story: Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This aggressively outrageous musical hit with hints of The Bad Seed and All About Eve garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.

"A spoof that has enough absurd plot twists and multiple identities to fill several old movies...The fun comes from the sheer brazenness!"               - The New York Times

"Hilarious...It is beyond praise!" - New York Daily News

Produced in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.



Winter, V-Day 2020

The Vagina Monologues

by Eve Ensler

Directed by Simone O’Dell

February 13, 14, 15, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.


THE STORY: The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

"There are two things on every college campus, a Starbucks                                    and a V-Day." Anonymous.

Tickets are $15 for EVERYBODY.

Performances benefit Women’s Health Organizations.

                             VM image


Spring 2020 

The 30th Annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring Production.

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

by Moisés Kaufman

Directed by Mark Harry Creter

April 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

April 19, 2020 at 10:00 p.m.

April 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.


GROSS INDECENCY uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the downfall of the great man of letters whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment. "His style was his umbrella, his armor, his all-purpose defense system, and for many years it seemed to shelter Oscar Wilde most effectively. There came a moment, however, in 1895 when the playwright was betrayed by his own wit, after which he would never again be able to gain control of his life. 

"A triumph…truth, purity, and simplicity suffuse [this] thoroughly engrossing new play…sweeps away cobwebs and distortions, allowing complex, credible human beings to emerge from history." —Washington Post. 

               Oscar Wilde

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