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Otterbein Theatre & Dance Announces 2017-18 Season

July 31, 2017
Otterbein University

by Neil Simon
Directed by Melissa Lusher
Sept. 21-24 and Sept. 28-30
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m.

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive.


Adding Machine: A Musical
Composed by Joshua Schmidt / Libretto by Jason Loewith & Joshua Schmidt
Based on the play “The Adding Machine” by Elmer Rice
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz
Music Direction by Lori Kay Harvey
Co-produced by the Department of Music
Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 27-28
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.

Darkly comic and heartbreakingly beautiful, “Adding Machine,” a musical adaptation of Elmer Rice’s incendiary 1923 play, tells the story of Mr. Zero, who after 25 years of service to his company is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. In a vengeful rage, he murders his boss. An eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to this stylish and stylized show, which follows Zero in his journey to the afterlife in the Elysian Fields where he is met with one last chance for romance and redemption.

Dance 2017: Move Me
Artistic Direction by Stella Hiatt Kane
Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane, Scott Brown, Anna Elliott, and Christeen Stridsberg
Nov. 16-19
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

A gathering of souls connected together through all of the emotions and experiences that make us human. Story after story, lifetime after lifetime. Move me physically, emotionally to the next place, time and time again, with a resonating and stirring recognition faint in the recesses of memory. The 2017 annual dance concert will feature choreography by Otterbein Theatre & Dance faculty.

The Diary of Anne Frank
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Mark Mineart
Feb. 15-18 and Feb. 21-24
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Book by Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film
Directed by Thomas Warren
Music Direction by Lori Kay Harvey
Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane
Co-produced by the Department of Music
April 5-8 and April 12-14
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule
Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m.
Friday, April 13, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” was the 2002 season’s most awarded new show on Broadway. Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns,” including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.

General Information:

Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season will be available in August for $91 each. The Traditional Season Subscription packages include tickets for “Rumors,” Dance 2017: “Move Me,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Subscribers may include the Studio Production, “Adding Machine: A Musical,” for an additional fee of $25.

Individual tickets for all productions will be available for sale on August 28. Individual ticket prices for “Rumors,” “Dance 2017: Move Me,” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” are $22, and for “Adding Machine: A Musical” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” are $30.

For more information about the 2017-18 season, or to be added to the Otterbein University Theatre mailing list, please call the box office at 614-823-1109. The box office, which will open for regular hours Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. on Aug. 28, is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Information about the current production schedule can be found on the Otterbein website www.otterbein.edu/drama.

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