March 29, 2013
Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284
Ohio State Lima theatre professor writes, directs, curates shows in Columbus this spring
Dr. Joe Brandesky, professor of theatre at The Ohio State University at Lima, shares his talents in Columbus this spring. aPOEtheosis: A Fantasy Based on the Life and Work of Edgar Allan Poe, a play co-conceived with Czech scenographer Petr Matásek runs April 4-14 in the Ray Bowen Theatre on the Ohio State campus. Objects, music, movement, and puppets are used in the show to illuminate the fine lines between creative genius and madness, fatal love and obsession. Brandesky directs the show.
Concurrently with the production of aPOEtheosis, the Columbus Museum of Art presents Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets, on view through August 4, exploring the rich history of puppetry in the Czech Republic. Brandesky is one of the guest curators.
"The timing of Strings Attached and aPOEtheosis provides a unique opportunity for audiences to see the work of these Czech artists first-hand in the exhibit and then experience the artistry of Czech artist and set designer Petr Matásek as his work comes to life on stage in the play," said Brandesky.
Other related events include:
• Artist Talk with Petr Matásek and Joe Brandesky: 1 p.m., Sun., April 7, Columbus Museum of Art. The two will present Marion Lee, a puppet designed for the production aPOEtheosis. Free with admission
• Guest curator gallery tour: 2 p.m., Sat., April 27. Brandesky will provide a behind-the-scenes gallery tour of the Czech puppets exhibition. Free with admission.
aPOEtheosis tickets are available from the Ohio State Ticket Office, (614) 292-2295 or through Ticketmaster.