Join EPAC for a special Picnic

September 6 - 15

"PICNIC at EPAC is a Delightful and Heartrending Play"

Kelli Curtin, Theatre Sensation

By William Inge
Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Recommended for Teen and Adult Audiences

"Ephrata Performing Arts Center's 'Picnic' makes a wild summer day seem realistic"

Jenelle Janici, Lancaster Online

Picnic is a Pulitzer prize-winning play by William Inge about life in 1950s Kansas. You never know what will happen at the neighborhood Labor Day picnic, especially when a handsome young drifter comes to town. When the young drifter, Hal Carter, comes to visit his college friend, Alan Seymour, and look for work, Alan’s girlfriend Madge finds herself falling for him. As Flo Owens tries to keep her daughters Madge and Millie away from Hal, it seems that her neighbor Helen Potts is trying to push them together. Alan and Madge aren’t the only couple whose relationship is on the rocks. Schoolteacher Rosemary is balancing keeping her boyfriend Howard at a respectable distance and getting him to pop the question! With all this feminine energy, Hal is really about to shake things up at this small town’s wholesome picnic!

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"'Picnic' at EPAC challenges gender roles and celebrates strong female characters"

Jenelle Janici, Lancaster Online


Join the fun at EPAC and watch as the drifter brings drama to this neighborhood holiday!

"'Picnic' casts new and familiar faces"

Michael C. Upton, The Ephrata Review

Picnic is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Picnic will run from September 6 - 15, at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 717-733-7966 x 1.

EPAC would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who made this show possible.

EPAC's Opening Night Party Sponsor is American Legion, Post 429

EPAC's Opening Night Sponsor is Hall Media Solutions

EPAC’s Show Sponsor is Wendell L. Funk, MD Cosmetic Surgery, Laser & NeoGraft Hair Transplant Center

EPAC's Partial Show Sponsor is Member's First Federal Credit Union

EPAC's 2018 season sponsor is 12:34 MicroTechnologies.

EPAC's 2018 season sponsor is Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA.

EPAC's 2018 season media sponsor is Blue Ridge Communications.

Win a keepsake poster commemorating Picnic

Picnic Show Poster

Now is your chance to purchase an original, limited-edition piece of art to bring theater into your home. A great gift for any budding theater fan, this poster will make a powerful visual statement wherever it is displayed! Each poster is $10 and will be signed and numbered by the artist to verify its authenticity.

Only 50 of these artworks will be produced, so act now to secure a piece of EPAC history that you and your family will cherish for years to come!

Once purchased, your artwork will be available for pickup at the theatre from June 7 to June 16. Shipping is not available. Simply bring your email confirmation of purchase when you come to pick up your poster!

You could be the lucky winner of a limited edition original piece of art signed by the entire cast and crew! Yes, one of these limited pieces will be secured and signed by the entire cast and crew of EPAC's production of Picnic.

This special legacy piece is going to be raffled during the run of Picnic with the drawing to be held closing day, September 15. You need not be present to win! Raffle tickets will be sold 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 8 for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, your home for theater that matters!


Creative Team

Swanson, Michael - Director
Adams, Rob - SM
Eyrich, Keith - Props
Craig, Veronica - Costumes
Janota, Jordan - Set Designer
Wiltraut, Michael - Lighting Designer
Disson, Chris - Sound Designer
Weinhold, Jordon - Composer
Schelling, Steve - TD


Beidler, Willa - Millie
Checchia, Bob - Howard
Corcoran, Tricia - Flo
Deffley, Sean - Alan
DeMers-Hunt, Lynne - Rosemary
Fogleman, Cheri - Christine
Harris, Lisa - Irma
Pattey, Elizabeth - Mrs. Potts
Reimel, Ethan - Bomber
Coan, Taylor - Madge
Swaggerty, Joe - Hal

Picnic is sponsored by:

EPAC's Opening Night Party Sponsor

American Legion, Post 429

Opening Night Sponsor

Hall Media Solutions

EPAC's Show Sponsor

Wendell L. Funk, MD Cosmetic Surgery, Laser & NeoGraft Hair Transplant Center

EPAC's Partial Show Sponsor

Member's First Federal Credit Union

Season Sponsor

12:34 MicroTechnologies.

Season Sponsor

Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA.

Season Media Sponsor

Blue Ridge Communications.



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Box Office
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2018 Season Sponsor
12:34 MicroTechnologies
2018 Season Sponsor
Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA
2018 Season Media Sponsor
Blue Ridge Communications

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