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Local Playwright Lands Spot in Playbill Virtual Theatre Festival

MISC_Our Time logoWhen the Playbill Virtual Theatre Festival Live (https://vtf.live) launches its live performances on October 23, it will feature a piece with a Cincinnati connection.

Kelsey Celek, a Springboro native and alumni of Wright State University, is the playwright of OUR TIME, which will make its online debut October 23. Out of 150 submissions, Celek’s script was selected as one of 12 pieces that will be performed live online during Playbill VTF Live.

Playbill VTF Live encourages theatre artists to think outside the black box and develop new forms of live theatre that can be experienced simultaneously with other audience members regardless of physical location or proximity. The festival will present new works created specifically for live-online performance and will award two $1,500 cash prizes, one to a festival winner chosen by a panel of judges and the second to an Audience Choice winner voted on by festival viewers. Playbill VTF Live will be hosted by theatre media icon Playbill and run exclusively on Playbill.com from October 23rd through the 25th.

Celek’s production, OUR TIME, is an updated take on a classic play, set in the spring of 2020.

“So much is changing in our day-to-day,” Celek says, “The way we work, the way we communicate, the way we celebrate our milestones – all new. The play explores how we are adapting to these changes, and how we’re holding onto what’s stayed the same – our ties to each other.”

When asked about working on a virtual format, Celek adds, “It’s very different from what I’ve grown accustomed to in a live production! However, the real advantage is being able to collaborate with theatre artists from all across the United States. I’m delighted to have this ensemble of actors in the same room, even if it’s a virtual one.”

Local audiences will notice some other familiar faces, too – fellow Wright State alums Dani Cox, Aziza Macklin, and Nevada Montgomery are included in the cast.

“I’m intrigued by the possibilities virtual theatre can uncover,” says Cox, “I’m so thrilled that I’m able to work with fellow actors/ friends who I haven’t seen in years.

OUR TIME will share its live performance online Friday, October 23 . All-Access Festival Passes are just $2.99 each, and $1 of each Festival Pass will be donated to the Actors Fund. Visit vtf.live to purchase a Festival Pass.

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MAMMA MIA! Postponed at Wright State University

WSUDear Wright State Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures Patrons, Students, Faculty and Staff,

It is my disappointing duty to announce that we will postpone our production of MAMMA MIA until the Fall, where it will become part of our 2020-21 season.

As so many other public organizations have had to make similar decisions, it is the only responsible action. We care deeply about the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and patrons. And, we are fully committed to helping all of you get through this public health emergency. Come Fall, we will look forward to having you with us to celebrate our collective health.

Our box office staff will work with ticket holders to arrange refunds, or allow you to convert your ticket to a donation.

Thank you for your continued support over these many years! Now, go wash your hands!

With my best regards for your health and safety,

Joe Deer, Chair
Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures
Wright State University

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MAMMA MIA! Runs March 19-April 12

WSU_Mamma Mia logoMAMMA MIA!
Wright State University
March 19-April 12
Festival Playhouse [Dayton]

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you will never forget!

  • Thu, March 19 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, March 20-21 at 8pm
  • Sun, March 22 at 2pm
  • Wed-Thu, April 1-2 at 7pm
  • Fri, April 3 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 4 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 5 at 2pm
  • Thu, April 9 at 7pm
  • Fri, April 10 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 11 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 12 at 2pm

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE Runs Feb. 21-March 1

WSU_Enemy of the People logoAN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
Wright State University
Feb. 21-March 1
Herbst Theatre [Dayton]

Arthur Miller’s timeless adaptation of an electrifying drama! Will a man of courage stand up to society and the masses when he discovers the city waters are polluted?

  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 21-22 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 23 at 2pm
  • Thu, Feb. 27 at 7pm
  • Fri, Feb. 28 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 29 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, March 1 at 2pm

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THE WOLVES Runs Feb. 6-16

WSU_The Wolves logoTHE WOLVES
Wright State University
Feb. 6-16
Festival Playhouse [Dayton]

Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team; we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to win. Infused with the raw jagged energy of youth, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future—and trying to score a few goals. Immediate and timely, this ferociously contemporary coming-of-age drama explores the aggression and teamwork of sports and adolescence with an unflinching and compassionate eye. Adult language and situations.

  • Thu, Feb. 6 at 7pm
  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 7-8 at 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 9 at 2pm
  • Wed-Thu, Feb. 12-13 at 7pm
  • Fri, Feb. 14 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 15 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 16 at 2pm

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