Department of Performing Arts
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British Guest Director In Residence at Eastern
The Performing Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University is pleased to announce the guest artist residency of British actor/director Christopher Ettridge. Mr. Ettridge will be directing The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt which will run April 8th-13th, 2003 (Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 4pm) in the Harry Hope Theatre (groundfloor, corner of High Street and Valley Street, Willimantic, CT). Tickets are $10 for Students/Senior Citizens and $12 for the General Public. Please call the Harry Hope Box Office at (860) 465-5123 for reservations.
Christopher Ettridge has enjoyed a thirty year acting career in theatre, film and BBC television. He has performed in London's West End (i.e. Dreaming by Peter Barnes at the Queen's Theatre and in many plays at the Royal Court); at the Royal National Theatre (i.e. in The Dinner through December 2002); in Regents Park (i.e. Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Nights Dream); and in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry VI parts 1,2, and 3 (which won the South Bank and Olivier Awards) to name but a few shows in his long, established career.
He is well-known as Reg in the BBC's Goodnight Sweetheart and for the villainous Graeme in East Enders as well as for Samson Brass in Disney's The Old Curiosity Shop. He will soon be seen in TNT's Julius Caesar as Apollonius (again to name but a few examples). In addition, Mr. Ettridge enjoys sharing his talents with young aspiring Theatre workers and has directed student productions (i.e. at the The Drama Centre London).
He is delighted to be coming to Eastern to teach Advanced Acting and to direct the next Harry Hope Millennium Milestone in Theatre Production - Durrenmatt's The Visit. Audiences will witness an important mid-20th Century play written in the aftermath of World War II which resonates profoundly to the human condition then and now but, hopefully, not in the future.
Mr. Ettridge has inspired the Harry Hope designers (headed up by Bob Ritz, Associate Professor of Scene Design and Production Manager along with a team of guest artists) with his expressionistic directorial concept which will be realized by innovative set, lighting, costume, sound and movement production elements. To note, David Belles, Director of Vocal Music, will join the Harry Hope team as Musical Director for this production of live voice and instrumentals.
In addition to this exciting production, Mr. Ettridge along with Ellen Faith Brodie, Director of Theatre, will team-teach Advanced Acting. Also, The Vagina Monologues will be presented on March 5th as part of Women's History Month celebrations. Please be on the lookout for more information about this presentation and about University Hours for Spring 2003. Please call the Performing Arts Department at (860) 465-5325 for more information and the box office as above for ticket reservations.