Newest Plays on Campus

Photo Courtesy / University Relations Theater students perform a religious musical that is meant to be relatable for all audiences in different ways.
Photo Courtesy / University Relations
Theater students perform a religious musical that is meant to be relatable for all audiences in different ways.

Amanda Berry

Staff Writer

With Fall slowly but surely approaching, there are many upcoming plays to be put on here at ESU.

One of the upcoming plays is based off of a book written by Studs Terkel, called “Working.”

The play showcases the lives of the average everyday working class people in America. The adaption of the book to the play was written by Stephen Schwartz.

Schwartz uses the dialog of the common people from the novel and turns their stories and aspirations into songs that people can relate to. “Working” will be shown in the Fine Arts Center November 14,16, and 17.

Another upcoming play this semester is “Sweat,” by Lynn Nottage. Following the theme from Working this play highlights the struggles factories workings in Reading, PA, face when their jobs start declining.

Nottage makes a point to showcase problems within the play such as economic downfall, immigration, and race issues that are still relevant in today’s society as well.

“Sweat” will also be shown in the Fine Arts Center. The date for this play will be February 28-29 as well as March 1-3.

The next upcoming play is “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare. “The Tempest” is also Shakespeare’s last written play.

Considered to be a romance play by many, the story is one of revenge. Set on a lonely island, the story follows the main characters in their request to fight the strangers who have come to them and to either choose to fight for revenge or forgive.

“The Tempest” will be put on in the Smith-McFarland Theater April 24-29.

The last play this semester is a student production put on by Stage II. Stage II is a theater club/organization here at ESU and will be putting on the play “The Library.”

This play is very relevant to the events in the world today as it follows the story of a school shooting (in a fictional school) and to uncover the truth about what really went down that fatal day.

Will the students be able to find out who was the shooter as they navigate through the questions and interrogations by family and the media?

Find out in October by attending the show in the Fine Arts Center. The play will be shown October 4-6, and 7.

Email Amanda at:

aberry@live.esu.edu

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