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Ohio University School of Theater presents Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'The Time of Your Life'

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 10, 2006) -- The Ohio University School of Theater is proud to announce the first production of its 2006-2007 season: William Saroyan's "The Time of Your Life."

Set in 1939 at a San Francisco waterfront dive, this plaintive comic ode to the important nobodies doesn't unfold as a single dramatic story. Rather, it offers connected peeks into the personal stories of a dozen wistful dreamers, pining lonelyhearts, and beer hall philosophers who all just happen to be in the same place at the same time. As a microcosm of America facing another impending world war, "The Time of Your Life" personifies sentiments close to Saroyan's heart -- optimism, sentimentality, the power of hope, love of country, compassion for those weaker than ourselves, and the value of a life lived fully, even if that life never approaches society's standards for success.

"The Time of Your Life" will be presented by Ohio University's School of Theater Oct. 11 to 14 and 18 to 21 in the Forum Theater, located in the Radio and Television Building. 

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, from noon to 5 p.m.

"The Time of Your Life" is directed by Edward Cisneros, a third-year MFA directing candidate.  A native of Texas, he received a BA in drama from the University of Dallas and has worked with numerous Dallas theaters in a variety of artistic and administrative capacities.  This past summer, Cisneros served as an assistant director and interim program manager for Shakespeare Dallas followed by an assistantship at the Goodman Theatre's third annual Latino Theatre Festival.  Next quarter he will be returning to the "windy city" to intern at the award-winning Victory Gardens Theater.  Previous Ohio University directing credits include Stephen Adly Guirgis' "Our Lady of 121st Street," Tennessee William's "Out Cry" and Karel and Josef Capek's "The Insect Play."

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

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