For its eighth International Play Festival, Ohio Northern University looks north to Canada.
The Freed Center of the Performing Arts has commissioned a play from Edwige Jean-Pierre, and she and playwright Elyne Quan will be at the Ada, Ohio, school to conduct workshops, participate in symposia, and, in Jean-Pierre's case, to perform a previously written one-woman show.
Previous seasons have brought playwrights to ONU from other countries, but this year, the school decided to stay closer to home for matters of economy and because "Canada is erupting with culture," according to Catriona Macphie, managing director of the Freed Center.
Originally from Edmonton, Quan will come for a residency at ONU and will head pre-show and post-show discussions of her new play, Look Both Ways, which explores the themes of consequence and regrets, Macphie said.
Jean-Pierre, a graduate of the University of Ottawa, will perform three characters in her 2005 play Even Darkness is Made of Light, which Macphie said is a funny, funky, and frank look at the subject of teen suicide.
The festival is open to all ages, but Macphie said that Look Both Ways possesses potentially disturbing material about death and loss, and Even Darkness is Made of Light contains potentially disturbing language.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through March 26, 2 and 8 p.m. March 27, and 2 p.m. March 28 in Stambaugh Theatre of the Freed Center. A preshow discussion will be 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, and a post-show discussion is scheduled March 25. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and non-ONU students, $9 for children, and $5 for ONU students. Information: 419-772-1900 or freedcenter.com.
•The Black Swamp Players open Born Yesterday tomorrow in the theater of the First United Methodist Church, 1506 East Wooster St., Bowling Green. Garson Kanin's political comedy concerns a corrupt tycoon, Harry Brock, who arrives in Washington with his showgirl mistress, Billie Dawn, in tow.
Directed by Dennis East, the cast includes Sara Swisher as Billie, Lane Hakel as Brock, and Guy Zimmerman as Verrall. Also in the cast are Stephen Becker, Kelly Nicole Haas, Cory House, Andy Lee, Willard Misfeldt, Leroy Morgan, and Renell Simrau, Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 27, with matinees at 2 p.m. March 28. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students from Grounds for Thought, 174 South Main St., Bowling Green. At the door, all tickets are $10. Information: 419-354-3266.
•Fremont Community Theatre presents The Dixie Swim Club tomorrow through March 27 in the theater at 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Reminiscent of Steel Magnolias, the plot takes place over the course of 33 years, as five college friends meet for a long weekend each year to recharge their relationships, draw strength, from one another, and meddle in each other's lives.
Judy Smith directs Brittney Forster as Lexie, Sue Stotz as Sheree, Mandy Burris as Dinah, Laura Pinkston as Jeri Neal, and Karen Langley as Vernadette. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Information: 419-332-0695.
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The Croswell Opera House presents a homegrown version of the Nickelodeon Network's Blues Clues Live!
Steve and his larger-than-life puppy, Blue, will be seeking help from children in the audience to solve problems they encounter as they try to find "The Most Spectacular Place."
Blue will be played by Alyssa Martinez of Adrian and Steve by Steven Kiss of Bedford, Mich. Working as puppeteers, voiceover actors, and in other roles are Michigan residents Devante Buie, Bella DiPietro, Kolton Kisor, Allie Lewis, Katie Metz, Scotland Mills, and Peggy Snead of Adrian; Diane DuRussel of Manchester; Marlena Hilderly and Rebecca Nowak of Tecumseh, and Eddie Bishop of Hudson. John MacNaughton directs.
Performances of "Blues Clues Live" are at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the theater at 129 East Maumee St., Adrian. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children 12 and younger. A family package includes two adults and two children's tickets for $25. Information: 517-264-7469.