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Otterbein University Theatre Announces 2012 - 2013 Season

September 6, 2012

Noises Off
By Michael Frayn
Guest Directed by Dan Knechtges
September 27-30, October 4-6
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

With breakneck pace and a rich gallery of characters, Michael Frayn’s brilliantly witty farce, Noises Off, follows the on- and off-stage antics of a mediocre English touring company as they stumble from dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night of their comedic play, Nothing On. Absolutely everything that can go wrong does. Missed cues, broken backstage romances and a very slippery plate of sardines all come together to create this riotous, madcap comedy that will get everyone caught in the act! Directed by Dan Knechtges, class of 1994, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Xanadu and The 23rd Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and directed and choreographed Lysistrata Jones.

Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Melissa Lusher
Choreographed by Lili Froehlich
October 25-27, November 1-3
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St., Westerville

NOTE: This production will contain strong sexual material and adult language.
Adapted from the 1892 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening celebrates the journey from youth to adulthood with unforgettable power, poignancy, and passion. Growing up in repressive 19th-century Germany, teenagers struggle to cope with the complications and confusions of their sexual awakening. This haunting and provocative rock musical is a powerful fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll. Spring Awakening won eight Tony Awards in 2007, including Best Musical.

The Dance Concert: Pulse
Artistic Direction by Stella Hiatt-Kane
December 6-9, 2012
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

It began with the beat of the heart, the snap of the fire, the rhythm of the machine, the blink of the screen, the flash of the text, the buzz of the chip. Once separated, a single light brought us together and with a “finger on the pulse—the techno pulse,” we have discovered each other. A large world has grown smaller by the day: more communication, information, interpersonal connections. The machine has brought us together. Or has it? What it if all disappeared in one sudden moment? What then? The annual dance concert is as a collection of original concept and choreography by the Otterbein Dance faculty.

After the Fall
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Dennis Romer
March 7-10, 14-16, 2013
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Considered one of Arthur Miller's most personal plays, After the Fall is the portrait of a man on a quest to make peace with his own history, struggling with the choices he has made in his life. While the characters in the play are fictional, much of the story is based on Miller's tumultuous relationship with his second wife, Marilyn Monroe. Arthur Miller takes us on a fascinating journey through the inner psyche, exploring how each of us must learn to live, love and survive in our own way, “after the fall.”

Play Festival 2013
Titles TBA
April 4-6, 2013
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W Home St., Westerville

Join us for the first annual Festival, a three-day celebration of student-imagined work. Produced, directed, designed and acted by the majors in the Department of Theatre & Dance, Festival works may include plays, musicals, monologues, songs and dance. The possibilities are endless! Tickets are free for this event; seating is general admission. Stay tuned for more information in January 2013.

How to Succeed In Business without Really Trying
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Directed by Christina Kirk
Choreography by Stella Kane
April 25-28, May 2-4
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S Grove St., Westerville

From the authors of Guys And Dolls comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time, a satire of big business and all it holds sacred. The play follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the boss’ whiny nephew, the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying won seven Tony Awards in 1962, including Best Musical.

Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season are now available for purchase. The traditional season subscription packages include tickets for Noises Off, The Dance Concert: Pulse, After the Fall and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Subscribers may add the Studio Production, Spring Awakening, for an additional fee. Admission to the student-produced Play Festival is free of charge. Season ticket packages cost $80 and individual tickets cost $18-$25, depending on the show.

For more information about the 2012-13 season, or to be added to the Otterbein University Theatre mailing list, please call the box office at 614-823-1109. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville, and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information about the current production schedule can be found through the Otterbein website at www.otterbein.edu/drama.

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