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June 5,1997
Tan and Cardinal
Arts
‘Marcus is Walking’ takes audience on road trip through daily life
by Aaron Maitin opportunity to work with a can relate to the scenes and the
STAFF WRITER living writer, she said. characters. All the stupid
For people who dance and "It was exciting," Kirk said. neurotic things they do aren't so
sing around their car, vow to "We got a really strong feeling stupid and neurotic."
never drive again after running about the characters from Joan. Senior Kathryn Felsenthal,
over a squirrel or want to cause She and I did a lot of who also played in "Hamlet,"
physical harm to a inconsiderate communicating by fax." "Trojan Women" and "A Chorus
driver, the theatre department's ' Kirk said she received a Line," sees the play as being
current show has all the revised and new act by fax one about memories.
elements. week before the show's opening. "It's about personal
"Marcus is Walking," written "The actor got a chance to experience," Felsenthal said.
by Joan Ackerman, was work with new material on the "It's a look at all the trials and
commissioned by Otterbein. spot which prepared them for tribulations of your time in a
what may happen later in their car."
The script is a series of vignettes,
with each scene centering careers," Kirk said. "Marcus is Walking" is
around the characters' The actors performing in sophomore Amber Mellott's first photo by Lori WlmNp
relationship to the car they "Marcus" said they enjoyed mainstage play at Otterbein. She Wild tide. One of the few moments the cast is out of the car.
drive. working with the writer, said the play's message is more “Marcus is Walking” continues to run June 5-8.
According to Christina Kirk, someftung tiiat does not usually individualistic. One of the interesting points minds open and room for
the show's director, "Marcus" is happen, according to Kirk. "I would say it's about about the play is that there are 24 change."
about how people get from here "We felt like we were enjoying life, slowing down and characters, artd six performers, Another aspect the show
to there. building the characters because not letting it pass you by," which presented challenges. that he enjoyed was the
'Tt's a little examination of she was open to our input," Mellott said. "Distinction betweai attention to detail, Foley said.
our own lives," Kirk said. "How junior Michael Faber said. "Marcus" is also the first characters was one of the biggest The performers create a
we deal with the challenges of Faber, who has been in such mainstage play for sophomore issues of the production," Kirk different car for each scene
everyday living." productions as "A Few Good Nicole Hersh who wanted to be said. "We asked ourselves how from a sled with a steering
Ackerman, who lives in LoS Men," 'To KiU A Mockingbini" in the cast because ttie script was do we make this character wheel.
Angeles and writes for the HBO and "Catnap Alligence," sees the new. different without making it a The keychains each
series "Arlen," has been play as dealing with differences "I had nothing to go on characture." character has reveals his or her
involved wifti the Otterbein that don't exist. becuase no one had played tfie "I had been waiting for a personality, according to Foley.
prcxluction since auditions. "The play is letting people characters before me," said challaige like this," Hersh said. For example, a librarian has 40
Kirk has directed rrrostly kr»ow how simUar we are," Hersh. "I was setting the "I took the challenge to heart. It keys on her keychain, whereas
classical plays, and enjoyed the Faber said. "I think everyone precedence for my roles." was hard digging into so many a confident man as a lucky
characters, but the experence rabbits ftxit attached to his key
helped me a lot." ring.
The set also provided the cast Music is another element
with .'idditiL>r.a! challenges. that was explored in detail.
"The difficulty and challenge Songs referred to driving,
in 'Marcus' is that it is a new
ranging fmm "Highwax' to
play," stage manager Mike Foley
Hell" to "Everydav is a
said. "There is no blueprint to
Winding Road," are played
this play so we have to figure
during every intermission. The
out how to tell the story."
Foley, a senior, was stage songs related to the scene
manager for winter quarter's before them, Foley said.
"Noises Off." "The cast worked really
"I'he two plays are hartl to loine up with the
opposties— 'Noises Off' was details of tlu' kinds of car their
tightly scripted, where in this characters would be driving,"
play the audience has never Kirk said. "Even down to the
met the characters," Foley said. color of the car."
. ___ . , . , /•<«»» photo by Lor* WMhIp "'Noises Off' was a classic and "Marcus is Walking" opened
An we tnen jetf 1 he six-member cast of Marcus is 'Walking* goes for a joy ride during one of 'Marcus' has no rules, which last weekend and will show
the play’s nine scenes. allowed for us to keep our June 5-8.
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world premiere tradition
WESTERVILLE — Otterbein there are different characters in “Off the Map.” In 1996 Actors comes from the romantic associa?/
College Theater continues its every scene. All the scenes in Theater of Louisville commis­ tions surrounding such rcr^ ]
four-year tradition of closing the Marcus Is Walking” revolve sioned her to write, “The Batting trips. A soundtrack of “road •
season with a world premiere around issues surrounding cars. Cage” for the 1996 Humana Fes­ tunes” will accompany the play
production. This year Otterbein Coincidentally, Otterbein is pre­ tival. adding to the comedy’s young,
will present the commissioned senting this play just as the au­
work “Marcus Is Walking” by contemporary feel.
tomobile industry celebrates the Ackermann also has written a
Joan Ackermann on Thursday In one scene, a man is talking
100th anniversary of the inven­ television pilot for Steven Spiel­
through Sunday and June 4 on his car phone to his wife as he ;
tion of the car. berg and two screenplays under
through 8 in the Campus Center drives their son from house to '
“It’s a wonderful comedy,” said contract. A special contributor to
Theater, 100 W, Home St. house for Halloween trick-or- i
Director Christine Kirk, “but it Sports Illustrated for six years,
. The opening night perfor­ treating. Another scene will ad­
also resonates with issues on she also written for Time, the At­
mance begins at 7:30 p.m. All dress the issue of “road rage” in I
how we view our cars in terms of lantic, Esquire, GQ, Audubon,
other evening performances are which minor traffic mishaps es­
time and transportation and how New York magazine and many
at 8 p.m. and the Sunday mati­ calate into violence. ’
quickly we speed through life.” others.
nee begins at 2 p.m. Reserve tick­ This is the first time Kirk has
John Ackermann’s writing career Sbe is the co-artistic director
ets by calling the Otterbein Col­ directed the new play at Otter- i
began with poetry studies at of Mixed Company in Great Bar­
lege Theater box office at 823- bein. Her earlier directing efforts
Boston University and parlayed rington, Mass., a year-round the­
1109. at Otterbein include “The Royal !
into work as an assistant editor ater now in its 14th year.
Written specifically for Otter- Family,” “King Lear,” “The Tro- ’
at Little, Brown and Company In “Marcus Is Walking,” Ack­
bein’s audience, this new comedy jan Women” and the reader’s the- '
and numerous journalist assign­ ermann has created scenes that
brings a fresh quality and fresh ments. ater production “Otterbein Voic­
involve almost every imaginable es.” She has also directed shows
ideas to the final play in Otter- Ackermann began writing for
bein’s 1996-97 season. circumstance focusing on cars in­ at Actor’s Summer Theater in
the stage in 1988. Her plays in­ cluding people on trips and oth­
Three actors and three ac­ Columbus, The Living Theater in
clude “Zara Spook and Other ers returning from family events.
tresses play all the roles and New York and the Arena Stage if
Lures,” “Stanton’s Garage” and Part of the energy of the play Washington, D.C.
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TSy Michael Grossberjig
Dispatch Theater Critic , The script 1 not yet have a
tterbein College title. bringing Acl rmanntothe-^ mostly positive^” Jlomer said.
A former s) journalist who college’s atte ion. “Some people are still worried

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Theatre has ' ' has written ei) plays, Ackermann ■ - "V^tewo ed with the when they go to see something
commissioned nins a 60-seat .playwright a1 leff Daniels’ Purple that they know nothing about, but
playwright Joan iter company in
Great Barrini , Mass., and R(»e Theatre n Michigan. most people have embraced these
Ackermann to write a performs occ: bnally as an actress, V In the pas three years, the plays and are happy to support
.full-length comedy for its 1996-97 new plays thi served as new work.”
Her three tumana Festival
season finale. Otterbein sea in finales were
. The Massachusetts writer has
premieres wej Zara Spook and
Other Lures f] "O), Stanton’s Anthony Clar le’s The Brothers
Ed Vaughan directed the first
three premieres; Christina Kirk,
had t^e comedies produced to Karamazov, 1 a Corthrcin’s an assistant theater professor who
Garage (1993 id this year’s
^claim in the Humana Festival of Catnap Allegi nee and Otterbein directed last season’s
crowd-pleasii The Batting Cage,
American Plays at the Actors about two disi rate sisters who graduate Cart r Lewis’ Picasso controversial update of The
•Th^^ of Louisville, Ky. DoesMyMaf. . Trojan Women, will stage the
visit a HoKda: Inn in Florida to
• “I’m looking forward to it,” 'The new-pl y program has Ackermann comedy.
■ Ackemann said of the prospect of mourn the dt of another sister
but find reju' lation. begun to deve p a track record Romer expects a first draft by
working on a new play in an for launching i orks good enough Oct. 1, with rewrites due by late
Cage is bt ig prepared for an
iacademic setting with student actors. to thrive elsew ere: Revised winter.
off-Broadwa’ production and a film
. ‘To get a phone call out of the adaptation. ■ "Versions of the illarvoe play have The Theater Department will
blue, and find out someone wants to been staged at he Cincinnati have an invitation-only staged
“We are tj edtohave j
pay you $5,000 to write a play, is Playhouse in ti i Park and St. reading in early March and start
someone of reputation fot our
great People don’t usus^y give you Louis Repertoiw Theatre.
fourth world miere,” said rehearsals in mid-April.
TOoney until after you write a play.” Dennis Rom. •, artistic director of Meanwhile, the Lewis play has Performances will be given
Four women and three men will drawn the interest of five or sbe
the Otterbeii eater program, May 28-June 8 in the Campus
play multiple roles in the comedy, regional theaters.
Romer cr its Dana W^te, Center Theatre on the Westerville
■whose action centers on a car. resident lighj g designer, for “Most important to us is that campus. For more information,
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otterbein College Theatre is winding up its and Sunday, and June 5-8 in Otterbein’s Cam­
season with Joan Ackermann’s comedy “Mar­ pus Center Theatre. The opening performance
cus Is Walking.” The cast of six students play begins at 7:30 p.m.; all other evening shows
multiple roles in the 12 scenes which all take start at 8 p.m. Tne Sunday performance begins
\pplace in and around cars. The play opens at 2 p.m. Call 823-1109, between 1 apd 4 p.m.
onight and will be repeated Friday, Saturday, week days for ticket information.
NEWS & PUBLIC OPINION
June 4,1997

‘Marcus is Walking’
a scene from Marcus l! Walking -^r ^ *"
duction of Joan Ackermann^”®' Pf^emiere pro-
. of auto-centered sketches win ® ‘^o“®ct'on
' P.m. Thursday through SaturWal .P^^s®®ted at 8 ,
in the^^Cbfiip Campus CeS VeSre a '
St. A performance previouslv i ^onie j
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Otterbemfplannmgi/MarcuV’-yebutfS'*^
College Theatre-will present the,.commissioned
xj^^omedic work Marcus ls.]yalking by Joan,Ackermann!jyiay
29, June 1 and June 4-9 in the Campus Center'Theatre,*TOO
W. Home St. - ■ ' ’ ' ‘
«. i the opening night per(otThance begins at 7:30 p,m. Other
___8 j).m,,'with Sunday matinees aLr2 p.m,
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