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Main Stage Performances

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Based on a story by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall

April 14-17, 2016

This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850's as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

A heart-felt musical with large dance numbers and endearing characters, this rip-roaring musical ran on Broadway for over 1500 performances before inspiring an Academy award nominated movie starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.

Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics
Winner! 1978 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music
Nominee! 1979 Tony Award, Best Musical
Nominee! 1979 Tony Award, Best Book of a Musical

"Utterly charming, lively and genial." New York Daily News
"Humorous and good natured." New York Post

Event held at the ECPA
General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10

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Little Theatre

No Sex Please, We're British
No Sex Please, We're British

No Sex Please, We're British
By Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot


A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband, who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man's mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending of closed or slamming doors. This farce ran in London's West End for over eight years.


Student Fully Produced Show(s)

April 22-24, 2016 | 10:10 PM
April 29-May 1, 2016 | 10:10 PM

The final step for student written plays. This will be a fully produced version of the show, including set, costumes, props, sound and lighting.

Event held at the ECPA
Free Admission

Theatre Arts Program

SHU Improv

April 28, 2016 at 10:10pm | 10:10 PM

Join TAP's own Improv troupe - the Pioneer Players - for a make-it-up-as-we-go night of hilarious gags and games. Like the long-running hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway, the night consists of a series of games in which our student performers get themselves in funny situations live, as comedy ensues.

Event held at the ECPA
$3 in advance $5 at door

SHU Coffeehouse

April 27, 2016 | 10:10 PM

TAP's Coffee House is a space for open expression; whether it is poetry, a monologue, or a song. Join us for a warm beverage and insight into the creativity of our student body.

Event held at the ECPA Atrium
Free Admission

TAP subscribers save more — A Theatre Arts Program subscription lets you choose three performances to attend and receive your tickets at a discounted price! Save over 30% and support our growing Theatre Arts Program. All seats are completely exchangeable for another TAP performance up to three days prior to the originally chosen performance. To learn more or start your subscription please contact the box office at (203) 371-7908.