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STOP KISS
By Diana Son 
Directed by Brennan Murphy
Wednesday-Saturday, October 17-20, at 7:30 pm,
Sunday, October 21, at 2:00 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea 

Stop Kiss is a story about falling in love. More than that, the story involves the courage and growth that often go hand-in-hand with building a new relationship. Sara moves to New York City for a teaching job only to discover how unexpected finding love can be. When she finds herself the victim of a brutal hate crime, her new friend Callie must find the courage and hope to help them both move forward. Funny, biting, and timely, the play sensitively tells the story of the sexual awakening of two appealing young women as they tiptoe around mutual desire.

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GLORY DENIED (at Red Space)
An opera by Tom Cipullo
Based on the book by Tom Philpott, "Glory Denied: The Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War
Dugg McDonough, Guest Stage Director
Brian Onderdonk, Guest Conductor
Friday, October 19, at 7:00 pm
Red Space
2400 Superior Avenue, Cleveland 44114

Glory Denied is the powerful story of Jim Thompson, the longest-held prisoner of war in US military history, as he tries to re-assimilate into American life after spending nine years behind enemy lines in Vietnam. Timely for any generation, Glory Denied shine s a light on the very real consequences of war through the lens of an American family during the turbulent Vietnam War era. America’s longest-held prisoner of war returns home to a country he no longer recognizes. This intimate chamber opera chronicles Colonel Jim Thompson’s suffering in the jungles of southeast Asia through to the personal struggles that followed his liberation and repatriation.

An opera in two acts (duration 77 minutes), accompanied by a 9-piece chamber orchestra and performed fully-staged with costumes and lighting.

Composer Tom Cipullo will be present for a post-performance talk-back.

“From hope to despair, from love to hatred to forgiveness, the dramatic tension was relentless.” —Opera News

“…a powerfully realistic thriller and an unabashedly honest commentary on the America of the 1960s and ’70s.”—Fort Worth Weekly

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GLORY DENIED (at BW)
An opera by Tom Cipullo
Based on the book by Tom Philpott, "Glory Denied:  The Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War
Dugg McDonough, Guest Stage Director
Brian Onderdonk, Guest Conductor
Sunday, October 21, at 5:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front Street, Berea

Glory Denied is the powerful story of Jim Thompson, the longest-held prisoner of war in US military history, as he tries to re-assimilate into American life after spending nine years behind enemy lines in Vietnam. Timely for any generation, Glory Denied shine s a light on the very real consequences of war through the lens of an American family during the turbulent Vietnam War era. America’s longest-held prisoner of war returns home to a country he no longer recognizes. This intimate chamber opera chronicles Colonel Jim Thompson’s suffering in the jungles of southeast Asia through to the personal struggles that followed his liberation and repatriation. 

An opera in two acts (duration 77 minutes), accompanied by a 9-piece chamber orchestra and performed fully-staged with costumes and lighting.

Composer Tom Cipullo will be present for a post-performance talk-back.

 “From hope to despair, from love to hatred to forgiveness, the dramatic tension was relentless.” —Opera News

 “…a powerfully realistic thriller and an unabashedly honest commentary on the America of the 1960s and ’70s.”—Fort Worth Weekly

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FOUR PLAYS FOR DANCERS
By William Butler Yeats
Directed by Sara Whale
A co-production with Testing Ground - one hour of new dance pieces, one hour of theatre
Thursday-Saturday, October 25-27, at 7:30 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

A contemporary, interactive re-imaging of Yeat’s stylized, symbolist collection of short works incorporating movement, poetry and music to create a mystical experience for the audience and communicate the life of the soul.

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SCAN HUNGER CENTER BENEFIT CONCERT
Featuring Conservatory Faculty & Students
Sunday, October 28, at 3:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front Street, Berea

A concert benefiting the SCAN Hunger Pantry serving the Cleveland Metro Area (Berea, Brook Park, Columbia Twp, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls, and Strongsville).

All ticket proceeds and donations will go to the SCAN Hunger Center Pantry.

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KULAS KEYBOARD SERIES
Sylvia Berry, fortepiano
Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front Street, Berea

The second concert in the inaugural Kulas Keyboard Series features acclaimed fortepianist Sylvia Berry in a program of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn.

Ms. Berry will also participate in a Master Class from 12-1:30 pm.  She will be joined by keyboard technician and restorer
Dale Munschy for a Historical Instrument Technician Workshop from 2-3 pm,  Both events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.bw.edu/kulas-keyboard-series.
  

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BURRELL OBSERVATORY SERIES:  NEUTRON STARS:  A LABORATORY FOR EXOTIC MATTER
Dr. Veronica Dexheimer, Assistant Professor of Physics, Kent State University
Friday, November 2, 7:30pm
Center for Innovation and Growth, 340 Front Street, Berea

The Burrell Observatory series presents Dr. Veronica Dexheimer from Kent State University, who will present a lecture on Neutron stars.  Neutron stars are some of the most exotic objects in the universe.  They are the remnants of the explosion of very massive stars.  They spin hundreds of times each second and they are so dense that a single teaspoon would weigh a billion tons. 

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

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

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CABARET
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Choreographed by Gregory Daniels
Music Direction by Beth Burrier
Wednesday-Saturday, November 7-10 and 14-17, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, November 11 and 18, at 2:00 pm
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

At the close of the 1920s, a garish master of ceremonies at a Berlin nightclub welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret.  With the emcee's bawdy songs as a wry commentary, "Cabaret" explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Cliff Cast: 11/7, 11/9, 11/11, 11/15, 11/17
Nadina Hassan, Zach Landes, Charlie Ray, Sam Columbus, Emmy Brett 

Sally Cast: 11/8, 11/10, 11/14, 11/16, 11/18
Shelby Griswold, Enrique Miguel, Nick Drake, Marcus Martin, Tia Karaplis



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"LISA'S STORY:  THE OTHER SHOE”
Featuring American comic strip creator Tom Batiuk
Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm
Strosacker Hall, Sandstone III
120 E. Grand Street, Berea

Best known for his long-running "Funky Winkerbean" comic strip, Batiuk will speak about creating the graphic novel, in particular "Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2008. A native of northeast Ohio, his "Funky Winkerbean" and "Crankshaft" comic strips are carried in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.

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THE PROPOSAL
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Sarah Rupp McKee
Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17, at 7:30 pm
MACS Acting Studio, Math & Computer Science Building, 139 Tressell Street, Berea

Anton Chekhov's broadly comic, satirical look at how people fall in love and marry.

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BW MEN'S CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT
Frank Bianchi, director
Saturday, December 1, at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front Street, Berea
*Scroll down to find the December 7, BW Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert at Plymouth Church.

Join the BW Men’s Chorus, brass, percussion, organ and piano for an evening of holiday favorites. The concert has become a holiday tradition in Northeast Ohio.

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CONSERVATORY ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT
Featuring the BW Singers, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Music Theater, and more!
Sunday, December 2, 3:00 p.m.
Gamble Auditorium,
Kulas Musical Arts Building,
96 Front Street, Berea

Conservatory students present music of the season in this popular annual event.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Conservatory.

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10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

Featuring a collection of short plays directed by students.  A great opportunity to see emerging talent.

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BW MEN'S CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT AT PLYMOUTH CHURCH
Frank Bianchi, director
Friday, December 7, at 8:00 pm
Plymouth Church
2860 Coventry Road, Shaker Heights

The BW Men’s Chorus concert has been so popular in Northeast Ohio, they are repeating the December 1 concert on the east side of Cleveland.

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THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
Franz Welser-Möst,  conductor
Wednesday, January 16, at 7:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building
96 Front Street, Berea

The renowned Cleveland Orchestra performs for the first time on the BW campus.  The program will features Mozart's Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat Major, K.287 and Strauss' Chamber Symphony for Winds. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public. 

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BURRELL OBSERVATORY SERIES:  THE CHEMICAL EVOLUTION OF THE MILKY WAY GALAXY
Dr. John Laird, Professor & Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Bowling Green State University
Friday, January 18, 7:30 pm
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

The Burrell Observatory presents Dr. John Laird, Professor & Chair, Department of Physics & Astronomy at Bowling Green State University, who will present a lecture on how the Milky Way galaxy has chemically changed over time.  He and his collaborators have developed a technique for analyzing very low-quality noisy spectra, allowing them to probe the origin of the chemical elements and the history of the Milky Way galaxy.

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

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

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SCAB
By Sheila Callaghan
Directed by Christina Gavarone

Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26, at 7:30 pm
MACS Acting Studio, Room 177,
Math & Computer Science Building,
139 Tressel Street, Berea

Anima is an MFA acting student who has had a month long affair with a professor in her department.  Her life is changed by the arrival of her perky new roommate, Christa, a first-year PhD student in history.  The two young women begin a profound, intimate, and complex relationship.

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THE CRITIQUE OF THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES
By Molière
Directed by Christine McBurney

Wednesday-Saturday, January 30-February 2, at 7:30pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

Written as a cunning response to the critical reaction to his bold and controversial play, The School for Wives, Moliere offers a clever explanation for his unique style of comedy, effectively lampooning his own work, his audiences, and his critics. Witty wordplay, rich characters, and high style.

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fyoo-zhen '19 - THE SHOCK OF THE NEWS
Directed by Sara Whale with choreography by MaryPat Dorr, Breanna Pacek, Mawusi Nenone, and Sara Whale
Wednesday-Saturday, February 13-16, at 7:30 pm
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

In collaboration with Dr. Brian Monahan of BW Sociology and Criminal Justice, this choreographic exploration examines how the productions of the mainstream news media influence our perceptions of social reality. Using Dr. Monahan’s book, The Shock of the News, Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11 as a starting point, the piece uses bold, physical movement to illustrate the disturbing trend in America’s mainstream news media, in which media resources and audience attention are becoming increasingly oriented towards news that is fashioned into long-running ‘serialized dramas’ that bear greater resemblance to popular fiction than to journalism.

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STAGED READING NO. 2 – THE HEIDI CHRONICLES
By Wendy Wasserstein
Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, at 7:30 pm
Berea United Methodist Church Chapel
170 Seminary Street, Berea

Perhaps Wasserstein’s signature work, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989. It follows Heidi Holland from high school on the 1960s to her career as a successful art historian 20 years later, and tracks the evolving role of women during a time of vital change in America.

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MEDEA
Adaption by Paul Roche
Directed by Libby Tofig

Thursday-Saturday, February 21-23, at 7:30 pm
MACS Acting Studio, Room 177
Math & Computer Science Building
139 Tressel Street, Berea

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Euripides’ iconic drama follows the titular character of Medea on her quest for vengeance in the aftermath of her husband’s betrayal. The director’s unique four-character adaptation of this classic is a fiercely compelling narrative about the lengths we are driven to in the face of a broken heart.

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BURRELL OBSERVATORY SERIES:  JOURNEY TO THE NEAREST SOLAR SYSTEM
Jay Reynolds, Instructor of Physics & Astronomy, Cleveland State University
Friday, February 22, 7:30 pm
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

The Burrell Observatory presents Jay Reynolds from Cleveland State University, who will present a lecture on how interstellar space travel is not just the “stuff” of science fiction.  The technology does exist to enable us to travel to the nearest solar system in a reasonable amount of time.

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

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

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MARISOL
By Jose Rivera
Directed by Anjanette Hall
Wednesday, April 10-13, at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

An apocalyptic vision of a play. Guardian angels enlist the aid of legions of homeless people in New York in a battle to save the universe from a God who has lost his mind.

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BURRELL OBSERVATORY SERIES:  STARS & CLUSTERS RIPPED FROM THE GALAXIES
Dr. Patrick Durrell, Distinguished Professor, Physics & Astronomy, Youngstown State University
Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm
Center for Innovation and Growth
340 Front Street, Berea

The Burrell Observatory presents Dr. Patrick Burrell, Distinguished Professor of Physics at Youngstown State University, who will present a lecture on how stars and clusters of stars are ripped from their home galaxies. Intergalactic stars are thought to have originated in galaxies like other stars, but later expelled as the result of either colliding galaxies or of a multiple star system travelling too close to a supermassive black hole.  

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

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

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TESTING GROUND
Directed by Sara Whale
Wednesday, April 24, at 6:00 pm
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea

One hour of new, developing dance pieces.

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TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road, Berea
Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 pm
Featuring a collection of short plays directed by students.  A great opportunity to see emerging talent.

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Box Office at  440-826-2240. 
Monday - Friday
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