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Doug Mertz to Perform Via Dolrosa at Ohio Wesleyan

October 24, 2005

DELAWARE, Ohio - Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre has announced award-winning actor Doug Mertz will perform the one-man excerpt Via Dolrosa at Ohio Wesleyan.

Doug MertzThe Performing Art Series' event will be held in Chappelear Drama Center (45 Rowland Ave., Delaware) on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. Mertz replaces Martin Giles who had to back-out of the production after being cast in another role.

Mertz is a former Post-Gazette Performer of the Year and has appeared with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre in its productions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Racing Demon, Don Juan in Hell and Tonight at 8:30. He has also performed at several other theatres in the Pittsburgh area.

A teaching artist in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, he has appeared in Rashomon (Husband), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Waiting for Godot (Pozzo), The Adding Machine (Mr. Zero), and Flow my tears... the Policeman said (Jason Taverner). For Shakespeare in the Schools, he has toured in productions of Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew (which he also adapted). Mertz is also a member of Actors' Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors' Guild.

Mertz has extensive teaching experience as well. He has taught for five years at the University of Pittsburgh, and 12 years at Point Park University, as well as at Carnegie-Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Civic Light Opera Academy, and the Upstairs Theatre. In addition to teaching, he has served as speech and/or dialect coach on numerous productions in the Pittsburgh area including Moby Dick, The Real Thing and The Island at Pitt.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission and $5 for Ohio Wesleyan students. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or by calling 866-468-3401. This show is being presented in support of the 2005 Ohio Wesleyan Sagan National Colloquium theme, "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects".