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Ohio Wesleyan University Alumni to Bring ‘Outstanding, Absurdist, Experimental’ Sketch Comedy to Campus

October 24, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan alumni Andrew Connor (left) and Mike Mathieu will bring their ‘Cody Rivers Show’ to campus Nov. 10.
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University graduates Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor will bring their acclaimed “Cody Rivers Show” from Bellingham, Wash., to central Ohio for one performance as part of the university’s 2007-2008 Performing Arts Series.

The event will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 in the university’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.

The duo’s current production, “The Cody Rivers Show: Stick to Glue,” features insightful, intelligent sketch comedy appropriate for teenagers and adults. Performing together since 2004, Mathieu and Connor combine dance, music, physical theatre, and even puppetry to entertain audiences with their high-energy antics.

One critic has described “The Cody Rivers Show” as “out of this world—outstanding, absurdist, experimental theater that paddles above the surface of the sketch comedy genre. … Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor would look at-home on or off Broadway.”

Another said: “When Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor turn the juice on, the show is electrifying. … The energy coming off these two guys is fantastic and audiences are loving it.”

Mike Mathieu grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 2000, earning his degree in creative writing and literature. While at the university, he also studied acting, playwriting, and dance. He was a four-year member of the campus improvisational comedy troupe, the Babbling Bishops.

Andrew Connor grew up in Columbus. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 1999, majoring in international studies and French. While at the university, he also studied theater, and acted in, danced in, choreographed, and directed numerous productions. Like Mathieu, Connor also was a member of the Babbling Bishops.

Tickets for “The Cody Rivers Show: Stick to Glue” are $15 for general admission and $5 for students (with a valid school ID) and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com or by calling the Performing Arts Series phone messaging service at (740) 368-3629. Tickets purchased at the box office must be paid for with cash. Credit card sales are available online only.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.