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2023-2024 Production Season

Fall 2023: DRACULA

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Adapted by Neil LaBute                     

October 31-November 4, 2023

Directed by Mike Heather                  

McKenzie Theater

In this masterful adaptation, Neil LaBute brings a rich theatricality and his provocative way with language and story to the world of Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, and his beloved Mina—this time, with very much a mind of her own—infusing the classic gothic tale of terror, obsession, and pathos with a modern edge. Chilling yet stylish in its atmosphere, dark yet deeply human in its emotional impact, Neil LaBute’s Dracula: A Thriller in 2 Acts is a tribute to both LaBute’s dramatic vision and the timelessness of Stoker’s novel.

Winter 2024: DEATHTRAP

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Written by Ira Levin                           

December 8-10, 2023

Directed by Logan Flynn                   

Schwarz Theater

Sidney Bruhl hasn’t written a hit play for 18 years when he receives a script from a former student that’s a guaranteed success. Sydney’s wife, Myra, suggests the two men could collaborate; Sidney jokes that it’d be just as easy to murder the young man and steal the script for his own. When Clifford arrives later that evening, no one–not even the visiting psychic–could predict where the dark events of the night will go. Who is innocent? Who only seems that way?  Is anyone really safe when a man sees a clean shot at success?

Spring 2024: MACBETH *

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Written by William Shakespeare        

April 11th-13th at 7pm
April 14th at 2pm

Directed by Grant Turner

Schwarz Theater

A brave Scottish general, Macbeth receives a prophecy from witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders the king and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

*Produced in cooperation of The Elgin Opera House and the Opera House Shakespeare Company

Spring 2024: Urban / Rural Theatre Project

Written by Sarah Greenman

April 26-28th at 7pm

McKenzie Theater

The Urban/Rural Theatre Project is a collaboration between Sarah Greenman, Jack Greenman, Eastern Oregon University, the Rural Engagement and Vitality (REV) Center at EOU, Lewis & Clark College, and the Wallowa Resource Center. We are also working with Narrative 4, a global organization that connects people across difference using storytelling as it’s key tool.

Sarah Greenman is on a mission to collect and tell true verbatim stories that excavate and deepen our collective understanding of the “urban rural divide” in the state of Oregon. The goal of the project is to give voice to unheard narratives, honor the stories of those interviewed, and invite audiences into a deeper conversation about community and connection, myth and lived experience, harm and progress as it pertains to the “urban-rural divide”.

Spring 2024: SHE LOVES ME

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Music by Jerry Bock & Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick    

Date Pending

Directed by Kenn Wheeler                 

Location Pending

She Loves Me is a euphoric romantic comedy with a soaring score. Amalia and Georg work together at a Hungarian perfumery, and have disliked each other from the very beginning. He thinks she’s stuck up, and she thinks he’s arrogant and mean. But each rapturously writes to a lonely-hearts pen pal (each other), and it doesn’t take long for the audience to see that they’re in love without realizing it. Inevitably, Georg and Amalia discover the truth as well and rejoice in their love for each other at the story’s sweet and musically delightful conclusion.