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By Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Keira McDonald
Thursday and Friday, October 5 & 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m.
Blackbox Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Written by a woman who is known for her spectacular storytelling skills through ensemble work, (like her well-known Tony-winning Metamorphoses, dealing with Greek mythology) in this highly theatrical piece she tackles the dark underside of a group of lesser-known fairy tales. What happens when a child, left with a babysitter, discovers that the babysitter is literally an ogre? And the babysitter begins to read from a book, and the characters in each tale materialize…? Come see this telling of tales with, as the LA Times described it, “decidedly adult chills.”

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Saul Flores - Walking Immigrants
Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m.

Center for Innovation and Growth

In this keynote, Saul (pronounced sah-ool) speaks about how he walked 5,328 miles through ten countries and nine border crossings to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. Audiences get the opportunity to relive The Walk of the Immigrants along with Saul and create a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their journey.

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How AI Can Enhance Our Memory, Work and Social Lives

Featuring Tom Gruber, Impact Advisor, Humanistic.AI
Wednesday, October 18, at 8:00 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

Tom Gruber is an AI product developer, inventor, designer, humanist and ocean advocate.

He was cofounder, CTO and head of design for the team that created Siri, the first intelligent assistant for everyone. In 2010, Siri was purchased by Apple and remains central to the user experience of all Apple products. Today, Siri is used more than 25 billion times a month in dozens of languages around the world.

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All too Humanist? What tiny houses and a 19th-century Austrian mansion say about life in a time of ecological crisis
Featuring Dr. Katra Byram, Associate Professor of German, The Ohio State University
Thursday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Marting Hall, Room 114

Byram's first book, "Ethics and the Dynamic Observer Narrator: Reckoning with Past and Present in German Literature," examines 19th- and 20th-century novels to investigate the relationship between modern identity, narrative form and German efforts to reckon with social and historical change.

She is currently at work on two projects: one exploring how ecological crisis affects our ideas and stories about what it means to be a human self and the other examining how gender has shaped German memories of WWII.

Byram has recently discussed her work publicly with Professor David Staley on the College of Arts and Sciences Voices of Excellence from Arts and Sciences podcast, with Professor Frederick Aldama on his Professor Latinx YouTube channel and at TEDxOhioStateUniversity 2020. She is also a core member of Project Narrative and co-editor of the Ohio State University Press book series Theory and Interpretation of Narrative.

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Dr. Amy Sardone, The Ohio State University
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Dr. Amy Sardone, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at The Ohio State University, will present a lecture on the galaxies closest to our home galaxy the Milky Way. The Milky Way is not alone in the universe. Our galaxy and its neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy, are locked together by gravity. Caught along with them are a host of 30-50 smaller galaxies. Together, they make up the Local Group.

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

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Zarina Melik-Stepanova, piano
Alexandra Nguyen, piano
Jamie Ryan, percussion
Josh Ryan, percussion
Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m.

Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

A game of musical chairs with BW faculty and guest artists.

Bartók’s eclectic, rhythmic "Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion" is fused seamlessly with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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By A. R. Gurney
Directed by René Copland
Wednesday, October 25-28, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m.
Blackbox Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

The Dining Room is a uniquely American comedy of manners. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, it presents a series of 18 vignettes all set in different eras that intertwine and overlap, bound together by the location: the family dining room. It explores changing times and traditions and indeed change itself, while offering the proposal that family is the constant. A brilliant ensemble piece, six actors play more than 50 roles of all ages, and we are pleased to produce this play submitted for the season by the theatre students.

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Book by Roger O. Hirson
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally produced on the Broadway stage by Stuart Ostrow
Originally directed on the Broadway stage by Bob Fosse
2013 Broadway revival directed by Diane Paulus
Theo Ending Originally Conceived In 1998 by Mitch Sebastian

A co-production of Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre Program, Department of Theatre & Dance, and Arts Management & Entrepreneurship

Thursday-Saturday, November 9-11 and 16-18, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 12 and 19, 2 p.m.

Nathan Henry – guest director
Chase Kessler – music director
Greg Daniels – choreographer
Laura Berg – intimacy coordinator
Cameron Michalak – set designer
Tesia Benson – costume designer
Maya Fein – lighting designer
Patrick Kiernan – sound designer
Jonathan Horowitz – production stage manager

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

As told by a traveling troupe of actors led by the cunning and charming Leading Player, Pippin is the story of a young prince, heir to the throne, who is searching for his own “corner of the sky.” Pippin returns from university certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life.

Casting information:
(M) Magic Cast: 11/9, 11/11, 11/17, 11/19
(G) Glory Cast: 11/10, 11/12, 11/16, 11/18

Leading Player:  Kris Lyons (M & G)
Pippin: Aamar-Malik Culbreth (M),  Jack Prisco (G)
Charles:  Praise Oranika (M),  Jack Borenstein (G)
Lewis:  Zach Mackiewicz (M & G)
Fastrada:  Bella Serrano (M), Julia Martin (G)
Berthe: Nelia Rose Holley (M), Reese Henrick (G)
Catherine: Hailey Lynn Elberg (M), Camille Brooks (G)
Theo TBD

Female Presenting Ensemble: Sophia Edwards, Avery Fahey, Valeria Flores (Fastrada u/s),
Sasha Geisser, Gabi Ilg (Catherine u/s), Kate Day Magocsi, Giovanna Martinez, Janiyah McAllister, Bebe Moss,Maggie Newcomb, Kayla Petersen, Ana Rodriguez, Eden Susong

Male Presenting Ensemble: Marcus Alonso, Elliot Block (Lewis u/s), Lee Edwards, Trevor Gill-Snow, Benjamin Michael Hall, Kyle MacDonald, Dakota Renteria, Nicholas Rhew, Caleb Smith (Charles u/s), JT Snow, Marvis Stevens,
Ryan James Sweeney (Pippin u/s), Tobias Yeung

Swings: Capri Castriotta (Female Presenting Ensemble Swing)
Jake Van Eycken (Male Presenting Ensemble Swing)
Leading Player u/s: Zoë Lewis-McLean
Berthe u/s: Nalani Adams
Dance Captains: Trevor Gill-Snow, Kayla Petersen

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Organized by Prof. Johanna Cox Pennington
Sunday, November 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Boesel Musical Arts Center

The Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music is pleased to present the first BW Double Reed Day on Sunday, November 12, 2023.

This event is for Junior High, High School and College oboe and bassoon students. Double reed enthusiasts, teachers, professionals and music directors are all welcome.

This year's guest artists, Pedro Diaz (English horn with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and George Sakakeeny (Bassoon Professor at the Eastman School of Music), are renowned for their artistry and teaching expertise. BW Conservatory faculty Johanna Cox Pennington and Thomas English will join them for a day of master classes that will culminate in a Grand Finale concert including all guest artists, faculty and Double Reed participants.

The registration fee includes lunch, a Double Reed Day T-shirt, as well as access to all master classes, exhibits, and performances.

Schedule of Events:
9:00 a.m. Registration opens

9:30 a.m. Oboe and Bassoon Master classes
     • Johanna Cox Pennington Oboe Master Class, High School Students
     • Thomas English Bassoon Master Class, High School Students
    • Pedro Diaz Oboe Master Class, College Students
    • George Sakakeeny Bassoon Master Class, College Students

10:30 a.m. Oboe and Bassoon Reed Making Classes
     • Pedro Diaz Oboe, College Oboe Students
     • Johanna Cox Pennington, High School Oboe Students
     • George Sakakeeny, College Oboe Students
     • Thomas English, High School Bassoon Students

11:30 a.m. Lunch and Exhibits

1:00 p.m. Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory College Student Master Classes
     • All Oboes
     • All Bassoons

2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Double Reed Ensemble Rehearsal All Participants

     • Free and open to the public!  No registration or ticket required.

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By Moisés Kaufman
Directed by Eric Golovan
Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m.
Loomis Acting Studio #177, Loomis Hall

The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical experience that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. In 1998, twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard died after being kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming because he was gay. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project have constructed this deeply moving play from interviews and their own experiences visiting Laramie. The student director, Eric Golovan, said, “I want people to talk about what happened to Matthew Shepard in 1998 so that we can all realize that we as a society, even in 2023, have not fully learned our lesson.”

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