OU MFA Alum, Mark Chrisler, had a play run at this year’s Rhinofest in Chicago. The Chicago Reader’s, Zac Thompson, highlighted Chrisler’s play “Phones, Frauds, and Fakes.”
In Chrisler’s Phonies, Frauds, and Fakes, the writer-performer reads from a script while seated at a table, Spaulding Gray style. What starts as a witty lecture on history’s biggest lies soon morphs into the fascinating story of Chrisler’s four-year involvement with a girlfriend who turned out to be a pathological liar. As he relates how he fell for one whopper after another, Chrisler is insightful on self-deception and the way great liars exploit our willingness to believe what we want to believe, even when the truth is staring us in the face.
Read the entire article here.
Check out Mark Chrisler’s website for more information about his work.
Ohio University MFA Alum, and frequent MFA Festival Guest Eric Coble will be opening his play “The Velocity of Autumn” on Broadway on April 21st, 2014 with previews set to begin April 1. The play opened Arena Stage’s 2013-14 season this year starring Estelle Parsons and Steven Spinella. For more: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/185424-The-Velocity-of-Autumn-Starring-Estelle-Parsons-and-Stephen-Spinella-Will-Play-Broadways-Booth-Theatre?tsrc=hpt2
Theatre podcast “The Inexplicable Dumb Show” interviewed alum Jeremy Sony this week about his play “Ichabod: Missing in Sleepy Hollow” playing at Street Theatre Company. Sony talks about his take on the classic Sleepy Hollow legend and his work with Tennessee Repertory Theatre and their Ingram New Works Lab.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
OU Alum, Laura Jacqmin, is having the World Premiere of her new play “Ghost Bike” produced in Chicago by Buzz22 Theater Company from February 27, 2014 – March 30th, 2014.
Check out the article on broadwayworld.com
N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago seems to be a hotspot for OU alums. Fiona Kyle’s I WILL NOT LET YOU GO is being presented Monday, August 5th as part of a night of new works as part of Something Incredibly Marvelous Happens, A Festival of Magical Realism. More details available at http://somethingmarvelous.org/#events
This month, alum Aaron Carter’s THE GOSPEL OF FRANKLIN can be see at Steppenwolf (starting tonight!). Aaron’s play is part of Steppenwolf’s First Look Season. OU’s own Associate Professor of Playwriting Erik Ramsey is on board as the dramaturg. Break legs to all involved! Congratulations, Aaron! Visit the link to find all performance dates and to purchase tickets.
For more information check out the play’s page on Steppenwolf’s website.
This Sunday, August 4th, in Chicago, alumna Dana Lynn Formby has a reading of her new comedy UNTIL DEATH at Silent Theatre new HQ space, 1914 N. Milwaukee, 3rd floor at 5:00 PM. It’s FREE. Fine spirits will be available for a suggested donation. Until Death is part of the American Demigods Local Heroes reading series, running every Sunday in August.
This Friday, BOXCUTTER HARMONICA by alum J. Merrill Motz opens at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. BOXCUTTER HARMONICA is a collaboration between the Minneapolis-based playwright and his longtime friend, Chicago playwright Randall Colburn, shedding light on obsession, greed, greatness, and the devil’s singular fascination with collecting souls.
For more information click here.