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2021-2022 MAINSTAGE SERIES

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The Place That Made You

Written and Directed by Darcy Parker Bruce

October 19-24, 2021
Proscenium Thrust Theater

The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University is proud to present “The Place That Made You”, written and directed by Darcy Parker Bruce. 

In the aftermath of a tragedy Jonah attempts to reunite with his best friend, Ben returns to her childhood home, and a giant white whale haunts the coastline of a sleepy Connecticut town. A modern day re-imagining of Jonah and the Whale, a tale of love, loss, and glory in small town America.

“The Place That Made You” will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Proscenium Theater from October 19 through October 24, 2021. Times to be announced.

For more information about this performance, please visit https://www.easternct.edu/theatre/productions/tptmy.html 

OR  Email: theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu or phone: Box Office (860) 465-5123

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Film Festival

Produced by Brian Day
December 3 & 4, 2021
Proscenium Thrust Theater

The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University is proud to present the first Eastern Film Festival, written and directed by students with producing director Brian Day.

Experience the first Eastern Film Festival and enjoy creative and mindful student films on the big screen. Students explore topics such as antiracism, COVID, making changes in one’s life and poetry and expressed their ideas in creative ways. You will be entertained by the work of many student filmmakers with a wide variety of creative approaches to telling film stories. And, telling stories that matter. Come be a part of this premiere event!

The Eastern Film Festival will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Proscenium Theater on December 3rd and 4th, 2021 at 7:30 P.M.

For more information about this performance, please visit https://www.easternct.edu/theatre/productions/film2021.html 

OR  Email: theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu or phone: Box Office (860) 465-5123

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Sweet Flag

Written & Directed by J.J. Cobb
March 1-6, 2022
Proscenium Thrust Theater

The Nebraska Territory can be a hard place for women. The wind never seems to cease, and the expansiveness of the prairie can make a body feel bereft. Prudie Prentiss – the only available midwife for hundreds of miles – becomes the center of circle of women struggling to endure the realities of frontier life. When a wild girl’s unexpected appearance causes friction, the settlers realize that their visions of freedom and self-reliance will be hard won. But at whose expense?  

Director and playwright J.J. Cobb has been utilizing primary source documentation research to build Site Theatre experiences for the last two decades. Site methodology is based upon the concept that theatre cannot only adapt to the constraints of a particular site—as with Environmental Theatre—but can be written to illuminate how that location influences events. Il Ristorante (Site-Responsive; Ohio), Echoes: Voices From The Church Farm (Site-Specific; Connecticut), The Tower Caveat (Site-Specific; California), The Melting Point (Site-Specific; Hawaii), and Cantilever (Site-Responsive; Connecticut) were precursors to the Sweet Flag script. Immersive techniques of soundscape, light, and scent are used to transport audience members to a location that they may never before have visited. Sweet Flag features music written by famed Haudenosaunee composer, Dennis Yerry. 

Sweet Flag will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Center's Proscenium Theater from March 1 through March 6, 2022; March 1, 2, 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m., March 3 at 5:30 p.m. and March 6 at 4:00 p.m. 

For more information about this performance, please visit https://www.easternct.edu/theatre/productions/sweet-flag.html 

OR  Email: theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu or phone: Box Office (860) 465-5123

Behind the Scenes of "Sweet Flag" from University Relations on Vimeo.

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The Greenwood Project: Against Erasure

Choreography by Alycia Bright Holland; Poetry by Daniel Donaghy;
Musical composition by Jeff Calissi and Filmmaking by Brian Day
April 28-May 1, 2022
Proscenium Thrust Theater

For its 4th Biennial Dance Concert, the Dance and World Performance area of Eastern’s Performing Arts Department is proud to premiere an original collaboration.  

The Greenwood Project spotlights the north Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood, to celebrate the achievements of African Americans there between the years 1907 and 1921, and to remember the catastrophic loss of life and cultural capital brought about by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. To commemorate the Massacre’s centennial, we offer the embodied words of survivors to help us remember this part of our history, in the form of an interdisciplinary artistic offering created to educate future generations. There can be no equity or social justice with respect to such historical trauma without acknowledgement and restoration of such events to the living memory of America. 

The Greenwood Project: Against Erasure is grounded in the mingled sensibilities of movement, sound and image, featuring student and faculty collaborations in Dance, Poetry and Film. More specifically, the Dance & World Performance area of the Theatre program premieres original choreography by Theatre Professor Alycia Bright Holland, set to poetry by English Professor Daniel Donaghy, musical composition by Professor Jeff Calissi and filmmaking by Professor Brian Day. Also featured are Senior Theatre students of the Dance & World Performance area, presenting original choreography, in creative dialogue with student Poets and Filmmakers. 

The Greenwood Project: Against Erasure will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Center's Proscenium Theater from April 28 through May 1, 2022; times will be forthcoming. 

For more information about this performance, please visit https://www.easternct.edu/theatre/productions/greenwood-project.html 


OR  Email: theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu  or phone: Box Office (860) 465-5123

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