Experimental Theater Board

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    Experimental Theater Board

Who Are We?

The Experimental Theater Board (ETB) is Carleton's non-musical, non-departmental student theater group. ETB coordinates and funds theatrical productions, with Carleton students participating in every artistic and technical capacity. ETB's elected board of officers manage the use of Carleton's 96-seat black box venue, Little Nourse Theater.


How Many Shows Are Put Up Each Term?

ETB generally produces two to four full-length plays per term.  In the spring, ETB produces the 24-Hour Show, a series of short plays written, produced, and performed within a 24-hour period. ETB serves as the umbrella organization for many other student performing arts groups with regards to performance space. Groups under the ETB's umbrella include:

Student Musical Theater: SMT selects and organizes student produced musical productions every year.

Lenny Dee Players: Carleton's sketch comedy troupe! This group provides students with an outlet to write, perform, and enjoy the high art of sketch comedy. Lenny Dee performs at least once a term, in addition to the Freshman Comedy Show & Accepted Students Weekend. Each show is completely student written, acted, and directed. The group holds auditions at the beginning of every Fall term.

Cujokra: The improv comedy troupe at Carleton! Cujokra has about two shows per term, and are available for performance at other events. Auditions are held at the beginning of the year each Fall term.

Queens of Comedy: The stand-up comedy troupe on Carleton's campus! Queens has two to three shows a term and occasionally hosts open mic nights at the Cave. Official auditions occur at the beginning of every Fall term, but you can also use the open mic nights as a platform to audition (when confirmed with the group's directors).


Upcoming Shows:

5th Weekend: The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, directed by Will Josowitz '21

Museum guard Adam's life is going nowhere. One day at work, he intervenes to stop Evelyn from defacing a statue and, intrigued by each other, the pair start dating. Adam's best friends, Jenny and Phillip, notice changes in him and start to question Evelyn's influence. Slowly, the relationships and loyalties between the four become more strained until they're stretched to a breaking point.

6th Weekend: Horse Girls by Jenny Rachel Weiner, directed by Caroline Boroughs '20

BoYz may come and Go, bUt hOrSes aRe 4ever... Twelve-year-old Ashleigh rules the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida's most exclusive horse club. News that her family's stables are being sold and their horses killed for meat throws the Ladies into crisis in this dark comedy of middle school deception and lies.

7th Weekend: Victorian Youth by Tom Teeter '21, directed by Tom Teeter '21

Friendship, class, and love clash in this coming of age drama as two friends consider the beginning and end of their relationship.

8th Weekend: Almost Maine by John Cariani, directed by Jamie North '21

It is a cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter in Almost, Maine. This evening however, something is different. The residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend--almost--- in this magically real midwinter night's dream.

9th Weekend: Ghost Quartet by Dave Malloy, directed by Alli Palmbach '21, music-directed by Eve Chesivoir '21

A cyclical musical about love, death, and story-telling. A camera breaks and four friends weave an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk.