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University hosts one-man musical drama for Black History Awareness Month

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- In celebration of Black History Month, Ohio University - Zanesville will host a national tour of a one-man, one-act musical drama entitled "Expectations of Triumph" at noon on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Elson Hall Auditorium.

Author Paul G. Anderson, a bass-baritone singer and commercial actor, performs "Expectations," a play centering on a series of questions raised by a young African-American woman trying to find her place in the world.

Constant, the show's narrator and guide, bases his message to his protege using the meaning of the lives of the characters he portrays. The story is laced with contemporary themes from the music of popular recording artists, appealing to young people as well as adults.

The performance includes a re-enactment of Paul Robeson in "Othello," an assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, a version of Frederick Douglass' scathing Fourth of July speech and more.

Anderson, a resident of Columbus, has a life-time of performing arts experience, an area he has embraced after pursuing careers in finance, publishing and more recently, online auction trading. He has appeared in national and regional commercials and has completed over 75 performances of his plays throughout the United States.

As far as the characters are concerned, Anderson said, "I have done each of these characters individually over the past several years. This play has given me the opportunity to compare and contrast the lives of each?"

The hour-long performance, sponsored by the University's Cultural Committee, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Monica Jones at (740) 588-1446 or ouzpr@ohio.edu

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Media Contact:Public Relations Coordinator Connie Shriver, (740) 588-1509 or ouzpr@ohio.edu, or Monica Jones, (740) 588-1446

Related Links: Ohio University Zanesville Campus

 
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