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Purple Hearts Presented by Michigan Tech Theatre

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Saturday, April 13, 2024, 7:30 pm

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Purple Hearts, by C.S. Wallace, is the heartbreaking, inspiring, and sometimes funny story of three men who, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, find themselves trapped aboard the now-sunken USS West Virginia. In this intimate story, we explore these men's relationships and character as they fight for the lives they hope to live and wrestle with the lives they've lived thus far. Their loved ones and the impact of the events on them also play a critical role in the piece. Inspired by true events, this award-winning play directed by new Michigan Tech faculty member Nich Radcliffe is sure to move you.


Spooner | Spencer Drow *†
Whitman | Bradley Maycroft *†
Lewis | Alex Dannels
Ethel/Mama | Alyssa Helminen *†
Cassie | Lyndsay Lagreid *
Joanne | Frankie Straubel *†

* Graduating Senior
† Theatre and Electronic Media Performance Major

CONTENT GUIDANCE | Purple Hearts is a gripping drama set in the uncertain and tense days following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and includes topics of war, perilous situations, suicide, death, and the presence of graphic language, stage blood, cigarette smoking, tight quarters, and other mature topics.

PRESENTER | Michigan Tech Theatre
VENUE | McArdle
DURATION | Approx. 100 min with no intermission
TICKETS | Pay As You're Able ($15 Full Ticket Fee) What is this?
SEATING | General Admission


Michigan Tech Theatre creates entertainment events for the Keweenaw, sharing the creative and scholarly work of students and faculty from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Nich Radcliffe, Director, is a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre. He teaches performance classes including Audition Techniques, Movement, Period Acting Styles, and Music Theatre Performance. Nich also teaches Directing and the Acting Capstone class.


Support for this event provided by the Visual and Performing Arts Department and its supporters. View current donors to the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Pay As You're Able Ticketing

The Visual and Performing Arts Department believes that the foundation of an equitable and inclusive arts culture requires making events financially accessible to all. So, we are offering Pay as You're Able ticketing for all of our Michigan Tech Music and Michigan Tech Theatre events. Learn more


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Print and Digital Programs

Digital Program
The full program will be available online at least one day in advance for all devices and is compatible with most screen readers. 

Limited Print Program
Print programs containing limited show information will be available at the door.

Large-Print Program
A large-print version of the limited print program is available in advance online. A limited quantity is printed and available at the Rozsa Box Office.

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