The Theater Division launched our new professional theater in partnership with the City of Dublin, Ohio so that we can offer our students continuous theater experience, extending the tradition started by Elizabeth Evans Baker in 1956. Tantrum Theater (so called because a group of Bobcats is sometimes referred to as a tantrum) produced three productions this summer. The season started with Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Daniel Dennis, Tantrum’s Artistic Director, with a creative team of professional OHIO faculty designers. The cast featured current performance students and professionals. Next up was Tammy Faye’s Final Audition, a new play by alumnus and new Assistant Director of the School of Dance, Film, and Theater, Merri Biechler, featuring head of performance Shelley Delaney in the title role, directed by our Directing Program Head, Dennis Delaney, and also featuring a creative team of professional OHIO faculty designers. The final production was Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Sheila Daniels with a creative team entirely from the Seattle area, featuring Assistant Professor Brian Evans, current students and recent alumni in the cast. All three productions were staffed by students and faculty, rehearsed and built in Kantner Hall on campus, and moved to the Abbey Theater in Dublin for performances. Over 100 students, faculty, staff and professionals were employed by Tantrum this summer. Check out Tantrum’s website: www.tantrumtheater.org.
Back on our home turf, we begin our 2016-2017 season with The Library, directed by Shelley Delaney, a play that debuted at New York Public Theater in 2014, which explores the issues of violence and guns in America’s schools. Next up is Charles Morey’s adaptation of a Georges Feydeau gut-busting farce, The Ladies Man, directed by Dennis Delaney. Rounding out fall semester are our two “style projects”, Machinal and Mrs. Packard, directed by second year grad directors Ben Stockman and Allison Epperson respectively.
Spring semester begins with Stupid F***ing Bird, a wonderful modern take on Chekhov’s The Seagull, by Aaron Posner, directed by David Haugen. We follow Bird with The Rover, written in 1677 by Aphra Behn, the first female playwright to earn a living as a playwright. The Restoration comedy has surprisingly modern themes and will be adapted by one of our graduate playwrights. It will be directed by Brian Evans. As has been the case for the last 23 years, we end the 2016-17 season with the Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights’ Festival.
Last but certainly not least, for the last eight months, we have been in discussions with the Acting Company of New York City to be the anchor school in a new consortium of partner schools in the region. The Acting Company is the only permanent, professional touring repertory company dedicated to the development of classical actors. As soon as the official documents are signed this fall, we will schedule visiting artist events throughout the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, culminating in performances of a tour of two Acting Company productions on our stages. Stay tuned for updates.
Please join us for one or all of our productions in 2016-2017!