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2020-2021 MAINSTAGE SERIES

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Hotel Universe

By Philip Barry
Directed by David Pellegrini

February 19-26, 2021
Streaming Virtually

The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University is proud to present Hotel Universe, written by Philip Barry and directed by David Pellegrini.

Best known for comedies such as Holiday and The Philadelphia Story, with this play Barry experimented with theatrical form in depicting a group of young American’s on holiday confronting their greatest fears.

[This play depicts mature themes dealing with issues surrounding suicide and trauma which may be disturbing to some audience members.]

Ticket Reservations: https://www.easternct.edu/theatre/productions/hotel-universe.html 
OR  Email: theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu or phone: Box Office (860) 465-5123

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Blood at the Root

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Massiel Evans, Edward J. Lorsin, Austin Washington
Supervising Director: DeRon S. Williams, PhD
March 19-21 & 26-29, 2021
Streaming Virtually

The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University is proud to present Blood at the Root, written by Dominique Morriseau and directed by student directors Massiel Evans, Edwards J. Lorsin and Austin Washington and supervising director Dr. DeRon S. Williams.

For more information about Blood at the Root and to reserve you tickets, please visit: https://www.easternct.edu/theatre/productions/blood-at-the-root.html  or email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu or phone: Box Office (860) 465-5123

“Blood at the Root” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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CULTIVATING DIGNITY

Devised By Alycia Bright Holland and Kristen Morgan
May 1, 2021
Streaming Virtually

Cultivating Dignity—a newly devised work by Alycia Bright Holland and Kristen Morgan—was originally envisioned as a mainstage theatrical production, and will now premiere as a film adaptation. This change in format is made possible in part due to the involvement of Brian Day (Film faculty in the Performing Arts Department) as Director of Photography and Film Producer. This production will explore the lives of tobacco agricultural workers in Connecticut, during the time when young Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked at Cullman Brothers farm, to help pay for his tuition at Morehouse College. Using methods of theatre-devising drawn from Frantic Assembly, Tectonic Theatre Project and Theatre of the Oppressed, Eastern students and faculty, along with playwright Darcy Bruce, worked together to develop Cultivating Dignity.  As we did with Thread City in 2017, documentary research (conducting oral histories, researching archival documents—including photographs, film/video, and ephemera) was undertaken to create an original script. Consequently, the story dives deeply into issues of labor, migration, race, and cultural identity. A public film screening of CultivatingDignity will be premiered May 1, 2021, and will be available subsequently for online viewing. There are also plans to create a small touring project to visit K-12 schools across Connecticut, in order to engage young audiences.

For more information about Cultivating Dignity and to reserve you tickets, please visit: https://www.easternct.edu/theatre/productions/cultivating-dignity.html  or email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu or phone: Box Office (860) 465-5123
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