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2016 Otterbein Summer Theatre Season

Individual Tickets on Sale May 16

Brighton Beach Memoirs
By Neil Simon
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz
June 2-5, June 9-11

There’s liver for dinner, holes in his shoes and a war on the horizon, but 15-year-old Eugene Jerome would rather think about baseball…and girls. Surrounded by his overworked mother and father, his wayward brother and a whole houseful of relatives always in the way, Eugene navigates the minefield of adolescence. Hilarious and touching, Eugene’s chronicles of his misadventures growing up in 1930s New York remind us that family is the one constant in the crazy journey of life. Hailed as Neil Simon’s “finest”, “funniest” and “richest” play, this poignant masterwork elevated Simon into the pantheon of great American playwrights.

Invention of Theater

By Sean Murphy (Otterbein Class of 2014)
Directed by Melissa Lusher
June 16-19, June 23-25

“Invention of Theater” follows a small band of characters as they discover how to create a play from scratch. In a comedic send-up of everything from Shakespeare to Mamet, Invention is a play about why theater is such a vital (and strange) element of human nature. Sean Murphy, a graduate of Otterbein University and a former Otterbein Summer Theatre Company Member, is a New York based Actor/Writer, originally from Dallas. His first play, “The Starter,” won the Fringe Favorite award at the 2015 New York Fringe Festival with an entirely Otterbein cast and crew. 

Rodgers and Hammerstein's
A Grand Night for Singing
Music by Richard Rodgers    Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Arrangements by Fred Wells
Orchestration by Michael Gibson and Jonathan Tunick
Conceived by Walter Bobbie
Directed by David Hemsley Caldwell
Musical Direction by Dennis Davenport
Choreography by Stella Kane
July 7-10, July 14-16, July 21-23 

NOTE: Due to the electrical renovation in Cowan Hall, this production will be performed in Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center (the Otterbein University Music Building), 170 W. Park St., Westerville.

Broadway's tribute to the genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein is truly A Grand Night for Singing. This Tony-nominated Best Musical shows how wonderfully timeless their music is! You'll love the sultry Andrews Sisters-esque "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair." Find out "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?," sung by a lovelorn young lad. Take delight in "Shall We Dance?" when it's a comic pas de deux. There are over 30 songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein shows, including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music and Cinderella... It doesn't get any grander than this!

Summer Theatre Box Office

The Otterbein Summer Theatre Box Office is located Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH, 43081. Opening night performances begin at 7:30pm, Sunday and Friday matinees are at 2:00 pm, and all other performances begin at 8:00 pm.

Subscriptions for the 2016 Otterbein Summer Theatre season can be purchased for $75 each through the box office (614-823-1109). Individual tickets will go on sale May 16th and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone or online.

Individual Ticket Prices:

  • Brighton Beach Memoirs: $25
  • Invention of Theater: $25
  • A Grand Night for Singing: $30

For more information about Otterbein Summer Theatre and the 2016 Season, please contact Otterbein University Theatre at 614-823-1109.

Brighton Beach Memoirs and Invention of Theater will be performed ONSTAGE in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Due to the electrical renovation in Cowan Hall, A Grand Night for Singing will be performed in Riley Auditorium of the Battelle Fine Arts Center (the Otterbein University Music building), 195 W. Park St.

Otterbein Summer Theatre Seating Chart

Department of Theatre and Dance

Department Office
M-F: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1657

Box Office
M-F: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
p/ 614.823.1109
e/ boxoffice@otterbein.edu

For general questions about admission and financial aid:
Office of Admission
p/ 614.823.1500
e/ uotterb@otterbein.edu

For questions about BFA Acting and Musical Theatre auditions:
e/ audition@otterbein.edu

For questions about BA, Design/Tech, and Dance Minor admission:
Matt Wolfe, Administrative Assistant
p/ 614.823.1657
e/ mtwolfe@otterbein.edu

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