Department of Theatre Presents “The Amish Project”

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE – The Department of Theatre at the University of Mount Union will present, “The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey  at 7:30 p.m. on October 2, 3 and 4 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5 in Presser Recital Hall.

Dickey is also an actor and playwright who was nominated for the Playwrights of New York Award in 2011.

Kevin P. Kern, assistant professor of Theatre, will direct the production. Rudy Roggenkamp, professor of theatre, is set designer and Deborah Lotsof, professor of theatre, is costume designer for the show. Ronald Hazelett, lecturer of music is coordinator and arranger of special music for the production.

Katelyn Pyles, a freshman theatre major of Louisville, Ohio is the show’s stage manager and Shannon Catanella, a freshman theatre major of Cherry Hill, New Jersey is assistant stage manager.

The acting ensemble for this production includes:

Jessica Berner, a freshman theatre major of Bradenton, Florida;
Sarah Yannie, a sophomore theatre major of Rocky River, Ohio;
Kayla Lehman, a freshman theatre major of Mogadore, Ohio;
Sarah Slagle, a freshman theatre major of Fairview, Ohio;
Summer Wilkinson, a sophomore theatre and integrated media major of Strasburg, Ohio;
Rachel Irwin, a sophomore theatre and communication major of Mentor, Ohio and
David Lenahan, a sophomore theatre and music major of Rocky River, Ohio.
The play, told in “ensemble theatre” style, was written as a response to the 2008 killings of five girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and examines the act of forgiveness shown by the Amish community to the wife of the shooter.

Following each performance, Mount Union faculty members will lead discussions about the play, drawing from their research and experience. The schedule for these discussions follows:

Thursday – Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, professor of English and Dr. Andrew Price, professor of English

Friday – Dr. Bryan Robinson, assistant professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Saturday – Rev. Matthew Skolnik, lecturer of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration

Sunday – Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley

Because of the limited seating in Presser Recital Hall, all patrons should reserve tickets in advance by calling (330) 821-2565.

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