9/13/17 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season themed "Building Bridges." As described by Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, “From the ancient Greeks to Dr. Seuss, we are reminded to think of, respect and care for others and those who may not be like ourselves. In light of our current national climate as well as the College of Arts & Science Symposium Against Indifference whose theme is "Building Bridges through Dialogue," the 2017-2018 Theatre Season will provide opportunities to better understand ourselves and others with performances that encourage dialogue about challenges in our world today.”
The season opens on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre with the new play by Deborah Zoe Laufer, “Leveling Up,” directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames. Navigating the blurry line between the virtual and real worlds, three twenty-something roommates are glued to their video games. While they are masters in the virtual world, they are not as successful in the real world. When one of them uses his gaming skills to land a job with the National Security Agency launching actual drones and missiles, online battles begin to have real consequences. The show runs for one week with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 11-14 and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Oct. 15.
The second show of the season brings a modern view to Euripides’ classic Greek drama “The Trojan Women,” which is a timeless story about the victims of war. The play examines the fate of the Trojan women (whose husbands, fathers and sons were killed in the war) as they were taken from their land as slaves or concubines by Greek generals. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Sean Parker, connections are made to today’s innocent refugees fleeing their war-torn homelands for a better life and finding borders around the world closed to them while special attention will be given to women as "beacons to this world." Performances run for one week on Nov. 8-11 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre.
The season closes with “Seussical,” one of the most performed shows in America, which is written by the Tony award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Guest musical director Brian Nabors joins director Dr. Durbin-Ames to stage this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza bringing all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination. The colorful characters transport the audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Evening performances at 7:30 p.m. are slated for Feb. 16, 17, 23 and 24 while the 2 p.m. matinee is on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Hugo Young Theatre.
Opening night receptions are scheduled for all three of the main stage shows. The receptions held on Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Feb. 16 will begin immediately following the performances and offer the audience a chance to celebrate with the cast and crew. The receptions are free with admission to the performance.
Season tickets are now on sale and include admission to all three season productions at a reduced price compared to single tickets. Season tickets for all three productions are: $28 for adults; $24 for senior citizens, Ashland University faculty, staff and alumni; and $12 for non-AU students. Single tickets are: $12 for adult; $10 for senior citizens, AU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 for groups of 10 or more, $5 for non-AU students, and $2 for Ashland University students with ID.
The theatre department also is offering special school matinee performances for all three shows at 9 a.m. However, seating is sold out for the first two shows and limited seating remains for the “Seussical” school matinee on Feb. 23. All seats are $2 and can be reserved by contacting Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-289-5950.
In addition to the above events, the theatre department also will present two free events which are open to the public. On Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, senior multidisciplinary major Megan Harvey will present a performance of an original 24-hour theatre project. On Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre, the Drop of a Hat Players music theatre revue troupe will perform a joint spring showcase with the a cappella ensemble Surround Sound. Although free and open to the public, admission to these events requires a reservation through the University’s Box Office to guarantee a seat.
To secure your tickets, call the Ashland University Box Office at 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 6 p.m., or order online anytime at www.ashland.edu/tickets (additional fees apply). For more information, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/theatre or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or email@example.com.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###