September 2, 2015

Emporia State University Theatre 2015 - 2016 Season

Emporia State University Theatre 2015 – 2016 Season Includes Two Pulitzer
Winners, Greek Comedy and More

With the school year underway, Emporia State University Theatre Department is busy at work preparing for a new production season that includes two Pulitzer Prize winning plays, an ancient Greek Comedy, a contemporary drama and a dance show.
The season begins with the Homecoming scholarship musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. Winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and featuring one of the most beloved scores of the musical stage, South Pacific tells the story of a group of American sailors and nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Under the direction of Jim and Lindy Bartruff, South Pacific will run in Albert Taylor Hall, October 22nd through the 25th.
Creating Claire is the second production of the season. Written by Joe DiPietro, and under the direction of Theresa Mitchell, Creating Claire tells the story of a natural history museum tour guide, mother and wife who deviates from the regular script. Her choices lead to legal actions in a powerful exploration of what happens when science, faith and politics collide. Creating Claire will be presented in the R.Q. Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall from November 18th through the 22nd.
The spring semester begins with an engaging and timely modern comedy, The Flick by Annie Baker. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ESU Theatre will be the first theatre in Kansas to present The Flick. Under the direction of our newest faculty member, Dan Matisa, The Flick follows the story of three underpaid employees in a rundown movie theatre in Massachusetts. Their lives play out before us in the empty aisles of the new theatre, and quickly become more fascinating than the movies on the screen. Both hilarious and touching, The Flick will be presented March 2nd through the 5th in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre.
The Birds, Aristophanes' classic Greek comedy will be presented in April. The Birds tells the story of Euelpides and Pisthetarus, two aging Athenians who have grown tired of living a life in war-torn Athens over-run by lawyers and politicians. The men embark on a journey to escape their lives and seek out the king of the birds, who rules his land under a reign of peace. The production will be co-produced with the Nu Rho chapter of Alpha Psi Omega theatre honorary and will be presented in the Frederickson Theatre, April 13th through the 17th. For tickets and additional information, call the box office at 620-341-6378.

Contact: Jim Bartruff
Director of Theatre

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