Otterbein University Theatre Presents “Rumors”

Staff Report

Otterbein University Theatre and Dance opens its 2017-18 season with the Neil Simon comedy “Rumors” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24; and 8 p.m. on Sept. 22-23 and Sept. 28-30 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $22. Call 614-823-1109 or visit

At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. Neil Simon’s madcap, slamming door farce takes a routine party, adds quirky friends, missing persons, indistinct clues, gunshots, and botched cover-ups to make “the mundane – insane!”

Tickets are $22 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at (614) 823-1109 or purchased online at The box office is open 12-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.


Otterbein University Theatre and Dance presents:


By Neil Simon

Sept. 21-24 and Sept. 28-30

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville


Director: Melissa Lusher

Scenic Designer: Dan Gray

Costume Designer: Julianne D’Ericco

Lighting Designer: Tori DeProspero

Sound Designer: Doc Davis


Chris Gorman………Grace Hoover

Ken Gorman………..Ben Folts

Claire Ganz…………Daria Redus

Lenny Ganz…………Chis Smith

Ernie Cusack………..Chris Marth

Cookie Cusack………Tristan Gillia

Glenn Cooper……….Maxwell Bartel

Cassie Cooper……….Lauren DiMario

Officer Welch……….Kyle Brace

Officer Pudney………Alissa Dellork


All performances at the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Thursday, Sept. 21 7:30 p.m. (Opening night performance; includes post-performance reception.)

Friday, Sept. 22 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30 8 p.m.

Call for Entries – Thumb Box 2017

Ohio Art League held its very first Thumb Box exhibition in 1916 and we are excited to be continuing this annual tradition 101 years later!

Thumb Box is a free and open show for all of OAL member artists. Members may submit up to three pieces of art that fall within the measurement guidelines: 6” x 6” x 6” including the frame. Artists will receive 70% of sold work, with the remaining 30% going to benefit the arts and programming initiatives of the Ohio Art League.

We’re thrilled to announce that Thumb Box 2017 will be hosted at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural, and social experiences. We are also very grateful for the generous support we received for this exhibition from our sponsors and partners.

Deadline for Submission: October 13, 2017

Exhibition dates: November 18, 2017-January 3, 2018

Opening reception: November 17, 5-7pm

Location: Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203

Drop off: November 6-10, between 10-5pm at Franklin Park Conservatory

Pick up: January 5, 2018 between 10-5pm at Franklin Park Conservatory

Submit here:

Dead & Company fall tour 2017

Fresh off their highly acclaimed summer tour, DEAD & COMPANY has added a fall leg to its 2017 tour beginning with two shows at Madison Square Garden on November 12 & 14. Tickets go on sale for most concerts starting Saturday, September 16, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster, unless otherwise noted. Tickets for the Orlando and Sunrise concerts go on sale Saturday, September 23, at 10 AM. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.

The celebrated group features original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir alongside singer/guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Continuing in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, the group draws from the Dead’s vast catalog of songs and is taking the iconic music catalogue to new heights.

To ensure fans get tickets in their hands directly, Fan Registration begins today, September 7, at Noon ET, through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program; supplies are limited, further information here. Presale opportunities will be available beginning Tuesday, September 12 at 10AM.

Dead & Company has again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences & Seamless Packages on tour including a premium concert ticket with early venue entry, a limited edition, screen printed poster, and a commemorative concert ticket and case. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment.

Check for complete tour and ticketing information.

The inaugural Dead & Company tour, in the fall of 2015, kicked off with two sold-out shows at the legendary Madison Square Garden, which Billboard dubbed as “magical,” followed by three highly successful U.S. tours. Dead & Company is “potent enough to enrapture the faithful and convert the skeptical” (Boston Globe).

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