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FEATURE PHOTO: ‘The True Cost’ performance

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.

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 Thursday.  Still Point is based in Chicago....

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 different for this production, and Tenille Ulm, an Eastern alumna who is playing Agnes, deserves all...

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 meeting, the council will also hear a report about the selection of the 2019 Faculty Laureate and th...

‘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 about four-year-old Lucy and her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade. The cast has been rehearsing since...

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 the chairs of programs that will be in the new School of Fine and Performing Arts said ther...

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 on Monday of this week, Himes began helping several students compose their own pieces, which will...

“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 to Normal.” The rock musical also delves into the heavy topics of drug use, family loss and...

“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 New York City in the late 1940s. Loman is a salesman who gets demoted from a salary employee to a commissioned...

Alumnus returns, discusses drama

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.

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 a Dark Room, with Strangers.” The discussion focused on the differences between writing for plays...

40 years later, alum returns to Doudna stage

Gary Ambler, right, rehearses his lines for the play “Seminar” in the Black Box Theatre in the Donna Fine Arts Center.

Liz Stephens, City Reporter

February 14, 2017

An Eastern alumnus has come to campus for the first time since graduating to participate in the modern play “Seminar.” Gary Ambler is now a resident of Urbana area and commutes to Charleston for the rehearsals of “Seminar.” It will debut March 1 through March 5 at the Black Box Theatre in...

New play to bring contemporary issues to the stage

The cast members of the play “Seminar” look to Gary Ambler, center, as they rehearse their lines Tuesday afternoon at the Black Box Theatre in Doudna Fine Arts Center. The cast rehearses six days a week in preparation for the play that begins on March 1.

Liz Stephens, City Reporter

January 25, 2017

The cast and crew of the play “Seminar” is hoping to expose its audience to a more contemporary play March 1-5 at the Black Box in Doudna. Director Kevin Doolen said the author of the play, Theresa Rebeck, speaks about women’s issues like the roles of women in society and in the workplace. “I...

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