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On the Record: Heather Marlowe, Playwright

On the Record: Heather Marlowe, Playwright

Victoria Garber, Arts and Culture editor
May 5, 2017
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article discusses sexual assault. Playwright, actor and activist Heather Marlowe graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in art history before moving to San Francisco, where she dedicated much of her time to theater classes. Motivated by h...

OMTA’s “Assassins” Balances Levity, Seriousness

OMTA’s “Assassins” Balances Levity, Seriousness

Victoria Garber and Quentin Nguyen-Duy
April 28, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

When the legendary Stephen Sondheim and librettist John Weidman first debuted Assassins in 1990, it was one of the most controversial musicals in recent history. The musical compiles its character list from the select community of historical figures connected to the assassinations and attempted assass...

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

Julia Peterson, Production editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article contains references to topics including suicide and sexual assault. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, which opened yesterday night in Hall Auditorium, is an evocative production spotlighting the experiences of Bl...

OSTA’s “Bright Half Life” Explores Intersectional Identities

OSTA’s “Bright Half Life” Explores Intersectional Identities

Katie Lucey and Victoria Garber
April 7, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Theater & Film

Cascading baubles of multicolored lights and hanging photographs of the cast and crew border the walls of a cozy South Hall studio, creating an intimate setting for Bright Half Life, an Oberlin Student Theater Association production exploring the trials of love. The non-linear narrative is centered aroun...

Melancholy Play Provides Funny, Lyrical Discussion of Sadness

Melancholy Play Provides Funny, Lyrical Discussion of Sadness

Rachel Mead, Staff writer
March 3, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

The five actors in Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play are all preoccupied with lost arts like a talent for melancholy and the carrying of handkerchiefs. Directed by College senior Zoë DePreta, Melancholy Play follows Tilly (College sophomore Paige Baskin), a bank teller who suffers from a depression that attr...

On The Record with Professor Justin Emeka

On The Record with Professor Justin Emeka

Victoria Garber, Arts Editor
February 24, 2017
Filed under ARTS, On the Record, Theater & Film

Associate Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Justin Emeka, OC ’95, discovered acting at a young age, but racially restrictive casting drove him more toward directing. He graduated with a master’s degree in directing from the University of Washington School of Drama in 2005 and has been ext...

Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Children’s Shakespeare Project Brings ‘Hamlet’ to Wilder Main

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
May 6, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

This year may mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, but the Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project has set out to make his plays young again. On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Wilder Main, the OCSP’s cast of elementary and middle school students will be performing Hamlet, dir...

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Wright Directs Comedic Play to Celebrate Gay Culture

Jake Frankenfield
April 15, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

For anyone acquainted with the cinema of the early 1960s — with its psycho thrillers, horror films and beach party movies — Psycho Beach Party will feel familiar. And it will also feel a little ridiculous. This makes sense, given that Pscyho Beach Party is a send-up of all those genres. The pl...

Plath Resurrected in ‘Feels Like Hell’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
March 4, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior Anna Gelman first got the idea to write the play I Do it So it Feels Like Hell when she studied Sylvia Plath in the class Six Poets: 1945– Present, taught by her advisor and Associate Professor of English DeSales Harrison. She took the class during her sophomore year, and now the play...

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

First Love, Then Alienation in Tolstoy Production

Ariel Miller
February 12, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

One might expect the play Family Happiness, based on a novella by Leo Tolstoy, to iclude period costumes, cherry orchards and classic dacha drama, but the empty Hall Auditorium stage immediately suggested this would not be the case. A minimal layout of platforms and columns graced the floor, while two ...

Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

Feature Photo: ‘Goodnight, Tyler’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
February 5, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

College senior Axandre Oge, who plays the title character in College senior B.J. Tindal’s play Goodnight, Tyler, rests on a couch. The play, performed Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, tells the story of a young Black man, Tyler Evans, who was murdered by a police officer. Tyler’s ghost haunts Davis, Tyler’s white be...

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Actors Impress in Psychological Drama

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
December 11, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s Note: This article discusses sexual violence and abuse. In College senior Preston Crowder’s play The Monsters Underneath, the Warington siblings descend on the family home in Moore Hills, TN, to visit their ailing sister, Yari (College junior Calpyso Smith). The opening scene of the play...

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