PULLMAN, Wash. — University Theatre announces its 2002-03 schedule at Washington State University and gets the season and audiences rolling with Nuthouse Improvisational Comedy Sept. 6-7.

The Nuthouse performances, directed by senior and theatre major Pat Moss, launches its fourth season at Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theatre at 8 p.m.

Last year, more than 2,600 people flocked to 20 performances at WSU. This year, there are already 18 shows scheduled for fall.

“The shows were a really big hit and some of them even sold out,” said Brian MacMillan, a WSU theater student. The comedy group will open its first show of the season in the larger Jones Theatre to accommodate a bigger audience.

“It’s totally made-up-on-the-spot comedy, and it’s in front of a live audience,” Moss said. “It’s going to be bigger and better than ever.”

Due to occasional mature subject matter, the performances are not recommended for children. “I would give our brand of comedy a PG-13 rating,” Moss said.

All seats are general admission. Tickets are $2, and when patrons buy two tickets, they will receive a third one free. This offer applies only during opening weekend.

In addition to “Nuthouse,” University Theatre offers a variety of performances during the coming year. Scheduled performances include the following:

Oct. 23-26 — STAGE ONE’s “Student One Act Play Festival” will provide four evenings of original one act plays written by WSU students. Productions will be in Daggy Hall’s Wadleigh Theater at 8 p.m.

Nov. 7-9 and 14-16 – A simple marital misunderstanding turns into a wild madcap chase in Georges Feydeau’s classical farce, “A Flea In Her Ear.” Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theatre will host the production each evening at 8 p.m.

Dec. 4 – WSU dancers will take to the stage in “Dance Recital,” an evening of music and movement. The performance will be in Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theater at 8 p.m.

Feb. 12-15 – “Johnny B. Goode,” a play by Thomas Meloncon, blends history with commentary in the 1950s “blues” story. Performances will be at Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theater at 8 p.m.

April 10-12 and 17-19 – The Mom’s Weekend performance, and traditional spring fling production, will be directed by Patrick Braillard, who recently joined the theater program.

April 23 – “Dance Recital” returns for an evening of dance performances by WSU students. The performance will be in Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theatre at 8 p.m.

All seats are general admission. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $4 for WSU students with ID and youth under 18. All performances are free to graduate and professional students, and their spouses, when they present their WSU IDs at the box office.

For reservations, phone Daggy Box Office at (509) 335-7236. Its hours are Monday-Friday, 1:30-4 p.m. during the week of each performance and one hour before curtain time. Parking is available in the Daggy parking facility, which has an elevator to the lobby.

For more information, contact University Theatre’s office at (509) 335-7447 or visit its Web site at libarts.wsu.edu/musicandtheatre/theatre/Seas1_2001.html.