Peru Theatre Company

Peru Theatre Company is a 4050 academic club that is open to everyone. Our primary goal is to work together to create original and established works of theatre for the campus community and the community at large. PTC members collaborate on productions as actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, dramaturgs and more. Members have the opportunity to see theatre across the region, to work with other campus clubs and to participate in workshops with guest theatre artists from around the globe. Club members attend The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival each January, participate in the Research & Creativity Expo in the Spring and find their Peru State family in the theatre.



Topdog Underdog posterTopdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks
A virtual staged reading directed by: Laura Lippman
February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm

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Topdog/Underdog By Suzan-Lori Parks
A virtual staged reading directed by: Laura Lippman 

Panashe Jacha...Lincoln
Kaedyn Campbell...Booth 
Matthew Carter...Stage Directions

Creative team:
Laura Lippman...Director
Leah Brown...Stage Manager
Poster Design...Holly Beenblossom 

Special thanks:
Sasha Dobson, Tristan Halsted, Dr. Paul Hinrichs, Ryan Kathman, Dr. Julie Rae Mollenkamp & Brenda Trail.

Suzan-Lori Parks
Named among Time magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Gish Prize for Excellence in the Arts.

Parks’ project 365 Days/365 Plays (where she wrote a play a day for an entire year) was produced in over 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history.

Her other plays include: Topdog/Underdog (2002 Pulitzer Prize winner); The Book of Grace; Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Musical; In the Blood (2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Venus (1996 OBIE Award); The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World;  Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1990 OBIE Award, Best New American Play) ; The America Play and Fucking A.  Her adaptation of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Her newest plays, Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)—set during the Civil War—was awarded the Horton Foote Prize, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama as well as being a 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

Topdog/Underdog was produced on Broadway by: Carole Shorenstein Hays, Waxman/Williams Entertainment, Bob Boyett, Freddy De Mann, Susan Dietz, Ina Meibach, Scott Nederlander, Ira Pittelman, Hits Magazine, Kelpie Arts, Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson and The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. 

Original New York production by: The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, George C. Wolfe, Producer. 



Peru Theatre Company: Making Art Since 1867

PTC 2020-2021 Board:

President: Halee Jeffries
Vice President: Bridget Dalton
Social Media/Publicity/Marketing: Austin Martin & Alfie Steele
Social Chair: Joslyn Edmond
Faculty Advisor: Professor Laura Lippman