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EAC Theatre Department offering “The Bear” and “No Exit”

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EAC Theatre Department offering “The Bear” and “No Exit”

By Jessica Morgenthaler

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Theatre Arts Department will perform two one-act plays: “The Bear,” by Anton Chekhov, and “No Exit,” by Jean-Paul Sartre. This event will be held March 5-7, at 7:30 p.m. and March 8, at 2 p.m., in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The production is under the direction of EAC theatre instructor, John Rice.

“The Bear” takes place in 1900, at the parlor of Elena Popova, played by Elizabeth Broeder. Other cast members include Riyadh Rollins as Luka, Thomas Duke as Grigory Smirnov, and Lorena Aguire as the second servant. Rice says, “The success of ‘The Bear’ is largely related to the fact that Chekhov modified the genre by creating believable characters, rather than the stock, stereotypical characters which generally populated this kind of comedy. It has remained popular with audiences of all ages for well over a century.”

“No Exit” takes place in an ordinary room in a simple house, in present day. The cast includes Thomas Duke as Joseph Garcin, Elizabeth Broeder as Inez Serrano, Miranda Berry as Estelle Rigaulet, and Riyadh Rollins as The Valet. “This serious drama is one of the more famous plays about the Existentialist movement, which developed after World War II, and the dropping of the atom bomb, which created an atmosphere of fear, futility, and hopelessness throughout the world,” concluded Rice.

Admission for “The Bear” and “No Exit” is $5 per person. Full-time EAC students will be admitted free with student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling EAC’s Ticket Office at (928) 428-8228.