418 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, Illinois 62901, United States

(618) 457-5353

A historic visual and performing arts venue in downtown Carbondale, IL.


Comedy: Krish Mohan


7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6:30

When Krish Mohan first performed at The Varsity more than a year ago his empathy was on sale. Now, with another nationwide tour under his belt and a fresh performance full of refined social commentary and sidesplitting comedy, Mohan is bringing his act back to Southern Illinois.


This time, he’s Politely Angry.

Mohan, who is a favorite at fringe festivals throughout North America, takes on establishment politics and imperial attitudes with his heavy thoughts and high energy comedy performance. That’s why Mohan wears the moniker of Social Vigilante.

Advance tickets are not available at the venue until doors and the bar open at 6:30.


Theater: The Yellow Wallpaper


7 p.m. Thurs-Sat, Sept. 26-28
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
$10 or $7 for students with ID
Doors and Varsity Bar 30 minutes 

before performances

The Varsity is pleased to present the premier of a new production of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” The one-woman play features local actor and educator Elyse Pineau; Kevin Purcell is directing.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a landmark feminist story that helped change the way women were diagnosed and treated for “nervous frailty,” including post-partum depression.

This production was adapted from a short story written in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, based partly on her own experience. It tells the story of a Victorian woman with a “nervous disorder,” whose physician-husband orders bed rest and isolation, refusing to let her read, write or care for their young child. Trapped in her bedroom with nothing to do, she slowly, methodically, becomes increasingly unstable.

Pineau is a retired faculty member in SIUC’s Department of Communication Studies. She recently directed “The Crucible” and appeared in Purcell’s production of “Agnes of God,” both for The Stage Company. In May, she performed her original one-woman show, “Nursing Mother,” at SIU’s Marion Kleinau Theatre. 

“The Yellow Wallpaper” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 26-28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. 

Advance tickets are not available at the venue but will be available on show dates when doors open 30 minutes before performance times. The Varsity Bar also will be open at that time.


Varsity Drag Variety Show


7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7
$6 Adults / $4 Students with ID / $2 kids 12 and younger
Doors and Varsity Bar at 6

A new drag show at The Varsity will now feature comedy, dancing, singing, lip-synching and stories from the godmother of drag herself, emcee Blanche DuBois. Glamour Goddess Jodie Santana will add two comedy sets to her performance.

Other featured performers are Faim Lee Jewls, Holly Haliwell and Aida H. Headley. Ceduxion Carrington of Decatur is the evening’s special guest, and Lady Jasmine Michaels of Evansville is the evening’s greeter and hostess. 

This is an all-ages show, and The Varsity welcomes young people; however, the show is a little on the risqué side, and those 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Tickets are not available in advance at the venue but can be purchased on the night of the show, when doors and the Varsity Bar open at 6.