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For immediate release
Feb. 6, 2012

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Stars in the Morning Sky lights up the stage at Ohio State Lima

The Ohio State University at Lima Department of Theatre presents Alexander Galin’s Stars in the Morning Sky at 8 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 23; Fri., Feb. 24; Sat. Feb. 25, and 2 p.m., Sun., Feb. 26, 2012, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for seniors and children. This play is recommended for mature audiences only.

Stars in the Morning Sky centers around a small group of female prostitutes who have just been evicted from Moscow before the tourists arrive for the 1980 Olympics. They’ve been sent to some dilapidated barracks in a mental asylum. There is strong dramatic interaction among these "Olympic Girls" in a sad love affair between one of them and an escaped patient, and also in the demands of some offstage clients, which has violent repercussions. All the while the runner with the Olympic flame, who will pass their barracks, is getting closer. A New York Times review described the play, "It is filled with a harsh – but not grim – reality. The evening is buoyed by its humanity and its sardonic humor. For the prostitutes there is no escape, but their dreams continue and the play’s final stirring image, a rooftop shout of joy for the flame and the fortune of the Olympics, summarizes their residual hope."

Cast and Crew

Dr. Maria Ignatieva (Associate Professor)............................................... Director

Doug Raver....................................................................................... Producer

Lance McPherson, Huntsville........................ Assistant Director and Stage Manager

Greg Owen (Assistant Professor) Scenic and Lighting Designer and Technical Director

Loo Brandesky..................................................................... Costume Designer

Carissa Mines, Wapakoneta............................................................... Valentina

Christine Strawn, Wapakoneta.................................................................. Anna

Sarah Mayer, Lima.................................................................................. Maria

Anne Weigand, Yellow Springs................................................................... Lora

Kyle Tipton, West Milton.......................................................................... Klara

Zane Smith, Lima................................................................................. Nikolai

Mark Renner, Forest......................................................................... Alexander

Dean McCombs, Harrod................................................................. Torch Bearer

Ohio State Lima’s production of Stars in the Morning Sky is performed by special permission of The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. This play contains adult language and subject content. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (419) 995-8382.

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