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On this page you can find information for our 2021-2022 Theatre Season.

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Staged Reading of The Guys by Anne Nelson

Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, Joan receives an unexpected phone call. Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack, is looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. The Guys is based on a true story.

“A generous, sad, touching play about the braveries of grief.” NY Post. “A courageous and riveting…play that tackles the horror of September 11th with an intimacy that’s both unsettling and healing.” —Christian Science Monitor.

7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 11
There is no charge for this event and no tickets are needed. Donations will be accepted for local first responders.
Produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 plays in 60 minutes) by Greg Allen

Having opened in 1988 and still playing today as the longest-running show in Chicago history, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind is an ensemble experiment in presenting "30 Plays in 60 Minutes." A mix of audience call-out, improv, sketch comedy, and selective madness, each two-minute play is performed in random order by audience request. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest. And… Go!

"the most clever, most urgent show in town." - J. Scott Hill, Chicago Stage Review

Friday October 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday October 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday October 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Monday October 11 at 7:30 p.m.


AUDITIONS: Tuesday August 31 and Wednesday September 1 at 6pm (with additional dates as needed) in Founders Auditorium

Produced by arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Staged Reading of De Luxe by Louis Bromfield and John Gearon

This rarely-presented work depicts a social elite on the eve of destruction. Set in Paris sixteen years after the First World War and in the midst of The Great Depression, Bromfield’s story follows a war veteran disillusioned by life after the war and a group of shallow elites and social climbers who struggle to face their new realities.

This work is presented with the Malabar Farm Foundation in honor of the 125th anniversary of Louis Bromfield’s birth and the 65th anniversary of his death.

7:00 p.m. Thursday November 18

There is no charge for this event and no tickets are needed. Donations will be accepted for the Malabar Farm Foundation.

Spring 2022

The Healing Project by Tiger Bradley

Tiger’s play The Hurt and The Healed continues its Mansfield playwright Tiger Bradley III.

Mansfield playwright Tiger Bradley workshops his material in partnership with our campus theatre program. Bradley, a first administrator of New Community Temple and youth pastor for 20 years, has written several plays, including The Hurt and The Healed, to help people discover the root cause of their problems.

Friday February 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday February 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday February 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Monday February 28 at 7:30 p.m.


AUDITIONS: Tuesday January 18 and Wednesday January 19 at 6pm (with additional dates as needed) in Founders Auditorium

Presented in cooperation with the Ohio State Mansfield Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Antigone by Sophocles

In an act of defiance to honor her dead brother, one woman stands against the state. Antigone is a timeless play about recognizing the dignity owed to every person – whether we agree with them or not.

This crisp abridgement and adaptation of the original Greek tragedy, based on a translation by R. C. Jebb, continues our theatre program’s recent effort to make rights-free, accessible versions of classical texts available to students and teachers everywhere.

Thursday March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday April 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday April 3 at 2:30 p.m.


AUDITIONS: Tuesday January 18 and Wednesday January 19 at 6pm (with additional dates as needed) in Founders Auditorium

Friends of the Theatre

Friends of the Theatre are a pillar of support for the theatre program at Ohio State Mansfield, providing funds to underwrite the costs of performance each season. Licensing fees for the content, costumes, lighting and sound upgrades are all part of the operating costs of the theater, and this year is no different.

The arts continue to be a vital component of our lives so this season’s virtual performances are being provided at no charge to allow continued access. Your continued support as a Friend of the Theatre supports this continuity and enables us to bring the arts into our audiences’ homes.

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Special Notes for Our Audience

Come back and visit this theater page often. We will post show updates and also announce show schedules. If you have additional questions, please call our announcement line at 419-755-4045, or contact us at fahey.9@osu.edu or 419-755-4276.

Tickets $8 AND $6.

Call 419 755-4045 or go to www.ticketmaster.com at any time or go to the on-site box office in Founders Auditorium in the 45 minutes before each show.

Please let us know if you need assistance in connecting and viewing our online performances. We are happy to help! If you have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations please contact us by emailing fahey.9@osu.edu or by calling 419-755-4276. Typically, two weeks notice will allow us to provide seamless access.