Black Comedy

Black Comedy


Streaming Media


Peter Shaffer

Performance Dates

October 20-22 & October 28 & 29, 2022

Creative Team

Directed by Dr. Aviva Neff

Scenic Design by Stephanie Gerckens

Lighting Design by Anna Wehrmann (‘23)

Costume Design by Morgan Joyner (‘23)

Sound Design by Kitty Mader

Stage Managed by Libby Carroll (‘25)


Black Comedy is a one-act farce by Peter Shaffer, first performed in 1965. The premise of the piece is that light and dark are transposed, so that when the stage is lit the cast are supposed to be in darkness and only when the stage is dark are they supposed to be able to see each other and their surroundings.

In the play, a young sculptor and his fiancée have borrowed some expensive antique furniture from a neighbour's flat without his permission to impress an elderly millionaire art collector. When the power fails, the neighbour returns early, other people also arrive unexpectedly, and matters descend into near-chaos.

Black Comedy