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Elizabethtown College Theatre announces 2011-2012 season

May 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Comedies headline this year’s stage productions

Elizabethtown College Theatre recently announced its 2011-2012 season. Tickets for the season’s line up of comedies are $6 each. College productions take place in Elizabethtown’s Tempest Theatre. E-town Shorts Fest tickets are $4. For tickets or information call 717-361-1170 or email

First on the Tempest Theatre stage is “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” a play by Tom Stoppard. Taking place at 8 p.m. Oct. 27, 28 and 29; at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 4; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 6, Stoppard’s tragicomic tells the story of “Hamlet” from backstage — from the perspective of Shakespeare’s schoolmates Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Equal parts early film comedy, existential farce and classic tragedy, the play traces the journey of these two characters, as they struggle to avoid the inevitability of the Bard’s tragic conclusion.

The “E-town Shorts Fest IV” takes the stage at 8 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 19. The event features features 10-minute plays directed by students in the College’s TH320 Directing class.

In the Theatre’s next offering, “From Up Here,” Kenny Barrett did something serious – something almost deadly — that has everyone worried. On stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17, 2012; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2012, this dramatic comedy by Liz Flahive watches as Barrett wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed.

At home, his mother is struggling with a rocky second marriage and a surprise visit from her estranged sister. “From Up Here,” is a play about a family limping out the door in the morning and coming home, no matter what.

“Lysistrata” is on the Tempest Theatre stage at 8 p.m. April 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27, 2012; and at 2 p.m. April 29.

A comedy by Aristophanes, in a new translation by Nicholas Udall, this famous anti-war play, “Lysistrata” gathers female friends from both sides and presents them with a final option to put an end to years of fighting between their men: a sex strike might just make peace.

But maintaining their chastity in the face of male temptation and outrage proves harder than expected for the women, with hilarious yet wide-reaching consequences. Can a woman triumph where no men could, ensuring peace for generations to come?

In addition to these productions, Elizabethtown College Theatre also will present several senior project presentations through the academic year.

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