• Shadow Lawn Stage


    Shadow Lawn Stage is the professional Equity theater of Monmouth University, whose goal is to present the best of past and present plays and musicals for the Jersey Shore. Its focus is on comedy, drama, and Irish-themed shows. As a professional theater on a university campus—Actors' Equity Association is the official union for stage actors in the United States—Shadow Lawn gives students a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with Equity actors, learn the details of professional production (both backstage and onstage), and earn points toward Equity membership. Students get college credit for courses offered as part of the summer theater season.

    All Shadow Lawn Stage productions take place in the beautifully renovated Lauren K. Woods Theatre.

    Summer performances began in 1996 under the direction of John J. Burke, PhD, who continues as artistic director of the summer theater.

    Chronology of Productions


    • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Rachel Sheinkin (Music and lyrics by William Finn; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; additional material by Jay Reiss) 

    2012Sunshine Boys Poster

    • Teddy and Alice by Jerome Alden (Lyrics by Hal Hackady; music by John Philip Sousa; adaptations and original music by Richard Kapp) 


    • Scapino by Jim Dale and Frank Dunlop
    • Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel 


    • The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon
    • The Au Pair Man by Hugh Leonard 


    • The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) by The Reduced Shakespeare Co.
    • Shining City by Conor McPherson 

    2008Shadow Lawn Program

    • Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott
    • The Way You Look Tonight by Niall Williams
    • The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon 

    2007 (at Pollak Theatre during Woods renovations)

    • Chapter Two by Neil Simon
    • Love Letters by A.R. Gurney 


    • Butterflies are Free by Leonard Gershe
    • Da by Hugh Leonard
    • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 


    • The Underpants by Steve Martin
    • Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones
    • Little Murders by Jules Feiffer 

    2004The Underpants

    • The Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher
    • Lovers by Brian Friel
    • Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring 


    • Proof by David Auburn
    • The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonough
    • Gemini by Albert Innaurato 


    • Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton
    • Psychpathia Sexualis by John Patrick Shanley
    • The Flight of the Earls by Christopher Humble 

    2001 (first season as Equity Theater)Scapino Show

    • Dial M For Murder by Frederick Knott
    • The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
    • The Weir by Conor McPherson 


    • Don’t Dress For Dinner by Marc Camoletti
    • The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
    • Translations by Brian Friel 


    • Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
    • Sylvia by A.R. Gurney
    • Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge 

    1998Jack Burke

    • Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley
    • Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel
    • Nunsense, the musical by Dan Goggin 


    • The Heiress by Ruth & Augustus Goetz
    • Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Terrence McNally
    • Grannia, a new musical by Ruth & Augustus Goetz 

    1996 (performed as Monmouth University Summer Theater)

    • Harvey by Mary Chase
    • The Nerd by Larry Shue