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2018-2019 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

From the book by Studs Terkel, adapted by Steven Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rogers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor

November 14-16, 7:30 p.m.; November 17, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; November 18, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, East Stroudsburg University Fine & Performing Arts Center

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with ordinary American workers, this musical explores how people relate to their jobs and paints a fascinating picture of the core human truths that transcend professions. Songs from Tony, Grammy and Academy-Award winning composers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor, Mary Rogers and others and a book updated to reflect the contemporary workplace combine to create an extraordinary, genre-defining musical.

Recommended for ages 10 and above

by Lynn Nottage

February 27-28, March 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, East Stroudsburg University Fine & Performing Arts Center

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Sweat focuses on factory workers in Reading, Pa. who are facing the decline of manufacturing jobs in America. The New York Times noted that: “From first moments to last, this compassionate but clear-eyed play throbs with heartfelt life, with characters as complicated as any you’ll encounter at the theater today, and with a nifty ticking time bomb of a plot. That the people onstage are middle-class or lower-middle-class folks — too rarely given ample time on American stages — makes the play all the more vital a contribution to contemporary drama.”

Recommended for high school students and above.

The Tempest
by William Shakespeare

April 24-27, 7:30 p.m.; April 28, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre

If you can take revenge on those who wronged you, would you? Should you? In his last solely-written play, Shakespeare blends a lifetime of experiences into a romantic fantasy that examines the questions of revenge and forgiveness; the discovery of compassion, and the limits of theatrical illusion which can open the doors to new ways of seeing, but cannot force change on others.

Recommended for high school students and above.

Student Productions

The Library
by Scott Z. Burns

October 4-6, 7:30 p.m.; October 7, 2 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, East Stroudsburg University Fine & Performing Arts Center

Produced by Stage II, the student theatre organization.

This topical drama examines the aftermath of a deadly shooting spree at a fictional high school. One of the wounded victims is
accused by another survivor of betraying the location of other students hiding in A/V closet to the gunman. Or was the betrayer the “heroic” student who led others in prayer during the shooting? What is the truth, and how do the students, parents, and media vie to control the narrative of the story? 

Recommended for mature high school students and adults

Ticket prices for The Library:
General admission, $10; Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $7;
Students (with ID), $5


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 (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 or call (570) 422-3483.