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ESU Theatre

ESU Theatre has been producing live shows since 1913 making us one of the oldest production programs in the nation. The season of plays is set annually by a committee of students and faculty using a selection rubric that guarantees a rotation of classical works, standards and new plays. We are active participants in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival which encourages the production of new plays. Our students have submitted plays to KCACTF and several have been selected for the regional festival. The community of Emporia supports us through their gifts , their attendance and their support through the Emporia Theatre Guild

Death by Design

by Rob Urbinati

February 26-29

Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife, Sorel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. Several guests arrive unexpectedly – a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a nearsighted ingénue, a zany modern dancer – each with a long-held secret. When one of the guests is murdered, it’s left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid to solve the crime.


(431 BC) tragedy by Euripides

April 22-25

Medea married Jason after helping him to retrieve the golden fleece. But Jason wants to marry the young daughter of Creon, King of Corinth. Creon orders Medea to leave with her children. Medea begs him to stay. The king relents and allows her to stay in Corinth one more day. To punish Jason, Medea poisons the princess and Creon then kills her children and herself.