Upcoming and Past Productions
Elizabethtown College Theatre, a program of the Theatre and Dance Division 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.
Medea by Liz Lochhead, after Euripides
November 2, 3, 4, 9 & 10, 2017, 8 p.m.; November 11 & 12, 2017, 2 p.m.
Liz Lochhead’s Medea brings a contemporary Scottish flavor to Euripides' classic tragedy about the abandoned wife who attacks her own children in vengeance against her husband. "Liz Lochhead’s stunning new version of Medea is the kind of interpretation — brave, visionary, risky —that blows a well-known text apart and reassembles it in a completely new light... What Lochhead does is to recast Medea as an episode — ancient but new, cosmic yet agonizingly familiar — in a sex war which is recognizable to every woman, and most of the men, in the theatre..."— The Scotsman
The E-town Shorts Fest VII
December 1 & 2, 2017, 8 p.m.
A performance focused on experimentation and education in a group of short plays directed by students in TH320, Directing.
Dead Man’s Cell Phone a comedy by Sarah Ruhl
February 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23, 2018, 8 p.m.; February 25, 2018, 2 p.m.
A continually ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins this comic odyssey, in which a woman is forced to confront her assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. “Characters in Ruhl’s plays negotiate the no man’s land between the everyday and the mystical, talking like goofs one minute and philosophers the next.”
Rats’ Tales told by Carol Ann Duffy and adapted for the stage by Melly Still
April 19, 20, 21, 26, & 27, 2018, 8 p.m.; April 29, 2018, 2 p.m.
When the Pied Piper of Hamelin pipes the rats away and the town chooses not to pay him, the Piper makes good on his threat and plays a hypnotic tune to draw Hamelin’s children away. In Rats’ Tales, Hamelin’s parents deal with their losses by telling stories – about rats. Duffy and Still combine some world folk tales with some of Duffy’s original stories to create stirring tales of children, using fiendish plot twists, thrilling metaphors and dazzling feats of theatrical invention. As Duffy and Still return these primal stories to us, they restore the blood, guts, and cruelty, but also the relief, wonder and laughter when the threat is over.
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