Introducing the Electric Theatre Company

The Arts — By on June 23, 2008 at 10:08 am

Northeast Theatre logoScranton’s premier theater company, The Northeast Theatre, will soon be changing its name and website.

Effective July 1, The Northeast Theatre will become Electric Theatre Company. The name change, according to producing artistic director, David Zarko, will help identify the theater company its Electric City roots. “For a long time we have wanted a name that said something about our theatrical philosophies, and one that conveyed a stronger sense of our being a Scranton entity.”

“We associate electricity with excitement, light, movement, and warmth,” adds Zarko, “– and Scranton is electric.”Electric Theatre logo

Along with the name change, another significant recent development for the theater company is the establishment of a resident artistic company. Six theatre artists will be employed continuously from August into June as actors, directors, designers, teachers, and staff. Members of the Resident Artistic Company for the 2008-09 season are: Richard Grunn*, James Langan, Conor McGuigan*, Mary Ethel Schmidt*, Heather Stuart*, and David Zarko. (*denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States).

The members of Electric Theatre Company will open their first season (and the Theatre’s seventeenth) on September 20 (previews starting September 17) with “Arms and the Man” by G. B. Shaw, coincidentally the same play that The Northeastern Theatre Ensemble’s first season in 1992. Following Shaw will be the world premiere of “The Men of Mahjong” by Richard Atkins and directed by Tony Award winning playwright Mark Medoff. The show is a co-production with Queens Theatre in the Park, and will move to New York immediately after its Scranton run. The season will continue with six more mainstage events through May 2009.

The theater company’s new web address is www.electrictheatre.org. Some sections of the site are still under construction with all of the elements expected to be in place by July 7.

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