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2017-2018 Season

GETTING INVOLVED: Roles are cast by audition. Backstage positions are by arrangement with design faculty and directors. Involvement in all productions is open to all ESU Students. No prior experience required. We train.

Audition information is posted on the bulletin board in the Fine Arts Building lobby. Auditions for the theatre for young audiences are generally the first or second week of school. Auditions for the winter production are generally 1 month into Fall semester. Auditions for the One Acts are mid-late Fall. Auditions for the Spring production are early Spring semester.

Main Stage Productions

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
October 18, October 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; October 22, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center

Directed by Stephanie Daventry French, M.F.A., Professor of Theatre
Scenic and costume design by Yoshinori Tanokura, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Theatre
Lighting design by Christopher Domanski, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Theatre

A central work in the canon of American drama, The Crucible examines how bigoted and deceitful accusations of witchcraft in 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts, created mass hysteria that resulted in the murders of innocent people. “The sane rarely flourish in a world gone mad” noted New York Times critic Benjamin Brantley in his review of the 2016 Broadway production, adding that the revival “feels perfectly timed in this presidential election year, when politicians traffic in fears of outsiders and otherness.”

Recommended for Ages 10 and above.

Godspell
Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

February 28, 2018, & March 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; March 4, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center

Directed by Margaret Joyce Ball, D.M.A., Professor of Theatre
Lighting design by Christopher Domanski, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Theatre

Originally produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury/Stuart Duncan/Joseph Beruh

Grammy- and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwarz’s first major musical, Godspell retells parables from the Gospels for contemporary times in a fresh, reverent style with games, stories, and a hefty dose of comedy. Tuneful, eclectic songs, including hits like “Day by Day” andBeautifulCity” enhance the musical’s message of kindness, tolerance, and love.

A Doll’s House
by Henrik Ibsen
adapted by Frank McGuinness

April 17-21, 7:30 p.m.; April 22, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center

Directed by Susan P. O’Hearn, M.F.A., Professor of Theatre
Scenic Design by Emma McDonough
Lighting and Technical Direction by Christopher Domanski, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Theatre

Ibsen’s classic drama sent shockwaves throughout the entire world at the end of the 19th-century because it dared to question the traditional roles of men and women in marriage. Even in the 21st-century, the reverberations continue.

Recommended for high school students and above

Student Productions

The Laramie Project
by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project
November 16-18, 7:30 p.m.: November 19, 2 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center

Produced by Stage II, the Student Theater Organization
Directed by Nicholas Kwietniak

In 1998, the brutal beating death of Matthew Shepard, a gay man, outside of Laramie Wyoming prompted Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project to travel to the town and talk with members of the community about the crime and the trial of the two men accused of the murder. The interviews in this award-winning docudrama depict the town’s unraveling during the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s death. Members of the town were forced to confront the reality of evil that lies within the human heart.

Recommended for mature high school students and above

Comedy Showcase

Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center

A showcase of comedy by ESU students in the Stage & Comic Technique Class under the direction of Professor Stephanie Daventry French.

Open to the public at no cost

Musical Theatre Organization (MTO) Musical Revue
March or April 2018, date and time TBA
Smith-McFarland Theatre

Open to the public at no cost

Staged reading of New American Drama

T.B.A.

Tickets

Pricing for all shows unless otherwise noted
General admission, $12
Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $10
Students (with ID), $7
Youth, $5

Tickets are available online in advance at esu.edu/theatretickets (credit cards only online).

Remaining tickets are available at the box office one hour before curtain on performance dates (cash and checks only at the box office).

For reservations or other information, please email esuarts@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3483.