From William Shakespeare to Mel Brooks, the theatrical productions at Missouri Western State University this year will inspire grins, giggles and guffaws throughout Potter Hall. The 2013-2014 theatre season, A Season of Laughter, includes two plays and two musicals sure to delight audiences. Season tickets are on sale now at For a limited time, you can get all four shows for the price of three, $40.

The season begins with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Oct. 3-13. In Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, the lives of young lovers intersect with the fairy world of Oberon, Titania and Puck, and hilarious complications ensue.

The first musical of the season is “The Drowsy Chaperone” Nov. 21-Dec. 8. The “show within a show” features a lonely musical theatre lover listening to a rare recording of a 1928 musical. As he listens and provides commentary, the characters come to life in his apartment. The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Book and Best Score.

Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” will be the third show of the season, Feb. 20-March 2. The famed comedian’s first play imagines a meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at a Paris bar in 1904. The two men argue the merits of art and science just before they achieve major breakthroughs in their respective fields.

A Season of Laughter concludes with the Mel Brooks smash hit musical “The Producers” April 3-13. The show about Broadway producers who can’t fail, no matter how hard they try, is based on Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name. It ran for six years on Broadway and won a record 12 Tony Awards.

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