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OWU Theatre Comes 'Full Circle' with Suspenseful, Gripping Wartime Drama


October 11, 2002

[ 'Full Circle' Cast Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan Department of Theatre and Dance will launch its 2002-2003 theatre season with Full Circle, written by Erich Remarque and adapted by Peter Stone. The production, part of OWU's Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series, is slated for Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. All performances will take place at the Chappelear Drama Center Main Stage theatre.

Full Circle is a suspense-filled drama with intrigue, romance, and mistaken identity. The play's strong action, high suspense, and surprising reversals create a stunning theatrical piece with the same qualities that made Remarque's novels (such as All Quiet on the Western Front) world famous. While the play is set in Berlin at the end of World War II, the themes of survival, identity, and responsibility still reverberate today.

Erich Remarque is one of the best-known and most widely read authors of German literature in the 20th century. Many of his novels were filmed and have become classics in film history (Arch of Triumph, 1948, and A Time to Love and a Time to Die, 1958) and have been translated into more than 50 languages. Peter Stone, President of The Dramatists Guild, has received numerous awards for Broadway plays and musicals, including Titanic, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, and Woman of the Year.

OWU theatre professor Elane Denney directs 11 actors in this gripping performance. Set design is by Ohio Wesleyan theatre professor Glen Vanderbilt, Jr., and costume designs are by Jacqueline Shelley. Doug Hettich, junior theatre major, is stage manager, and sophomore theatre major Emilee Pershing is lighting designer.

Ticket prices are $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. Call the Chappelear Drama Center at 740-368-3855 for ticket reservations.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 17th year at Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at http://snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.