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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Aidan Collins, a junior theater major,  as Alex and Max Zumpano, a senior theater, as Will Cronin perform in Bright New Boise Friday night.

‘A Bright New Boise’ wrapped Sunday

Katja Benz, Campus Reporter October 10, 2021

A Bright New Boise, a play by playwright Samuel D. Hunter, debuted in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Black Box Theatre Thursday, Oct. 7, with its final show on Sunday. The play's first showing opened...

Haylie Denzer, a senior theatre performance major, and Max Zumpono, a senior theatre major, do a dress rehearsal for the play A Bright New Boise.

‘A Bright New Boise’ premiers Thursday

Elizabeth Wood, Campus Reporter October 6, 2021

A man stands at the center of the stage, illuminated by a single yellow light. For a few moments, all is still besides the sounds of his ragged breathing echoing across the room. Slowly, he looks up...

Debbie Banos, Katherine Bellantone and Nathaniel Smith, all members of the Still Point group, perform a play called “The True Cost,” based on real stories of human trafficking, at Buzzard Auditorium Thursday.  Still Point is based in Chicago.

FEATURE PHOTO: ‘The True Cost’ performance

Melissa Jabek, Photographer February 28, 2020

Debbie Banos, Katherine Bellantone and Nathaniel Smith, all members of the Still Point group, perform a play called “The True Cost,” based on real stories of human trafficking, at Buzzard Auditorium...

Charleston Alley Theatre presents ‘I Do, I Do’

Logan Raschke, Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2019

“I Do, I Do,” a musical about the ups and downs of married life, is coming to the Charleston Alley Theatre this and next weekend. Director Duke Bagger said the theatre is doing something a little...

CAA to vote on theatre major revision

Staff Report April 24, 2019

The Council on Academic Affairs has one item to be acted on for its April 25 meeting at 2 p.m. in Room 4440 of Booth Library. The council will vote on revisions to the theatre arts major. During the...

‘Mr. Marmalade’ play makes weekend run

Hannah Sieg, Contributing Writer March 3, 2019

The first performance of “Mr. Marmalade” took place at the Black Box Theatre in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Feb. 28 and its last performance was noon Sunday. “Mr. Marmalade” is a dark comedy...

Department chairs looking at how new School of Fine and Performing Arts will be structured

Abbey Whittington, Staff Reporter April 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: This story looks at one of two new schools being created under the College of Arts and Liberal Sciences. The next article will look at the new School of Communication and Journalism. Though...

Ron Himes to help students in theatrical production

Travis Moody, Staff Reporter November 30, 2017

A group of students will be performing “Devised Theatre Programs,” covering themes of social justice with the help of Ron Himes, director and founder of the Saint Louis Black Repertory. Beginning...

“Next to Normal” coming to Doudna Theatre

Alana Reinhardt, Contributing Writer November 2, 2017

Eastern’s theatre arts department will give its audience a glimpse into the life of a family dealing with the effects of their mother’s bipolar disorder in next week’s musical production of “Next...

“Death of a Salesman” draws intimate crowd

Liz Stephens, City Reporter April 3, 2017

Charleston Community Theatre’s production of “Death of a Salesman” has stirred the emotions of local audience members. Arthur Miller’s classic play is about a man named Willy Loman living in...

Robert Caisley, Head of Dramatic Writing at the University of Idaho, recites some verses from his most recent play, “Lucky Me”, in the Doudna Lecture Hall. Caisley lectures on the specialized, time consuming process of writing plays from the point of view of the director, and the pitfalls and rewards associated with live theater.

Alumnus returns, discusses drama

Mallory Kutnick, Campus Reporter March 22, 2017

Playwright and alumnus Robert Caisley returned to Eastern to talk about his craft and the writing process Wednesday evening. The 1990 theatre arts graduate held a workshop and discussion titled “In...

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