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OWU to Present Ohio premiere of Othello in Wonderland


September 28, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan University Department of Theatre & Dance will present the Ohio premiere of Othello in Wonderland on the main stage of the Chappelear Drama Center on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and a matinee performance on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.

This compelling drama reveals the universal conflict of censorship by governments as a troupe of Iranian actors attempts to stage the Shakespearean play Othello with chilling and often humorous consequences. Othello in Wonderland is written by Gholam-Hossein Saedi, Iran's best-known playwright of this century. The play will be presented as part of OWU's 2005 Sagan National Colloquium topic, 'The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects.'

The cast and crew include over 40 Ohio Wesleyan students and is directed by Elane Denny-Todd, theatre professor at OWU. Scenic design is by OWU senior Chris Andrus; lighting design by OWU theatre professor D. Glen Vanderbilt, Jr.; and costume design by Jacqueline Shelley. OWU senior Jesse Fromosky is stage manager for the production.

To reserve tickets call the OWU Department of Theatre & Dance 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday at (740)-368-3845. Or, beginning Oct. 3, call the theatre box office at (740)-368-3855 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission, $6 for faculty and staff and $5 for students with proper identification.

For more information about the OWU production of Othello in Wonderland, call Elane Denny-Todd at (740)-368-3851.