Tuesday, November 26, 2019

December 3 at 7: Fleabag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag. Photo by Mark Humphrey.
ECU SCREENS finishes its fall season with Fleabag, the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the hit BBC/Netflix series starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM. The screening will be in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. The recorded live production is open to the public and tickets are $10 for community members. Tickets for ECU students are $5.

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at “some sort of woman” living her “sort of life.” Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, Fleabag has been deemed a “legitimately hilarious show” by the New Yorker. Other reviews agree that Phoebe Waller-Bridge is “funny, vibrant and blunt as a hammerhead” (New York Magazine), and her storytelling is “quirky and original” (Guardian).

The runtime for Fleabag is 67 minutes. The BBFCA has given the production a rating of 15—higher than “PG-13,” but not an “R” rating—as the play contains strong language, sex references, references to sexual harassment.

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. ECU SCREENS will open its spring season with William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King Richard the Second on January 17th at 6:30 PM.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page. For more information about the National Theatre in Great Britain and the National Theatre Live screenings, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Steve Benton, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5877 or sbenton@ecok.edu. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November 5 at 2 pm: I'm Not Running

Siân Brooke and Alex Hassell in I'm Not Running. Photo by Mark Douet.
ECU SCREENS commemorates the electoral season with I’m Not Running on Tuesday, November 5th at 2:00 PM in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. The recorded live production is open to the public and tickets are $10 for community members. ECU students receive free admission, sponsored by ECU SCREENS.

I’m Not Running is an explosive new political drama that explores personal choices and their public consequences, written by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare. Siân Brooke (BBC Sherlock, BBC Doctor Foster) stars as Pauline Gibson, a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) to becoming an independent Member of Parliament. As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, which has never had a woman as its leader, she faces an agonizing decision.

The Washington Post declared Hare “the premiere political dramatist writing in English.” Set in an alternative present of the United Kingdom, the play “hits political bullseyes” (Guardian) and is “a passionate, fluent production” (Independent).

The runtime is 2 hours and 47 minutes and includes an intermission, when free ice cream will be served to audience members. The production has a BBFC rating of 12A, the equivalent of PG-13 in the U.S., as the play contains strong language.

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

ECU SCREENS will continue its season with Fleabag, the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM.

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 National Theatre Live screenings, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Steve Benton, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5877 or sbenton@ecok.edu.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October 9 at 6:30: Antony and Cleopatra

ECU SCREENS continues our fall season with William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30 PM in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

The recorded live stage production is open to the public. General admission tickets are $10; tickets for ECU students are $5.

Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter, Schindler’s List) and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, A Raisin in the Sun) play the fated couple in Shakespeare’s tragedy of politics, passion and power. In the aftermath of Julius Caesar’s assassination, General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But Antony and the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra have fallen fiercely in love. Having neglected his political duties while in Egypt, Antony returns to Rome, to attempt to restore his political position. But he is torn between his duty to Rome and his devotion to Cleopatra, and his actions spark a war that threatens to destroy their love.

Director Simon Godwin’s modern dress production features a huge revolving set, live snakes and gorgeous costumes. Time Out praised the production as “slick, stylish and action-packed." Other reviewers have noted that Fiennes and Okonedo “offer blazing star power” (Independent) and “are simply terrific as the lovers who tempt fate one too many times” (The Times).

The runtime is 3 hours and 40 minutes and includes an intermission, when audience members will be served free ice cream. The production has a BBFC rating of 12A, the equivalent of PG-13 in the U.S.

National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

ECU SCREENS will continue its season with a new, timely political drama I’m Not Running on Tuesday, November 3rd at 2:00 PM.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page.

For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and National Theatre Live screenings, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Steve Benton, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5877 or sbenton@ecok.edu.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

All About Eve Launches Season 6 for ECU SCREENS

Lily James and Gillian Anderson in All About Eve
ECU SCREENS launches its sixth season with All About Eve on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. The recorded live performance is open to the public, and tickets are $10 for community members. ECU students receive free admission, sponsored by ECU SCREENS.

All About Eve offers a timeless glimpse into our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity. At the center of the action is Margo Channing, a legendary theatre star, and her relationship with Eve, an aspiring actress and Margo’s biggest fan.

Internationally renowned director Ivo van Hove’s production stars Gillian Anderson (X-Files, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). London theatre critics report that Anderson “delivers and acting masterclass” (Financial Times) that “combines irresistible allure and drop-dead wit” (Independent).

Originally authored by Mary Orr, the female-led story has been re-told in multiple formats since its publication in short story form as “The Wisdom of Eve” in a 1946 issue of Cosmopolitan. Orr adapted the story for radio for a 1949 broadcast, which led to a 1950 film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The film produced a record four Academy Award nominations for its lead and supporting actresses, including featured star Bette Davis, who uttered the now iconic cinematic warning: “Fasten your seatbelts: it’s going to be a bumpy night.” The story also served as inspiration for the 1970 musical Applause and a 2008 episode of The Simpsons titled “All About Lisa.”

The runtime is 2 hours with no interval. The production has a BBFC rating of 15, as the play contains strong language. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. ECU SCREENS will continue its season with National Theatre Live productions of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30 PM, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, and David Hare’s explosive new political drama I’m Not Running on Tuesday, November 5th at 2:00 PM.

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. Steve Benton, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5877 or sbenton@ecok.edu.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

April 26 at 6:30: Allelujah!

In East Central University's Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill S. Cole University Center.

ECU SCREENS wraps up their spring season with a new comedy by Alan Bennett. Allelujah! will screen on Friday, April 26th at 6:30 PM in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center. It is open to the public and the cost is $10 for community members. ECU students receive free admission, sponsored by ECU SCREENS.

Allelujah! is a hilarious, satirical drama centered on a small hospital at risk of closure due to budget constraints. A documentary crew helps the hospital fight for survival by following the daily struggles at the hospital. Alan Bennett, who is 84 years old, focuses the play on the geriatric ward and the “old people’s choir.” The play is “subversively political” (The Guardian) but also “leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness” (Independent).

The characters each have their own method for keeping the hospital open. They include Samuel Barnett as Colin, a government consultant who argues “The state should not be seen to work. If the state is seen to work, we shall never be rid of it.” Deborah Findlay, as Sister Gilchrist, takes a more direct approach to making more hospital beds available. Sacha Dhawan plays an immigrant doctor with genuine concern for the patients’ well-being, but he is facing his own crisis as the end of his student visa puts him at risk for deportation.

The runtime is 2 hours and 30 minutes and includes an interval, when ECU SCREENS will serve free ice cream to audience members. The production has a BBFC rating of “15,” as the play contains strong language. NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world.

The next ECU SCREENS event on Wednesday, July 3rd at 6:30 pm will be The Madness of George III, also written by Alan Bennett.

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page. For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and National Theatre 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.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

March 29 at 6:30: Julie

In East Central University's Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill S. Cole University Center.