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Nov. 7, 2011

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Auditions announced for Ohio State Lima’s

Stars in the Morning Sky

The Ohio State University at Lima Department of Theatre will hold open auditions for the Winter Quarter theatre production of Alexander Galin’s Stars in the Morning Sky from 6-9 p.m., Tues., Nov. 22, and Wed., Nov. 23, 2011, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts. Dr. Maria Ignatieva, associate professor of theatre, will direct.

The script is on reserve in the Campus Library in Cook Hall. Auditioners should come prepared with a short monologue or poem of their choice and be prepared for a cold read from the script.

In the story, a small group of female prostitutes have just been evicted from Moscow before the tourists arrive for the 1980 Olympics. They’ve been sent to some dilapidated barracks in a mental asylum. There is strong dramatic interaction among these "Olympic Girls" in a sad love affair between one of them and an escaped patient, and also in the demands of some offstage clients, which has violent repercussions. All the while the runner with the Olympic flame, who will pass their barracks, is getting closer. A New York Times review described the play, "It is filled with a harsh – but not grim – reality. The evening is buoyed by its humanity and its sardonic humor. For the prostitutes there is no escape, but their dreams continue and the play’s final stirring image, a rooftop shout of joy for the flame and the fortune of the Olympics, summarizes their residual hope."

The public performances of Stars in the Morning Sky will be at 8 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 23, Fri., Feb. 24, and Sat. Feb. 25, and also at 2 p.m., Sun., Feb. 26, 2012, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall.

Stars in the Morning Sky is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.