The Ohio State University at Newark


Equity Actor Susan Pingleton to Appear in Season Opener at Black Box Theater

NEWARK, Ohio, October 24, 2017 – Equity Actor Susan Pingleton* will make a special appearance in the play Doubt: A Parable by playwright John Patrick Shanley set to open at the Black Box Theater on November 9 on the shared campus of The Ohio State University and Central Ohio Technical College. She will be playing the role of Sr. Aloysius Beauvier. Directing will be her dear friend, Edie L. Norlin. The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Susan Pingleton grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. Upon graduation with a degree in acting from the University of Oklahoma, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. She continued acting, voice and dance studies, and performed in over a hundred plays, from Shakespeare to musicals. She worked in television and commercials, performed with a sketch troupe and worked in films including several directed by Woody Allen.

In 1995, she went to Los Angeles where she was signed by an agent and shortly afterward won a role in the now classic film, Jerry Maguire, directed by Cameron Crowe. Susan also worked on some of the earlier television shows of writer/producer Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) such as Dharma and Greg and Bram and Alice. She continued to do theatre work and received a Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) nomination as Best Actress for the role of Walter in the play Pasta.

Within the last month, Susan has completed two projects, Elysian Fields, by John Falchi, a graphic novel episodic and The Good Samaritans, in the leading role of a murderer who nurtures and then kills homeless men for insurance money, based on a true story retold by director, Ryan Leeder.

Pingleton is thrilled to be stepping back on stage, her first true love, at The Ohio State University at Newark’s Black Box Theater. She looks forward to exploring this production with the students at Ohio State Newark. Just as relevant today as when it was written, the play explores many themes we are grappling with when the facts may not be what we think they are.

While in residence, she also has many speaking engagements and will be facilitating actors’ workshops at Newark High School and Ohio State Mansfield.

About the Play
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the 12-year-old male students. Also appearing in the production are Sam Driscoll (Father Brendan Flynn), Sarah Napper (Mrs. Muller) and Erin Hedrick (Sister James). Stand-in for Ms. Pingleton is Jessica Nincehelser.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 9 and will run through Sat., Nov. 11 and again Nov. 16-18. Additionally, there will be two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 12 and 19. The production is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

All performances are held at the Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall located on the Newark campus at 1199 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact Norlin at norlin.123@osu.edu.

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*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.