Spring Season of Slapstick and Wordplay


The Performing Arts Department Theatre program is pleased to announce its Spring 2006 season of shows. On Wednesday February 8th Too Many Monkeys improvisational Theatre troupe will wow audiences with fun participatory Theatre games first at the 3pm University Hour in Webb 110 (admission is free) and later that evening at 8pm in the Harry Hope Theatre (please see ticket prices below). Members of the troupe are trained in Theatre and work regularly onstage in a variety of genres ranging from Shakespeare to slapstick.

 One member of the troupe, Bill Arnold, is an alumnus of ECSU and an accomplished composer and playwright (i.e. ABC and Lint, The Musical). In fact, his published one-act play, ABC, was performed last spring in the Harry Hope and then in the Sargent Theatre in NYC as part of the CSU Off-Broadway Showcase of Student Talent. He and the rest of the troupe will present the afternoon lecture/demonstration that will teach audience members how to do improvisational Theatre. The evening show will be pure participatory entertainment. Audiences love to watch TV versions of this sort and now they will have consummate performers in their midst to demonstrate these techniques in person.

The fun continues with Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle, a Renaissance romp directed by Michael Burns, Assistant Professor of Acting. This marks his directing debut at ECSU after years of acting and directing in the USA and abroad (i.e. in NYC, Hawaii , London , and Korea ). This show is sure to tickle the funnybone of all attending. It mirrors the audience itself as it is filled with everyday citizens also out for the evening at a theatre. The format is the ever-entertaining “play within a play” filled with burlesque comic characters, silly swordplay, and wacky wordplay. This show runs April 4th –9th, Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00 pm; Sunday matinee at 4:00 pm in The Harry Hope Theatre, Shafer Hall (ground floor, corner of High and Valley Streets, Willimantic, CT).

 Last up at the HHT is WordPlay 2006, a Reader’s Theatre smorgasbord of delicious morsels of literature. Director of Theatre, Ellen Faith Brodie, will stage the show as a feast for the mind and eye as words jump off the page and onto the stage. See this show May 4th –7th, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 pm; Friday Mid-Day Matinee at 11:00 am; Sunday matinee at 4:00 pm in The Harry Hope Theatre. This show will be presented in NYC at the Sargent Theatre as part of the CSU Off-Broadway Showcase of Student Talent at the end of May as well (keep posted as more information will follow).

 For reservations for the shows in the Harry Hope Theatre , please call the Box Office at 860-465-5123.  Admission:  $5 ECSU Students; $10 Senior Citizens, ECSU Alumni, Faculty and Staff; $12 General Public.





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