ESU Theatre Department's 2023 Spring Productions

Stage II Spring Production: The Shape of Things
February 25 & 26, 2023
Dale Snow Blackbox Theatre

A stirring play by Neil LaBute, this drama explores what we give up for love, what we risk for art, and how similar these two things can be. Centered around a young student, his dynamic relationship with a captivating graduate art student, and his best friends’ turbulent engagement, this play is a curious study into modern-day relationships and all the beauty and ugliness that comes with them. In under two hours and with just four characters, LaBute’s script directly tackles and challenges societal perceptions of ethics, art, humanity, and power. “Natural, beautiful, and malleable,” The Shape of Things leaves us with no definite answers, but instead with a myriad of gripping questions.

Performances:

  • February 25 - 7:30 p.m.
  • February 26 - 7:30 p.m.

Pricing for all shows unless otherwise noted:
General admission, $10

**This production is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up as it contains sexual references and mild language.

For reservations or other information, please email esuarts@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3694.


Cabaret
April 20-23
Smith-McFarland Mainstage Theatre

Enter the avant-garde art scene of 1930s Berlin—a pulsing subterranean culture where people go to escape a crumbling culture and ignore the rising political tide. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient, and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship that will profoundly change both of them. With a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation and a score that has become a classic American Musical, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form.

Performances:

  • April 20, 21 & 22 - 7:30 p.m.
  • April 23 - 2:00 p.m.

Pricing for all shows unless otherwise noted:
General admission, $15
Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $12
Students (with ID), $10
Youth (under 18), $5

**This production is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up as it contains sexual references and mild language.

Stage II Spring Production: The Shape of Things
February 25 & 26, 2023
Dale Snow Blackbox Theatre

A stirring play by Neil LaBute, this drama explores what we give up for love, what we risk for art, and how similar these two things can be. Centered around a young student, his dynamic relationship with a captivating graduate art student, and his best friends’ turbulent engagement, this play is a curious study into modern-day relationships and all the beauty and ugliness that comes with them. In under two hours and with just four characters, LaBute’s script directly tackles and challenges societal perceptions of ethics, art, humanity, and power. “Natural, beautiful, and malleable,” The Shape of Things leaves us with no definite answers, but instead with a myriad of gripping questions.

Performances:

  • February 25 - 7:30 p.m.
  • February 26 - 7:30 p.m.

Pricing for all shows unless otherwise noted:
General admission, $10

**This production is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up as it contains sexual references and mild language.

For reservations or other information, please email esuarts@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3694.


Cabaret
April 20-23
Smith-McFarland Mainstage Theatre

Enter the avant-garde art scene of 1930s Berlin—a pulsing subterranean culture where people go to escape a crumbling culture and ignore the rising political tide. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient, and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship that will profoundly change both of them. With a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation and a score that has become a classic American Musical, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form.

Performances:

  • April 20, 21 & 22 - 7:30 p.m.
  • April 23 - 2:00 p.m.

Pricing for all shows unless otherwise noted:
General admission, $15
Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $12
Students (with ID), $10
Youth (under 18), $5

**This production is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up as it contains sexual references and mild language.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly recommended; however, we will accommodate at-the-door sales.

For reservations or other information, please email esuarts@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3694.

For assistance or special accommodations, please contact esuarts@esu.edu or (570) 422-3694. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, services for physical, cognitive, visual or auditory assistance.

Contact Us

For reservations or other information, please email esuarts@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3694.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Fine Arts Building, 125 Fine Arts Drive
Phone:
(570) 422-3694
Title of Department Leader
Box Office
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