Monday, November 23, 2009

Event commemorates 50/50 cultural accomplishments

Ross County Commissioner Frank Hirsch (left) presents proclamations from Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer that designated Friday, Nov. 20, as “OU-C Arts Day” in Chillicothe. Receiving the proclamations are Amber Adams, on behalf of director Ken Breidenbaugh, and artist Alan Gough. Adams, a former Ohio University-Chillicothe student, was an actor in the first play the campus theater department produce, Crimes of the Heart.
The proclamations were presented during an event at Ohio University-Chillicothe to commemorate Gough’s 50 years as a professional artist and Breidenbaugh’s 50th theater production at OU-C. Gough has been a full-time artist since 1959, when he returned to his hometown of Chillicothe to establish a studio after attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Bridenbaugh has been the driving force behind the OU-C theater program since its first performance in March of 1997. A Chillicothe native, he joined the OU-C faculty in 1989. The current production, Fall Collection, was written by Breidenbaugh. The play debuted Friday and Saturday (Nov 20-21) in the Bennett Hall auditorium.