Azusa, Calif.— The Azusa Pacific University Theater kicks off its 2013–14 season with the production An Ideal Husband, October 3–13, at 7:30 p.m., with matinee showings on October 5, 6, 12, and 13, at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the APU Theater, located in the Mary Hill Center, on APU’s West Campus, at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. A pre-show lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on opening night. In addition, a discussion with actors and the director follows the Thursday performances.

An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Erin Gaw, unites comedy, mystery, and drama, in a classic on-stage performance. Wilde’s elegant and biting language provides the perfect foundation on which the audience explores relationships and how expectations, real or imagined, affect the choices we make.

Wilde's brilliant drawing-room comedy centers on a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to re-evaluate their moral standards. A supporting cast of young lovers, society matrons, and a formidable femme fatale exchange witty repartee, keeping the action of the play animated and spirited.

Azusa Pacific University’s Warehouse Theater creatively presents stories that portray God’s universal truths about the human condition, while developing authentic artists in a challenging and supportive educational environment. “This season truly reflects what our students are learning in the classroom, as they tackle complex material on stage,” said Rachel Tracie, Ph.D., co-chair of the Department of Theater, Film, and Television.

Azusa Pacific University Theater presents five stage productions for the 2013–14 season, featuring a combination of family-friendly comedy, drama, and musical performances. For more information, visit the theater’s website at www.apu.edu/theater/.