Penn State to perform new musical, “Love in Hate Nation”

STATE COLLEGE — Penn State Centre Stage will present “Love in Hate Nation” Feb. 13 to 24 at the Playhouse Theatre.

“Love in Hate Nation” is a love story between two girls, set in an early 1960s juvie hall. Taking musical cues from wall-of-sound Girl Group pop and Riot Grrrl rock and roll, the show tells the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America and their attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. This is the story of American rebels in the making, on the verge of revolution.

“Love in Hate Nation” is the first project in a new musicals initiative in Penn State Musical Theatre. A writing team visits the junior musical theatre majors each spring — the students sing for the writers, get to know each other artistically, and the writers depart and write the first draft of a musical. They return throughout the students’ senior year to work on the development of the show, culminating in New York and State College performances.

“Love in Hate Nation” features music, lyrics, and book by Joe Iconis and is directed by John Simpkins.

Tickets are available at the Penn State Downtown Ticket Center, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, by calling 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX, or by visiting