AU Theatre Closes Season with One Acts & New Works Festival

AU Theatre Closes Season with One Acts & New Works Festival

3/24/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Department of Theatre closes its 2013-2014 season "Exploring World and Self” with Experience/Experiment: The 2014 One Acts & New Works Festival, which will present 12 different shows directed and produced by Ashland University theatre majors. There will be six different performances slated from Wednesday, April 2, through Sunday, April 6, in the intimate Studio Theatre. 

On Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m., the performance will present four different one acts including Beth Henley’s ”Am I Blue?” directed by Taylor Stepp and starring Deric Dove, Kim Lennox, Andrea Disch, Ceyanna Stasick and Nick Hovsepian; Tennessee Williams’ “Moony's Kid Don't Cry” directed by Benjamin Isaiah Black with David Wagar and Ashley Martin as cast members; John Guare’s “The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year” directed by Mason Adams with cast members Zach Manthey and Meg Linkenbach; and David Ives’ “Sure Thing” directed by Anthony Nicholson starring Andrew Hart and Ariel McCleary. 

Four different one acts will be performed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. beginning with Mary Gallagher’s “Final Placement” directed by Kellie Lennox with cast members Logan Baker and Emma Killmeyer; followed by Tennessee Williams’ “This Property Is Condemned” directed by Emily Jeppesen with Alex Reis and Eryn Tramel as cast members; Ara Watson’s “Little Miss Fresno” directed by Kelsey Bowens starring Andrea Disch and Kayla Gowdy; and Stephen Adly Guirgis’Dominica, the Fat Ugly Ho” directed by Hilary Rheinheimer with Patrick Wallace, Clarence Longley and Ama Naomi White in the cast.

There are two performances scheduled for Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Both performances are directed by Kelsey Bowens as fulfillment of her senior project “I confidenti: a student-bred, student-led improv experiment.”  The players for the improv troupe are Natalyn Baisden, Logan Baker, Kelli Lennox and Kim Lennox.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., the performances will consist of three different senior projects beginning with Benjamin Isaiah Black’s original script titled “The Response.” The cast is comprised of De'Andre Peterson, Zach Manthey, Anthony Nicholson and Natalyn Baisden. Jay Kunzi’s senior project “That's What I'm Dreamin'” is also an original script with Jay in the cast along with Anthony Nicholson, Kayla Gowdy, Kyle Wahl and Benjamini Isaiah Black. The final senior project is a musical revue titled “Due Today?! The Life of a Full-Time College Student” created and performed by Christian Neely and Jacob Poiner.

The production crew for the One Acts and New Works Festival include lighting designer Jason Coale; costume designers Elizabeth Davis Newhouse, Jacob Poiner, Mason Adams, Mariah Marshall and Kim Lennox; stage managers Ceyanna Stasick, Natalyn Baisden, Taylor Stepp, Emily Jeppesen, Kelli Lennox and Zach Manthey; and Michael Desper as the technical director.

An “Inside the Season” pre-show talk for the senior projects will be held Friday, April 4, at 6:45 p.m. The pre-show talk is open to anyone even if they don't have a ticket for that evening's performance. Patrons will have an opportunity to meet the students with senior theatre projects who will give audience members the inside story as they learn more about how they created their productions.

Tickets for the performances are: $10 for adults; $9 for senior citizens, students, University faculty/staff; $8 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students.

To purchase tickets, call the Ashland University Box Office at 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m.; or purchase online 24/7 at For more information about the department of theatre, visit, find us on Facebook at or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or

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