3/26/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Department of Theatre's “Season of Comedy from Stage and Screen” concludes with “A Life in the Theatre” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet.
The comedy first appeared off-Broadway in 1977 with revivals in 2006 and most recently in 2010 co-starring Patrick Stewart and T. R. Knight, and was made into a television movie in 1993 with Jack Lemmon and Matthew Broderick.
Co-directed by Professor of Theatre Ric Goodwin and senior theatre education major Nathaniel Sayatovich (McConnelsville, Ohio), Goodwin also co-stars in the production with senior theatre major Aaron Arnold (Chardon, Ohio) as they both close their careers at Ashland. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the intimate Studio Theatre on April 10-13 along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 14.
After a 29-year teaching career for Ashland University Theatre, Goodwin feels that Mamet's “A Life in the Theatre,” a metaphor of the theatre's never ending demand for new roles, is fitting for his final curtain call at Ashland. From his acting debut in the second grade playing a clown in a play written by his mother to earning his bachelor’s degree from Ashland, master’s degrees from the University of Akron and Wayne State University, as well as working in Los Angeles as a professional film actor and stuntman, Goodwin has spent most of his life in theatre.
“A Life in the Theatre” portrays the changing relationship of two actors working together in a repertory theatre company: one is young and rising into the first flush of his success while the other is older, anxious and beginning to wane. Robert, the older man portrayed by Goodwin, feels he has a great deal to teach John, who is played by Arnold. As they work together in a series of shows, Robert passes on his wisdom while John hangs on to Robert’s every word at first knowing that he has a lot to learn about the theatre. Later Robert becomes resentful of John’s success, and John, ever more confident, tires of Robert’s clichéd advice and the relationship changes.
The production's scenic and lighting designs are created by Assistant Professor of Theatre Scott C. Chapman with assistance from junior theatre major Kelli Lennox (Gahanna, Ohio) while the costumes are designed by senior theatre major Jensen Glick (Hilliard, Ohio), and junior theatre and journalism/digital media major Benjamin Isaiah Black (Akron, Ohio) is the sound designer.
Junior hospitality management major Brandon Wurgess (Findlay, Ohio) is the show's stage manager while freshman theatre major Natalyn Baisden (Wooster, Ohio) is the assistant stage manager.
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. They can be purchased by calling the Ashland University Box Office at 419-289-5125, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m.; or purchase online 24/7 at www.ashland.edu/tickets (additional fees apply). For more information about the department of theatre, visit www.ashland.edu/theatre, find us on Facebook or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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