Upcoming and Past Productions
Elizabethtown College Theatre, a program of the Department of Theatre and Dance of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, produced several shows each academic year. Three mainstage productions each year were chosen by our Play Selection Committee (with three faculty and two student members). Each year we produced 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. But the College closed the theatre program as of June 30, 2020.
The Etown 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.
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 Etown New Playwrights Fest 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 28, 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.
Medea – Fall 2017
The Etown 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 Etown New Playwrights Fest V – Spring 2017
Getting Out – Spring 2017
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will – Fall 2015
The Etown 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 Etown New Playwrights Fest IV -- Spring 2015
Ajax In Iraq -- Spring 2015
A Comedy of Terrors – Fall 2013
The Etown 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 Etown New Playwrights Fest III -- Spring 2013
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – Fall 2011
The Etown Shorts Fest IV -- Fall 2011
From Up Here -- Spring 2012
Lysistrata -- Spring 2012
Cabaret – Fall 2010
The Etown Shorts Fest III-- Fall 2010
Red Herring -- Spring 2011
A Dream Play -- Spring 2011
The Etown New Playwrights Fest II -- Spring 2011
The Memorandum – Fall 2009
The Etown 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 Etown New Playwrights Fest I -- Spring 2009
Gint – Fall 2007
The Etown Shorts Fest I-- Fall 2007
The Diary of Anne Frank -- Spring 2008
The Limbo Plays -- Spring 2008