The Ohio State University at Newark

2018-19 Theater Season Announced at Ohio State Newark

August 30, 2018

The Black Box Theater at The Ohio State University at Newark has released its 2018-2019 season. Directing this season will be Edie L. Norlin, education and theatre lecturer at Ohio State Newark.

The season will open on November 8 with Crossing Delancey, a romantic comedy by playwright 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.

All evening performances are at new time this year beginning at 7:30 p.m. Crossing Delancey plays on Thurs., Nov. 8 and will run through Sat., Nov. 10 and again Nov. 15-17. Additionally, there will be two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 11 and 18. The production is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day will be a mystery “Valentine’s Day Weekend” production. Details to be announced but save the date.

Closing out the season in April is Lee Blessing’s drama The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, winner of the 1979 National New Play Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

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 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?

Performances are Thurs., Apr. 4 and will run through Sat., Apr. 6 and again Apr. 11-13. The curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, there will be two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sun., Apr. 7 and 14. This production is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

All performances are held at the Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall located on the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College 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

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