The Ohio State University at Newark


2018-19 Season at the Black Box Theater
Evening performances' curtain is now at 7:30 p.m.

— April 2019 —

A drama by Lee Blessing

The story: Set in a one room shack out west at the turn of the last century, this at times funny and at times chilling play concerns Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who shot Billy the Kid. Now, many years after the famous deed, Garrett lives alone with his memories. Enter the man who wrote the dime novel that immortalized Billy and Garrett. He brings with him a man who he claims is the real Billy the Kid, now middle aged and very much alive. Is this man Billy the Kid? And, if he is then who is Pat Garrett?

From the director:

"Out of all the plays I’ve directed at Ohio State Newark, "The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid" may be my favorite. The themes of fact vs. fiction, history vs. legend are fascinating to explore. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid are iconic American men of the West, the quintessential Lawman and Outlaw. I think our audiences will be riveted by their face-off and shocked by the ending. Four men in a room. All packing heat. There will be blood." - Edie L. Norlin

WARNING: gunfire and adult language is used in this production.

Performance dates
Thursday, April 4 through Sat., April 6, 2019
Thursday, April 11 through Sat., April 13, 2019
Curtain: 7:30 p.m.

Sunday Matinees
April 7 and 14, 2019
Curtain: 2:00 p.m.

General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.

All performances are at The Black Box Theater located in LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, Newark campus
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Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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PAST 2018-19 Season Performances

— February 2019 —

The premiere of
Directed, written and starring local favorites Edie L. Norlin & Dennis Kohler

A love story between actors, a love letter to theater. Actors Claire and Bob have done theater together for decades sharing triumphs and failures both on and off stage. After deciding they’re too old to act anymore, they agree to write a play together that bespeaks their artistic collaborations only to be confronted by the unfinished love story that exists between them.

Performance dates:
Thurs., Feb. 14 through Sat., Feb. 16

Sunday Matinee
Feb. 17, 2019

— November 2018 —

A romantic comedy by Susan Sandler

Isabel is a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a book shop. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her grandmother (Bubbe) in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This irascible granny and her matchmaker friend have found a “good Jewish catch” for Isabel who isn’t interested in a match with a pickle vendor. As Izzy’s “old world” heritage clashes with her ethnically neutral career world, she must decide who she is and what kind of life she wants to live. Izzy’s reluctant journey offers hope of a blossoming romance and a new beginning.

Performance dates
Thursday, November 8 through Sat., November 10, 2018
Thursday, November 15 through Sat., November 17, 2018

Sunday Matinees
November 11 and 18, 2018

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

2017-18 Season at the Black Box Theater

April 2018


By George Axelrod
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

Performance dates
April 5 - 8, 2018
April 12 - 15, 2018

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

November 2017

DOUBT: A Parable (Drama)

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

With a special appearance by Equity actor, Susan Pingleton* as Sr. Aloysius Beauvier

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

Performance dates
Nov. 9 - 12, 2017
Nov. 16 - 19, 2017

Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

February 2018


By A. R. Gurney

Starring local favorites, Dennis Kohler & Edie L. Norlin

Spend Valentine's Day with your sweetheart at the theater!
Performance dates
Wednesday, February 14 - 16, 2018

Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.