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EIU Department of
Theatre Arts

Current Season

To purchase tickets or learn more about upcoming events, call 217-581-3110, email, or

Ticket prices are:

General: $13.00

EIU Employees: $11.00

Senior: $11.00

Students: $5.00


Music and Lyrics by: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book by: Peter Duchan

Vocal Direction by: Nicholas Provenzale

Orchestra Direction by: Jamie V. Ryan 

Directed by: Anne Thibault

November 10, 11, 12, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.
November 13, 2016 • 2 p.m.
The Theater

It's November 21, 1963.  On the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines embark on one final boys' night out.  But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits.  She rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. 

This 2013 musical mixes doo-wop, country-rock, and lyricism of Sondheim in a dynamic show critics called "poignant, funny, and totally endearing.

Dogfight is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

There will be an audience talkback immediately following the Friday, November 11, 2016 performance. 


By Theresa Rebeck
Featuring guest actor, EIU Alum, Gary Ambler 
Directed by: J. Kevin Doolen

March 1, 2, 3, 4, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
March 5, 2017 • 2 p.m.
Black Box Theater

Seminar theatre poster

In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for a private writing class with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and other flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.  The word play is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy.

"FIVE STARS! Sexy, savvy, and uproarious!" -Time Out New York


Intended for adult audiences.

Seminar is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

There will be an audience talkback immediately following the Friday, March 3, 2017 performance. 


Selkie: Between Land and Sea

By: Laurie Brooks

Directed by: Jean Wolski

April 21, 22, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
April 22, 2017 • 2 p.m.
The Theater

On the wild rocky coast of the islands north of Scotland, it is told 'round the peat fires that the selkies transform into beautiful lasses on Midsummers Selkie posterEve and dance on the beach, celebrating the dual nature of seal people-land and sea.  16-year-old Elin Jean who knows she is different from "the others," is drawn to the forbidden churn of the North Sea, where the islanders' deepest fears are rooted.  As she stands on the threshold of womanhood, Elen Jean discovers a hidden pelt that unlocks a mystery foretold by the selkies and is set on a path to find "the knowin" she desperately seeks.  

The original version of this play was featured at the Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Symposium and New Visions/New Voices at John F. Kennedy Center fro the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and it Won a Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.

This play is suitable for younger audiences.

Youth Theatre Offering

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.




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Department of Theatre Arts

2080 Doudna Fine Arts Cntr.
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3121

Box Office

(217) 581-3110

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