Student theater series
Bring your students to Long Wharf!


Long Wharf’s Student Theatre Series hosts 10:30AM matinees dedicated to student audiences. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, student tickets for groups of 10 or more are available at our lowest ticket price of $19. A one-time $5 group fee will be added per transaction.

Can’t attend a student matinee performance? No problem! Student group tickets are available for any performance of any show, pending availability.

Additional ticket subsidies are available through our Tickets and Travel Fund.

Contact Director of Education Madelyn Ardito at 203.772-8272 or for more information.

2019 – 2020 Student Theatre Series

By Kate Hamill
Directed by Jess McLeod
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
November 27 – December 22, 2019
Student Theatre Series Matinee Date: December 6, 12, and 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM

1800s: A rousingly theatrical twist on one of the most popular novels of all time. While their mother is determined to find suitable marriages for her daughters, the Bennet sisters find themselves caught up in the politics of love set on the greens of Brighton, England. When news spreads that a mysterious, handsome and well-resourced bachelor has come to town, the world the Bennet sisters thought they knew turns upside down, especially for the rebellious Lizzy. Kate Hamill’s adaptation is a sparkling take on the beloved classic.

By Doug Wright
Directed by Rebecca Martinez
February 5 – March 1, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Date: February 20 and 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM

1940s: A tour de force performance, in the vein of Long Wharf favorites An Iliad and Satchmo at the Waldorf, I Am My Own Wife tells the inspiring true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. As an openly transgender woman, she bravely survives both the Nazi and Communist regimes of East Germany with her unique mix of strength, savvy, and grace. This powerful and life-affirming Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece will leave you speechless.

By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Ralph B. Peña
March 18 – April 12, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Dates: April 2 and 9, 2020 at 10:30 AM

1830s: Meet Afong Moy, a 14-year-old girl purchased by the Carne brothers and later sold to PT Barnum to travel the United States. Her “performance?” Educate others about life in her native China. To Afong, she is an ambassador; to her owners, a sideshow. As these dual truths become irreconcilable, Afong must reckon with herself and the history of her new home with startling discoveries in Lloyd Suh’s deeply poetic and subversively comedic tale.

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Madeline Sayet
May 6 – 31, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Date: May 15 and 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM

1980s: Manford Lum is a San Francisco teen basketball sensation who fast talks himself from the courts of Chinatown to post-Cultural Revolution China. While taking center stage in an international exhibition game between China and America, Manford finds himself at the intersection of personal, cultural, and international rivalries. Written by one of the most insightful and funniest writers of her generation, Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap will keep you enthralled until the final buzzer.


Supplemental materials

With your student group ticket purchase you will also receive:

This comprehensive packet serves as a written supplement to the show. It includes a synopsis of the play, information about the creative team, related articles, vocabulary, and historical information. It also includes a variety of in-classroom activities, including discussion questions, games, trivia, and group exercises.

Invite a long Wharf teaching artist into your classroom! This workshop activates the play’s themes and curricular connections through hands-on, arts-based lessons. Students engage in discussions, games, and group exercises to better understand the show before they see it. Workshops are offered on a first-come-first serve basis.

Share these tips with first-time theatregoers to help prepare them for the show.

Contact Director of Education Madelyn Ardito at (203) 772-8272 for more information.

Reserve student group tickets for other shows

Student group tickets can be reserved for any performance of any show, pending availability. Click HERE to explore the rest of Long Wharf’s season!

Snow policy

In the event that schools are cancelled due to inclement weather or should LWT cancel a performance due to inclement weather, LWT will make it a priority to work with each Student Group to ensure students are able to participate fully in the Student Theatre Series. First, LWT will exchange the tickets to another performance of the same production, subject to availability. If tickets are not available for the same production, LWT will exchange tickets to another performance in the Student Matinee Series, again subject to availability.