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The Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Opens Season with Big Love

Posted Oct. 4, 2012

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will open its 2012/2013 production season with the Charles Mee comedy Big Love, Oct. 5-14 in Kent State University's Wright Curtis Theatre, 1325 Theatre Drive, Music and Speech Center, Kent, Ohio.

Directed by Eric van Baars, professor of theatre in the School of Theatre Theatre and Dance students Joshua Gordon, Brianna DeRosa, Chase Ziegler, Bevin Bell Hall, David Potter and Rachel Wolin.and Dance, this production highlights the escapades of 50 Greek brides fleeing from the mother of all arranged marriages! Clad in white, the 50 maidens head to an Italian villa to escape marriage to their 50 cousins. The throng of grooms follow the brides and mayhem ensues. A modern rendition of Aeschylus's The Suppliants, the play explores issues of gender politics, love and relationships.

"Charles Mee's modern twist on the ancient battle of the sexes theme takes the audience for a thrilling ride through primal emotions, carnal lust, revenge, and condemnation," said van Baars. "This is a savagely funny play for adult audiences."

Shows run Tues. through Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. There will be no performance of Big Love on Wed., Oct. 10 due to special event "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen" held in E. Turner Stump Theatre that evening.

The new performing arts box office opens Sept. 10, 2012. Hours are weekdays from noon-5 p.m. The box office is located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Drive on the campus of Kent State Univeristy. New this year, the performing arts box office will also sell tickets to events in the School of Music, and for the Fashion School's annual fashion show in April (Tickets won't go on sale until March 2013). Patrons will be able to purchase tickets for such School of Music events as the KSU Orchestra concerts, Kent Keyboard Series, Chorale concerts, Opera productions and the Men's and Women's Chorus concert. For more information, visit The box office opens one hour prior to each performance and accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.

Single tickets for Big Love are $8 non-KSU students with valid ID or students under 18, $14 KSU faculty, staff and Alumni Association members, $12 seniors (60+) and $16 adults. Groups of 10 or more are $10 per person.

Flex passes for three, four or seven theatre and dance productions are available for purchase until Oct. 13. Prices for the flex passes run $42-$98 for Adults; $30-$70 for seniors, KSU faculty, staff and Alumni Association members and $19.50-$45.50 for non-KSU students with valid ID. For tickets or more information call 330-672-ARTS (2787).

The School of Theatre and Dance 2012/2013 season will feature Rocky Horror Show Nov. 2-11; Dance 2012: Winterplay Nov. 30-Dec. 2; The Roe Green Visiting Director Series presents Spring Awakening Feb. 15-24, directed by Tony award-winning actor Michael Ruppert; BFA Senior DAnce Concert and Student Dance Festival March 15-17; Kent Dance Ensemble's New View April 5-7; and, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream April 19-28.


Media contact:
Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398

Editors: Image for Big Love is available by contacting Effie Tsengas at