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2022-2023 MAINSTAGE SERIES

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Oedipus the King

Directed by Bob McGrath
Written by Sophocles; Translated by Brian Doerries
Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Proscenium Theater
October 11 – 16, 2022


Sophocles’ Oedipus the King tells the story of an overconfident ruler during the time of a great plague, who refuses to listen to trusted advisors, ignores prophecy, and—after launching an investigation—discovers that he is the source of the contagion that is ravaging his people and his land. Upon uncovering the truth about himself and his role in the disaster, the king loses nearly everything—his crown, his wife, his power, his country, his honor—and wanders off into exile, a fate worse than death in ancient Greece. Oedipus the King is a timeless story about leadership, accountability, and the challenges faced by citizens and elected officials during pandemics and plagues.

“Oedipus The King” will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Proscenium Theater from October 11 through October 16, 2022. Times and ticket information to be announced.

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

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

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Acting is Believing

Conceived, directed, and adapted by Brian Day and David Pellegrini 
Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Proscenium & Studio Theater
December 1 – 4, 2022

An intermedial, bilingual production based on Lo fingido verdadero by Lope de Vega 
Two audiences arrive: one starts at the Proscenium Theatre, the other at the Del Monte Studio. Both see the same performance, but through two different lenses: theater and film, created and transmitted live. Cut.  Then the audiences switch venues, and a single story creates two worlds. Acting is Believing reveals new possibilities in storytelling and performance, casting audience members as active participants in interpreting what's real and what's make-believe.

“Acting is Believing” will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Center's Proscenium & Studio Theater from December 1 through December 4, 2022. Times and ticket information to be announced.

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

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

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The Nether

Directed by Kristen Morgan
Written by Jennifer Haley
Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Studio Theater
February 28 – March 5, 2023

The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity, and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.
 
“The Nether” will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Studio Theater from February 28 through March 5, 2023. Times and ticket information to be announced.

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

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

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Directed by Tim Golebiewski
Music & Lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss; Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Studio Theater
April 20-23 & April 27-30, 2023

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book of a Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a wild comic ride, complete with audience participation.  An eclectic group of six students deal with vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. To win the prize, they’ll have to learn to deal with pressure, the idiosyncratic adults in the room, and puberty.  While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Only one speller can win! At least the losers get a juice box.

While most performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are suitable for all audiences, Friday and Saturday evening performances are “adult nights” and recommended for audiences 16 and up.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented in the Fine Arts Instructional Center’s Studio Theater from April 20 through 23 & April 27 through 30, 2023. Times and ticket information to be announced.


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


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

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