Upcoming and Past Productions

  • Theatre


  • Theatre


  • Theatre


  • Theatre


  • Theatre


  • Theatre


Elizabethtown College Theatre, a program of the Department of Theatre and Dance of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, produces several shows each academic year. Three mainstage productions each year are chosen by our Play Selection Committee (with three faculty and two student members).  Each year we produce one classic play, one crowd-pleasing play (which is a musical every other year), and one play on the cutting edge of contemporary theatrical styles and social concerns.

The E-town Shorts Fest, held every other fall, is a chance for student productions to be performed and, most importantly, directed by students. All of our Theatre majors are required to direct one of the Shorts Fest plays. These 10-minute plays range from comedy to tragedy to romance and are integral in helping our students feel comfortable in a director role.

Essential to our budding student playwrights is the Shorts Fest, held every other year in the spring. In the E-Town New Playwrights Fest, students from our Playwriting class get the chance to hear their scripts in staged readings, which also are directed by students. All productions are in Tempest Theatre unless otherwise noted.

Our 2018-2019 production season

If/Then - music by Tom Kitt; book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

November 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9, 2018, 8 p.m.; November 11, 2018, 2 p.m.

With unforgettable songs and a moving story by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, If / Then simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a portrait of the lives that we lead and those that we might have led. Elizabeth moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her plans collide with the whims of fate, her life splits into two parallel paths. If / Then follows both stories, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.

Love and Information, a vignette play by Caryl Churchill

February 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15, 2019, 8 p.m.; February 17, 2019, at 2 p.m.

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before. In this fast-moving kaleidoscope by the woman often called the greatest living British playwright, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know and how they love.

The E-town New Playwrights VI

March 15 and 16 2019, 8 p.m., Zug Recital Hall

Join us for staged readings of new plays by students in TH240, Playwriting. You’ll be able to say “I knew them when…”

The Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh

April 11, 12, 13, 25, and 26, 2019, 8 p.m.; April 27, 2019, 2 p.m.

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale by the director of Three Billboards Near Ebbing, Missouri, in the great tradition of Irish storytelling, and based on a historical incident. As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the Aran Islands to film Man of Aran, later a famous documentary, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.

Past Productions


Medea – Fall 2017

The E-town Shorts Fest VII – Fall 2017

Dead Man’s Cell Phone – Spring 2018

Rats’ Tales – Spring 2018


Spring Awakening – Fall 2016

Fuddy Meers – Spring 2017

The E-town New Playwrights Fest V – Spring 2017

Getting Out – Spring 2017



Twelfth Night; or, What You Will – Fall 2015

The E-town Shorts Fest VI – Fall 2015

Unnecessary Farce – Spring 2016

A Bright Room Called Day – Spring 2016


Company – Fall 2014

The Importance of Being Earnest – Spring 2015

The E-town New Playwrights Fest IV -- Spring 2015

Ajax In Iraq -- Spring 2015 


A Comedy of Terrors – Fall 2013

The E-town Shorts Fest V-- Fall 2013

These Shining Lives – Spring 2014 

Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced – Spring 2014 


A Streetcar Named Desire – Fall 2012

Distracted– Spring 2013

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Spring 2013

The E-town New Playwrights Fest III -- Spring 2013


Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – Fall 2011

The E-town Shorts Fest IV -- Fall 2011

From Up Here -- Spring 2012

Lysistrata -- Spring 2012 


Cabaret – Fall 2010

The E-town Shorts Fest III-- Fall 2010

Red Herring -- Spring 2011

A Dream Play -- Spring 2011

The E-town New Playwrights Fest II -- Spring 2011


The Memorandum – Fall 2009

The E-town Shorts Fest II-- Fall 2009

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress – Spring 2010 

The Crucible – Spring 2010 


Urinetown: The Musical – Fall 2008

The Tempest – Spring 2009

9 Parts of Desire – Spring 2009

The E-town New Playwrights Fest I -- Spring 2009


Gint – Fall 2007

The E-town Shorts Fest I-- Fall 2007

The Diary of Anne Frank -- Spring 2008

The Limbo Plays -- Spring 2008