Dear Students,Colleagues and Friends, The 2017-2018 production season marks the third and final year of our current Master of Fine Arts student cohort, offers numerous opportunities for our talented undergraduates and welcomes a new faculty director to our department.
PHOTO: One Man, Two Guvnors, Autumn 2016
This year, our Master of Fine Arts in Acting program has two capstone experiences focused on performergenerated new work. The MFA Acting Outreach and Engagement Project in November features a world premiere developed in partnership with local veterans and their families. The piece promises to explore the dynamics and sacrifices made by our military families both today and in the past, through humor and pathos. In the spring, each individual MFA actor creates a solo work to be shared in the April Solo Festival. The nine MFA actors’ solos give insight into each student’s individual passion and performance skill set and celebrates their personal academic journeys. The nine solo pieces are performed in repertoire on alternating nights. We hope you choose to see all nine graduate actors perform on the Bowen stage, one last time. Our talented undergraduates will open our season with Comedy of Errors with the initial performances at CAPA’s Lincoln Theatre. They will then take it on tour to more than 14 elementary,
middle and high schools throughout central Ohio. On the main stage, Marisol takes a unique look at homelessness and societal breakdown; while Execution of Justice explores a timely event in our justice system … remember the “Twinkie defense.” These large cast productions create many student opportunities and become launching points for significant conversations in a variety of our classes. Execution of Justice also marks the Ohio State directorial debut of Assistant Professor Thomas Dugdale, who joins us from Texas. Tom was selected to become part of our faculty after an extensive international search. We look forward to him sharing his artistry and talent beyond the classroom with all of you. The “Raw Theatre” production of Dog Act removes nearly all design and technology
support, enabling the audience to truly focus on each actorâ€™s portrayal and the playwrightâ€™s text. Playwright Liz Duffy Adams challenges us to imagine a postapocalyptic world and the challenges of successfully navigating life in the future. Student work on both stage and screen is also featured in our annual DigiEYE: Film/Video Screening, held at the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater and our Lab Series held in the New Works Lab of Drake Performance Center. These performances and screenings feature creativity at the highest level as our early career artists stretch themselves to tell effective stories, emotionally connect with audiences, and learn firsthand about what it takes to be an artist.
We are proud to offer a wide variety of original and re-imagined works that embody our dedication to the nurturing of emerging artists and scholars. I look forward to seeing you in our classes, as part of our audiences and on our stages. Thank you for your support,
Janet Parrott Chair Department of Theatre
Ohio State Shakespeare School Tour: Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare
Adapted for Young Audiences by Aubrey Helene and Eric Brinkman (PhD students) Co-Directed by Aubrey Helene and Eric Brinkman LINCOLN THEATRE, 769 E. LONG ST. FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 AT 10 AM AND 7:30 PM SATURDAY, SEPT. 30 AT 3 PM AND 7:30 PM SUNDAY, OCT. 1 AT 3 PM
Comedy of Errors is believed to be one of Shakespeare’s earlier written plays, a humorous comedy about separated family and mistaken identity. This 60-minute version is intended to introduce young audiences to the joys of Shakespeare and his language. Ohio State Theatre returns to the Lincoln Theatre following the success of last year’s Macbeth. In association with CAPA and The Arts Initiative at Ohio State.
By José Rivera Directed by Beth Kattelman
PHOTO: Macbeth, Autumn 2016
THURBER THEATRE WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25 - FRIDAY, OCT. 27 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, OCT. 29 AT 3 PM WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1 - SATURDAY, NOV. 4 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, NOV. 5 AT 3 PM
Winner of the 1993 Obie Award, this poetry-infused apocalyptic play follows Marisol Perez as she navigates the war-torn city that was New York. The angels have left to fight a war in heaven and all of Earth will suffer until the people rise up to join the fight.
MFA Acting Outreach and Engagement Project ROY BOWEN THEATRE WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 - THURSDAY, NOV. 9 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, NOV. 12 AT 3 PM AND 7:30 PM TUESDAY, NOV. 14 - FRIDAY, NOV. 17 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, NOV. 19 AT 3 PM AND 7:30 PM
The actors of the Department of Theatreâ€™s Master of Fine Arts in Acting program will create a new devised work based on their experience working with veterans and their families.
PHOTO: Forbidden Zones: The Great War, Spring 2017
Raw Theatre – Dog Act By Liz Duffy Adams Co-Directed by Mandy Fox and Joe Kopyt (MFA acting student) ROY BOWEN THEATRE THURSDAY, FEB. 15 - SATURDAY, FEB. 17 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, FEB. 18 AT 3 PM TUESDAY, FEB. 20 - SATURDAY, FEB. 24 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, FEB. 25 AT 3 PM
A post-apocalyptic vaudeville, Dog Act follows Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog, a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion, as they walk through the wilderness of the former Northeast U.S. with their little troupe. They are heading toward a gig in China, if they can find it — and if they can survive to reach it.
DigiEYE: Film/Video Screening WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS FILM/VIDEO THEATER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 AT 7 PM FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The 7th annual screening will present an evening of original live action and animated moving image shorts created by students from the Departments of Theatre, Art and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.
Execution of Justice By Emily Mann Directed by Tom Dugdale THURBER THEATRE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 - SATURDAY, APRIL 7 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, APRIL 8 AT 3 PM TUESDAY, APRIL 10 - FRIDAY, APRIL 13 AT 7:30 PM This docudrama on the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected public official in the country, is based on court transcripts and public record dramatizing trial of this controversial case. Focus is on accused killer Dan White, a disgruntled former city supervisor and on the jury that chose to convict him not of coldblooded murder but manslaughter, which became known as the notorious “Twinkie defense.”
MFA Acting Solo Festival ROY BOWEN THEATRE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 - FRIDAY, APRIL 13 AT 7:30 PM
PHOTO: Heathers, The Musical, Spring 2017
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 AT 3 PM TUESDAY, APRIL 17 - SATURDAY, APRIL 21 AT 7:30 PM SUNDAY, APRIL 22 AT 3 PM As the final project for the Department of Theatre’s three-year Master of Fine Arts in acting program, each of the nine students will share their artistry with an original solo project. Using a festival atmosphere in Roy Bowen Theatre, the students will share new comtemporary work. The nine solo pieces are performed in repertoire on alternating nights. Visit our website in February for performance descriptions and schedule.
STUDENT WORKS The Lab Series NEW WORKS LAB Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The Lab Series is a student-driven, department-nurtured production series. Productions can occur in a variety of campus spaces, including the New Works Lab. Emphasis is on innovative work that functions on a zero budget model. The pieces presented will include a mix of student-written pieces, new renderings of classic or obscure works, and community-building events. Visit theatre.osu.edu/labseries for more information.
PHOTO: Romeo and Juliet, Autumn 2016
Sept. 11-12 Tales from Retail Written and directed by Dakota Drown (BA theatre and international studies) Sept. 25-26 8: A Staged Reading By Dustin Lance Black Directed by Bella Vince (BA English education) Oct. 9-10 Screw You Danny Turek, I Wrote a Play Written and directed by Sara Stone (BS molecular genetics)
Oct. 23-24 Hot ‘n’ Throbbing By Paula Vogel Directed by Shannon Savard (MA theatre) Nov. 6-7 Gruesome Playground Injuries By Rajiv Joseph Directed by Aviva Neff (PhD theatre)
Nov. 20-21 Predicament Written and directed by Michaela Burke (BA theatre and communication) Dec. 4-5 Red Room Written and directed by Abby Stoutenborough (BA theatre)
PHOTO: Forbidden Zones: The Great War, Spring 2017
Autumn (On-Sale 9/6/17) Spring (On-Sale 1/16/18)
Comedy of Errors (On-Sale 9/6/17)
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SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE! Save over 20 percent by purchasing a flexible Season Voucher — that’s like getting two tickets for free! Exchange the voucher any way you wish during our 2017 - 2018 season. Each voucher can be exchanged for six tickets for any show. Get two tickets for three performances or get one ticket for each of six different performances ... your choice!
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photo: An Enemy of the People, Autumn 2015
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COVER IMAGE: Forbidden Zones: The Great War, Spring 2017 Production photography by Matthew J. Hazard
PHOTO: Romeo and Juliet, Autumn 2016
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