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2016-2017 SEASON

 Dance @ Wright DANCE @ WRIGHT

 September 16-18, 2016

Our season kicks off with a fun, playful, and unique dance performance. We've put together exciting and eclectic lineup of ballet, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance. From light-hearted, comedic styles to moods of pure passion and intensity, all can appreciate the variety of raw emotion highlighted throughout these performances.
Public: $15; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

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 Medea MEDEA
 by Euripides
 Translated by Kenneth McLeish 
 and Frederic Raphael

 September 29-October 4, 2016
Medea's husband, Jason has finally returned home from his quest of the Golden Fleece; however, he has taken a new wife who has Medea and her sons banished.  Medea sets about plotting her revenge and taking charge of her life in a male-dominated world.  Her vengeance results in the new wife’s death and, in an act of ultimate inner-turmoil, the deaths of her sons.  When first performed in 431 BCE, Medea shocked audiences as Euripides not only humanized the gods, but also championed women.  Today, it remains the most frequently performed Greek tragedy for good reason.  Yes, Medea is a criminal, but not without cause.
Public: $15; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

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Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney
Music by Dan Studney

November 17-22, 2016

nspired by the original 1936 film, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex, and violence. You won't be able to resist the spoofy fun of Reefer Madness. This dynamic show will go straight to your head! Reefer Madness is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary. It contains adult humor, religious parody, and drug use, as well as suggested sex and violence.  Parental Advisory.

“A delirious romp, which at its best reaches highs of intoxicating goofiness." - USA Today

"The funniest thing to come down the pike -- or the pipe -- in a while." - Backstage

Public: $17.50; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

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Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Book by Peter Stone

February 23-28, 2017

It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.  The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of musicals.  We see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty, and ultimately determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
Tony Award for Best Musical.

Public: $17.50; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

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 Dance 2017 DANCE 2017

 March 23-28, 2017

A dance concert that’s as diverse as it is entertaining.  Featuring choreography from renowned guest artists and original works by our creative faculty, our talented dance students always provide a show that’s second to none. The diverse range from classical ballet, to bold contemporary, to hot jazz and explosive tap provide a production that is wide ranging and engaging.

Public: $15; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

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by Ken Ludwig

April 20-25, 2017 
We’re backstage at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company awaiting the arrival of the world famous Italian tenor, Il Stupendo, to appear for one night only in Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.  In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, the assistant manager is persuaded to get into costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo.  But when the real star rouses, we have two “Otellos” on stage.  This madcap, screwball comedy will leave you teary-eyed with laughter.

"Nonstop laughter." - Variety

"Uproarious! Hysterical!" - USA Today

5 Tony Award Nominations including Best Play, 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 4 Drama Desk Award nominations, and an Oliver Award nomination for Comedy of the Year.

Public: $15; Current ECU Student/Youth: $10

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Performances of Medea, Reefer  Madness, 1776, Dance 2017, and Lend Me A Tenor take place in the McGinnis Theatre on the ECU campus and are as follows:
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Performances of Dance @ Wright take place in Wright Auditorium on the ECU campus and are as follows:

Sept 16
Sept 17
Sept 17
Sept 18
8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices for ECU School of Theatre events include processing fees and sales tax according to NC General Statue 105-164.4(a)(10).

The ECU/Loessin Playhouse is produced by the East Carolina University, School of Theatre and Dance, an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and recipient of the College/University Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC).