The Ohio State University at Newark


Theatre


Don’t miss our upcoming productions for the 2022-2023 season!

Fall 2022

The Heiress

By Augustus Goetz and Ruth Goetz
Director: Edie L. Norlin
Location: Black Box Theater — LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, Newark
Tickets: Students $5, General Admission $10 (purchased at the door only)

On Washington Square in 1850s New York, The Heiress is the story of shy, plain Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a dashing young fortune hunter. Catherine’s lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm. Catherine’s father, a successful doctor, sees through the fortune hunter and forbids the marriage. For the first time, Catherine begins to question both her father’s wisdom and his love for her, as she struggles to understand why he’d stand in the way of her happiness. Dr. Sloper begins to see a new side to his formerly meek only-child. As Catherine begins to truly understand for the first time how her father really feels about her, father and daughter are pitted against each other in a contest of wills that may forever change their relationship. Based on Henry James’ famous 1880 novel, Washington Square, the play explores the complicated love and hate between a father and his daughter.

The play is performed through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.

Performance Dates

Thursday, Nov. 10–Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17–Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Audition Dates

Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 • 7-9 p.m. in Black Box Theater


Spring 2023

Auditions Can Be Murder, Dude
By Edie L. Norlin

Audition dates: Jan. 17 & 18, 2023 • 7-9 p.m. in Black Box Theater
Performance dates: April 13-16, 20-23, 2023


2021-22 Season Performances

— Spring 2022 —

Antigone

Performance dates: Mar. 31, April 1-2, 7-9, 2022
7:30 p.m.
April 3 & 10
2:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Sophocles’ ANTIGONE is the 3rd play in his Oedipus cycle. Taking place long after Oedipus has died, the play finds his oldest daughter, Antigone, in the midst of a moral dilemma. Her traitorous brother has fallen in battle and Creon, King of Thebes, demands that he receive no burial. According to the gods there is no rest in the afterlife without a proper burial. Antigone must standup to her angry, irrational uncle and beg on her brother’s behalf. Even with support from others, Creon remains stubbornly unmoved. In trying to honor both the gods and her brother, Antigone’s actions have tragic consequences.

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

Questions: contact Edie at norlin.123@osu.edu.


— Autumn 2021 —

Oedipus Rex

Author: Sophocles
Translator: Robert Fagles
Director: Edie L. Norlin
Musical Director: Paul D. Sanders
Incidental Music: Paul D. Sanders
Starring:
Tim Smith (Oedipus)
Marilyn Sundin (Tiresia)

Performance dates
Nov. 11-14, 18-21, 2021

Presented 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

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

WATCH NOW:

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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 —

DADDY LONG LEGS
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 —

The AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY THE KID

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
A READER'S THEATER FOR THE DECLINING ACTOR

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

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


— November 2018 —

CROSSING DELANCEY

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

GOODBYE CHARLIE

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

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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

LOVE LETTERS
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.