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Tuesday, January 21, at 7:00 pm
Mainstage Theater, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

Anthony Ray Hinton survived for 30 years on Alabama's death row for crimes he did not commit. Hinton was convicted of the unsolved murders of two fast-food restaurant managers based on the testimony of ballistics experts for the State who claimed that the crime bullets came from a dusty revolver found in Hinton's mother's closet. Without the benefit of a competent expert to challenge the State's theory, an all-white jury convicted Hinton, and he was sentenced to death. In 2015, Hinton was freed after more than a decade of litigation led by attorney Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI).

In 2018, Hinton published "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row," which was selected for Oprah's Book Club and is a New York Times bestseller.

Hinton will be joined by Kuntrell Jackson, who was tried as an adult and sentenced to die in prison for an offense at the age of 14. In 2012, the United States Supreme Court issued a historic ruling in Jackson's case, Jackson v. Hobbs, holding that mandatory death in prison sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Jackson, also represented by EJI, was re-sentenced and released in 2017.

Together, Hinton and Jackson, in a discussion moderated by Adam Murphy, staff attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative, will share their experiences and what must be done to reform a system that too often strips people – even children – of their humanity.

Following the presentation, Hinton will sign copies of "The Sun Does Shine: How I found Life and Freedom on Death Row," which will be available for purchase.

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By Anton Chekov
Directed by Brennan Murphy
Wednesday-Saturday, January 22-25, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 26, at 2:00 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

What a summer it is! Family members, friends, and an ecologically-minded doctor snipe, quarrel, make up, and haplessly pursue love affairs that are never going to happen. They have all made their beds, and now it is time to watch them lye in the messy sheets. This group of misfits seems to always look at the glass as half empty in this play by the great Anton Chekhov. Uncle Vanya is a story about the universal human condition that is funny, poignant, and teaches us quite a bit about life and what makes it insufferable.

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Written & Directed by Shane Thatcher
Thursday-Saturday, January 30-February 1, at 7:30 pm
MACS Acting Studio, Room 177
Math & Computer Science Building
139 Tressel Street, Berea
“It is essential to see [his life] because then one understands it better,” according to Theo van Gogh regarding his brother's art. The two brothers had made an oath to stand by each other, but that oath and their relationship comes under strain as Vincent continues down his path as an artist. How will poverty, illness, and existentialism influence Vincent’s paintings? And what do the history books get wrong?

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Based on the research of Dr. Ana de Freitas Boe
Directed by Sara Whale
Wednesday-Saturday, February 12-15, at 7:30pm
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

What is beauty? What color is it, what gender is it, and who decides who is, or isn’t beautiful??  Inspired by Dr. Ana De Freitas Boe’s dissertation on gender, sexuality, and race in late18th century aesthetics, this production uses physicality and wit to examine the aesthetic of the human form, the lengths society goes to to find, enhance, and define it, and how things have changed, or not, in the last two plus centuries

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The response has been overwhelming, and we are now at full capacity. Although it is no longer possible to get a ticket, we have started a waiting list.

Please email Carrie Drozdz at, and we will let you know if space becomes available.

Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.
"Deep Relationality and a New Religion of the Earth"
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
56 Seminary St., Berea

Friday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m.
"Evolution and the Dynamism of God"
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
56 Seminary St., Berea

Friday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.
A panel discussion, "The Emerging Posthuman: What Are We Becoming?"
Strosacker Hall, Sandstone 3
120 E. Grand St., Berea

"Christianity in a world of evolution: Exploring the Upside-Down God"  Christianity was a radical breakthrough in religious consciousness in the early Church but lost its power with the rise of modernity. Science has reawakened a new understanding of the Christian God through thinkers like Alfred North Whitehead and Teilhard de Chardin. We will explore their ideas on a relational God in a world of change and the significance of an upside down God. In particular we will focus on the life of Jesus as boundary-crosser and Christian life today as creating new wholes.

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Jack-Anthony Ina, Director
Sarah Farris, Assistant Director
Lindsay Miller, Music Director
Sunday, February 23, at 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front Street, Berea

In a concert filled with some of the weirdest musical theatre songs you've ever heard, "He's Lost His Marbles: The Music of Daniel Ruffing" is guaranteed to give you a night you'll never forget!
Hear all of your favorite songs, from "I Want To Be Tall" to "Road Work Ahead!"

Proceeds benefit BW's Arts Management Association (AMA).

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Pelléas + Mélisande 
by Claude Debussy and Maurice Maeterlinck
Directed by Scott Skiba
Conducted by Domenico Boyagian
Scenic & Costume Design by Tesia Benson
Lighting Design by David Stoughton
Friday and Saturday, February 28-29, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

BW Opera, winner of first and second place in the 2017 and 2018 National Opera Association collegiate opera competition, presents a new, abridged, English-language adaptation of Claude Debussy and Maurice Maeterlinck’s Symbolist opera, Pelléas et Mélisande. 

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Beginning the Search for Life Outside Our Solar System
Dr. Scot Gaudi, The Ohio State University
Friday, March 20, at 7:30 pm
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Rd, Berea

We live in unique time in human history.  Just under 30 years ago, the first planets were discovered around other stars.  Now, we have developed the technology that we believe will allow us to search for potentially habitable planets orbiting nearby stars, and even search for the signatures of life in their atmospheres.   Dr. Scott Gaudi, Vice Chair, Thomas Jefferson Professor for Discovery and Space Exploration, University Distinguished Scholar, The Ohio State University, will present a lecture on the search for life beyond our solar system.

After the lecture, the Burrell Observatory will be open for viewing, weather permitting.

For questions, contact the Observatory Director at, or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 440-826-2312.

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An adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone by Seamus Heaney
Wednesday-Saturday, March 25-28, at 7:30 pm

Burial at Thebes by Seamus Haney is a re-telling of the story/myth of Antigone. Caught between divine principles and human laws Antigone must face doing what she believes is right and suffers the ultimate consequence. Everyone in her family circle is effected by her choices as she defies the orders of her uncle the King. Burial at Thebes presents a dysfunctional family in crisis and the aftermath that comes with pride, gender inequality and the threat of tyranny.

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Concert Benefitting Safe Passages
Sunday, March 29, at 3:00 pm 
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front Street, Berea

“We Do Recover” is a concert to benefit Safe Passages, a cooperative community-based partnership between law enforcement, courts, treatment providers, hospitals, educational institutions, and social services to facilitate treatment for those addicted to heroin or opiates.

The concert features BW faculty members and speakers.

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By Stephen Dietz
Directed by Scott Plate
Wednesday-Saturday, April 22-25, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 26, at 2:00 pm
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

A provocative adaptation by American playwright Steven Dietz restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker's classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances—in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.

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Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama,
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

Produced by the Directing Class.  Featuring a collection of short plays.  Directed by BW students – a great chance to see emerging talent.

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