Ashland University Theatre Performs Obie Award-Winner José Rivera's Drama 'Marisol'

10/29/10 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University Department of Theatre presents the second production of its 2010-2011 "award-winning" season with "Marisol," the compelling drama by Obie award-winner José Rivera.

Co-directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Teresa Durbin-Ames and senior theatre major Lauren Yobbagy, the performances begin Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland University's Studio Theatre. Evening performances continue on Nov. 12, 13 and 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. with an afternoon matinee scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.

Rivera's "Marisol" brings religion and the supernatural together while grieving the loss of humanity. It revolves around a young woman trying to survive in a world that has come unglued. It is a powerful fantasy about humanity and a plea to save our world by overthrowing the pervasive sense of selfishness and recovering the long-lost, much-needed compassion for our fellow human-beings.

Set in the 1990s in New York City, the title-character "Marisol" is portrayed by junior theatre major Brittany Hartman while senior Sarah Saddler plays her guardian angel and sophomore Johanna Regan is Marisol's best friend "June." Other students in the cast include Natasha Cline as the "Woman with Furs," Hannah Casamento as the "Young Woman," Kathryn Mounts as the "Homeless Person," and Mark Maruschak as "Lenny," "Man with Golf Club," "Man with Ice Cream," and "Man with Scar Tissue."

The scene design for "Marisol" is co-created by Assistant Professor of Theatre Scott Chapman and senior theatre major Steve Bornhoeft.  Senior theatre major Sean Smith designed the costumes while Steve Bornhoeft served as the lighting designer and Chelsea Nicholls, the sound designer.  Serving as fight choreographer, Ashland University theatre alumnus (2007) Dusten Welch returned to his alma mater to share skills gained in his educational and professional theatre career.

Audiences are advised that this production contains adult language and situations, and uses theatrical haze and strobe lighting.

Reserved seating tickets for "Marisol" are now on sale at the Ashland University Central Box Office. Single tickets are: $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens, non-Ashland University students, University faculty/staff; $8 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students.

To purchase tickets, call the Ashland University Central Box Office at 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/theatre<http://www.ashland.edu/theatre>, find us on Facebook or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

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