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Sweet Charity onstage at EMU

EMU theater department kicks off dream season with "Sweet Charity"

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The season lineup kicked off Thursday with the production of "Sweet Charity." Performances continue Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Legacy Theatre inside the Judy Sturgis Hill building on Eastern's campus. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in Judy Sturgis Hill on campus, or online through the university's Ludus ticketing system.







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‘Much Ado’ At EMU

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When friends, family and other playgoers gathered in Quirk Theatre this past Friday night, there was only the anticipation of a great opening night in the air, a held breath and hope for an entertaining rendition of one of Shakespeare’s works. By the time the curtain fell on the first evening show of the run, they were left with more than that: a discussion on gender relations, double standards and comedy in the #MeToo era. Just as Director Lee Stille, professor of theatre arts here at Eastern Michigan University, intended.


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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ To Premiere in Quirk Theatre

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 Another talented cast takes the Quirk mainstage this coming weekend for EMU Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic, “Much Ado About Nothing.” The production, directed by Dr. Lee Stille, is set to run for two weekends, April 5 through April 7 and April 11 through April 14. 



EMU Theatre hosts One-Act Festival

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The creative thoughts of Eastern Michigan University students formed in the Theatre Department’s student written and student directed One-Act Festival in the Frank Ross Laboratory Theatre this week. From the early 1990’s to present day, the One Act Festival has served the talents of EMU students in the art of playwriting, directing and performing.



EMU students Adam Kennedy as Ms. Beatrice, Kiana Gandol as Lily, and Savannah Damoth as Rosey.

Lily Plants a Garden to be performed at Sponberg Theater

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As a part of Eastern Michigan University’s Theatre Second Stage series, planting its seeds in the Sponberg Theater this weekend is the production of Jose Cruz Gobzalez’s magical allegory Lily Plants a Garden. Inspired in part by 9/11, the play takes place in a rubble house where the protagonist, Young Girl, finds a doll and creates a magical tale about a “Zobeing” named Lily who, like herself, exist in a war-torn world.


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'Chesapeake' one-man show comes to The Yellow Barn

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One-person plays are rare and not many have received wide circulation or much acclaim. This may be due to one thing: no matter how good a play is, it will succeed or fail depending on the actors in it, and obviously, with a one-person show, all the responsibility falls on a single actor. This can be a tremendous amount of pressure; learning an unusually large number of lines, being onstage non-stop for sometimes two hours or more and perhaps most importantly, having no other actor to interact with and be supported by.


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Encore Theatre presents 'Sondheim on Sondheim'

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Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as the grandfather of musical theatre. His career as a composer and lyricist has spanned nearly seven decades and his shows are some of the most beloved in the musical theatre repertoire: Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George and many more. But, among performers, his work is also known as some of the more difficult to perform and sing because of its unpredictability, density and complexity.



Women’s SafeHouse: A realist performance about the violence against women in Turkey

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Told through reading and performance, audio and visual components, the two-act play “Women’s SafeHouse” opened for the first time in America at Eastern Michigan University’s Frank Ross Laboratory Theatre in Quirk Hall on Monday night. “Women’s SafeHouse,” written by Turkish playwright, Tuncer Cucenoglu, depicts a modern tragedy about 11 women and their stories at a safehouse in Istanbul, Turkey where they fell as victims of violence and abuse.

Julez DeShetler and Queso Tone catch up after a short hiatus due to illness and someones birthday. The pair talk about their semesters and the final big events of the year, the Eastern Echo Media Gala and Rock The Patio. The latter playing host to Eagletainment's very own Queso Tone as a musical performance, with the shows closing act Anthony Roperti a former guest of the show.