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Forbidden Zones: The Great War
Saturday, April 01, 2017, 07:30pm - 09:00pm
Roy Bowen Theatre
Drake Performance and Event Center
1849 Cannon Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Forbidden Zones

A devised new work, conceived and directed by Mershon affiliate Lesley Ferris, co-directed by Jeanine Thompson, with MFA actors and designers

The Department of Theatre marks the centenary of the U.S. 1917 entry into World War I by creating a new work employing verbatim theatre. The source material is drawn from archives, contemporary documents, letters, memoirs, commissioned art, and popular music with a focus on Britain and France and their famous Somme Offensive, the largest battle on the Western Front. 

For more about this production, see go.osu.edu/forbiddenzones

Performance dates

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for the general public; $18 for Ohio State faculty, staff, Alumni Association members, and senior citizens; and $15 for students. For more information, contact the Ohio State Theatre ticket office at (614) 292-2295.

Associated events

In addition to the performances, on Wednesday, March 29, at 3:30 p.m., Susan Grayzel, professor of history at University of Mississippi, will speak on “Did Women Have a Great War? Gender and the Global Conflict of 1914-1918,” at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/grayzels

Then on Thursday, March 30, Grayzel and Mershon affiliate Bruno Cabanes, Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, will be featured in “AfterWords: A Post-Performance Discussion” just after the 7:30 p.m. performance of “Forbidden Zones.” Cabanes is the military history consultant for the production.

Finally, on Thursday, April 6, members of the “Forbidden Zones” cast will perform a live art project, "The Silent Soldiers Memorial," marking the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I, at 11 a.m. at Thompson Library, noon at Wexner Center for the Arts, and 2 p.m. on the Oval.

Support for “Forbidden Zones” came from the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Department of History.


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