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USI Theatre opens season with ‘The Revolutionists.’

Megan Thorne, Managing Editor

September 10, 2019

The University of Southern Indiana Theatre will open its season with “The Revolutionists,” a new comedy written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Eric Altheide, associate professor of theatre. “The Revolutionists,” tells the story of four real-life women who lived during the time of the Fre...

“First Date” to feature contemporary love

“First Date” to feature contemporary love

Sydney Stocksdale, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

The Shield interviewed Jacelyn Stewart, a junior theater arts major, who will be performing in the upcoming production “First Date,” which will take place at 7:00 p.m Thursday-Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performance Center. The event is free to USI students one hour before show based on availa...

Please mind the people behind the curtain

Please mind the people behind the curtain

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019

Rafael Gonzalez just happened to fall into theatre. The junior theatre major was the lighting designer for the USI Theatre Department’s production of “Pygmalion.” This was his first time designing the lighting for a show in the performance center after he was the lighting designer for the...

‘Pygmalion’ great social commentary, mediocre love story

‘Pygmalion’ great social commentary, mediocre love story

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 19, 2019

Once upon a time, I went to see a five-act play condensed into two, and so begins our story. “Pygmalion” was craftily done. From costume, to set, to the slightest mannerisms of each character, there was a purpose to each and every aspect of the show. I am always impressed by the ability ...

Play to challenge societal stereotypes

Play to challenge societal stereotypes

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

February 12, 2019

The Shield interviewed Otto Mullins, a junior theatre arts performance major, about the upcoming production of “Pygmalion,” which will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and at 2 p.m Feb. 17. The Shield: What is your role in the show? Mullins: I am Alfred Doolittle. So, I am the father of the ...

‘We are storytellers’

‘We are storytellers’

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 8, 2019

At the beginning of the fall semester, Assistant Professor of Theatre Maya Fein asked her students in the public relations lab how they could showcase their department. Parker Dean wasted no time raising his hand and enthusiastically telling the group how fun it could be to interview the prof...

Theatre season opens with strong performance

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 many fun characters that had me laughing at the ridiculous schemes and jokes. The play quickly ca...

Play to showcase painful, hillarious love triangle

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 like a crazy person because I’m just always talking to myself,” the junior theatre major said. ...

The beauty of relationships

The beauty of relationships

Jasmine Myers, Staff Writer

April 10, 2018

Bev Jones Hadin Hart said that many of the motivations in fairy tales can be black and white. “This play it is gray,” the freshman theatre major said  “Everything is not what we are used to. It relates more to everyday life and to college students.” USI Theatre will be ending th...

Progressive play on the way

Progressive play on the way

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

March 20, 2018

USI theatre is entering new territory with a story of mental health from the upcoming production of “Standing on my Knees” by John Olive. The show will play in the Mallette Theatre March 22-24 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. “Standing on my Knees” follows the story...

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 Wasserman Thursday. The play is a slice-of-life comedy that takes place in New York City and...

Play provides powerful performance, little plot

Play provides powerful performance, little plot

Gavin Gaddis, Opinion Editor

October 17, 2017

Anon(ymous) combines aims to tell the story of immigrants lacking identity in the homogenous melting pot of America by way of re-envisioning The Odyssey. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out why The Odyssey is even introduced to this play. Its presence, at best, is distracting. Given its pre...

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