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‘We are storytellers’

‘We are storytellers’

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 8, 2019


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Sex, math and philosophy

Sex, math and philosophy

Abigail Suddarth, Staff Writer

February 10, 2016


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The only thing that prevents mathematics and predictability from working is sex. This phrase taken from the upcoming USI Theatre production of “Arcadia” is the “truest thing anyone can say,” said Elliot Wasserman, the play’s director.

Performing arts chair sheds light on ancient gender roles in ‘Lysistrata’

Performing arts chair sheds light on ancient gender roles in ‘Lysistrata’

Taylor Fox

November 11, 2014


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The audience can expect to see a group of clever actors in an improvisational play that is “funnier on its feet, than on paper," said Elliot Wasserman, Performing Arts Department chair. Wasserman has been directing plays at USI since 1991 and said he looks forward to putting on a slapstick comedy with a serious...

Teaching Theatre opening delayed two months

Paola Marizan

August 20, 2014


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The Teaching Theatre, which the university broke ground on two years ago, will not be wowing students and faculty when they return from summer break as originally planned. Obstacles pushed the opening to October or November, said Mark Rozewski, Vice President for finance and administration. “The...

Stone quarry number one reason for theatre delay

Rachel Christian

March 18, 2014


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Construction at the new USI Teaching Theatre is taking longer than expected, but it should  be ready for the fall semester. The new building is still on budget, said Gary Burgdorf, the construction administrator at USI. The project was able to cut spending in some areas, while distributing those...

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