The ECSU Theatre season opens with the premiere of Nora Cole's Voices We Must Never Forget. Ms. Cole, Broadway actress/playwright has written an homage to the lives of African Americans great and small which features poetry, music, movement and monologues. Audiences will remember witnessing Nora Cole's Olivia's Opus  a few years back both at the Hartford Stage and at ECSU. Nora Cole is currently starring in NYC in And God Created Great Whales  which the NY Times has reviewed as "pure magic." Nora Cole's Voices We Must Never Forget  will be offered as a gift to the ECSU community-at-large as part of the ECSU University Hour Series. It will play for one performance only at 3pm on Wednesday, February 27th in the Betty Tipton Room in the Student Center (North Campus). Admission is free.


     Next in the Spring 2002 season, Chekhov Shorts, three one-act vaudeville pieces, will be directed by Jesse Gumpert and Tyler Hewes as their Senior Projects in Theatre. This show is part of the Millennium Milestones In Theatre Series and offers a glimpse into what was the popular entertainment of the late 19th century. Although more well known for his full-length works, Chekhov had great success with these burlesques. We will feature The Marriage Proposal, The Brute and The Wedding as farcical character romps filled with ribald physical humor. Bob Ritz has designed a delightful set which highlights the artistic style of that period. Of course, full costumes, lighting, sound and choreography will support the aesthetic concept of the directors. The show runs Tuesday, April 9th through Saturday, April 13th at 8pm with a Sunday matinee on April 14th at 4pm.Tickets are $10 for Students and Senior Citizens and $12 for the General Public. . Please make your reservations early by calling the box office at (860) 465-5123.


     The season will close with an abridged version of the classic Spoon River Anthology. Guest artists, Nora Cole and Claire Gregoire, team with Ellen Brodie, Director of Theatre, to direct this hauntingly lovely show as we witness life as it was - then. This show will then run in NYC as part of the annual CSU Showcase of Student Talent and Tour. Call the Harry Hope box office at (860) 465-5123 for tickets for the HHT production ($5 for Students/Senior Citizens; $7 for the General Public) which runs Thursday, May 2nd-Saturday, May 4th at 8pm with a Sunday matinee on May 5th at 4pm. Please join us as we close the 19th Century in style and transition into the very beginnings of 20th Century Theatre.