2016-2017 Season

SEPTEMBER PROJECT: "BROKEN"

Score by Kevin Monaghan (EU alum - 2010)

Friday, September 23 at 8:00pm
Saturday, September 24 at 8:00pm

Broken is a theatrical song cycle centered around the topic of divorce and the family. The songs touch upon varying perspectives and emotions from anger, grief, to even humor as we get glimpses into varying experiences surrounding divorce. Intended for mature audiences, this piece will spark open conversations about a topic often kept hidden in the dark.

WAITING FOR LEFT

by Clifford Odets
Directed by Griffen Stanton Ameisen

Thursday, November 17 at 8:00pm
Friday, November 18 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20 at 3:00pm

Clifford Odets is considered the most prolific American social protest dramatist of the thirties. In 1939, Odets wrote of his plays, "let them stand, crudities and all, as a small parade of a young talent discovering and shaping itself." Set in the Great Depression Waiting for Lefty uses archetypal characters during a taxi strike to comment on the state of Capitalism in America and those it seems to leave behind. 1930's or present day? You decide.

THE EASTERN EXPERIENCE

Saturday, January 21 at 8:00pm
Free Admission

Produced by the Chalkboard Theater Project, artists will have 24 hours to create new ten minute plays. Come join us Saturday evening for the outcome of their madness. Current Eastern Students and Eastern Alumni Writers, Directors, and Actors participate in this creative chaotic romp and new collaborative teams that bridge generational gaps are forged.

SPRING MUSICAL: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by Rachel Sheinkin and score by William Finn
Directed by Natalie Cisternas Hann (EU Alum - 2008)

Thursday, March 23 at 8:00pm
Friday, March 24 at 8:00pm
Saturday, March 25 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 26 at 3:00pm

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is delightful den of comedic genius.

PERFORMING ARTS LIVING ROOM

Friday April 28 at 8:00pm
Saturday April 29 at 8:00pm

Join us for the annual student produced showcase of live theater, dance, and music performances. Free admission, coffeehouse style on stage.

2015-2016 Season

NEW PLAY WORKSHOP

Saturday, September 19 at 8 p.m.
Facilitated by alumni Kendra DeMicco, Eva Farrell & Ben Hennesy

New Play Workshop premieres one-act plays that are written, staged, and performed by students and alumni in just 24 hours.

FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
General Admission $5.00

A Homecoming favorite featuring 90 minutes of engaging performance by Music, Dance, and Theater Students, Alumni, and Faculty.

FALL MUSICAL: RISE

Thursday, November 12 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 15 at 3 p.m.

Book by Edgar Mendoza
Lyrics by Rebecca Coppola and Joelle Doriani
Music by Dennis Atkinson, Joelle Doriani, Steven Ford, Ron Matthews, and Gregory Silverman
Directed by Jenny Tibbels ‘99

Inspired by the story of the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35, RISE tells the story of two sisters who travel a journey of grief after the death of their father and discover new life along the way.

This musical is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Theater, Dance and Music Departments

SPRING PRODUCTION: RHINOCEROS

Thursday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.

Written by Eugene Ionesco, Directed by Jenny Tibbels--When residents of a small Parisian town start turning into rhinoceroses, citizens must decide: conform or remain true to oneself?

PERFORMING ARTS LIVING ROOM

Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m.

Join us for the annual student produced showcase of live theater, dance, and music performances. Free performance, coffeehouse style on stage.