Northeast State Theatre's 2016-2017 Season

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A season filled with unexpected stories of love and humanity.
FALL 2016
Oleanna
By David Mamet
David Mamet’s Oleanna is presented with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Oleanna is brought to you in cooperation with the Cultural Activities Committee and Safe Northeast.
From the Dramatists Play Service Website:
THE STORY: A college student, Carol, drops by her professor's office in an effort to gain his help to do better in class. John, the professor, in the midst of buying a house to celebrate his nomination for tenure, at first seems distant. As the first meeting progresses the two discuss the nature of understanding and judgment in society, as well as their very own natures and places in our society. It seems as if a bond has been made. When next they meet we find that a report has been filed to the tenure committee. Carol has joined a "group" and has decided that John sexually harassed her during their first meeting. Their second meeting dissects the first; every word, every nuance of the first meeting has been twisted into something else. Or has it? John's unsuccessful attempts to convince Carol to retract her accusation escalate to a more dangerous level. The third meeting, one the court officers warned against, climaxes violently, leaving John and Carol both physically and emotionally devastated.
A seething investigation of "political correctness" in a time when the nation's morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment. "OLEANNA is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year." —NY Times.
"One of the ten best plays of 1992…reason enough to cheer for the future of the theatre." —Time Magazine.
Oleanna PRODUCTION DATES:
September 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30pm  in the Main Campus Auditorium

No Exit
By Jean-Paul Sartre, adapted from French by Paul Bowles

No Exit is produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

From the Samuel French Website:
Winner! Jean Paul Sartre of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. It is an eternal torment.

No Exit AUDITION DATES:
August 30th and August 31st in the WRCPA
Call Backs on September 1st
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No Exit PRODUCTION DATES:
October 20th, 21st, 22nd at 7:30pm in the Main Campus Auditorium
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She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen

She Kills Monsters is produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, recommended ages 18 and up

From the Samuel French Website:
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

She Kills Monsters AUDITION DATES:
August 30th and August 31st in the WRCPA
Call Backs on September 1st
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She Kills Monsters PRODUCTION DATES:
November 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm
November 13 & 20 at 2:00 in the WRCPA
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SPRING 2017
Crimes of the Heart
By Beth Henley

Crimes of the Heart is presented with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

From the Dramatists Play Service website:  
Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. An astonishing   first play, initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway, where it established the author as a major voice in our theatre. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it   examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.

"While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley's prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it      were a piece of cake." —NY Times.

"It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zany passion that must carry all before it…it would                    certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play." —NY Post.

"From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theatre…" —NY   Magazine.

Crimes of the Heart AUDITION DATES:
November 28th and November 29th in the WRCPA
Call Backs on November 30th  
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Crimes of the Heart PRODUCTION DATES:
April 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 7:30pm
April 9th at 2:00pm in the WRCPA
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For information about tickets or how to purchase tickets call the Box Office at 423-354-5169 or email Travis Brooks at tcbrooks@northeaststate.edu
For general questions about the productions or the Theatre Department contact Elizabeth M. Sloan at emsloan@northeaststate.edu or call at 423-354-2479