Monday, November 5, 2018

Julius Caesar To End ECU SCREENS Fall Season


ECU SCREENS will wrap up the fall season with a National Theatre Live production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

Open to the public, tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for ECU students.

The fast-paced, modern-dress drama follows Caesar as he returns in triumph to Rome. Alarmed by the autocrat's popularity, an educated élite conspires to assassinate him. When they do, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner's production thrusts the audience into the street party that greets Caesar's return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. The production stars Shakespearean veteran Ben Whishaw as Brutus, Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) as Cassius, and David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) as Caesar.

The Daily Telegraph describes the show as "A star-studded political cataclysm for our times." A review from the Sunday Times notes that it is "Noisy, visceral, ferociously paced and lethally pertinent' and adds that "this really is a Shakespeare for the 21st century."

The runtime is 2 hours and 15 minutes and does not include an intermission. This production may not be suitable for small children as it contains violent scenes and gunshots.

ECU SCREENS expects to recommence next January with NT Live's widely praised production of Shakespeare's King Lear, starring Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men).

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. ECU SCREENS will continue presenting NT Live productions in the spring.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page. For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and the NT Live screenings, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu for more information.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Macbeth to Haunt ECU SCREENS


On the night before Halloween, ECU SCREENS will present a National Theatre Live production of William Shakespeare’s witch-haunted drama Macbeth on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 PM in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

Open to the public, tickets cost $10. ECU SCREENS is sponsoring free admission for ECU students.

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy features Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff in their return to the National Theatre as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The drama is set in the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, in a ravaged, dystopia where everyone is ruthlessly fighting to survive. Without a setting specific to a time or place, the show explores the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

Kinnear is described as “fantastically playful” and “dangerously funny” by his co-star, Duff. Kinnear himself notes that in this play, Shakespeare is “always seducing the audience to the dark side; it’s the blackest desire within him that summons up the greatest poetry” (The Economist).

Macbeth’s runtime of 2 hours and 30 minutes includes one intermission, during which ECU SCREENS will be providing free ice cream to audience members. Please note this production contains violent scenes. It has been rated "12A" by the British Board of Film Classification and may not be suitbale for small children.

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. Following Macbeth, ECU SCREENS will be presenting NT Live’s production of Julius Caesar at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6th.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page. For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and other NT Live screenings, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Curious Incident Launches ECU SCREENS Season 5


ECU SCREENS opens its fifth season with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. Open to the public, the screening is $10 for members of the community. ECU SCREENS will be sponsoring free admission for ECU students.

Captured live from the National Theatre in London, this critically acclaimed production is based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon. Directed by Marianne Elliot (Angels in America, War Horse), The Curious Incident has astonished audiences around the world and has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards®, including Best Play.

At the opening of the play, Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears’s dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Praised as “funny and extremely moving” by the Daily Telegraph, this production is deemed “a perfect theatrical marriage of performance and effect” by The Times of London Luke Treadaway’s performance in the lead role is singled out as “astonishing” by Time Out London.

Curious Incident’s 2-hour-and-30 minute running time includes one intermission. ECU SCREENS will continue its tradition of serving audience members with free ice cream during the intermission.
Please be advised this production contains strobe lighting effects.

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. Following the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, ECU SCREENS will be presenting NT Live’s production of two classics by William Shakespeare: Macbeth at 7:00 on Tuesday, October 30th and Julius Caesar at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page. For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and the NT Live screenings, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to end ECU SCREENS Season


To wrap up its spring season, ECU SCREENS is presenting a recorded-live production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? on Friday, May 4, at 6:30 pm in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

This new production of Edward Albee’s emotionally charged drama, recorded live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, stars Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as Martha and George.

In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple is drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

The New York Times describes this new production as “the most searing London account of Edward Albee’s 1962 theatrical landmark” and says “the audience hangs on both sparring partners’ every breath.” The Guardian exclaims “This is one of those rare occasions when play, performance and production perfectly coalesce” and points out the play’s exploration of “the slipping between truth and illusion.” According to The Independent, it is the “most high-energy and the funniest version” of Albee’s classic.

General admission tickets are $10. Admission is $5 for ECU students. Tickets may be purchased at the door. This presentation is for mature audiences. Running time is three hours.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented by ECU SCREENS, whose mission is to bring memorable cinematic experiences to ECU, Ada, and the surrounding communities. ECU SCREENS is supported by the ECU Foundation, the Cultural Activities Committee, and the Department of English and Languages, and it relies on work provided by student volunteers from Sigma Tau Delta (ECU’s English Honors Society) and ECU’s Honors Student Association.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit ecuscreens.blogspot.com. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

ECU Showtime Sings for Your Supper



ECU SCREENS and ECU Showtime are collaborating to provide the community with an evening of feasting and song on Saturday, April 28th in the Bill S. Cole University Center. At 6 pm, ticket holders will be served a dinner featuring their choice of chicken fried steak or baked chicken, while ECU’s most talented singers perform favorite show tunes ranging from Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest” to a medley from the recent film musical sensation The Greatest Showman. Other musical highlights will include ensemble, solo, and duet performances from Annie, Dear Even Hansen, The Book of Mormon, Dream Girls, The Wizard of Oz, Something Rotten, Mamma Mia, Dog Fight and The Phantom of the Opera.

After dessert, diners will be escorted to the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center for ECU SCREENS’s latest presentation: a recorded live presentation of the legendary musical Follies, by Academy-, Tony-, Grammy, and Olivier-Award winning composer and lyricist Steven Sondheim (Sweeney Todd; Into the Woods).

Staged for the first time at London’s National Theatre, this dazzling new production of Follies features an orchestra of 21 and a cast of 37, starring Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films).

Follies is set in New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre the day before the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

The musical earned 5-star reviews from The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Observer, Time Out, Independent, Financial Times, Mail on Sunday, Metro, and The Stage, and on April 8th, it won the 2018 Olivier for Best Musical Revival, Britain’s most prestigious award for excellence in professional theatre.

The New York Times review of the production raves, “One listens in wonder. The score is so rich that no sooner has a certain number registered as a favorite, another comes along to supersede it.” “It’s a case of knockout after knockout,” according to The Independent. “The hairs on the back of my neck were begging for mercy for they got barely a moment’s peace.” Time Out summarizes its review this way: “Follies is an elegiac, eloquent work about age and disappointment, about the agonizing clash between the fires of youth and the pragmatism of late middle age. It is about illusion and reality, razzle-dazzle and darkness. And it pierces both heart and brain in Dominic Cooke’s towering revival.”

Running time for Follies is 150 minutes and the production includes strobe lighting.

Tickets to “We’ll Sing for Your Supper” are $25, and they include dinner and admission to Follies. Tickets may be purchased online at alumni.ecok.edu/event/ecuscreens.

Ticket must be purchased by Thursday, April 19th

 All profits from ticket sales will be donated to ECU Showtime, whose current members include: Kashaun Barber (Stratford), Keegan Buckaloo (Sallisaw), Annabelle Elliott (Ada), Nicole Erwin (Ada), Megan Green (Pauls Valley), Deborah Johnson (Nassau City, Bahamas), Zana Johnson (Kinta), Kaci Kennedy (Ardmore), Cassidy Malm (Noble), Ashton Mayle (Eufala), Philip Newcomer (Ada), Juan Oseguera (Ada), Taylo Packwood (Shawnee), Eddie Power (Byng), Isabella Roan (Garland, Texas), Malik Sharp (Shawnee), Zach Smith (Tulsa), Bessie-Mei Soh (Singapore), Shelby Stinson (Poteau), Katherine Wallace (Little Axe), and Jace Westmoland (Byng).

General admission to Follies is $10, and admission is $5 for ECU students. These tickets may be bought at the door on the night of the performance.

Follies is presented by ECU SCREENS, whose mission is to bring memorable cinematic experiences to ECU, Ada, and the surrounding communities. ECU SCREENS is supported by the ECU Foundation, the Cultural Activities Committee, and the Department of English and Languages, and it relies on work provided by student volunteers from Sigma Tau Delta (ECU’s English Honors Society) and ECU’s Honors Student Association.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS and the spring schedule, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit ecuscreens.blogspot.com. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Young Marx screening rescheduled for February 28th


Because the ECU campus closed today at noon due to potentially hazardous road conditions, our screening of "Young Marx" has been postponed until next Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30. We hope to see you then!

And come at 6 to talk to students about their prize-winning Spectre of Marx conference submissions!