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by Jennifer Haley
Directed by Jennifer Haley
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, September 28, 29, October 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m.,
and Saturday, October 1 at 2:30pm
Fynes Hall, Kulas Musical Arts Building

Enter the virtual wonderland where one can enjoy their most disturbing desires with an avatar. You will be fascinated and unsettled by this crime drama that is no place for children. "The Nether" examines how technology can both shape our illicit desires and fulfill them with ease.

This play contains mature themes.
Parental discretion is advised.

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By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Nathan Henry
Wednesday-Saturday, October 5- 8, 7:30 p.m., and

Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

t's the summer of 1967, and the songs of Motown are breaking records and breaking barriers.

Chelle and her brother, Lank, are running an unlicensed after-hours joint out of their basement — risky business — especially during a brutal police crackdown that has set off riots throughout the city. When Lank offers refuge to a mysterious stranger, he and Chelle clash. Pent-up emotions erupt, and they must navigate the chaos both outside and within.

This play contains strong adult themes that may be disturbing to some viewers.

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Presented in partnership with the BW Arts Management & Entrepreneurship Program, BW LaunchNET, and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Thursday, October 13, at 3:00 p.m.

Gamble Auditorium, Kulas Musical Arts Building

The annual Arts Innovation Summit will focus on the intersection of artists, arts organizations and arts funders and the innovation that can happen when they collaborate to create opportunity.
The Urgent Art Fund, a program administered by SPACES Gallery and funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will be highlighted. Tizziana Baldenebro, executive director of SPACES Gallery, will be the keynote speaker.

The Summit will also include a live performance and talkback with music ensemble Mourning [A] BLKstar, a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.

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Dr. Uwe Trittmann, Professor of Physics, Otterbein University
Friday, October 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

We all “know” that the universe is expanding, but how did we figure that out? Following this 2000+ year story of going from seeing to observing to understanding gives us an idea of how science works. Dr. Uwe Trittmann gives us a brief history of how we arrived at our present view on the universe.

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

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Adapted and directed by Sara Whale
Thursday-Sunday, October 27-30, 7:30 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

The scary stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft and more are re-imagined using movement and text.

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Presented by the BW Department of Psychology
Tuesday, November 15, 7 p.m.

Sandstone 3, Strosacker Hall Student Union

New York Times bestselling author and Shaker Heights therapist, Dr. Lisa Damour is coming to BW! The first 100 students to register will receive a copy of Dr. Damour’s book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Dr. Damour will be signing copies of the book at the conclusion of her talk.

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Lisa Damour co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, writes about adolescents for the New York Times, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, and works in collaboration with UNICEF. She is the author of two New York Times best sellers, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She maintains a clinical practice and also speaks to schools, professional organizations, and corporate groups around the world on the topics of child and adolescent development, family mental health, and adult well-being.

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Josh Kass-Amsterdam
Thursday-Saturday, November 17-19,7:30 p.m., and

Sunday, November 20, 2 p.m.
Loomis Acting Studio, Room 177

The Bard's most riveting history takes the stage at BW!

Political intrigue, murder and war seize Rome in a stranglehold, showing that not even a great Empire is above the base instincts of ambition, politics and guilt.

Shakespeare's poetic and poignant re-telling of this historical event raises the same questions now as it did in 1599. As Brutus, Cassius and their co-conspirators plot to dethrone Julius Caesar, we have to ask ourselves: How must dictators be handled?

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By Olivia Garrett
Directed by Rachel Gold
Thursday-Saturday, February 9-11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 12, 2 p.m.
Loomis Acting Studio, Room 177

In the theatrical debut of BW student playwright Olivia Garrett, a woman returns home after a familial tragedy. She and her two brothers are tasked with cleaning out their childhood home while simultaneously facing demons that have been locked away for years. In this homegrown drama, the past will either tear a family apart or secure their bond for life.

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Directed by Sara Whale
Choreography by Leslie Bell, Max Laskar, Sara Whale
Wednesday-Saturday, February 22-25, 7:30 p.m.

Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Choreographers use movement to explore and illustrate Dr. Karen Barahona's research on the indigenous women from the Chilcatotora community in Ecuador and their ingenuity and drive to create opporunities for themselves and their families, while honoring and preserving Mother Earth. 

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by Beth Henley
Directed by Martin Friedman
Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m.

Loomis Acting Studio, Room 177

Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley centers on three sisters in Hazelhurst, Mississippi navigating their survival in the 1970's. Abandoned by their father, an act which subsequently leads to their mother's suicide, the play is a great character study of women that discover that men are superfluous to their ultimate success in the world.

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An adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone by Seamus Heaney
Directed by Keira MacDonald
Wednesday-Saturday, March 29-April 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.

Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

The 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 a right and suffers at the ultimate consequence.  Everyone in her family circle is affected 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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by Oscar Wilde
Directed by René Copeland
Wednesday-Saturday, April 19-22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2:00 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

The Importance of Being Earnest, a satirical comedy of manners, is one of Oscar Wilde's most popular plays, and for good reason.  The characters are ridiculous, the plot is full of misunderstandings and mistaken identities, and through it all Algernon and Jack try to find true love while shooting barbs at the pompous and rigid Victorian society in which they find themselves.  Written by a man who initially made a name for himself merely for being outrageously witty, the language of the play is a delightful, hilarious confection with unxpected turns.  But as Miss Prism says, "The good end happily, and the bad unhappily.  That is what Fiction means."

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Directed by Sara Whale
Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m.

Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Join BW faculty and student choreographers and dancers to see what they've been cooking up in the studio!  Immediately followed by a feedback session where you can share your impressions with the artists and help nuture fresh perspective and insight as they return to the 'lab' to edit and improve their work.

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Directed by Advanced Directing Class
Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

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