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

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


Brianna Pay Exhibit Reception


Artist Reception
5-7 p.m. Friday, July 19
Free Admission

The artwork of Brianna Pay will be exhibited at The Varsity beginning Friday, July 12. 

Based in Southern Illinois, Brianna, a self-taught artist, works with many mediums in many styles. While heavily invested in painting emotional and contrasted oil portraits, she also uses cold wax to create unique abstract pieces that draw the eye. Brianna also creates large works in Carbondale's schools, homes and small businesses.

Brianna’s art will be available for viewing at all Varsity events and by appointment.

A reception for the artist will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The Varsity Bar will be open.  Admission is free.

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.