Theatre Performances


FALL 2020

The Westfield State University Theatre Arts Program proudly presents: 

What Life Matters by Michael Hagins 
A World Premiere Production 

Streaming Live for One Night Only:
November 18 at 8 pm 

Recorded Performances Streaming:
November 19-21 at 8 pm and November 21 at 2:00 pm 

Directed by Eric Parness  
Designed by Heather Crocker Aulenback, James McNamara, and Avory Luna '22

There is no limit to the number of tickets for each show. 
Ticket are free. Donations are encouraged. 

What Life Matters 
by Michael Hagins 

This world premiere was commissioned by the Theatre Arts program to be performed online by our students. 

What Life Matters is the story of four young friends struggling with obstacles associated with being a person of color in America today. As they navigate relationships at work, at school, and in their personal lives, they are reminded of how their lives are intertwined with America's complicated history of racial discrimination, oppression, and violence. 

This play is intended for mature audiences ONLY. It contains politically charged ideas, descriptions of violence, and depictions of racist acts and language.

The play is being presented live and streamed online for its opening performance to an audience via a Twitch page on the Westfield State University website. All actors will be performing from socially distanced locations. The play was written specifically for these performers. The writer met the actors and then wrote the play with them in mind for their particular roles.  

Tickets are free. Donations are encouraged. All those who Register for a Ticket will be sent a link on the day of performance about 30 minutes prior curtain time to the website where the performance will be streamed.