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The cast of Brighton Beach Memoirs rehearses a scene with Equity Actors Laurie Dawn and Buzz Roddy.

Play to feature family drama, coming-of-age

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer February 5, 2020

People normally hide their awkward sides, but this was not the case for Eli Young, who tapped into his inner awkwardness for his upcoming role as a teenage boy going through puberty.  The USI Theatre...

The university theatre opened their season with the play The Dog in the Manger.

Theatre season opens with strong performance

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer October 15, 2018

The university’s theatre held its first production of the season this weekend with the play “The Dog in the Manger.” The romantic comedy was set in royal 17th century Spain, and was filled with...

The university romantic-comedy The Dog in the Manger will show Oct. 11-14 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

Play to showcase painful, hillarious love triangle

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer October 10, 2018

Whether Jason Merslich is doing ordinary tasks like washing dishes or walking to class, he is constantly reciting his lines for his upcoming performance in “The Dog in the Manger.” “I look...

Play to portray passion, process

Play to portray passion, process

Emma Corry, Staff Writer February 13, 2018

Jorden Auker Cast members of USI Theatre’s next play describe it as a messy love story. The theatre opens “Italian American Reconciliation,” written John Patrick Shanley and directed by Elliot...

This is beyond us

‘This is beyond us’

Sarah Rogers , Features Editor November 14, 2017

Megan Thorne Ashleigh Dulik said so many people in society are asleep at the wheel. “There is so much happening in the world today,” the senior theatre performance major said. “The times...

Jason Merslich (right) and Jesmelie Williams (left) practice their mother and son scene during dress rehearsal for Anon(ymous) Monday afternoon. Merslich plays Anon, a refugee trying to find his place in America, in the departments fall play.

“Anon(ymous)” addresses social issues

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor October 10, 2017

Jason Merslich said “Anon(ymous)” will help give people an open mind if they are willing to listen. The sophomore theatre major is the main character for the university’s fall play. Merslich,...

Senior theatre arts major Christy Thompson sets up a “trap” for a pretend fire with Paul Weimer on the set of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Performance Center.

Broadway vet sets stage

Abigail Suddarth October 14, 2015

After 30 years of designing sets for shows such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Matilda the Musical,” “Spamalot” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Paul Weimer left...

USI president, Dr. Linda Bennett, cuts the ribbon with LillyBea Ireland at the Performance Center

Ribbon cutting takes center stage

Madison Nelson September 9, 2015

Blevins’ dream was finally recognized Thursday with an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $17.2 million facility—just days before the university’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Before...

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