The Ohio State University at Newark


Launch LeFevre Hall

Black Box Theater Announces 2021-22 Season Autumn Production


Performance dates: Nov. 11-14, 18-21, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Author: Sophocles
Translator: Robert Fagles
Director: Edie L. Norlin
Musical Director: Paul D. Sanders
Incidental Music: Paul D. Sanders

Tim Smith (Oedipus)
Marilyn Sundin (Tiresia)

Students $5, General $10 (purchased at the door only)

Students, faculty, staff and all visitors to all Ohio State campuses and medical facilities are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

Black Box Theater
LeFevre Hall, Newark Campus
1199 University Drive, Newark, OH

OEDIPUS REX unfolds as part murder mystery, political thriller and psychological whodunit. Throughout this legendary Greek story of patricide and incest, Sophocles presents the irony of a good man determined to track down, expose and punish a king’s assassin, only to discover the man he’s looking for is himself. The swift and utter downfall of this gifted leader is explored through themes of fate vs. free will; guilt vs. shame; and, sight vs. blindness. The brutal truths of Oedipus’s life are played before Thebes, his family and his gods, creating the consummate tragic hero that remains unmatched to this day.

The play is performed through arrangement with Georges Borchardt, Inc., on behalf of the Estate of Robert Fagles. All rights reserved.

2020-21 Season Performances

— Spring 2021 —

The Pandemic Players present
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
By William Shakespeare
Directed and edited by Edie L. Norlin

Alexander Thomas (Brutus)
PJ Gassman (Cassius)
Zac Robison (Mark Antony)
And Brad Lepper (Julius Caesar)


A tragedy by William Shakespeare first performed in 1599, it is one of four plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history. Set in Rome in 44 BC, the play depicts the moral dilemma of Brutus as he joins a conspiracy led by Cassius to murder Caesar to prevent him from becoming dictator of Rome. Following Caesar's death, Rome is thrust into a period of civil war, and the republic the conspirators sought to preserve is lost forever.

— Autumn 2020 —

Watch now: Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."

Edited and directed by Edie L. Norlin

ABOUT THE PLAY: The five-act tragedy was written in 1606–07 and first published in the First Folio of 1623. The play chronicles the rise of 11th century Macbeth from military leader to King of Scotland, whose seizing of power and subsequent destruction are the result of his blind ambition. One of the darkest of Shakespeare’s plays, the show features some of the most iconic roles in Western Theater. Macbeth is also the shortest and most accessible of his works.

2019-20 Season Performances

— November 2019 —

Based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster; Book by John Caird, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Directed by Edie L. Norlin; Music directed by Paul D. Sanders

A family-friendly musical charts a young female orphan's coming of age and education with help from a mysterious benefactor.

Performance dates
Nov. 14 - 17, 2019; Nov. 21 - 24, 2019

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International

— April 2020 —

FIVE MILE LAKE (performances cancelled due to pandemic)* By Rachel Bonds
Directed by Edie L. Norlin
A drama about the complicated relationship between two brothers, one who left home, the other who stayed.

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

2018-19 Season Performances

— April 2019 —


A drama by Lee Blessing
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

Performance dates
April 4 - 7, 2019; April 11 - 14, 2019

— February 2019 —

The premiere of

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

Performance dates:
Thurs., Feb. 14 through Sat., Feb. 17

— November 2018 —


A romantic comedy by Susan Sandler
Directed by Edie L. Norlin

Performance dates
November 8 - 11, 2018; November 15 - 18, 2018

Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

2017-18 Season Performances

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.