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Newt Gingrich and Van Jones Debate
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.
Ursprung Gymnasium
Lou Higgins Recreation Center
E. Bagley Road, Berea

As voters consider two polarizing major party candidates, what’s at stake, especially for the future of the economy? Newt Gingrich, a conservative former U.S. House Speaker, and Van Jones, progressive activist and CNN political commentator, debate how the major party candidates might lead the nation to economic prosperity. Jones, an environmental and human rights reformer and ex-Obama policy advisor, will argue the case for the Democrat Hillary Clinton, while Gingrich, who ran for president in 2012 and was an early supporter of Republican Donald Trump, will champion the GOP standard-bearer. The BW School of Business Leadership Lecture Series event will be moderated by political science professor and media analyst Tom Sutton, Ph.D.

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An error in a newspaper ad for this event incorrectly listed the date of this event at Sept. 20.

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By J.M. Barrie
Directed by Adam Heffernan
October 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. and October 8 & 9 at 2:00 p.m.
William Allman Theatre, 
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

Three years before introducing the boy who wouldn’t grow up, J.M. Barrie penned the comedy, QUALITY STREET. Set in an English town during the Napoleonic wars, the play employs an amusing case of mistaken identity to tell the story of two sisters and their pursuit of love, happiness and self-worth.  This last masterpiece of the English Theatre reads as a wishful collaboration between Jane Austin and Oscar Wilde.

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By Tony Kushner
Directed by Scott Plate
October 19-22 at 7:30 p.m.
William Allman Theatre, 
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika is the conclusion of Tony Kushner's award-winning epic of American theatre. A work of stunning imaginativeness, rich humor, and profound feeling, Perestroika is an elegy for the age of AIDS. Published in 1993, it was also a prophetic vision of the America we have become, and an early clarion call for change.

This play contains strong language, mature themes and adult content (nudity).  Parental discretion is advised.

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Judith Klose and Tobias Nehren, Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party
Monday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG)
340 Front Street, Berea

How do people around the world perceive the 2016 election and presidential candidates? Members of a delegation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government, visiting the U.S. to observe the American election, will join our panel discussion to give us a view of this raucous American election through overseas eyes. Members of the BW department of political science faculty will join Judith Klose and Tobias Nehren of Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party, the country's oldest political party, which traditionally represents the interests of the working class.

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Presented by Baldwin Wallace Opera and Cleveland Opera Theater
Timothy Nelson, director and conductor
Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 8:00 pm.
Fynette Kulas Music Hall, Boesel Musical Arts Center
49 Seminary Street, Berea

Serse is presented in a Co-Production by Baldwin Wallace Opera and Cleveland Opera Theater with guest Director and Conductor Timothy Nelson, hailed by Opera News as "The future of opera." Channeling the style of Rumi and building on the concept of a Persian folk-love story as narrated by a poet, Nelson will create and lead this world-premiere adaptation of Handel's Serse.

This exciting production will feature a cast of performers from the Baldwin Wallace Opera program, a chamber orchestra, costume design by Esther Haberlen and Scenographic design by Matthew D. McCarren.  Sung in Italian with English narration and supertitles, Serse will have an approximate 90 minute duration. 

This is the first Baldwin Wallace Opera Production to be produced under the leadership of Scott Skiba, the recently appointed Director of Opera Studies and Jason Aquila the recently appointed Opera Music Director.  Performances will be held on the Baldwin Wallace Campus and in a special production installation at the iconic Cleveland Landmark Arcade Cleveland (Sunday, November 6, 5:00pm.  Tickets for this date are available via

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Book by Arthur Laurents,
Music by Leonard Berstein, &
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A co-production with
The Conservatory of Music’s Music Theatre program
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Choreography by Greg Daniels
Music Direction by David Pepin
November 9-12, November 16-19 at 7:30 and November 13 and 20 at 2:00 pm
John Patrick Theatre, 
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back, and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time -- it remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as "Something's Coming ", "Tonight", "America", "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

Jet Cast:  11/9, 11/11, 11/13, 11/17, 11/19
Shark Cast:  11/10, 11/12, 11/16, 11/18, 11/20 

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Winning Women:  Top Global Entrepreneurs Share Secrets of Business Success
Thursday, November 10, 8:30 a.m.
Gamble Auditorium
Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street, Berea

The world is fascinated with secret ingredients – whether it be the unknown contents of a recipe passed down for generations, or the principals behind a successful franchise.

Please join BW in welcoming:

Auntie Anne Beiler, founder, Auntie Anne’s Inc., who will share how she came from having very little education, capital, or business plan to owning the world’s largest, mall based, international pretzel franchise with over 1,700 locations worldwide.

Jodi Berg, president & CEO, Vitamix. With a commercial customer list that reads like a “Who’s Who” of major restaurant chains and a passionate following of home chefs, celebrities and fitness enthusiasts, learn from this EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Award Winner whose NE Ohio family business sells product in more than 140 countries.

Opening remarks by Susan Bixler '72, widely recognized author, speaker, executive coach, and a frequently quoted expert in the area of leadership development.

These fast-paced talks share lessons on how culture, integrity, strategy and execution help foster innovative thinking and increased business results in startups and long-established companies. With support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Northeast Ohio program and CIG’s corporate partners and sponsors. 

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Norma Miller, Adam Brozowski & Valerie Salstrom
Tuesday, January 17, 8:00 p.m.
John Patrick Theatre
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

The arts can act as a powerful spark for social and political change. Norma Miller, known as the "Queen of Swing," created the "Lindy Hop," popularizing this global swing dance trend as a strong, resilient black woman during the major cultural and political shifts of the last century. In this interactive discussion, Miller and international swing dance instructors Adam Brozowski and Valerie Salstrom will talk about swing dance as a catalyst for promoting diversity and inclusion. This event is part of BW’s MLK week celebration and Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series.

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fyoo zh en 17:
new music + dance
Directed by Sara Whale
Music Composed by Sean Ellis Hussey (’14)
February 1-4 at 7:30 pm 
John Patrick Theatre, General Public $10.00, Students/Sr. Citizens $5.00  
Kleist Center for Art & Drama  
95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

A collaborative new dance/music project inspired by Dr. Karen Munroe’s research on the social and mating habits of squirrels (and those who study them). In this humorous romp, the audience is invited to follow a group of student biologists and their trusty mentor as they hit the wilds to observe the social and mating systems of the round tailed ground squirrel. But watch out…who is really watching who? 

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John Quinones, ABC News
Tuesday, March 14, 8:00 p.m.
John Patrick Theatre
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

The Emmy award-winning ABC TV journalist and host of the popular “What Would You Do?” prime time series asks us, individually and as a nation, to take a good look in the mirror. What do we do when we witness injustice, racism, bullying? Do we step in or do we step aside? Has the tenor of the 2016 campaign season affected how we respond? Having grown up in a poor family of migrant workers to become ABC's first Latino correspondent and a seven-time Emmy Award winner, Quiñones draws on his own powerful story to challenge his audience to think. This event is part of BW’s Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series.

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By Jim Leonard, Jr.
Directed by Dr .Jack Winget
March 16-18 at 7:30 pm and March 19 at 2:00 pm
William Allman Theatre 
Kleist Center for Art & Drama 
95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

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by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Shinnerrie Jackson
April 5-7, 2017 at 7:30 pm and April 9 at 2:00 pm
William Allman Theatre 
Kleist Center for Art & Drama 
95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

Esther, an African-American woman living in the dawn of the last century, makes an uncommon
living for herself sewing exquisite lingerie. Esther's skilled artistry allows her rare access into the
private lives of others.  This breathtaking and moving drama ranks among the best American plays of the century. 

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Adam Heffernan
May 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm
John Patrick Theatre 
Kleist Center for Art & Drama  
95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

Pericles is a rousing adventure story! Shakespeare’s Odysseus-like hero travels through the world of the ancient Mediterranean— meeting knights, evil kings, beautiful princesses, and pirates – all culminating in a miraculous climax.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see an overlooked masterpiece. 

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