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2015-2016 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:

Jackie and Me
By Stephen Dietz
Adapted from the book by Dan Gutman
Directed by Stephanie Daventry French, Professor of Theatre
Scenic and Costume Design by Yoshinori Tanokura, Associate Professor of Theatre
October 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; October 17, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; October 18, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre

What if you had the power to time-travel back to pivotal moments in history? What would you want to see? In Jackie & Me 10-year old baseball player Joey Stoshack walks a mile next to Jackie Robinson as Jackie becomes the first African-American to break the color barrier and play major league baseball. In this exciting stage adaptation by Steven Dietz of the award-winning novel by Dan Gutman, Joey witnesses first hand the world of professional sport and personally experiences what it was like to have Black skin in Brooklyn in 1947. Through the trials and triumphs he develops compassion, courage and confidence.

"Moving ... empowering ... this is not a play about celebrity worship or mere historical awareness but a strikingly sophisticated exploration of what having a hero can do for a young man as well as what the admiration of a young man can do for a role model who doesn't yet know what that means and is just trying to hit a ball." — Chicago Tribune

The Fantasticks
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Margaret Joyce Ball, Associate Professor of Theatre
Scenic and Costume Design by Yoshinori Tanokura, Associate Professor of Theatre
February 24-26, 7:30 p.m.; February 27, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; February 28, 2016, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre

There's always time to remember this romantic fable about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world. With a heart of breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication, the musical has a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf
by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Susan P. O'Hearn, Professor of Theatre
Scenic and Costume Design by Yoshinori Tanokura, Associate Professor of Theatre
April 19-23, 8 p.m.; April 24, 2016, 2 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre

Winner of an Obie Award for best play, For Colored Girls... combines poetry, music and dance into a lyrical "choreopoem" that weaves interconnected stories of love, empowerment, struggle and loss into a complex representation of sisterhood. Mel Gussow of the New York Times noted that "individual lives are transformed into a collective and complete artistic evocation. . . .it is the closeness, the intimacy, and the specificity of the recollections that make the play so tangible and poignant. . . . 'Colored Girls' is a play that should be seen, savored and treasured."

This production is recommended for mature audiences only.

Student Production:

Stage II One-Act Plays
November 19-21, 8 p.m.; November 22, 2 p.m.
Location: Fine and Performing Arts Building - Dale Snow Theatre

Stage II, the student theatre organization, is responsible for all aspects of the production including play selection, directing, acting, design and technical elements.

Tickets

General admission, $12;
Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $10;
Students (with ID), $7;
Youth, $5

Tickets available in advance online at esu.edu/theatretickets (credit cards only online). Remaining tickets available at the box office one hour before curtain on performance dates (cash & checks only at box office). Please arrive early.

For other information, please call (570) 422-3483