Department of Theatre to Present “Standing On My Knees”

October 05, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Department of Theatre will open “Standing On My Knees” by John Olive on Thursday, October 8.

Directed by Rudy Roggenkamp, professor of theatre, this drama goes into the life of a young poet, Catherine, who is affected by schizophrenia. Urged on by her publisher she struggles to pursue her art, but the very intensity of thought that this demands brings on her attacks and the imaginary voices that bedevil her. At a party she meets Robert, a young stockbroker, and as their relationship deepens she relies ever more heavily on Risperdal pills to control her illness and maintain a semblance of normalcy. Ironically, while the pills block her "voices" they also stifle her creative impulses and the talent that has brought her the most joy.

The play, produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and John Olive, examines the fine line between genius and madness.

The role of Catherine will be played by Sarah Yannie, a junior theatre major of Rocky River, Ohio. Alice will be played by Megan Ostrofsky, senior middle childhood education and theatre major of North Canton, Ohio and Joanne will be played by Amy Achenbach, senior French and history major of Butler, Pennsylvania. The role of Robert will be played by Joshua Hudson, senior exercise science major of North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Freshmen Stacey Costanzo and Devon Hall, both of Milford, Michigan, will be stage managers. Costume designer is Deb Lotsof, professor of theatre.

“Standing On My Knees” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on October 8, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 11 in the Gallaher Black Box Theatre. Adult language and situations make this play unsuitable for those under the age of 13. Tickets are available online. Cost is $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and military and free for Mount Union students.

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