AU Symposium Supports First Theatre Pre-Show Talk

AU Symposium Supports First Theatre Pre-Show Talk
Photo Caption: Karen Godt, co-founder of Hope for Honduran Children Foundation, meets with boys receiving support at the Flor Azul Boys Community in Honduras.


9/24/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - After hosting post-show talkbacks with audience members for several years, Ashland University Theatre will host its first “Inside the Season” pre-show talk in collaboration with the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ Symposium Against Indifference: Engaging Latin America and the Caribbean.

Led by Fabio Polanco, associate professor of theatre and director of the drama “Night Train to Bolina,” the event is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, on the Hugo Young Theatre stage prior to that evening’s performance. The public is invited to the pre-show talk even if they don't have tickets for that evening’s performance. John and Karen Godt, founders of the Hope for Honduran Children Foundation, will add real-life experiences to the presentation as they discuss their organization’s work.

The pre-show talks are offered to give audience members the inside story as they learn more about the production and its creators, while also hosting guest presenters in connection with the show’s theme.  Since “Night Train to Bolina” and this year’s Symposium both focus on Latin America, this first presentation of “Inside the Season” will examine the effect of civil unrest and violence on children in these areas from the playwright’s efforts in developing the script to the work of John and Karen Godt’s foundation.

The Hope for Honduran Children Foundation, based in Cleveland, Ohio, was established to help provide a nurturing environment for children ravaged by conditions of extreme poverty in Central America. In addition to supporting them with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education, their ultimate goal is to instill the desire and provide the necessary tools for these children to become self-sufficient, caring, and responsible adults. Literature about the organization will be available at all performances and donations will be accepted on their behalf. For more information, the organization's Web site is at

For more information about Ashland University Theatre visit or call the Box Office at 419.289.5125. Information about the Symposium Against Indifference is available at

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( 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. ###