BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Student Productions 2019-20 theatre season seeks to explore what the end of the world is like. The season opens in Aug. with Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, which explores what happens after the world ends.  The second production, Star-Cross’d Lovers: a Musical-Theatre Romeo and Juliet composed and orchestrated by world-renowned composer, Don Freund, will take stage in Nov. in the Auditorium. The final production of the season in April, Marisol, explores the actual event as the world ends.

Paul Daily, artistic director of the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, says that Ivy Tech Student Productions provides a safe arena where actors and audience members are allowed to stop, ask questions and have discourse about the meaning and purpose of life, and that in many ways we’re facing a metaphorical end of the world—whether environmentally, politically, or socially—and we hope something better will grow out of that end.

“I am genuinely excited about the opportunities this season presents. In partnership with IU, through a grant from IU New Frontiers, we’ll produce Don Freund’s orchestrated adaptation of Romeo and Juliet,”Daily said. “This is the first time Romeo and Juliet is being orchestrated using Shakespeare’s text in the original English. It’s certainly a rare opportunity for the college as well as the actors and production team alike.” The production will be staged in the Auditorium Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 .pm.

Ivy Tech Chancellor Emeritus, John Whikehart, returns in the season opener, Endgame, Aug. 30-31. This will be John’s seventh performance with Ivy Tech Student Productions.

The season closes with award-winning Marisol, Jose Rivera’s modern examination of the apocalypse as angels go to war against God and leave the humans to fend for themselves, April 10-18.

Samuel Beckett
August 30 and 31

Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare
Orchestrated by Don Freund
November 21 – 23

Jose Rivera
April 10 – 18

Ivy Tech Student Productions take place at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, located at 122 S. Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.