Theatre

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 available online in advance at www.esu.edu/theatretickets (credit cards only online).
Remaining tickets 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.

The Crucible
October 18, October 20 – 21, 7:30 p.m.; October 22, 2:00 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Stephanie Daventry French, professor of theatre
Scenic and costume design by Yoshinori Tanokura, associate professor of theatre
Lighting design by Christopher Domanski, associate professor of theatre

A central work in the canon of American drama, The Crucible examines how bigoted and deceitful accusations of witchcraft in 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts, created mass hysteria that resulted in the murders of innocent people. “The sane rarely flourish in a world gone mad” noted New York Times critic Benjamin Brantley in his review of the 2016 Broadway production, adding that the revival “feels perfectly timed in this presidential election year, when politicians traffic in fears of outsiders and otherness.”
Recommended for Ages 12 and above.

The Laramie Project
November 16 – 18, 7:30 p.m.; November 19, 2:00 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center
Written by Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Produced by Stage II, the student theater organization
Directed by Nicholas Kwietniak
Scenic Design by Emma McDonough
Costume Design by Angelica Ramirez
Lighting Design by Nichole Seul

In 1998, the brutal beating death of Matthew Shepard, a gay man, outside of Laramie Wyoming prompted Moisés Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theatre Project to travel to the town and talk with members of the community about the crime and the trial of the two men accused of the murder. The interviews in this award-winning docudrama depict the town’s unraveling during the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s death. Members of the town were forced to confront the reality of evil that lies within the human heart.
Recommended for mature high school students and above

General admission, $19; Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $7;
Students (with ID), $5

Godspell
February 28 – March 2, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; March 4, 2:00 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center
Directed by Margaret Joyce Ball, D.M.A., professor of theatre
Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Lighting design by Christopher Domanski, associate professor of theatre
Originally produced on the New York Stage by
Edgar Lansbury/Stuart Duncan/Joseph Beruh

Grammy- and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwarz’s first major musical, Godspell retells parables from the Gospels for contemporary times in a fresh, reverent style with games, stories, and a hefty dose of comedy. Tuneful, eclectic songs, including hits like “Day by Day” and “Beautiful City” enhance the musical’s message of kindness, tolerance and love.

A Doll’s House
April 17 – 21, 7:30 p.m.; April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Smith McFarland Theatre, ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Susan P. O’Hearn, professor of theatre
Scenic design by Emma McDonough
Lighting and technical direction by Christopher Domanski, associate professor of theatre

Ibsen’s classic drama sent shockwaves throughout the entire world at the end of the 19th century because it dared to question the traditional roles of men and women in marriage. Even in the 21st century, the reverberations continue.

Recommended for high school students and above