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Northeast State Theatre's 2015-2016 Season



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FALL 2015
Steel Magnolias
By Robert Harling 

Steel Magnolias is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

From the Dramatists Play Service Website:
A first play which met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York's WPA Theatre. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. "Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving." —NY Daily News. "…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one." —Drama-Logue. "…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy." —NY Post.

Steel Magnolias AUDITION DATES:
Tuesday, September 1st, Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd (Callbacks)
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Steel Magnolias PRODUCTION DATES:
October 29, 30, 31, 5, 6, 7 at 7:30pm
November 1 & 8 at 2:00 pm in WRCPA

American Buffalo
By David Mamet  

American Buffalo is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, recommended ages 15 and up

From the Samuel French Website:
Winner! 1977 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best American Play
This volatile drama starred Robert Duvall in the original Broadway production and has seen revivals with Al Pacino and most recently on Broadway with John Leguizamo in 2008. In a Chicago junk shop three small time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable "Buffalo nickel". These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three- Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing and "Teach", a violently paranoid braggart- is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.
"Gripping drama" - The New York Times
"Mamet is an actor's playwright... [He] senses the possibilities inarticulateness affords a savvy actor." - Women's Wear Daily
"It isn't often that a play with a dramatic intensity of American Buffalo comes to the Broadway theatre." - New York Post  

American Buffalo AUDITION DATES:
Tuesday, September 1st, Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd (Callbacks)
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American Buffalo PRODUCTION DATES:
November 19, 20, 21 at 7:30pm in Auditorium

SPRING 2016
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
By Dale Wasserman 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, recommended ages 15 and up

From the Samuel French Website:
Winner! 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction a frontal lobotomy. Winner of the 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival.
"Cuckoo is captivating." - N.Y. Post.
"Scarifying and powerful." - N.Y. Times.
"Funny, touching, and exciting." - N.Y. Daily News.
"Brilliant. The stuff of great theatre." - WQR Radio
"Transforms the audience into one wild cheering section." - WNYC Radio.
"One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times." - WPIX TV 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest AUDITION DATES:
Tuesday, February 2nd, Wednesday February 3rd & Thursday February 4th (Call Backs)
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest PRODUCTION DATES:
April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 pm
April 10, 17 at 2:00pm 

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