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School of Theater presents Frank Mcguinness play

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2007) -- The Ohio University School of Theater is proud to announce the third production of its 2006 - 2007 season: Frank McGuinness's bserve The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme."

The play explores the bonds that unite a disparate group of Protestant Irish soldiers fighting in the British Army in World War I. The play is a compelling portrait of a group of men divided by religion, politics and class but united in their common belief in God and country. 

McGuinness' play all at once celebrates their willingness to fight and die to preserve a way of life while offering a timely critique of the futility of war. 

"This play speaks to modern audiences because it's about soldiers in a time of war, something we're in the middle of right now. Because the play is about their relationships and their love for each other and Ulster, the characters quickly change from statistics to living, breathing individuals who the audience grows to love," Melissa Hill Grande, Director, said.

"Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme" will be presented by Ohio University's School of Theater Feb. 7 through the 10 and 14 through the 17 in the Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater, located in Kantner Hall. 

Regular admission for the production is $14 and $12 for students and seniors. For ticket information and reservations, call (740) 593-4800 or stop by the Fine Arts Ticket office on campus in Kantner Hall 103, Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. 

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme is directed by School of Theater MFA Directing candidate Melissa Hill Grande.

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Media Contact: School of Theater Assistant Director Maureen Wagner, 740-593-9355 or wagnerm@ohio.edu

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