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“Making Art that Matters, Telling Stories that Transform” 
Eastern Theatre productions reflect the whole (and broken) world to which the whole Gospel is addressed. While we take seriously the need for entertainment to “comfort the afflicted,” we also know this means having the courage to create works that reveal truths that “afflict the comfortable.” We rely on the willingness in our faith-based academic community to critically engage with the complexity of worldviews to which we may not subscribe.  We exercise both daring and discernment in our choice of productions.

2013-2014 Season

September Project: The Shadow Company Presents…Trials of Paradox, a new cabaret performance piece that weaves the issues of violence, justice and redemption, directed by Natalie Hann (’08).
Created by Yes! And… Collaborative Arts Shadow Company   Y!A’s high school performing arts ensemble, fresh from this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival!

September 12 through September 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM
September 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

The September Project is an alumni-driven festival of new plays and special performances, celebrating the renewal and ongoing life of McInnis Theatre.

Fine Arts Festival
Friday October 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Performances by Eastern Dance, Music & Theatre students and alumni.

Fall Production: The Good Person of Setzuan
By Bertold Brecht, Directed by Michael Brix (’98), Music by Charlie McGloughlin (‘92)

November 13 through November 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM
November 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Brecht’s parable of the one good person worth saving the world for returns! First produced at Eastern in 1993.

Winter Sort of Thing: Down With the Crown! 
(WORLD PREMIERE) Book and Lyrics by Brooke Sexton, Music By Sarah Butts-Manzo (‘00), Directed by Jake Miller (‘01) Co-Produced with Yes! And…Collaborative Arts.

January 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM
January 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM & 7:00 PM
February 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
February 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Yes! And... continues its yearly tradition of creating original family musicals: whimsical transportations into imaginary worlds that are filled with strange and wonderful people - just like you.

New Play Workshop: 24-Hour Play-making Project
Curated by Eva Hall (’12), Kendra DeMicco (’12)
& Ben Hennesy (’09)

February 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Lock groups of directors, actors, dancers and writers in a room and what happens?  The answer is always entertaining and unique!

Directed by Teresa Moyer

March 26 through March 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM
March 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, compassion and love.  If you think you've already seen Godspell, come experience it again for the first time!

Performing Arts Living Room

May 2 & 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Ten Minute Plays, Spoken Word Poetry and Performance Art in a Café Theatre setting creates a cozy environment for intimate, live performances.  Cookie and coffee free with $5 admission!

Ticket Information
All performances will be in McInnis Auditorium

Ticket Prices:
$10.00 General Admission
$8.00 Children/Seniors
$5.00 with Eastern University ID

For ticket reservations, call the Performing Arts Box Office at 610.225.5545

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