2020-2021 Ashland University Theatre Season
The Wonder of Human Connection
The Ashland University 2020-2021 theatre season celebrates the wonder of human connection. In such difficult times, it is important to appreciate the people we depend on, along with remembering those that depend on us.
The Odd Couple, Female Version
By Neil Simon | Directed by Robert Sean Parker
Oct. 1- 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre
Originally scheduled to be produced in the Studio Theatre last spring, the female version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple takes the Hugo Young stage October 1-4. This 1985 reimagining puts a fresh new spin on his original 1965 Broadway play, swapping out Oscar and Felix for Olive and Florence. The tidy, neurotic Florence moves in with the messy, sports-loving Olive, who can’t resist enabling her ex-husband’s gambling addiction. The story follows the two incompatible roommates as they each deal with getting over their failed marriages, play Trivial Pursuit with their group of girlfriends, and test the waters of the dating scene again. Despite their arguing over housekeeping, Florence, Olive, and their friends would be lost without one another, as Olive calls Florence “one last piece of the pie.” This hilarious comedy centers on the importance of friendship and the desire for human connection, which allows people to overcome differences.
By William Shakespeare | Directed by Christine McBurney
Nov. 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre
Twelfth Night, the classic Shakespearean comedy is packed with twists, turns, and unexpected developments that test the strict social boundaries of love, social class, and identity. After her brother is lost at sea, Viola assumes a male identity, determined to make her way in the country of Illyria by becoming a servant to Duke Orsino. Disguised as a faithful errand-boy named Cesario, Viola finds herself falling for the Duke, who in turn is pining after Olivia, a beautiful countess who rebukes his affections. Supported by comical scenes featuring Olivia’s drunken houseguests, tricky servants, and talented jester, Viola struggles to find her way through the strict world of the upper class and win her crush over, without revealing her identity. This timeless play combines several complicated romances, plenty of social commentaries, and comedic relief with a complexity that is classically Shakespearean.
Tickets on sale Oct. 12.
The Theory of Relativity
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bertram, Book by Brian Hill | Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames
A virtual performance
Inspired by a mixture of Einstein’s famous theories, the many numbers of Pi, and familiar physics class word problems, Brian Hill and Neil Bartram’s The Theory of Relativity breaks away from the conventional musical. This song cycle tells the stories of young men and women from a variety of backgrounds, seamlessly intertwining their lives and voices with the precision of a scientific equation. The show depicts a diverse cast of characters; some that struggle with great expectations, others that have suffered betrayal from a loved one, as well as those that must cope with a constantly changing world. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you can be sure to find yourself in The Theory of Relativity.
Ticket/Viewing information available Jan. 25, 2021
The final number of The Theory of Relativity repeats the phrase “I am nothing without you.” This theme of the wonder of human connection is the thread that ties our 2020-2021 season together. In such uncertain times, it is important that we remember the close bonds that we share with our friends, families, and loved ones. It is just as critical that we understand how our actions and decisions, be they positive or negative, impact everyone around us. Each show this season reflects the necessity of each of these relationships. We’ve all had a Florence in our life that we care for despite their quirky habits, or a Duke Orsino that we’d go to the ends of the earth for. The Theory of Relativity brings our theatre season to a close by reminding us of all the wonders of human connection.
Tickets can be purchased from the AU Bookstore either in person or by calling 419-289-5336. Ticket prices are $2 for AU students and $5 for everyone else. Masks are required and seating is limited to 105 patrons at each performance to allow for social distancing following state guidelines.