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Otterbein University Theatre Announces 2015-16 Season

Contact: Jennifer Hill, (614) 823-1284 or jhill@otterbein.edu 
or Elizabeth Saltzgiver, (614) 823-1239 or esaltzgiver@otterbein.edu

July 15, 2015

OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2015-2016 SEASON

Rent
Sept. 24-Oct. 3, 2015
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville 

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Melissa Lusher
Co-produced by the Department of Music

Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La BohèmeRent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. The group’s dreams, losses and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Advisory: This production is recommended for mature audiences due to adult language and themes.

 Much Ado About Nothing
Oct. 22-31, 2015
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St., Westerville

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Christina Kirk

Claudio loves Hero and Hero loves Claudio and nothing seems capable of keeping them apart. Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice loves Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Driven along by a romance all the more charming for being in denial, Much Ado About Nothing is a miracle of comic and dramatic suspense and gives us, in the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, one of Shakespeare’s wittiest, most lovable pair of lovers.

Dance 2015 
Nov. 19-22, 2015
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville
Choreographed by Stella Hiatt Kane

The Dance Concert will be a performance solely choreographed by Stella Hiatt Kane during her spring 2015 sabbatical, a one-act dance theatre piece based on Gottfried Helnwein’s painting “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” which is an American pop reinterpretation of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” depicts Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James Dean and Humphrey Bogart seated in the same lonely late-night diner portrayed in Hopper’s painting, but instead of unnamed individuals, these are American pop icons gathered in the most unlikely of settings—an ordinary and minimalistic diner. They are the “animals” forever behind the glass, unable to escape their iconic personas. It will be their thoughts and reflections, portrayed through the actors’ physical text behind the glass diner that will spark the dance work outside of the glass.

Is He Dead?
Feb. 18-27, 2016
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Adapted by David Ives / Based on a play by Mark Twain
Directed by the new full-time faculty member

The most hilarious circumstance of cross-dressing since Charley’s Aunt, Is He Dead? comes to the Otterbein stage after a 2007 Broadway run which featured Norbert Leo Butz and Otterbein graduate Jeremy Bobb. Jean-François Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Daisy Tillou. Now a rich “widow,” he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life and marry Marie.

Fiddler on the Roof
April 7-16, 2016
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Book by Joseph Stein / Music by Jerry Bock / Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz/Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane
Co-produced by the Department of Music

John Stefano, chair of the Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance, will take the stage in the lead role of Tevye inFiddler on the Roof, the final production of the 2015-16 seasonWinner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler On The Roof is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince; songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; and book writer Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler On The Roof’suniversal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. 

Subscriptions for the 2015-16 season are available for purchase now and are $82 each. 

Traditional Season Subscription packages include tickets for Rent, Dance 2015, Is He Dead? and Fiddler on the Roof. Subscribers may add the Studio Production, Much Ado About Nothing, for an additional $15.

Individual tickets for all productions will be available for sale starting Aug. 31. Individual ticket prices are $25 for Rent and Fiddler on the Roof, and $18 for Dance 2015 and Is He Dead?

For more information about the 2015-16 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. Information about the current production schedule can be found at www.otterbein.edu/drama

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