South Bend Civic Theatre

WVPE is a media sponsor of the South Bend Civic Theatre presenting the Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson. Set in 1904 in Pittsburgh, the production explores how African Americans have moved forward after slavery.  Gem of the Ocean runs February 21st to March 1st at the South Bend Civic. More information about the show, including how to get tickets, is available here. 

Justin Hicks


Heartless. It’s the name of the play, but it’s also an allegory for the way the men felt when they were incarcerated.       


Five men, four of them convicted murderers, performed the play Monday night at the South Bend Civic Theatre. The play weaves a work of fiction in with the stories of the men.                                                    

WVPE is a media sponsor of the South Bend Civic Theatre and it's musical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

The Victor Hugo novel and Disney film songs are reborn on stage in this musical.

Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer at the Notre Dame Cathedral, watches over Paris from a lonely tower. But when the Feast of Fools comes to the city, everything changes. 

The music will take place in the Wilson Auditorum Oct. 4 through Oct. 20 with evening and matinee performances.

More information about the show is available below. 

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


The South Bend Civic Theatre cut the ribbon on it’s new outdoor space on Friday.

Foegley Plaza is on the Southwest corner of the Civic’s property, behind the theatre, where a house formerly stood.

The plaza is a simple brick patio for now that’s hooked up for full electricity and sound. It will be used for the theatre’s education program and some outdoor theatre performances, but will also be available for community events.


The South Bend Civic Theatre broke ground on a new outdoor performance space. The goal is a space that can be used for the Civic and other art in South Bend.

Foegley Plaza will be a patio that terraces upwards into seating. It’s a small space, about 60 feet square, that would seat about 70 people.

It was partially funded with a $50,000 grant from the Visit South Bend Mishawaka tourism capital development fund. Other funding comes from private donors.

South Bend Civic Theatre


The South Bend Civic Theatre has launched a social media campaign to persuade Lin-Manuel Miranda to come see its production of In The Heights.

In The Heights is a Tony Award-winning musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also the man behind smash hit Hamilton.

The musical is set in a predominantly Latinx community in New York City. The South Bend Civic Theatre formed a steering committee to commit to putting on the play in what they call an “authentic way.”


The South Bend Civic Theatre is holding a symposium Tuesday evening on race and identity in American theatre as part of the lead-up to it’s run of the musical “In The Heights.”


The symposium is a panel discussion and conversation about the people in American Theatre and the stories that are being told.