The King’s College Theatre Department’s upcoming theatre season features new productions of award-winning plays for local and regional audiences, including a classic rock opera, two award-winning comedies, and a capstone presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated historical plays.

The season kicks-off with a performance of 60s rock opera, “Tommy,” The Who’s Pete Townshend’s electrifying tale of a suffering, catatonic adolescent’s journey into a pinball wizard. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 6 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 5.

Dr. Gregory Bassham, professor of philosophy at King’s College, will deliver the Constitution Day Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College.

In the free public lecture titled “A Living Constitution,” Bassham will explore the long-simmering debate over the role of original intent in constitutional interpretation, and defend a moderate form of living constitutionalism.

Alyssa Conner of Swoyersville was recently awarded a $1,500 “Commonwealth Good Citizen” scholarship presented by The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP). She is a sophomore majoring in accounting and business management at King’s College.

The Commonwealth Good Citizen Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to community service. The scholarship is awarded to full-time students enrolled in an undergraduate program at one of AICUP’s 88 member institutions with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Economist Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci will deliver the 2014 King’s College Labor Day Lecture at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College.

The lecture, titled "Bread, Roses, and Rest: Securing Meaningful Retirement for All,” is free and open to the public. The program is co-sponsored by the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s and the Peace and Justice Center of Wilkes-Barre. The lecture also serves as this year’s Peace and Justice Center’s Barbara Sabol Memorial Lecture.

Forty one students recently completed the physician assistant studies master’s degree program at King’s College and received their degrees at the College’s annual summer commencement ceremonies.

The Class of 2014 is the 37th graduating class of the King’s Physician Assistant Program, the longest established program in Luzerne or Lackawanna County.  At the summer commencement ceremony, the 1000th degree in the history of the Physician Assistant Studies major was awarded.