Welcome to the Theater Division website!
Change is constant. After 2014 Ohio University will discontinue its lease of the Monomoy Theater in Chatham, MA. Monomoy is a 58-year legacy of President Baker and his wife Elizabeth Evans Baker, for whom our Kantner Hall Theater is named. We have been privileged to be associated with Monomoy. Under the leadership of OHIO alumni Alan Rust that association will continue.
Concurrently, the Theater Division has the opportunity to create a new professional summer theater in Dublin, Ohio in 2015. Theater students need a summer testing ground. My first 24/7 theater experience was in a summer barn theater near Dayton, Ohio. There I realized I wanted a career pursuing the crazy passion of making theater. More than 40 years later that passion has evolved into creating opportunities for our students. Every faculty and staff member of the OHIO Theater Division has a version of that story. Ask them.
On our Athens main stages in 2014-15, we present a wildly divergent theater season beginning with Charles Mee’s bobrauschenbergamerica, a wonderful pastiche of all things American inspired by the artist Bob Rauschenberg, followed by the Ivor Benjamin adaptation of Rashomon, based on centuries old Chinese stories which explore multiple viewpoints of an event. Spring semester we return to American history with Marathon ’33, by June Havoc, an examination of the dance marathon phenomenon of the great depression. Before we end the season with the 21st annual Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights’ Festival, we will produce a classic back stage farce, Noises Off, by brilliant British playwright Michael Frayn.
We hope you share the joy and passion for making theater represented on our stages.