Friday, February 18, 2011

Theater patrons get more of Barrymore this weekend

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present Barrymore, a play about great stage and film actor John Barrymore, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. This is an encore performance of the show from the 2010 summer season.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, free for OU-C students. Tickets are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

“The play focuses on Barrymore’s efforts to reignite his career on stage one last time, despite alcoholism and general extravagance,” said OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh, who directs the play. “It is set in 1942, the year preceding his death. It is a wildly entertaining and moving production, and it is full of theater history and lore.”

“The audiences this summer loved it. It is a play that is both funny and moving. It is fun in that there is much wry humor involved. It is a moving play in that we see Barrymore at the end of his life and desperately trying to reinvent Richard III,” Breidenbaugh said.

“Any time you have a play about the theater it promises to be especially intriguing. From my point of view, theater is the penultimate metaphor for life.”

Key roles include Barrymore and the prompter/manager, who attempts to keep the actor on task in the rehearsal process.

“This being the second time around, it allows an opportunity to develop the character more,” said Dan Jalbuena, who plays the lead role. “Barrymore is a man who is looking at the end of his life, which has had lots of successes and failures. It is challenging to play this role, as I can only imagine what it is like to look back at a life that has already been lived, and there are no second chances.”

“The prompter serves to remind Barrymore of the plot of the play he is rehearsing,” said Kathryn Aldridge, who plays the behind-the-scenes role. “The prompter wants Barrymore to have one final, great show. It is somewhat difficult to work behind the scenes since all of the acting is through use of voice.”

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day of Dialogue: 21st Century innovation economy leader to address the Chillicothe community

Ohio University-Chillicothe invites the public to join in a Day of Dialogue, reflecting on the key challenges and opportunities facing our community in the 21st century. A highlight of the day will be presentations by Johnathan Holifield.

Holifield, Founder of Trim Tab System, LLC, is a sought-after public speaker and thought-leader on the Innovation Economy, community economic development, civil rights, and government reform. He will address the Chillicothe community during two events on Feb. 23.

The Day of Dialogue will kick-off at 10 a.m. with remarks by Holifield at the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe and at noon he will speak and lead a discussion in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Both events are free and open to the public. The OU-C event helps to commemorate Black History Month on campus.

“The Day of Dialogue is focused on the future of our community. The name Chillicothe comes from the Shawnee name Chalahgawtha, which means principal town,” OU-C Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development Mike Green said. “As we enter the second decade of this millennium, it is important that we reflect on our place in the 21st century. For example, how do we ensure that our community realizes education and economic progress commensurate with the new and dynamic opportunities inherent in the global innovation economy? How can Chillicothe remain a ‘principal town’ for the people who love our community, live here, work here, play here and desire to raise families here?”

The Day of Dialogue is designed to explore these and other matters of important to the future of our community.

About Johnathan Holifield

Prior to establishing Trim Tab System, Holifield was founding executive director of a market-leading regional technology and innovation council, which supports high-growth entrepreneurship, capital formation and investment, research and commercialization and education and workforce development, and chief executive of an urban parks and green space conservancy and an organization focused on economic, social and education services.

Holifield received Ohio gubernatorial appointments to the Midwest Governors’ Association Investments for the Knowledge-based Economy project, serving as co-chairman of the Increasing Research Capacity and Accelerating Commercialization team and to the Ohio House and Senate Joint Legislative Commission on High-Tech Business. He has written articles for The Economic Development Journal of the International Economic Development Council and the Journal of Municipal Telecommunications Policy of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors and published commentary in Innovation Quarterly, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Business Courier, The Cincinnati Post, Crain’s Cleveland Business and The Buffalo News.

Holifield is a former member of the Cincinnati Bengals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University, and a master’s degree in educational foundations and a law degree, both from the University of Cincinnati. He also is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Salon discussion event to focus on the American family

The American family will be the focus of a discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The featured speaker is Lucia Stanton, the Shannon Senior Historian at Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson; and OU-C student John Harding, a descendant of Jefferson.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

“Family is a fairly fluid term, with a range of definitions that reflect various perspectives and experiences,” said OU-C head librarian Allan Pollchik, the event organizer. “We will discuss both traditional and more modern definitions of family. For example, often friends become as much family members as blood relatives. We look for attendees to share their perspectives. Everyone has a viewpoint, and I look forward to an eye-opening discussion. Jefferson’s family is the American family – African-American, white and mixed. I look forward to hearing our speakers and their insights.”

Stanton’s presentation will focus on the strength of the family, as illustrated in Jefferson’s slaves. “We usually think of slavery as breaking families apart, and this will offer a perspective of how families can find the strength to survive in difficult conditions,” Pollchik said.

The discussion event is part of the Salon Series that strives to engage members of the campus and local communities in noteworthy topics. It is also part of the Kennedy l.ecture Series, which brings esteemed speakers to campus, and is partly sponsored by the David Nickens Heritage Center.

Irish music concert scheduled at OU-C

Mossy Moran will present a concert of Irish music at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event, which is sponsored by the OU-C Cultural Committee, is free and open to the public.

Moran, who hails from Waterford, Ireland, began his career by singing about his country folk all over Ireland’s southeastern coast before taking his act to the United States in 1996. He is known for his baritone voice and guitar-playing as well as his Irish wit and stage presence. His songs and stories help capture Ireland’s culture and history.

Construction continues on Technical Studies Building addition

Construction continues on the addition to the Technical Studies Building. Foundations have been poured, and framing of the project is approximately 50 percent complete.

Next steps include installing trusses, probably within a week or two, depending on weather. Once trusses are in place, a temporary barrier can be installed, allowing underground work to begin and slabs to be poured.

The estimated completion date of the building is mid-June. Inclement weather has delayed construction past the original May completion date.

The 8,200-square-foot addition will increase the size of the building to approximately 13,900 square feet.

Upcoming Campus Events

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on Feb. 22

• Administrative Council meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall 105 on Feb. 10

• OU-C theater program presents Barrymore at 8 p.m. on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 in the Bennett Hall auditorium

• “Day of Dialogue” discussion led by Johnathan Holifield at noon on Feb. 23 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons

• “The American Family” discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Event is part of the Salon Discussion Series and Kennedy Lecture Series

• Irish music singer Mossy Moran will present a concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Bennett Hall auditorium