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Xavier University Theatre
April 14-23

Directed by Isabelle Trapp

Cast: Michelle Mitchell as Isabella, Dylan Waters as Angelo, Abby Sherr as Escalus, Mia Helbig as Juliet/Marianna, Andrew Normington as Claudio & Sarah Malarney as Duke

Finding himself in charge of a city ruled by corruption, the Duke cedes control to Angelo, who quickly enforces dated codes of chastity and moral conduct. But when a young nun pleads for her brother’s condemned life, Angelo ensnares her into an impossible situation. MEASURE FOR MEASURE is a stunning story of power, deception, virtue and hypocrisy that examines the double standards in our political, ethical and religious systems. Adult situations and content.

  • Sat, April 15 at 7pm
  • Fri, April 21 at 7pm
  • Sun, April 23 at 2pm

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Xavier University Theatre
April 14-23
Gallagher Student Center Theatre [Evanston]

Directed by Tessa D’Errico

Cast: Molly Franzen as Kayleen & Sean Moss as Doug

Kayleen and Doug meet for the first time at eight years old in the nurse’s office of their elementary school. Over the course of 30 years, we follow their lives as they intersect through multiple injuries, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. Gruesome Playground Injuries is an unconventional love story about opening up and allowing someone else to see our own personal scars. Adult situations, content and language.

  • Fri, April 14 at 7pm
  • Sun, April 16 at 2pm
  • Sun, April 23 at 7pm

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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL Runs March 24-26

Xavier University
March 24-26
Gallagher Student Center [Evanston]

Directed by Bethany Kerr

Cast: Tierra London Rush as Violet, Alexa Kreuzer as Doralee, Sienna Glaze as Judy, Richie Pokrywka as Hart, Anna Snyder as Roz & Owen Clark as Joe
Female ensemble: Alexis Pinto, Anna Verderber, Lizzy Sundstrom, Tate Clemons, Hanna Richardson & Mia D’Ascenzo
Male ensemble: David Ludwig, Anthony Frederickson, Sam Gielink, Carter Bechtol, James Ciccarelle & Ben Hunt

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying hypocrite they call their boss. While he remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is an outrageous, thought-provoking and hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the age of the Rolodex! Adult situations, content and language.

  • Fri, March 24 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, March 25 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, March 26 at 2pm

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Xavier University Theatre Presents Musical LIZZIE, Feb. 10-18

XU_lizzieCINCINNATI, Jan. 27, 2023) — Xavier University Theatre continues the 2022-23 season with its production of Lizzie. The musical, which is based on the 1892 Lizzie Borden trials, runs Feb. 10 through 18 in Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center Theatre.

In 1892, Lizzie Borden was tried and acquitted for the bloody ax murders of her father and stepmother in a small Massachusetts town. More than 130 years later, four women tell this gothic story of American mythology set to a blistering and unapologetic punk rock score. The show features music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner, and book by Tim Maner.

Junior Abby Sherr, who is stage managing the show, said, “Most people know Lizzie Borden as an ax-wielding murderess, but this musical shows the challenging details of her life that led her to that point.” In summarizing the show, Abby said, “Lizzie is about a queer woman in the 19th century who is trapped in a horrific household and the ways in which she was able to get out. Each of us is more than the worst thing we have ever done.”

Senior Emma Hunt, who plays Bridget, said that Lizzie “is the perfect opportunity to put my four years of education and performing experience to work.” Emma raves about the support in the rehearsal room and said that “because of this support I have been able to be fearless on stage and off. It is a super special way to end my four years at Xavier.”

Senior Jenna Treinen, who plays Alice, said, “What’s so powerful about this production is the story of four women taking the stage and sharing in their rage, love, ambitions and hopes.” Treinen said, “We have the incredible opportunity to take charge and take action in a story about what it means to take control of a life shrouded by the patriarchy.”

The cast consists of eight actors divided into two performance casts of four, the Rose Cast and the Pear Cast. The Rose Cast includes sophomores Mattie Cieplak (Lizzie) and Mary McMurray (Alice) and juniors Anna Kahle (Bridget) and Regan Utrup (Emma). The Pear Cast includes sophomores Kate Crisp (Emma) and Maria Zierolf (Lizzie) and seniors Emma Hunt (Bridget) and Jenna Treinen (Alice).

The show is directed by Stephen Skiles (who also acts as producer), with assistant directors junior Abigail Dirr, first-year student Brookelyn Duncan and sophomore Emma Halloran. Scot Buzza provides vocal and music direction. Peyton Wright provides choreography.

The design team includes Joe Beumer (lighting designer/set designer), Joe Leonard (technical director), junior Casey Johnson (video content lead), junior Sarah Malarney (assistant costume designer, junior Joe Mitchell (lighting assistant), Jessica Pitcairn (costume designer), sophomore Richie Pokrywka (lighting assistant), sophomore Tierra London Rush (assistant costume designer), senior Alec Schneider (production electrician/sound engineer), Kevin Semancik (sound designer) and Steven Stapleton (camera/video engineer). The stage manager is junior Abby Sherr, and the assistant stage managers are first-year student JD Hoffacker, sophomore Sam Johnson and Alec Schneider.

The Rose Cast performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, 11 and 16, as well as at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18. The Pear Cast performances take place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12, as well as 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 18.

Tickets are available now. They are $15 each for adults and $10 each for Xavier students, faculty and staff. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/66144 or call 513-745-3939.


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LIZZIE Runs Feb. 10-18

Xavier University
Feb. 10-18
Gallagher Student Center [Evanston]

Directed by Stephen Skiles
Music direction by Scot Buzza

Casts: Anna Kahle & Emma Hunt as Bridget, Maria Zierolf & Mattie Cieplak as Lizzie, Regan Utrup & Kate Crisp as Emma, Jenna Treinen & Mary McMurray as Alice

In 1892, Lizzie Borden was tried and acquitted for the bloody axe murders of her father and stepmother in a small Massachusetts town. 130 years later, four women will tell this gothic story of American mythology set to a blistering and unapologetic punk rock score. LIZZIE is Rage! Power! Betrayal! And BLOODY MURDER! Violence, adult content, language, sexual assault/rape and incest, attempted suicide, murder. Intense flashing lights, loud music/noises and haze are used during the performance.

  • Fri, Feb. 10 at 7:30pm
  • Sat-Sun, Feb. 11-12 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, Feb. 16-17 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Feb. 18 at 2pm & 7:30pm

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