The Ohio State University at Newark

The King’s Horses Set to Open at Black Box Theater

NEWARK, Ohio, March 27, 2017 – Black Box Theater Director Edie L. Norlin is excited about the upcoming spring semester production at The Ohio State University at Newark. Norlin believes The King’s Horses is the perfect fit for the small, intimate setting of the Black Box Theater.

“I’m always looking for plays that will work well in a black box theater,” said Norlin. “It needs to be something that has a symbolic representational kind of setting or a one-set show, and a small cast for a small theater.”

The King’s Horses is a drama with four characters by award-winning playwright, David Paterson. It’s a story about Carter, a carpenter with a mysterious past, who steps into unknown territory when he accepts a job from Cassie, a graduate of the same high school. Cassie is overseeing the recovery of her older sister Hannah, who was savagely beaten and thrown into a ditch. This random act of violence has created a surreal scene of sibling rivalry around Carter, who is flattered by the attention but knows trouble when he sees it. As Hannah physically improves, her competitive interest in Carter grows. Old resentments, including how each sister handled the illness and recent death of their mother, further antagonize the sisters, to the detriment of all. Sparkling humor punctuates the sharply drawn characterizations.

“It’s really a story about two sisters,” said Norlin. “Life since high school and college has not really delivered what they had hoped. It’s about how these girls are navigating a life that they weren’t expecting. There is a love interest that’s involved along with a very perky and humorous housekeeper. All four of these characters navigate through some interpersonal and family challenges. This is a very realistic show about very realistic people that I think the audience will be able to identify with a great deal.”

Performances run from Thurs. through Sat., April 6-8, and again Thurs. through Sat., April 13-15. The curtain opens at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall. Additionally, there will be two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sun., April 9 and 16. General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The show is for adult audiences only. This production is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. For more information, contact Norlin at

LeFevre Hall is located on the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) at 1199 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055.

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