Paradise Lost


Thursday March 7, 2024
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The biggest mistake any of us could make would be to underestimate Satan.

Join us for the Winter Major, as students put on Paradise Lost at the Isabel this March! Purchase your tickets here.

Heaven and Hell are turned upside down in this witty, feminist retelling of John Milton's epic poem about the first battle between good and evil. 

An irreverent take on the one of the scaffolding stories of western literature and cosmology,  playwright Erin Shields questions the reasons of the universe, the slow process of evolution, and the freedom of knowledge in this wickedly funny, contemporary play. 

Biblical time, the seventeenth century, and present day are seamlessly intertwined as Satan vents to an audience about her frustration at being cast out of Heaven and her thoughts on oppression. When she finds out that God has created delicate new creatures called "humans", she crafts a plan for revenge and betrayal on the Almighty. The debate over right and wrong has never been so satisfying! 

Written by Erin Shields. 

Directed by Evalyn Parry. 

PREVIEW: March 6 at 8:00PM
OPENING NIGHT: March 7 at 8:00PM
CLOSING: March 17 at 2:00PM

Content Warnings:

This production contains scenes depicting sword violence, mentions of sexual violence, lighthearted references to ending one's life, allusions to nudity, and depictions of physical intimacy. Viewer discretion is advised. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact

Captions and Caption Devices:
Live captions are available at all performances via a QR code at the Front of House. Please ensure your phone is fully charged to stream captions on our Guest Wifi. Outlets will be available during intermission if you wish to charge your phone.

We have phone-mounting devices available to reserve in advanced upon request by emailing These devices allow you to attach your phone to your chair at eye-level so you do not have to hold your phone as it streams captions. Reservations for chairs with attachable devices will be first-come-first serve. If you reserve one of these chairs, we will ensure that it is part of a group seats reserved for everyone that you are attending with.

MARCH 10 Mask-Encouraged Performance:
-What Is A Masks-Encourage Performance: Audience members are encouraged to wear
masks to create a safe and accessible theatre environment for everyone. Actors will not be wearing masks.

-Will You Provide Masks: While we encourage audiences to bring your own masks, ASTM LEVEL 3 Latex Free Surgical Masks will be available at the Front of House.

-Will Anything Else Change: Audience members can freely exit and re-enter the theatre during scene transitions during this performance. For those who foresee needing to exit and re-enter before intermission, please contact to reserve seats near the exit. The house lights will not be on during the performance, so we want to ensure your safe ability to do so. Actors will maintain their blocking and may come closer to the audience at certain points. To reserve seats closer to the back, please contact

MARCH 13 Sensory Friendly Performance:

-Pre-Show Introductions: Actors will introduce themselves, their roles, and display any
weapons used. Loud and potentially triggering sound effects will be played with actor
prompts before the show begins to familiarize audiences.

-How Is This Performance Different: While actors will not alter their acting, including
screaming, banging, and violence (detailed in our Accessibility Package), technical levels of the show will be lowered.

-Reduced Sound Levels: All sound effects and music will be lowered.

-Partial House Lights: To reduce visual intensity and ensure safety exiting and re-entering the theatre, house lights will be partially left on.

-Limited Special Effects: Flashing lights and atmospheric effects will be minimized/

-Judgement-Free Space: Our aim is to create a non-judgmental audience environment where audiences feel safe and comfortable enjoying the show in their own way.

-Accessibility Package: A detailed trigger warning package will be available via QR code at the Front of House, indicating trigger warnings and further, where potentially triggering moments will occur in the show. For questions, please contact