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Sweet Flag

March 1-6, 2022

The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University is proud to present Sweet Flag, written and directed by J.J. Cobb.

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. 

Tickets are free for Eastern students; $5 for other students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for senior citizens; $12 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and $20 for the general public. 

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(Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 4, 2022)

Eastern Students are eligible for ONE FREE STUDENT TICKET pending the completion of our Eastern Student Reservation Survey, which can be found at the following link: TBA

For more information about registration, access or other questions please contact the FAIC Box Office at

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Tickets & Registration

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COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

  • Please be aware that all patrons who attend Theatre Productions will be expected to abide by all of Eastern’s on-going campus wide COVID-19 policies. This includes:

    • All patrons and visitors coming to Campus are required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose for the entire duration of the show (approximately 90 minutes), as well as anytime when inside the Fine Arts Instructional Center or any building on Eastern’s campus.
    • To keep yourself, our staff, and others safe all patrons will seated with 3 feet of physical (social) distancing between them in the theater, regardless of who may be in their party. Pod-seating is not available for performances at this time. Seats in the theater will be marked to reflect this.
    • At this time we will not be accepting cash at the Box Office window. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office during our open hours or on the night of the performance with a credit or debit card.
    • Due to staffing limitations, late arrivals who arrive after the show has begun without a pre-purchased ticket will not be able to be seated.

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