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Ohio University Chillicothe to present Neil Simon play 'Rumors'

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (March 5, 2007) --  The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present Neil Simon's hilarious play "Rumors" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, in the Bennett Hall Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for Chillicothe students and are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours and at the Ohio University Chillicothe Box Office the evenings of performances. Group rates are also available.

"Rumors" involves a 10th anniversary party in an upscale New York City residence that quickly goes awry. As the guests arrive, the catastrophes begin, and the evening soon turns into a creative explanation of events. 

It is fitting that the play centers on a 10th anniversary celebration as the theater program is marking its 10th season of enhancing the cultural life of the campus and local community during the 2006-07 academic year.

"Having a vibrant theater program indicates that OU-C is an active campus, and the theater program helps promote the overall collegiate aspect of the campus," said Ken Breidenbaugh, assistant professor of fine and comparative arts, and the driving force behind the campus theater program. "Theater adds to the liberal arts quality of the campus environment."

Each quarter, students participate in readings, analyze scripts and take a lead role in determine what play to produce, then bring it to fruition. Students are involved in all aspects of the production, both onstage and behind the scenes, learning first-hand the entire process.

"This is a great way for students to learn about teamwork and the integration of various roles," Breidenbaugh said. "Our sets are complicated and elaborate, and constructing them requires a great deal of work and precision. Designing and constructing the sets is an accomplishment in itself."

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