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Ohio Wesleyan Alumni to Screen Independent Film on Campus

March 20, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University alumni Dan Consiglio ’92 and Johnny Ray Meeks ’94 will offer a special screening of their independent film, “alleyball,” at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at Delaware’s Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St. Following the screening, Consiglio and Meeks will participate in a 30-minute question and answer session with the audience. Both events are free and open to the public.

Co-written by the Ohio Wesleyan graduates, the film follows main character Stuart as his longtime girlfriend, Alison, gives him an ultimatum before leaving town on a two-month work assignment in Portland, Ore.: “Prove to me that our life in Chicago is worth coming back for, or buy a ring and get your butt to Portland.” Faced with a tough decision, Stuart and his friends stumble through hilarious ring-buying excursions and job interviews, ending the same way each time — with wiffleball and beer.

“It’s about the difference between growing up and getting older,” says Consiglio, who also serves as the film’s director. “Growing up is not about making predictable decisions, it’s about finding out who you really are.” Consiglio has written and directed several short films and commercials for clients worldwide.

Meeks, who has performed at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Improv in Hollywood, plays the role of Stuart in “alleyball.” Among the film’s other actors are Larry Joe Campbell, who stars as Andy on ABC television’s “According to Jim,” and Danny McCarthy, who played special agent Danny Hale in Fox’s hit series “Prison Break.”

The events are sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Theatre & Dance and its Theta Alpha Phi chapter, a national theatre honorary society. For more information about “alleyball” and to see video clips of the film, visit www.alleyballthemovie.com.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.