Documentaries, plays free for public

By Gary Budzak

March 20, 2014

Two arts events associated with Ohio Wesleyan University will be held on March 21. They are free and open to the public.

The university’s 10th annual Documentary Film Festival begins at 7 p.m. in the Strand Theatre, 28 E. Winter St.

“The films are just outstanding this year,” OWU spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette. “Most of the films are around 20 minutes, and the student filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their films.”

The students made the eight films as part of a film-making course.

The films, and their directors: “The Land of Enchantment” by Michael Cormier; “A Crack in the Sky” by Ted Shipitalo; “If Everyone Had a Garden” by Christian Sanford and Michelle Smith; “Heartland” by Lucas McDowell; “Deep Green Resistance” by Karli Amstadt; “Death and Revival” by Alex Cook; “Life Worth Living” by Anna Jones of Delaware; “Loveability” by Ryan Haddad.

In addition, two plays – “No Exit” and “Laundry and Bourbon” – will be performed at 8 p.m. March 21 and March 22 in Chappelear Drama Center Studio Theatre, 45 Rowland Ave.

“Senior theater students will be taking the lead in these performances as part of their capstone project,” Hatcher said. “This is a project that a senior student would do in his or her own major or area of special interest that helps to show the breadth and depth of the educational experience they’ve had.”

Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” stars Nick Ehlers, Megan Pinto and Kati Sweigard. The existential drama is about three souls trapped in purgatory.

James McLure’s “Laundry and Bourbon” stars Courtney Dunne, Claire Hackett and Ellie Vizcaino. The comedy is about three gossipy women in 1960s Texas.

The university said both plays contain adult themes and language.

Seating is limited, so reservations can be made by calling OWU’s Department of Theatre & Dance at 740-368-3855 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 21.