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Dear friends of the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts,I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We still miss you and wish you were back in our theaters.

Although we cannot gather in person safely, we continue to create programming central to our mission: to provide as many opportunities for experimentation in art making. I am excited to share our program offerings for the next few months.  These virtual works again provide opportunities to reflect, to illuminate voices and viewpoints, and to help us be inspired and shine on during these socially distanced times.

We open winter quarter with a special audio drama of The Glass Menagerie directed by MFA student Alvin Chan.   We continue with Visions and Voices – our eclectic, first-of-its-kind Black Playwrights Reading Series for the Wirtz with two additional readings plus an encore performance of Wine in the Wilderness that debuted this fall.

And, Imagine U, our successful theatre for young audiences’ program, is presenting Tomás and the Library Lady.

For those who appreciate musical theatre, we’re delighted to offer Home Calls: The Songs of Salzman and Cunninghama virtual musical revue, featuring the musical theatre class of 2021.

Again, we invite all of you to engage with us and share your thoughts and feedback about our programs (before, during and after) so we can continue to improve how we deliver our productions to you We plan to share details about our spring quarter programs in March to reflect the most current guidance related to the pandemic.

All our winter offerings offer single tickets for $10 (general public) and $5 (full-time, non-NU students) with the exception of Tomas and the Library Lady ($20 for adult plus child).  For all three Black playwright readings, a special $25 package is available. Admission for winter performances continues to be free to all Northwestern students with a valid NU e-mail address who complete the required registration form.  Patrons who have a credit on file from a canceled show earlier this year will be able to apply the credit to our winter or subsequent quarter offerings in 2021.

We very much appreciate your dedication to Wirtz Center and to our students, staff and faculty. Thank you for your continued support.


Al Heartley,
Managing Director
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts


To request your complimentary Northwestern Student tickets to our Winter 2021 virtual productions, please complete registration.

Questions? E-mail our audience service team at or call 847-491-7282 Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 16. Starting in January, hours will expand to 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We appreciate your patience while our team works remotely. The Wirtz Center Box Office is currently closed for in person service.

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