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Tantrum Theater announces 2017 summer season

Tantrum Theater announces 2017 summer season

Daniel J King | Nov 30, 2016

Tantrum's second season promotional images. Art by Punch & Judy.


Tantrum Theater proudly announces its 2017 summer season, featuring three exceptional plays, 55 separate performances, and a slate of new play readings, in the Abbey Theater, Dublin, Ohio between May 30 and August 19.

Tantrum’s second season opens with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Tantrum’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Dennis, May 30–June 17. “Tantrum’s production will bring this great play to life in exciting new ways, including a fairy band incorporating as many kids from Dublin and the Columbus area (as possible), alongside a professional cast of actors from Ohio and across the country,” said Dennis.

Then, the critically acclaimed musical “Caroline, or Change,” written by Tony Kushner, with music by Jeanine Tesori, and directed by Robert Barry Fleming, July 5–22.

This musical debuted on Broadway in 2004 and was nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. “The story looks back at the Civil Rights movement and the changes that swept our country in the early 1960s, changes that in many ways are just coming to a head today,” said Dennis.

Finally, timed to coincide with the annual Dublin Irish Festival, “Into the West,” adapted for the stage by Greg Banks, from the screenplay by Jim Sheridan, originally commissioned and produced by Travelling Light Theatre Company, UK, will be directed by Jen Wineman, and runs August 1–19.

“Moving at breakneck speed, with a small cast animating a long list of characters, the whole thing accompanied, driven really, by a live musician. Though not a musical, music is the life and the breath of this play. Ally and Finn, dealing with the loss of their mother, meet a magical white horse that gets them into trouble and leads them on a journey of self-discovery. The play is written for a family audience, and will delight theater-goers of all ages,” said Dennis.

Artistic Director, Daniel C. Dennis, Founding Producing Director, Rachel Cornish and Producing Director, Ian Wolfgang Hinz present this season of plays designed to excite, enthrall and engage audiences on many levels. Additionally, the new play readings called “Rising Voices,” has been developed to expand upon Tantrum’s desire to showcase new talent and visions.

“Theater can be a place where we interact with people who have never before been to the stage, as well as longtime theater goers. I want to see people at our theater who love going to the movies, and want to experience a story unfold with people right in front of them. I want to see old friends at our theater, and I want to make new ones. The theater provides an opportunity to interact with folks that I disagree with, as well as those with whom I might share political views—with all kinds of people. At our theater all are welcome—women and men, young adults, kids, and older audiences,” said Dennis.

“Tantrum is committed to non-traditional casting, which means when you come to our shows, you will see folks of all ethnicities, genders, ages and abilities on stage. We aim to share stories that are culturally specific and speak to our society. We hope the diversity on stage and in the plays we produce is reflected in our audiences.”

“Our first season gave me so much hope for what we can create in the Dublin and Columbus communities. We have been welcomed with open arms, and I look forward to meeting more and more people who make their homes in central Ohio,” said Dennis.

Tantrum’s second season brings “Rising Voices,” a new series of play readings aimed at providing a space for plays in-development, plays not often produced, plays being considered for future season programming and plays Tantrum loves and wants our audiences to hear out loud. These events will be pay-what-you-will on the Tuesdays after opening nights.

Tantrum was founded in the fall of 2015 by Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts. The theater is a professional company and serves as a training ground providing apprenticeships for students in the Theater Division as well as an artistic home to professional artists across the nation. The name Tantrum Theater comes from a group of Ohio University graduate students who discovered that one of the collective names for a group of bobcats is a Tantrum. The mascot of Ohio University is the bobcat. Tantrum’s mission is to create and propel forward a resident professional theater company and training conservatory in Dublin, Ohio in a partnership between the City of Dublin, Dublin Arts Council, and the Ohio University College of Fine Arts.


For a full calendar and tickets visit

All shows will be performed at the Abbey Theater, Dublin Rec Center, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH 43017. (map)

Season Subscriptions and single tickets will go on sale soon at

Adult Tickets will be priced at $28.00
Senior Tickets will be priced at $26.00
Student Tickets will be priced at $10.00 (valid I.D. required)

All preview performances for each show will be pay-what-you-will performances.

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