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AU’s Mamma Mia! slated for Valentine’s Day opening

Ashland University Theatre continues its 2019-20 Season of Stories of Courage with the musical, Mamma Mia!, featuring ABBA's greatest hits, opening on Valentine's Day, with 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 16 in the Hugo Young Theatre.

Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, with music direction by Deborah Logan, the show uses the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs which propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This sunny and funny story unfolds on a Greek island paradise on the eve of Sophie Sheridan's (Macy Campbell, Genoa) wedding. She is on a quest to discover the identity of her father and brings three men -- Harry, Bill and Sam (Nathan Roblin, Mansfield; Will Taylor, Fairborn, and Tristan Peterman, Canton, respectively) to the island. They last visited the island 20 years ago with Sophie's mother, Donna (Mia Kardotzke, Clyde).

Ashland U's 24-hour Theatre Project performance is Nov. 9

The Ashland University Department of Theatre and Alpha Psi Omega theatre honor society are producing another 24-Hour Theatre Project this fall. The performance of an original script written and produced within 24 hours will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland University's Studio Theatre.

A limited number of tickets are available for this free public performance. Patrons can secure their seat by calling the Ashland University box office at 419.289.5125.

Fact or Fake News: AU hosts panel discussion relating recent events to Arthur Miller's drama

On Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. on the set of Ashland University Theatre's production of Arthur Miller's An Enemy of the People in Hugo Young Theatre, AU faculty representing the disciplines of journalism, history, business and chemistry will join the show's director to relate recent headlines and world events to the timelessness of the play. The panel discussion at the theater, located at 331 College Ave., is free and open to the public and is presented as part of the College of Arts & Sciences' biennial Symposium Against Indifference which is focusing on "Liberty and Responsibility."

An Enemy of the People was originally written in 1882 by Henrik Ibsen, then adapted in 1950 by Arthur Miller, and produced by AU Theatre in 1980 and now 2019. Every version of the script and show present audiences with “moral conundrums” of the specified time period.

Ashland University Theatre opens season with “An Enemy of the People"

Ashland University Theatre opens its 2019-20 “Season of Courage” with Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People on Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre.

Directed by Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames, Associate Professor of Theatre, the show is being produced in conjunction with The Arthur Miller Society's 13th International Conference, which is being held at Ashland University Oct. 18-20.

44th Annual Madrigal Feaste Tickets on Sale Sept. 23

44th Annual Madrigal Feaste Tickets on Sale Sept. 23

Tickets for the 44th Annual Madrigal Feaste go on sale to the public on Monday, September 23, at 12 p.m. Patrons are reminded that this is a very popular event and the box office will be incredibly busy. For immediate service, the box office recommends that patrons order online at www.ashland.edu/tickets (additional fees apply for online orders).

Patrons can also come to the box office window located in the lobby of Hugo Young Theatre at the corner of College Avenue and Grant Street or call the box office at 419.289.5125. Discounted tickets for children 12 and under can only be purchased directly through the box office and not online.

2019-2020 AU Theatre Season Focuses on ‘Stories of Courage’

Throughout people’s life experiences they rely on courage to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty. The 2019-2020 AU Theatre season will tell three courageous stories in different styles (drama, comedy, musical) and set in varying time periods and places. Although they differ from each other in many ways, the stories and messages are timeless and universal including:

-- Arthur Miller’s dramatic adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People”
-- The storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs in the musical “Mamma Mia!”
-- The female version of Neil Simon's hilarious comic classic, “The Odd Couple”

2019-2020 AU Theatre Season Focuses on ‘Stories of Courage’

2019-2020 Ashland University Arts Guide Now Available

The College of Arts & Sciences at Ashland University has released its annual Arts Guide, which highlights multiple arts events for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Arts Guide offers a comprehensive view of the Ashland University Theatre season, Department of Music concerts and special events, and Coburn Art Gallery exhibitions.

Arts patrons are encouraged to use the Arts Guide as they plan their cultural events as a one-stop reference guide that includes events from Aug. 26 to May 3.

2019-2020 Ashland University Arts Guide Now Available

Liberty & Responsibility Is Focus of AU Symposium

The 10th Biennial College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Against Indifference will kick off its events on Sept. 18 focusing on the theme of “Liberty & Responsibility.” The fall schedule of events is available online at bit.ly/AgainstIndiffFA19.

The fall events include a “spirited discussion” on alcohol complete with mocktails, two film screenings (Paris to Pittsburgh, Dawnland), a live theatre production of An Enemy of the People with a follow-up panel discussion, poetry readings, and presentations on inequality and violence against women.

Liberty & Responsibility Is Focus of AU Symposium

Community Youth Casting Call Slated for Aug. 29

Ashland University Theatre will host a community youth casting call on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. Two children are needed for the cast of “An Enemy of the People,” Arthur Miller's adaptation of a play by Henrik Ibsen.

The youth roles are written for two boys, brothers ages 9-10 and 12-13, but girls also will be considered for either role. The roles have lines and are on stage for about a third of the play. Public performance dates are Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m., along with a school matinee performance on Friday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m.

Community Youth Casting Call Slated for Aug. 29

Ashland University to Hold International Arthur Miller Conference This Fall

Ashland University to Hold International Arthur Miller Conference This Fall

Ashland University will hold the 13th Annual International Arthur Miller Conference on the AU campus Oct. 18-20, 2019. The title of the conference is “Arthur Miller and the Question of Relevance.”

The conference will feature staged readings of scenes from Miller’s plays and the Ashland University Department of Theatre will present its production of Miller’s “An Enemy of the People,” which runs Oct. 11-19.

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