Otterbein University Presents Socially Distanced Theatre Production “The Theory of Relativity” Oct. 8-11

Posted Oct 05, 2020

Otterbein University Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music presents its first socially distanced production, “The Theory of Relativity,” from Oct. 8-11. Performances will be fully staged — complete with lights, sound, scenery, and costumes — and available for viewing via scheduled streaming online. 

Whether you’re allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe, or simply a unique individual, you’re sure to find yourself in this fresh new musical. Originally developed at Toronto’s Sheridan College, “The Theory of Relativity” is a collection of songs and monologues written especially for college-age actors that explore and celebrate the universal need for connection. The production is based on a book by Brian Hill with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram. 

The Theory of Relativity

To safely produce the musical, the performances will be filmed in advance in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall and streamed online. All actors will perform in masks, and captioning will be provided. An Internet connection is required to access the stream. 

Tickets cost $15 per device. Call 614-823-1109 or visit for contactless ticket ordering.  


All performances are streamed online. 
Thursday, Oct. 8        7:30 p.m.  
Friday, Oct. 9              8 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 10       8 p.m. 
Sunday, Oct. 11          2 p.m. 

Director: Melissa Lusher 
Choreographer: Stella Hiatt Kane 
Music Director: Lori Kay Harvey 
Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson 
Costume Designer: Rebecca White 
Lighting Designer: Emily Maddox 
Sound Designer: Doc Davis 
Stage Manager: Maren Billy 

Adam: Ryan Esparza 
Amy: Maddie VanRiper 
Anthony: Tru Stites 
Caroline: Emma Kate Lampe 
Catherine: Grace Dillon 
Jenny: Logan Reeder 
Mike: Stephen Blauch 
Mira: Amelia Elias 
Oliver: Noah Carlin 
Paul: Evan Kret 
Sara: Ava Arkin 
Ryan: Will Porter