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Shakespeare to Return to Ohio Wesleyan with ‘Henry IV, Part 1’

March 26, 2007

Kevin Barron ’07 as Hotspur and Eric Carpenter ’07 as Prince Hal.
Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1” at 8 p.m. April 13-14 and April 20-21, and at 2 p.m. April 22. The performances will take place on the main stage in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.

The first Shakespeare production at Ohio Wesleyan since 2003, “Henry IV, Part 1” follows Hotspur as he is drawn into a rebellion against King Henry IV. In the meantime Prince Hal, the heir to the throne, struggles to choose between reckless pleasures and his royal responsibilities. One of Shakespeare’s greatest historical plays, the piece blends scenes of tense drama with fast-paced, rambunctious comedy.

Ohio Wesleyan’s production of “Henry IV, Part 1” is directed by Edward Kahn, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre and dance at the university. Guest set and lighting designer is Rob Johnson of Otterbein College. General admission is $7, with discounts for students, senior citizens, and groups of 10 or more. Call (740) 368-3855, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, for reservations.

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.