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2021-2022 Season

By Samuel D. Hunter

Bright New Boise
In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls of the Hobby Lobby confront an unyielding world through the beige-tinted impossibility of modern faith. Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise is a earnest comedy about the meager profits of modern faith. 2011 Obie Award Winner for Playwriting. 
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Venue: Black Box
Tickets: $15/$13/$5
By Dominique Morisseau

Blood at the root
A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit ‘67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.
The Broadway Musical
Book by Allan Knee    Music by Jason Howland    Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women
Presented by the EIU Department of Theatre in cooperation with the Department of Music and co-sponsored by the Doudna Fine Arts Center. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
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Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 / 7:30 PM
Friday, March 4th, 2022 / 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 5th, 2022 / 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6th, 2022 / 2:00 PM
Venue: The Theatre
Tickets: $20/$15/$10
LITTLE WOMEN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
By Tanya Everett

Good Enough

A high school Junior prepares to go to college just weeks after his best friend has died. With the help of some irresponsible narrators, his very enthusiastic parents, some frenemies and the ghost of his dead friend, John will try to brave his first weeks of school and prove that he is Good Enough.



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