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Educational Theater has created and presented 14 original plays in its 14-year history.   In 2001, the theater began with two original plays, "No Answer" and "Thanksgiving" and a new format especially designed for students of English as a Second Language.  The next season (2002), the theater added a new play "Mr. Edward's Appointment," which continued in repertory with "No Answer."

     In 2003, we  created, developed, and presented "Socrates on Trial" adapted from Plato's dialogues. Students were given ballots as they entered the theater, and voted on Socrates' guilt or innocence. In 2004, "Socrates on Trial" was performed at day schools, high schools, and colleges, as well as in the theater.  In 2005 , the theater presented two new plays, "Father Dearest: the Story of Galileo" and Bernard Malamud's "The Magic Barrel."

     In 2006, we adapted two more Malamud short stories, "Benefit Performance" and "Idiots First." In 2007, we performed "No Answer," and two new plays, "The Cafe" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" adapted from the Hemingway's short story. That season, we also presented "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" and "Socrates on Trial ESL."

   In 2009-2010, the theater developed and presented an original adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." In 2010, the theater created a stage adaptation of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis."  

  In 2010-2011, the theater adapted and develop an original adaptation of Cathedral based on Raymond Carver's short story.

  In 2012-2013, ETNY has adapted from Aldous Huxley The Gioconda Smile a short story.  In December 2013  ETNY acquired the Richmond Shepard Theatre and has renamed it Clarion Theatre, now our permanent home.

In the fall of 2014 we added two original world premiere productions, based on two short stories by Katherine Mansfield "Bliss and The Garden Party" adapted and directed by Barbara Bregstein.

Our work is ongoing, searching for material that is not only interesting, but  challenging for the actors and the audiences as well.

We thank you for your support throughout these 14 years.

ETNY at  Clarion Theatre 309 East 26th Street New York, NY 10010 

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