2019-2020 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.

ESU Theatre Department's 2019-20 Exciting, Relevant, Though-Provoking and Diverse Season

"Stay" October 3-6

Recommended for mature high school students and adults. Because of the intimate nature of the Dale Snow Theatre, advanced ticket purchase is strongly suggested.

Rachel is trying to finish her first novel before the deadline is due. She is trying to deal with her students as a first time professor. Her brother has come to stay because he just got fired from his job. She also has a secret angel that talks to her. She has spent her life closed off to the people around her. All her love, fears and hopes she shares with something that isn’t human. When one of her students, Julia, reveals to her that she has similar powers, Rachel has to decide if she shares all of who she is or close herself off forever.

"Good Kids" November 20-24

Some people might find the content of the play disturbing. Recommended for mature high school students and adults

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can’t remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube. Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?

"Smart People" February 26-29, March 1

Recommended for mature high school students and adults. Because of the intimate nature of the Dale Snow Theatre, advanced ticket purchase is strongly suggested.

It is the eve of Obama’s first election. Four of Harvard University’s brightest; a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist, are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race, But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" April 22-26

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six middle school outsiders who reveal much about themselves as they compete for the championship. Variety noted that the musical “deftly sketches a regional spelling bee as a place of acceptance for brainy, socially challenged misfits navigating the treacherous path into puberty.” Audience participation adds a unique touch to each performance of this fresh and vibrant musical comedy.

Recommended for ages 12 and above.

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.

Contact Us

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

Contact Information

Campus Address
Fine & Performing Art Center
(570) 422-3694
(570) 422-3008 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Christopher Domanski
(570) 422-3923