Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is proud to announce its 39th season of live, professionaltheatre to Columbia County and surrounding communities.  This season promises to be BTE’s most adventurous yet, and features creative pricing options to make it easier for audiences to experience all the great shows BTE has to offer!

BTE is also unveiling a new ratings system to help patrons make informed choices about which shows they will enjoy and whom they should bring along to them. Some shows are appropriate for audiences of all ages, while some are only suitable for adults, and BTE wants to make it easier for audiences to know which shows are which. (Show ratings and explanations are all available at the website or by calling the Box Office.)

The shows:

Body Awareness
September 22nd through October 9th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 3:00PM

A serious comedy by Annie Baker
directed by Richard Cannaday

While housing a controversial photographer for the local university's "Body Awareness Week", liberal academics Phyllis and Joyce try to determine if their son has Asperger's Syndrome. A quietly hilarious, refreshingly honest comedy from one of America's most popular young playwrights, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker.


Perfect for fans of Modern Family and Moonrise Kingdom, and BTE audiences who loved In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)
November 25th through December 23rd
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 3:00PM

By John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, and James FitzGerald
Directed by Daniel Roth


Group rates and student matinees available!

Three under-prepared actors make a hysterical attempt to tell all of your favorite Christmas stories in just under 90 minutes. Featuring (insert your favorite Christmas song/movie/book/ tradition here)!  A high-speed holiday romp for the whole family!


For fans of A Christmas Story and Saturday Night Live, and BTE audiences who loved ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

 Gunpowder Joe
Joseph Priestley, Pennsylvania, and the American Experiment

January 19th through February 5th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 3:00PM

By Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Laurie McCants

Witness this world premiere play about innovative scientist, religious dissenter, friend of our Founders, and local legend Joseph Priestley. A compelling historical drama about Priestley's arrival in Northumberland during the tense days of early American politics. Featuring live music, exciting scientific demonstrations, andenthralling visual design. A collaboration between our professional ensemble, award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe, Friends of the Joseph Priestley House, and Bucknell University.


For fans of House of Cards and Cold Mountain, and BTE audiences who loved Mr. Lincoln.  (Ask about Project Discovery Student Matinees!)

The Foreigner
March 16th through April 9th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 3:00PM

By Larry Shue
Directed by Elizabeth Dowd

Freshly arrived from England, shy Charlie Baker poses as a man who can't speak English at an inn in rural Georgia.  Meant as a tactic to avoid conversation, Charlie's new identity tangles him up in a delightfully silly endeavor to save the inn and its quirky inhabitants from some dangerous locals. We're so excited to bring back this laugh-out-loud audience favorite!


Great for fans of I Love Lucy and The Jerk, and BTE audiences who loved One Slight Hitch.


The Nether
April 27th through May 21st
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 3:00PM
NO PERFORMANCE Sunday, May 14th, Additional performance Wednesday, May 3rd

By Jennifer Haley
Directed by Richard Cannaday

The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire, without consequence. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. A disturbing sci-fi thriller from the mind of playwright and Hemlock Grove screenwriter Jennifer Haley.


Excellent for fans of The Matrix and Law and Order: SVU, and BTE audiences who loved Doubt.

BTE’s “Pay What You Wish” and “Pay What You Decide” performances:

NEW THIS SEASON- Opening Nights at BTE are "Pay What You Decide"

 AFTER you watch the show, pay however much YOU DECIDE the show was worth!

Season 39 "Pay What You Decide" shows at BTE are:

September 24th 2016 Body Awareness
January 21st 2017 Gunpowder Joe

March 18th 2017 The Foreigner
and April 29th 2017 The Nether

 Shows start at 7:30PM, reservations are encouraged!

 This season at BTE, YOU DECIDE the price at our "Pay What You Decide" Opening Nights. You can make reservations for these performances- in fact they are encouraged- but you pay AFTER you see the performance. Cash or check is preferred, but the Box Office can help you however you decide to pay AFTER the performance.

Preview Performances at BTE are "Pay What You Wish" 

 For the first two performances of each of our non-holiday productions, pay anything from a buck to a bunch to be the first audiences to see our shows. NO RESERVATIONS! Just show up and pay what you wish! (DOORS OPEN AT 6:30pm; Curtain at 7:30pm)

 Season 39 "Pay What You Wish" performances at BTE are:

 September 22nd and 23rd 2016 Body Awareness
January 19th and 20th 2017 Gunpowder Joe

March 16th and 17th 2017 The Foreigner
and April 27th and 28th 2017 The Nether

BTE has always believed that price should not be an obstacle to any member of the community seeing theatre if they want to, so this season at BTE, YOU DECIDE the price.


For more information about BTE’s Adventurous 39th Season, the new ratings system, or “Pay What You Wish” or “Pay What You Decide” please call Communications Director Syreeta Combs-Cannaday at 570-784-5530, email her at, call Renee or Rachael in the Box Office at 570-784-8181, or visit

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